Girl Scouts USA

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Girl Scouts USA Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
194 Reviews
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Girl Scouts USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez
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Pros
  • You get a chance to be a contributor and feel like you are making a difference (in 10 reviews)

  • Great mission, some fabulous people, great learning opportunity (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • It's non-profit pay, so there's that (in 12 reviews)

  • Upper management exhibits a double standard that contradicts the goals of the organization (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Exciting work, difficult upper management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A mission I could support 100%, and that made me feel good every day. Working with the girls from time to time was incredibly satisfying. The team I was a part of produced great work, on time, on a shoestring. The amount of PTO was phenomenal. Generally the friendliest people I've ever worked with.

    Cons

    Upper management seemed to say the right things, but do other things, that weren't productive. The learning curve in Girl Scout Land is rather steep, and too often, good people would get frustrated with how long it took to do things, and so leave. There was also very little career growth available, so if someone was a good employee, but maybe not a good fit in their current job, there wasn't much that could be done to rectify that. Too many managers in general. Not enough knowledgeable, experienced, professionals; unfortunately, lots of nice ppl, but lot of 'em were kinda dead wood.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make people accountable, for real, and not just say that you are. (That was my biggest beef. Some people seemed to get away with subpar/non-productive work too often; it's ok to learn from failures, but they must be called failures in order to be learning moments. Work on career development opportunities, so good people, who are committed to the mission, are able to stay.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Overall great place to work.

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Program Specialist
    Current Employee - Program Specialist

    I have been working at Girl Scouts USA part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great, friendly co-workers and managers who are willing to help you with anything. It's a great place to be creative and see how your work directly impacts the girls. It is very rewarding to see an event you developed run successfully.

    Cons

    There's lack of communication between departments, which can be very frustrating. Also, the expectation to leave certain properties in perfect condition, yet host events that involve painting and baking.

  3.  

    It's all about the girls!

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    Former Employee - Camp Counselor (Unit Staff)  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Camp Counselor (Unit Staff) in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Good youth support and interaction programs! I love the atmosphere that we provide. Our goal was to be there for the girls and help them develop themselves, it was almost altruistic in nature, at least as a camp counselor-it has to be! Definitely challenging and I encountered a lot of personal growth along with that of the girls. The summer camp staff is always subject to change but both years I worked up at the camp I absolutely loved the camp staff! Weekends off were nice and the camp I worked at wasn't too far from my house. You're in the middle of nowhere, and so can't spend any of the money you earn. (Forced savings, yay!) Also, you get to spend a lot of time outside. That might not seem like a plus to some people, but you're in beautiful surroundings that you get the chance to appreciate every day. You get to temporarily run away from the real world every week. If everyone had a chance to do this, the world would be a better place. For real.

    [See the *** portion of the Cons for more Pros.]

    Cons

    It really is hard work, with little benefits. You don't get paid much, but welcome to nonprofits. The focus is on the girls and not the employees, which can create resentment when the employees are run-down, sick, tired, and about ready to snap the next time someone asks "What are we having for dinner?" (The unit staff don't know this, that is up to the kitchen staff and kitchen staff alone. The girls, however, have a hard time figuring that out.) Children are difficult. Let's be real. The hardest job in the world is being a parent. Probably the second hardest is being a camp counselor for 10 weeks out of the summer. You don't really get any time to yourself-you technically get a two hour break every day but that time is supposed to be used to write parent and 'love' letters to the girls and their families, clean the staff lounge (which is a certifiable petty dish since no one ever does this), planning programming for the girls, additional paperwork, and a whole host of other things I'd prefer not to get into. Sometimes when there are communication lapses between staff things can go exceptionally wrong, at least in the eyes of the staff. (To the girls, unless they are older, everything seems planned.) Also, on the food, it is comfort food for the kiddos. This is fine if you're only attending camp for a week, require comfort, and have the metabolic abilities of a 9-year-old. It literally makes some staff sick at times, eating this way for so long. It has a profound impact on your body and physical health, and therefore your mental health as well. I can't tell you how many times I wanted to quit just because of the food.

    ***However, if you're doing this job, you're not really doing it for yourself or money in the first place. You can bring your own food to stash in the staff lounge. There are facilities in place to help with the mental health of staff members. Kids say the damn funniest things I've ever heard, and you can always feed off of their exuberant and curious energy. So please keep that in mind!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Longer breaks! Break times for staff rejuvenation and staff rejuvenation alone! Healthier food alternatives for the staff! More money! (Think: inflation. The price of everything is going up, including milk. I can't live without my milk. Therefore the amount we are paid needs to increase as well. Ever heard of college tuition?) Less scheduled time. The girls ask for it every single freaking day, and it wears the staff down very quickly. The girls need time to chill with each other and bond, especially the older girls. I wouldn't say no to scheduled nap-times either.

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  5.  

    Making Changes Can Be Good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Girl Scouts USA full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Flexibility in work schedules is a great benefit, leadership is improving, health benefits are good. Staff is generally friendly to newcomers. Lots of opportunity for growth in various disciplines and cross-functional work teams. Great variety of people and ethnicities that all seem to work well together in respect of backgrounds and skills.

    Cons

    Culture can stand even more improvement, promotions are very slow unless you are well connected. New staff have to prove their worth to the old guard; although many of the old guard is gone. Not many tradition holders left in the central office which could endanger the movement if tradtion is not valued.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time walking the talk and less time telling staff about minute culture shifts. Be open to hearing how you need to change along with others in the organization.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Lots of support, great work environment

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    Former Employee - Membership Outreach Facilitator  in  Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Membership Outreach Facilitator in Cedar Rapids, IA

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This is a great organization, and the employees tend to be very passionate and dedicated. There's a supportive and friendly work environment, and each individual's professional development is treated as important.

    Cons

    Due to budget constraints, understaffing is sometimes a problem. This can result in too high of expectations or some important tasks being under-prioritized.

    Recommends
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  7.  

    Loved my experience as scamp counselor

    Current Employee - Camp Counselor  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Camp Counselor in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Girl Scouts USA part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The people are amazing. A good summer job

    Cons

    Very unorganized. Never really knew what I was supposed to be doing. The pay is very low

  8.  

    Development Associate

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    Former Employee - Development Specialist  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Development Specialist in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits for a non-profit.

    Cons

    The organization is in great transition. This can be stressful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to improve communication between departments.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Summer Fun, had me a blast

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    Former Employee - Camp Counselor  in  Jackson, MI
    Former Employee - Camp Counselor in Jackson, MI

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Get to work with girls from around 5 to 11.
    Trained in various fields. Sense of community and just a very chill fun thing if you enjoy working with kids.

    Cons

    My experience with summer camp has been that the higher ups are VERY unorganized. I would be working this summer but the Camp Director is awful at getting back to people

    There is drama among the staff, which isn't fun.

    The pay is AWFUL. Roughly 40¢ a day. I was paid $240 a week. Worked 22hr+ days from Monday-Thursday, half days on Friday and Sunday.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put people in charge of the camps that have their stuff together.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A Seriously Fun Summer!

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    Former Employee - Camp Naturalist and Lifeguard  in  Howell, MI
    Former Employee - Camp Naturalist and Lifeguard in Howell, MI

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Working with the girls!
    Playing at Camp all summer~
    Working outside
    Working with an ethical, values-driven company
    I worked the summer after college graduation at Camp Innisfree as the Naturalist. HAD A BLAST! I learned right along side the girls.

    Cons

    Pay - very low, even for someone just out of college. We were paid by the day, and had to relieve the counselors one night/ week while they got a night off. Recognizing the need to be a team player, it was fine.
    Facilities - need investment to continue growth
    The camp needed some work - flooring was in need of replacement, swimming areas were in need of new docks/ cleanup.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. Investments in the camps would go a long way to increasing enrollments and providing a safe environment for the girls.
    Also - pay attention to the counselors and other staff. Perhaps an annual party at the end of the summer? Would go a long way...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great summer job

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA

    Pros

    Awesome rewarding experience and great leadership

    Cons

    There are none that I can think of

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