Boy Scouts of America Reviews

Updated April 30, 2015
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Boy Scouts of America Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock
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Pros
  • Can truly make a difference in the lives of today's youth (in 15 reviews)

  • You get to meet great people trying to better their community (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Ultimately I left to achieve a better work life balance for my family's sake (in 17 reviews)

  • Hours can be real long and there are many nights and weekends (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Life in the mission field

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Little Rock, AR
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Little Rock, AR

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and the privilege of serving the volunteers that frequent the store I work in.

    Cons

    My salary at the moment does not meet the level of work I put in. This position has been a test of my faith in that servant leadership has nothing to do with salary. The wait for promotion can be very stressful.

    Advice to Management

    When it comes to advancement their should be a more streamlined process. After spending months working on the Manager in training program a candidate should have a clear view of how and when a promotion will occur.

  2. District Executivr

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    Former Employee - Senior District Executive in Jackson, MS
    Former Employee - Senior District Executive in Jackson, MS

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great interview very nice people

    Cons

    Very time consuming you have no time to do much else

    Advice to Management

    I did advance to management

  3. Field Director

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    Former Employee - Field Director in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Field Director in Rochester, NY

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Ability for advancement and personal development

    Cons

    Advancement requires relocation. Balancing work and family was sometimes very difficult.

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  5. Good job as long as you are passionate about Scouting.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    --Flexible Schedule
    --Never the same day twice in a row
    --Lots of opportunity to make an impact
    --Some great people to work with
    --Free parking in Pittsburgh

    Cons

    --Long hours and on call pretty much 24/7
    --Some people who are not so great to work with
    --Ever more challenging to meet goals with the changing national culture
    --Lots of time driving

    Advice to Management

    Keep helping the team learn new things and include opportunities for training outside of the BSA system so that it translates for their next job.

  6. Overall this experience was not a bad one at all

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America

    Pros

    It was fun working with all of the kids and helping them expand their minds along the way

    Cons

    Its very clicky and that discourages me from wanting to be part of this particular organization

    Advice to Management

    There wasn't management since I was a volunteer. The way this organization is designed is really done well and we were able to achieve all of the goals set forth by them.

  7. Door opening, experiencing gaining, rewarding job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - District Executive BSA in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - District Executive BSA in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great cause, good people in both your coworkers and the volunteers. I was satisfied with the compensation

    Cons

    Long hours, heavy commitment

    Advice to Management

    Lead with more motivation and heart. The outstanding people and great services provided by your organization will always allow for the business goals to be reached when you coach them with motivation and spirit.

  8. Great organization! It's not summer camp--it's a real job!

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    Current Employee - District Director in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - District Director in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You are given a geographical territory in which you are basically the Executive Director similar to other local non-profit agencies, but beyond having fundraising and event budget responsibilities, you typically do not have fiduciary responsibilities (bookkeeping, payroll, etc.). This allows you to focus on the basic components of the job, 1) start new scouting units and recruit youth; 2) provide leadership to volunteer fundraising efforts to support the organization; and 3) recruit, train and motivate volunteers to carry out programs. Salary is very competitive with other non-profits. As a result you are able to develop and strengthen many professional skills such as public speaking, sales and persuasion, time management, customer service, flexibility, teamwork, leadership, decision making, self awareness, confidence and professionalism. In one day you can be meeting with a local judge or CEO, a rural pastor, and giving talks to kids at elementary schools. As a manager of your schedule, every day is challenging and exciting if you want it to be!

    Cons

    This job can be tough for perfectionists and those who are not able to work on numerous simultaneous projects. Not a good job for those who are not self-starters and need to be micro-managed. Also tough for those that lack planning skills and lack ability to schedule personal time for a work-life balance (not good for people that can't say no). While there are night and weekends, this shouldn't be a surprise to anyone working at an organization that relies heavily on relationships with volunteer leaders.

    Advice to Management

    The newer generation of employees require a high level of understanding, appreciation and instruction. The organization needs to continually "sell" itself on why one should work for the BSA. Keep offering professional development opportunities for staff and soliciting ideas from the top employees. Unfortunately the BSA is about 20 years behind in adopting current CRM and fundraising software which can be frustrating to younger employees who utilize technology at high rates.

  9. you work a lot

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Executive in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - District Executive in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America

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

    Pros

    Master time management and management and sales skills`

    Cons

    pay, Hours, high pressure, it takes 3 years for your first opportunity for a promotion.

    Advice to Management

    could prioritize things better so one person is not doing so many things at one time.

  10. Program Aid

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America

    Pros

    Working with school age kids to increase their interest in scouting with science, math, and art.

    Cons

    Driving across town in rush hour traffic to get to a school that gets out at 2:45 and 3:00pm.

  11. BSA full time position

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good place to work. Key leaders in the community. Great support system. Full benefits upon hiring for full time staff.

    Cons

    My wife will not sew on my uniform patches

    Advice to Management

    Hire more great young people to make this movement grow!

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