Boy Scouts of America Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    District Executive

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Rio Rancho, NM
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Rio Rancho, NM
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Make a difference in the community

    Cons

    Lifestyle is difficult to maintain with a family

    Advice to Management

    Hire more support staff


  2. Archery Instructor

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Archery Instructor in University City, St. Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Archery Instructor in University City, St. Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Free food and housing, exercise included as part of work

    Cons

    Low pay, long hours, middle of nowhere

    Advice to Management

    Please get better food and housing


  3. Great Learning Experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - District Executive in Toledo, OH
    Former Employee - District Executive in Toledo, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The job is so overwhelming that you will learn to become a "professional" over night. Training's were awesome.

    Cons

    You will be consistently burnt-out. There is no relief due to poor management structure and back to back scouting events (Traditionally) .

    Advice to Management

    Allow the organization to change as a whole. Influence from the district and its age 30+ scouters are not concerned with the growth of the organization. The scout reach district I had, had over 500 kids, Other districts would maybe have 100 or a few more. I enjoyed hearing about the scoutreach model in Baltimore.


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  5. Scouts

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working to improve the lives of children and society.

    Cons

    Poor project management. Childlike competition between employees that inhibits the outcome of the work. Negative employee attitudes.

    Advice to Management

    Hire talent and put the right people in the right jobs. If you insist on training from within then make sure that who you train has the aptitude to learn those skills. Evaluate what training is actually needed.


  6. Leader

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    The job is rewarding because of the children.

    Cons

    They might have favorites so beware.


  7. Good experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn a lot of people and resources National training was intense but helpful Flexible schedule

    Cons

    Working with volunteers can be stressful More guidance and mentoring needed

    Advice to Management

    More guidance and mentoring needed


  8. Archery Instructor/Camp Counselor at Camp John Mensinger

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Archery Instructor in Sonora, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Archery Instructor in Sonora, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. A lot of the kids you work with are motivated to learn the merit badge skills. Welcoming and friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    Long work days, meals and housing are deducted from paycheck. Final take home pay is way under minimum wage because.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure water storage is at a capacity that enables employees to shower more than weekly.


  9. Helpful (1)

    ssm

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great org for youth! amazing life and team building and morals! loved working with the youth and watching them grow and develop!

    Cons

    politics! the politics are unreal! everyone talking about everyone and who you know is what gets you ahead not what you know of how well you do your job!

    Advice to Management

    stop being run by numbers and fundraising goals money is important but not as important as the youth


  10. Helpful (3)

    District Executive

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - District Executive in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - District Executive in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to make your own hours, and the job itself is pretty easy.

    Cons

    Vicious politics, pretend promotions, lots of pointless meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Fire middle management that isn't performing


  11. Wilderness Interpreter

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Wilderness Interpreter in Ely, MN
    Former Employee - Wilderness Interpreter in Ely, MN
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Everything you need basically is provided for you; you don't need to worry about food, rent, insurance while you're there (just your student loans). Being an Interpreter is a life changing experience. It will teach you, beyond a shadow of a doubt, what it means to work hard, but sleeping under the stars every night, then waking up and making coffee 50 miles from the end of the nearest road... I think a coworker (and now good friend) Bobby said it best when we were finishing up our training trip, and we were watching the sun rise over the water from the middle of a lake in a little armada of canoes: After a few minutes he leans in and says "I didn't think this could get better ... then I remembered, we're getting paid right now!"

    Cons

    -Nothing will save you from the mosquitoes -You will work. Hard. -The trail is unpredictable. Sometimes, you just have a bad trip; a bear eats your food, your canoes blow away in a storm, a tree falls on your tent, or sometimes your crew is just bent on having a bad trip in the woods and won't let go of that negative energy. You have to stay professional through it all. It's not easy. -Because of the fact that you kind of live with your coworkers at Northern Tier, and because of the BSA's don't-ask-don't-tell sort of policy, I had to censor myself 100% of the time, and that gets hard after a while. -Outside of more canoeing, recreation opportunities are limited even IF you want to drive a few hours to the movie theater, or 40 minutes to Ely.

    Advice to Management

    You are some of the best I have worked with!



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