Boy Scouts of America Reviews

Updated March 15, 2015
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  1. BCOA - needs updated, behind the times for programs and adventures.

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    Former Contractor - Volunteer in Charlotte, NC
    Former Contractor - Volunteer in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They have an interesting program, but it needs to be update dated and made into the 21st Century learner model.

    Cons

    The North Carolina branch was not able to assist scouts with Autism, but the website said that they support children with disabilities. :-(

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please update the programs, because they not changed in forty years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Intern

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America as an intern

    Pros

    Great opportunity to have control of a project.

    Cons

    Supervisors were usually busy and didn't always have time to give me good projects.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Overall review

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    Former Employee - Community Relations
    Former Employee - Community Relations

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America

    Pros

    Very few come to mind. Was a rough job all around.

    Cons

    Hours, pay, expectations. They were all below average.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Great job...if you can handle the hours.

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    Current Employee - District Executive in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - District Executive in Omaha, NE

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

    Pros

    Great volunteers to work with.
    Lots of variety in the job.
    Can truly make a difference in the lives of today's youth.

    Cons

    The work life balance is next to none. If you are not working all of the time you are thinking about work and all the things you have to get done. Your bosses will expect you to work just about every night and weekend, and this is on top of your normal 8-5 workload. There is little to no respect for having a personal life. If you are not ready for the Boy Scouts to completely take over your life, then you should look elsewhere for employment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give better guidance on how to complete tasks. Don't simply tell someone that a task needs completed when they have never done it before, but give some actual guidance in it. Also, get out of the office once in a while to see what is actually going on in the field. The disconnect is astounding.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Great workplace

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    Current Employee - Senior District Executive in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior District Executive in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Knowing that you're making a difference in people's lives.

    Cons

    Non traditional hours and some late nights and weekends.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful

    Some highs- Lots of lows

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    Current Employee - Field Staff in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Field Staff in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    As a Boy Scout professional I have met some wonderful people, and hope to have helped kids have great experiences. This position does provide a flexible schedule at times. Nice physical office building.

    Cons

    Huge turn over- Nearly 100% each year I have been here.
    Ineffective and hostile managers- Set achievable goals, where only a small percentage is achieved council-wide. Managers are not coaches, but instead "reprimanders."
    Low pay.
    Nickled and Dimed (Must contribute to Friends of Scouting, Buy uniforms, no budgets- often have to go into your own pocket).
    Top down management styles.
    Lack of adequate technology.
    General Organizational Decline.
    Very long hours.
    Family friendly culture does not extend to the staff.
    Many miles driven on personal vehicle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train staff to become effective managers and facilitators. Need to change the culture of respect for others to stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful

    A great "Family Values" Place to Work, just you don't have time for your own family.

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    Former Employee - District Executive in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - District Executive in Sacramento, CA

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

    Pros

    Low quality toilet paper in the bathroom

    Cons

    Working for the BSA was one of the worst experiences of my life. You will end up working here if you have no goals in life, and had a non-practical major in college. You are lied to during the interview, because they will make you think you will work 45~ hours, but you will end up working 65+, and you may get fired if you don't. Your supervisor (District Director) is trained to be a micro manager. They do not have your best interest in mind. They micro manage worse than working at Mc Donalds ( I would know because I worked at Mc Donalds), and pay you about as good as an assistant manager at Mc Donalds. Not too ideal for a college graduate, since that is what is required to work here.

    Lastly, they will make you do "Friends of Scouting" presentations, which pay the salaries of the employees. It is truly a scam. Thats all I can say without fear of someone tracking me down for exposing the truth of this position.

    As a college graduate (Bachelors Degree), I would rather work at Mc Donalds or Taco Bell, god strike me dead now if I'm lying. For your sake, avoid this job at all possible costs.

    Some other little things if your still not convinced:

    High Turnover
    Management lies to you during the interview/ you have to pay a "fee" before you get hired
    Is secretly a SALES job
    You are expected to give money back to them out of your paycheck
    I've heard that some people have committed suicide from working here

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. A review of the organization BSA

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    Former Employee - District Scout Executive in Stockton, CA
    Former Employee - District Scout Executive in Stockton, CA

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

    Pros

    A satisfaction of accomplishments.in knowing the character building is working.

    Cons

    Interferes with family life. Especially in ones church times. There are some in the organization that cut corners or pad their accomplishments to attain recognition and awards at the expense of the boys and the volunteers. I do not approve of the direction BSA is going relative effeminate ways.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more to know the executive before and AFTER they are in the organization. Especially in the core values.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Good workplace environment

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    Current Intern - Support Marketing
    Current Intern - Support Marketing

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    You got to deal with a lot of teen boys; flexible schedule; very good organizational value and culture

    Cons

    benefits were as good compare to other non-profit organizations; expenses all rely on fund-raising (feels insecure); not much training provided;

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Great organization but not perfect

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    Current Employee - Senior District Executive in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior District Executive in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    flexibility of time, sense of self worth, potential for raise every year, ability to work in practically any city

    Cons

    good old boy network, low beginning salary, you must move cities to increase pay quickly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employee concerns, higher the best for the position not who your buddy is.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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