Girl Scouts USA Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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Girl Scouts USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez
Anna Maria Chávez
16 Ratings

Pros
  • I truly felt like I was making a difference in their lives (in 11 reviews)

  • The work-life balance is unlike anything I have ever seen before (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper Management is not very helpful (in 16 reviews)

  • Non-profit salaries tend to be lower than most companies (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Leader - was volunteer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA part-time

    Pros

    Working with the girls who wanted so desperately to learn

    Cons

    Leadership of the organization made very bad decisions regarding travel troops and lessening the program so that it was a shadow of itself. The Gold Award used to mean a lot to college recruiters and employers, but they are quickly learning how much easier that award is to get now. The program badges and such are also easier to get. They lowered the bar, unnecessarily

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you are always improving the program, not lowering it


  2. Toxic environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, the mission makes it seems like it is a progressive place, CEO tries to inspire.

    Cons

    Too many temps that are not made permanent which leads to the desire for many to work and believe in their work diminishes. A staff that is more concerned with gossip and your personal affairs than actual work. Middle management has no true vision of progressing the agency into the future and meeting girls where they are, no true outreach into communities that could benefit from girl scout programs.

    Advice to Management

    Hire staff that are not "green bloods" and focus on bringing on people who have diverse grass roots knowledge of outreach, diverse programming, and reignite core values of what is is/was to be a girl scout.


  3. Work changes daily but not a good fit for those with outside commitments

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Always Changing, good vacation time, yummy cookies and good camp programs

    Cons

    Lack of balance of work and personal life, high stress, resources to do job are outdated or not available

    Advice to Management

    Retreats to thank staff, make management be respectful, really focus on what Girl Scouting is about...the girls


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  5. Caution

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    Former Employee - Middle Management
    Former Employee - Middle Management
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working with passionate and dedicated volunteers and girls.

    Cons

    Poor leadership with key leaders having no prior management experience. Micromanaging which results in staff turn over. Negative work environment and culture.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes and restaff key leadership. Listen to dedicated staff and not one leadership position's opinion. Learn the organization by doing instead of relying on reports or leaning on the opinion of a few people in higher positions. Culture begins at the top.


  6. Stay clear

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA full-time

    Pros

    Impact on girls and great mission.

    Cons

    Hours, lack of leadership direction, inability to secure grant funding, down in membership, reliance on cookie sales

    Advice to Management

    Get a clear vision. Be open to objective market research. Stay focused on the girl, not the brand.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Negative Environment, Burn Out, and Bullies

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you're lucky you get to work with the girls.

    Cons

    The organization needs to practice what they claim to teach girls: To live by the Girl Scout Law. There is no training, no one knows what they're doing, not enough human or financial resources to be successful, departments are in strong silos, staff is so burned out that they're negative, mean, and impossible to work with. The CEO is condescending, micromanaging, and overbearing, and does not invest in the employees, she had no interest in getting to know me as a person and I was a member of upper management. The board is disconnected, and the outsourced human resource agency is worthless. Nearly half the staff "moved on to other opportunities" within the 2 years I was there. Don't accept a position there unless you want to be under-appreciated and bullied.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a CEO who is a leader, not a micro-manager.


  8. Helpful (3)

    No opportunity; don't waste your time.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmingdale, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmingdale, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA full-time

    Pros

    When I started working at the Girl Scouts it was a great place to work. It was family friendly to working moms and their children. Managers were fair and had respect for the staff. The reorganization (realignment) was the end of anything good in the Girl Scouts.

    Cons

    Lack of consistency, cooperation and communication at all levels. Upper management all the way down to the volunteers. They expect you to make your job your life for piddly salaries. The organization is very very top heavy with a large part of the budget going to CEO, COO, and CFO salaries. Really, what business needs a COO with 50 employees!!! The top level management rarely has any management education that warrants 6 figure salaries!

    Advice to Management

    Take some management courses. Learn to appreciate your staff and show them some respect.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Horribly managed

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    Current Employee - Customer Support Coordinator
    Current Employee - Customer Support Coordinator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Girl Scouts USA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pto other then that there isn't much of anything else in the organization to be happy about.

    Cons

    Terribly managed upper management has no idea what they are doing.

    Advice to Management

    Staff turnover is costly obviously this organization hasn't figured that out treat people as if they are expendable.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA full-time

    Pros

    I believe in the mission statement. Building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

    Cons

    Declining membership number. Between 2006 & 2012, the organization (this council) had increases in girl membership; however, over the past 3 years the girl membership has dropped by about 50%. During this time, there were 4 position re-structures.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Executive Assisttant to CEO

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA full-time

    Pros

    There's a very family oriented feel when you begin working there. The employees are very friendly and welcoming.

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement in your career. At times employees tend to look out foe themselves as they throw other people to the wolves. Not many raises or bonuses merit or otherwise. When someone leaves a position the are not replaced and the extra work falls onto other people.

    Advice to Management

    treat employees with a little more kindness, accept their ideas and input. also, treat them with more respect.



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