Boy Scouts of America Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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Boy Scouts of America Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock
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Pros
  • It feels like you really make a difference (in 15 reviews)

  • A Majority of the volunteers are great people and have a strong understanding of the program (in 13 reviews)

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

  • Non traditional hours and some late nights and weekends (in 15 reviews)

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  1. District Executive

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

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America full-time

    Pros

    Excellent training program, schedule flexibility, meeting and working with a diverse group of people. Advancements are triggered by seniority.

    Cons

    Low pay, long hours, lots of nights and weekends. Management often sets unrealistic goals. Some of the practices and procedures are outdated.

    Advice to Management

    Set realistic goals and update practices and procedures.


  2. Scout Shop Sales Associate

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Marietta, GA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Marietta, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There is ample schedule flexibility, which allows for furthering education and work/family balance. Many employees enjoy this flexibility to further their education.

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive. While on e would not expect to make a lot of money while working for a non-profit, the starting rate for sales associates is $8.50/hr. Thus, it is little more than minimum wage.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the great work, but advocate for better pay for the store employees.


  3. Admin

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America full-time

    Pros

    I worked with a lot of wonderful people and volunteers that I still have great relationships with. I also had a really great boss, one of the best I ever had.

    Cons

    For the amount of work you do, they pay you in peanuts. There aren't any opportunities for promotion so you get burned out very easily. From the time I started to the time I left, I've seen a lot of people leave and most of the positions weren't filled which meant the extra work was distributed to the remaining employees. I finally got to the point where I couldn't take anymore. After I left, many of the employees, especially those who had many years with the Boy Scouts were either forced to retire or let go. Things seemed to go downhill after I left.

    Advice to Management

    Top management needs to realize that there are a lot of great people who keep the place going. If they keep letting people go and forcing them out, volunteers are going to follow. Also need to pay the Admin and Program department more money! they work hard!


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  5. Admin

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fabulous place to work if supervised by middle management.

    Cons

    Micromanagement of upper management needs to change

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to let their employees fly and not hold them back.


  6. Good and bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America full-time

    Pros

    Great mission that's important to the success of children and our nation

    Cons

    Odd structure that values volunteers' input and opinions over staff's

    Advice to Management

    Give your employees the resources they need to truly deliver first-rate service and results


  7. OK,

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    good benefits, so-so pay for support staff

    Cons

    co-workers are lazy, good for nothing jerks


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    Pros and Cons of a District Executive

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    Current Employee - District Executive
    Current Employee - District Executive
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I'm currently employed for the Boy Scouts of America. Some of the pros of working for the BSA include schedule flexibility in that I'm often able to work remotely. The BSA offers excellent benefits, unlimited sick days, and 12 vacation days for entry-level DE's. In terms of the field work itself there's a large learning curve initially if you possess a limited knowledge of the BSA and its workings. However, once you gain a better understanding of the organization you are able to anticipate what's coming down the pipeline in terms of work as the emphasis areas are cyclical each year: money, manpower, membership.

    Cons

    It's difficult to raise money and recruit new youth when you work for an organization that is battling school access issues more and more each year. Management seems too out of touch from the field work that they don't understand the problem and repeatedly try to provide short-term solutions for a long-term problem. Likewise, there is a huge image problem that exists in the BSA that management doesn't recognize or acknowledge. People aren't signing their kids up for a reason. Sidebar---prepare to be poorly compensated.

    Advice to Management

    Ask the field staff what their opinions are on the issues, as opposed to simply pushing numbers, numbers, numbers!


  9. Hard work, Learn lots,

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    Current Employee - District Executive in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - District Executive in Honolulu, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great volunteers, amazing program, learn lots about running a non-profit. Job teaches you leadership instead of management. Very good opportunity for a young out of college person. Pay is better than most non-profits.

    Cons

    Long hours. Organization is being left behind by changing social mores. Leadership is unwilling/unable to face these challenges.

    Advice to Management

    Re-define what "duty to God" and "duty to Country" mean in the 21st century.


  10. Great

    Former Employee - First Aid Trainer Utah County in Lehi, UT
    Former Employee - First Aid Trainer Utah County in Lehi, UT

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You work with youth, so it very fun. its not stressful at all.

    Cons

    its only for 3 months on the weekends.


  11. Up's and Down's

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    Former Employee - Senior Store Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Store Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Time Off, Volunteer week off, Co workers

    Cons

    No Council Support, TM was unprofessional, and Too many damn T-shirts

    Advice to Management

    Advertise, and stop with the auto replenishment



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