Girl Scouts USA Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
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Girl Scouts USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez
Anna Maria Chávez
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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. Summer Camp Counselor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Girl Scouts USA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Message of Girl Scouts should be taught to all girls, teaches girls they can be into the outdoors. If you are liked by the staff you will have no issues

    Cons

    Staff plays favorites, lots of drama between counselors, unorganized, underfunded, long hours, some girls have hard to deal with issues, horrible pay.


  2. management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The mission of Girl Scouting is something all women can embrace and be proud to be a part of advancing.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, there are times when the mission isn't carried out internally. Sadly, with such large geographic areas, it is challenging to maintain a work/home balance.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in training for employees, acknowledge the home/work life challenge and work together to develop workable solutions. Employee retention should be a focus.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Great mission

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Consultant in Bronx, NY

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great mission, always involved in doing great things for girls.

    Cons

    Not keeping great employees. Organization is being whittled down to nothing. Constant reorgs. Outsourcing alot of jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your loyal emloyees. They are what made you great.


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  5. Program Facilitator

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Program Facilitator
    Current Contractor - Program Facilitator

    I have been working at Girl Scouts USA as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the best reasons to work for Girls Scouts is so you can give back to the girls in your community.

    Cons

    Their are a lot of people who don't understand there job description.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people who are better qualified for the jobs there assigned.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Decent Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Many of the front line staff and volunteers were greatly invested in the work with girls in the community. The Urban Outreach program is phenomenal.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, in the Milwaukee location, there were several mangers that engaged in bullying behavior with no correction from upper management or HR.

    Advice to Management

    Celebrate and appreciate your front line staff. Create policies that discourage an atmosphere where bullying in the workplace can thrive.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Membership Specialist

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Membership Specialist in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Membership Specialist in Baltimore, MD

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I enjoy knowing that I am bringing this leadership program to girls of all backgrounds, and giving girls opportunities that they may not have had otherwise.

    Cons

    There's no chance for advancement in this position, and the goals that are assigned to each of us are extremely unrealistic in some areas.

    Advice to Management

    More appreciation shown toward our volunteers, and less hassle with procedures would make our job easier. Happy volunteers will do a lot more for us than unhappy ones.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Unsettling

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Its mission is to promote girls and who can argue with that? Nice location in midtown Manhattan.

    Cons

    In its desire to remain viable, it's forgetting that character is important. This organization used to value its employees (especially those with experience) & treat them with respect. Now its attitude is change for the sake of change.

    Advice to Management

    Remember what (& who) made this a great company to begin with. If employees no longer see the heart & civility in this place it's hard to find reasons to stay.


  9. Good place to start your non-profit career

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    Former Employee - Program Director in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Program Director in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a great place to work if you are new to non-profit. You can learn how to interact with a non-profit Board of Directors, various levels of management and volunteers. There is a flexible schedule, most GS Councils work on the local school schedules. A lot of work is done out of the office, this is good if you don't like sitting behind a desk all day long. The benefits and vacation time are good, but not as competitive as they could be. There is a lot of hiring from within, so once you are in there is a lot of room to move up. Hands on experience everywhere, lots of interaction with girls, parents, and volunteers.

    Cons

    While there is a lot of hiring from within, room to move up is minimal. Many of the upper Exec and Chief Officers have been there for a long time and are far away from retirement. This is due to the Girl Scout pension plan that was restructured several years ago. Being hired can take up to three months and is often dragged out. There are often people in lower roles that are not qualified for their positions, lots of staff coming from different backgrounds. There is little training when you are first hired. It is more of a learning as you go mentality. Lots of flexibility in your weekly schedule due to the many nights and weekends you will be asked to commit to. This is especially true for Membership and Programming staff. The pay is very low and not competitive with other non-profits.

    Advice to Management

    Management should focus on hiring more staff with non-profit backgrounds and skills directly related to their jobs. The commitment to nights and weekends must be addressed to cut down on turnover. More PT staff can be brought on to do this. Volunteers are important to GS but cannot be relied on to do every aspect needed to the organization.


  10. Very Clique-y

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    Former Employee - Unit Leader in Mahomet, IL
    Former Employee - Unit Leader in Mahomet, IL

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great values, fun environment, love working with kids

    Cons

    Very clique-y, hard to get in from outside, hard to move up without extensive connections


  11. Helpful (1)

    Highly political, high turnover.

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    Former Employee - Just A Worker
    Former Employee - Just A Worker

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Helping underprivileged girls get leadership training. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    a lot of turnover. Mid management and under have low salaries. Top dogs earning six figures while others get only minimum wage.

    Advice to Management

    No one wants to hear about Girl Scouts. Make it more exciting.



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