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Boy Scouts of America Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
212 Reviews
3.3
212 Reviews
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Boy Scouts of America Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock
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Pros
  • As an employee, you can make a difference in the lives of scouts and leaders (in 10 reviews)

  • You get to meet great people trying to better their community (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Hours can be real long and there are many nights and weekends (in 13 reviews)

  • Ultimately I left to achieve a better work life balance for my family's sake (in 13 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a career, not a stepping stone.

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    Former Employee - Senior District Executive
    Former Employee - Senior District Executive

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great opportunity to serve the public. You get to meet great people trying to better their community. You get to see the kids in the program grow. Especially if you get out there and mingle with the Units at events and at their individual unit meetings.

    Cons

    40-80 hr weeks. Some councils were heavy in program and others pushed money. Ultimately your a salesperson. And you are judged solely by money, manpower, and membership. If you can't or miss one of those you could be "gone".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you do the program then the money and membership will come. Stop the turn over of executives, evaluate Mode.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Ole Boy Mentality Still Reigns

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good people. Great relationships.

    Cons

    Lack of training, inability to level up, no flexibility and bad management. And forget anything if you're a woman.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good personal and team growth opportunities

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cimarron, NM
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cimarron, NM

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The opportunity to help youth improve themselves and their communities is amazing. Having a positive influence gives the work meaning.

    Cons

    The hours can be long, and some of the people can be tedious to deal with. The pay also is not great, but for someone doing the seasonal work like I was, it was not terrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is time to fully open up the program to all, instead of continuing limitations that are rooted in obsolete social ideals.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Great summer, not a company I'd want to work for long term.

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    Former Employee - Summer Camp Office Manager  in  Molena, GA
    Former Employee - Summer Camp Office Manager in Molena, GA

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Really open structure, always willing to hear contributions from anyone at the camp. The camps are beautiful and have wonderful resources, and the staff are phenomenal- hard-working and friendly.

    Cons

    The structure was a little too traditional as far as male and female roles go. I felt like I was constantly having to prove my capabilities as a female, but that may have also been pressure that I was putting on myself because I can be very independent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep working to make camp as good as possible for the campers. Don't forget or neglect the young staff members- a lot of them need attention and mentoring to reach their full potential.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior DE at a local council

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    Former Employee - Senior District Executive
    Former Employee - Senior District Executive

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work with great people. Good values a based company.

    Cons

    This company will work you to the bone. Dallas protects its Scout Executives at all costs. The good old boys network protects its own even to the point of protecting those who steal and mistreat employees and volunteers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not worth offering as they will never listen. It would be nice if this wonderful organization had a Chief Scout Executive and Staff that upheld the values of the organization they run.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great program for kids as as well as their parents by offering family activities and learning experiences.

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    Former Employee - Business Manager  in  Hattiesburg, MS
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Hattiesburg, MS

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Boy Scouts of America offers its employees excellent benefits including retirement and medical insurance for the employee and family at a reasonable rate. They are very understanding when it comes to personal time such as family sickness or emergencies. The Boy Scouts of America offer a great program for the kids and at the same offer a great work environment.

    Cons

    Some of the challenges are working for a Scout Executive that is not in scouting for the right reasons. By this I mean you sometimes you may have an Executive that is for promoting himself rather than the program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is important to pay attention to the budget. Stirve to meet those goals by working hard and promoting a good program for the Cub Scouts as well as a quality program for the Boy Scouts.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Gone downhill

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The staff is great. Have worked with a number of employees that have become life-long friends. What the company stands for is great. Work with meaning.

    Cons

    The management has gotten worse and the employees pay the price. Very Old school and outdated thinking. Everything is top down and while they pretend to listen they really don't address the issues. When they do change its a complete overhaul and re-shuffling every couple of years. Management has basically held meetings saying that things have been bad for a long time, they have continued to be bad the last few years so we know where we are and where we want to be, but we have no idea how to get their.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop letting rich volunteers on the executive board pretty much run the organization into the ground for their own benefit. Some of the things that have gone on over the last couple of years are unethical. Trust your very qualified staff to get the job done. Stop leaving every decision up to 2 or 3 people in the organization. Also, just because someone worked in a council doesn't mean they know anything about running a business. You need more qualified people from outside. Stop moving everyone up and around from the councils.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    District Executive

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    Current Employee - District Executive
    Current Employee - District Executive

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

    Pros

    Freedom of schedule
    Working for a good cause

    Cons

    Pay is mediocre
    Hours can be long and late sometimes
    Vast array of responsibilities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more supportive, better training

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not what it used to be

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    Former Employee - Secretary  in  Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Secretary in Irving, TX

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    fair compensation
    good vacation policies
    People that remember that this is for our youth.

    Cons

    leadership seems intent on outsourcing and cutting back on staffing
    lack of promotion opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop outsourcing your people
    Stop expecting your help desk to do the impossible by supporting volunteers and employees with less staff than when they did just employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Poor but improving Council

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    Current Employee - District Executive  in  Madison, WI
    Current Employee - District Executive in Madison, WI

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

    Pros

    Rewarding knowing that you are helping youth.

    Cons

    Council fails to keep its promises to employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adopt a team approach instead of management vs employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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