Boys & Girls Clubs

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Boys & Girls Clubs Reviews

Updated May 22, 2014
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3.5 197 reviews

84% Approve of the CEO

Boys & Girls Clubs President Jim Clark

Jim Clark

(51 ratings)

69% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • I would recommend this job and company for anyone who has a passion for making a difference(in 14 reviews)

  • working with kids is very rewarding(in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Like any non-profit, I think people tend to work too hard and stay too late(in 15 reviews)

  • Most likely the part-time role will be insufficient to be sole source of paying bills(in 12 reviews)

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    If you don't take yourself seriously how will anyone else?

    Integrated Marketing Communications Director (Current Employee) Imperial Beach, CA

    ProsThe mission & vision of the organization are amazing and the idea of helping great futures start here is great. The BGCA core values are ones that everyone should live by everyday and being around smiling faces that you indirectly and directly impact is very rewarding.

    ConsThe leadership needs work. There is an "unspoken" issue with favoritism and cliques that everybody complains about but nobody has the courage to change it. There is very little opportunity for growth in the organization unless you have the right friends in your corner. The organization is filled with emotionally immature employees that would rather sit and gossip than to work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLeadership training, employee professional development is also needed.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Doing great things under trying circumstances

    (Former Employee)

    Pros-great for those trying to get into the youth development field.
    -can have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of youth who need it.

    Cons-toxic work culture that emphasizes over-work with little compensation or support.
    -lack of clear goals or strategic plans.
    - willingness to fudge data to make it appear as if the organization is doing more.
    -high adult:child ratio which leads to several behavioral issues.
    -minimal opportunities for advancement or professional development.
    -upper management with little concern for how things work on the ground.
    -both staff and programs are underfunded. Staff are expected to do a lot with little time, resources or back up support.
    -clique-y, manipulative management.
    -"jack of all trades, master of none."
    -burn-out factory.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not for me

    Program Director (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsFulfilling work with young people and great co-workwrs

    ConsManagement left alot to be desired...did not seem too interested in development.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Mission and goals are lost on senior management.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIn theory this should be one of the most rewarding jobs there is. Knowing that I am helping children who need it the most and who would otherwise be playing on the streets is what keep me going. The Anaheim business community is very supportive and long-standing residents are wonderful and passionate to work with.

    ConsManagement is the common thread for employee/community/donor dissatisfaction. Not having any experience or education in the business world really holds the organization back. There is a lack on infrastructure in place that is needed for this organization to reach the capacity that I should have. The potential for greatness at the organization is being held back because of a lack of vision and planning.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA shift in management would restore staff and community faith in the organization.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Awesome organization for kids, maybe not for adults

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAbility to give back to the community
    Great opportunity to work with kids; learning how to mentor

    ConsNo cohesive training technique
    No support for upward mobility
    Most salaries are top-heavy

    Advice to Senior ManagementOne of the best ways to invest in the kids is to invest in the adults working with the kids. Providing opportunities and training for those who want to stay within the company and move up.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Eye-opening experience to community needs

    Program Assistant (Former Employee) Huntington, IN

    ProsWorking one-on-one with students, making daily impact

    ConsDifficult to maintain classrooms
    Club management lacks communication and employee support
    Very understaffed

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate and back up your staff

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    This job is TOUGH, but at least the pay sucks.

    Site Director (Current Employee) Mukilteo, WA

    ProsWorking with kids, making a difference in their lives. Some days, you'll find yourself thinking, " I can't believe I get paid (horribly) to do this?!" After a few months of being taken advantage of.... more often you'll fin yourself thinking, "I don't get paid enough to do this!"

    ConsThe BGCB works you to the bone as much as you'll allow. But at least the pay is awful. As with most non-profits - they work the staff until the collapse because we all have big hearts - while the higher ups get paid the big bucks and have no idea how hard the jobs are.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI DARE Bill Tsoukalas to do the job of a site director for 1 week.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not Great

    Juvenile Diversion Program Leader (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsHaving a positive effect in most cases on children given the right circumstances. Management is focused on reaching grant numbers. They don't seem to really care about how effective the program is.

    ConsRaises are not given to anybody that's not management. So it's 9/hr for most staff. I was getting 11/h because I did something different that standard program leader.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Old-fashioned, married to the past and full of cronyism

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsMission. The mission to serve youth most in need is wonderful and there are many good clubs across the country executing on the mission well. The kids are wonderful but you are removed from them by working at headquarters.

    ConsLong-term employees with "that's not how we do it here" mentality.
    Top performances not valued. Only old relationships valued.
    Pay - below average for job and market
    Cronyism. Some old, blind allegiances in too many key departments or individuals who are under-qualified yet yell discrimination and end up protected. Some leaders need to go. Others who are newer are a mixed bag. Understand that a staffer from Komen was hired and is now bringing in tons of Komen people without having to post jobs or allow others to apply. Is that what Boys & Girls Clubs needs? Another Komen, political nightmare?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    In need of some major re-working

    Program Director (Former Employee) Petaluma, CA

    ProsVery rewarding, weekends off, get the chance to build great relationships with children and staff

    ConsUpper management out of touch with the kids and needs of the staff. Organization is financially insecure, expected to meet goals and expectation with little to no budget. Upper management plays favorites. The CEO is super shady and runs the organization like a "Boys Club." For an organization that could do so much good, they fall short due to red tape, politics and a lack of priorities.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen your eyes, and allow staff to voice opinions without fear of reprocussions. Evaluate the reasons for the reprehensible turn over rate. Realize that without the staff that do the daily work, you would not have an organization to run into the ground.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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