Boys & Girls Clubs Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
206 Reviews

3.6
206 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    Great Experience, But Very Disorganized

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    Current Employee - Staff  in  Eugene, OR
    Current Employee - Staff in Eugene, OR

    I have been working at Boys & Girls Clubs part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working for the Boys and girls club is a great opportunity to do well in the community that surrounds you, just don't expect to get paid a whole lot.

    Cons

    Lack of communication and a very unorganized staff are what make it so difficult to work here. If it weren't for that, it would be a great place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please... I beg you, get more organized.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    loud and very disappointed with the people

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    Former Employee - Summer Counselor  in  Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Summer Counselor in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Boys & Girls Clubs for less than a year

    Pros

    none
     bad
     every on stair on each other
    it not somewhere I would every work again

    Cons

    the co-worker and staff don't do there job
    the kids are get
    but I don't think the parent would like what's going on here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do your job better not just yell at your worker help them guide them to do better not bring them down that they want to quite

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

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

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    Current Employee - Integrated Marketing Communications Director  in  Imperial Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Integrated Marketing Communications Director in Imperial Beach, CA

    I have been working at Boys & Girls Clubs full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Leadership training, employee professional development is also needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Doing great things under trying circumstances

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boys & Girls Clubs part-time for more than 3 years

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Not for me

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    Former Employee - Program Director  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Director in Washington, DC

    I worked at Boys & Girls Clubs full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fulfilling work with young people and great co-workwrs

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Mission and goals are lost on senior management.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boys & Girls Clubs

    Pros

    In 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.

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

    A shift in management would restore staff and community faith in the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Awesome organization for kids, maybe not for adults

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boys & Girls Clubs full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Eye-opening experience to community needs

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    Former Employee - Program Assistant  in  Huntington, IN
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Huntington, IN

    I worked at Boys & Girls Clubs part-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate and back up your staff

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

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

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    Current Employee - Site Director  in  Mukilteo, WA
    Current Employee - Site Director in Mukilteo, WA

    I have been working at Boys & Girls Clubs full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working 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!"

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    I DARE Bill Tsoukalas to do the job of a site director for 1 week.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Not Great

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    Former Employee - Juvenile Diversion Program Leader  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Juvenile Diversion Program Leader in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Boys & Girls Clubs part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Having 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.

    Cons

    Raises 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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