Girl Scouts USA
2.9 of 5 165 reviews
www.girlscouts.org New York, NY 150 to 499 Employees

Girl Scouts USA Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2014
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2.9 165 reviews

                             

65% Approve of the CEO

Girl Scouts USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez

Anna Maria Chávez

(26 ratings)

38% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "You get a chance to be a contributor and feel like you are making a difference"
    in 10 reviews
  • "Great mission, some fabulous people, great learning opportunity"
    in 9 reviews
Cons:
  • "Management is evolving away from a non-profit service ethos and toward a corporate ethos"
    in 10 reviews
  • "Don't plan on complaining to upper management about a"
    in 9 reviews
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    Great place to work, family oriented. Employees very enthusiastic about programs delivered by the council.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Jacksonville, FL

    ProsGetting to work with all the great volunteer's and making a difference in the girl's lives.

    ConsWorking a lot of nights and weekend hours.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good organization doing a great job.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    Prosflexible, helps to connect with the community,

    Conssome of the people that have worked in the organization many years are reluctant to change.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Cool place, for the most part

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPeople are great. The mission is important and working with the girls is quite fulfilling. You get a chance to be a contributor and feel like you are making a difference.

    ConsThe organization is a little disorganized and some of the practices are outdated. You really have to make your own way and be patient. There is a lot of work to be done and not always enough personnel.

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    Things aren't always what they seem.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsMission to empower girls to become tomorrow's leaders.

    ConsThere is a mean girl mentality starting from the top. Transparency my foot!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    High Stress, Zero Empowerment.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPeople are friendly. Good salary.

    ConsCulture of fear, lack of empowerment if you're not a senior leader to make changes and improve things. enormous turnover.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPrioritize your priorities and don't burn your people out.

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    Rewarding and challenging, though somewhat unstructured management

    Membership Outreach Specialist (Former Employee)

    ProsCompany provides guidance for lessons plans, but leaders have the creative ability to tailor their meetings to fit within the larger GS goals

    Friendly co-workers with the same goals that you have-- to instill confidence in girls in a fun and warm environment

    Field trips!

    ConsUnder-trained, inexperienced, or unintelligible managers -- often the managers don't posses some of the qualities they are trying to teach the girls!

    Some internal disorganization between managers and workers

    Advice to Senior ManagementGirl Scout leaders should be intelligent, creative, and motivated. Attitudes and perceptions trickle down, so hire appropriately!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great mission, unstable leadership, high turnover, yet potential for improvement

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Mableton, GA

    ProsThe mission, the people who stick through the drama and turnover because they believe in the mission, the girls, the dedicated volunteers, the donors who believe in the mission, the organization's facility and resources are a plus

    ConsThe Board does not fully trust the staff, the upper management often does not know what talents their staff have nor appreciate them, lots of staff turnover and volunteer burnout

    Advice to Senior ManagementAfter having a leader that did not trust anyone for several years, make transparency and respect your utmost priorities. The mission is girl's empowerment, so coming from an empowerment model internally would do wonders for the culture.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    ProsVolunteering with the the girls is terrific!

    ConsThere are none that I can see.

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    Amazing training, benefits, and mode of operating....but hard to move up!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsI've worked at Girl Scouts - AZ Cactus Pine for about a year and a half. At first, I loved it. Everybody is pretty trusting, so you can manage your own workload. The company is constantly trying to better its employees by offering training and workshops on healthy communication, teamwork, etc. The work environment is made almost entirely up of women, so the "glass ceiling" doesn't really apply here. Upper management is receptive to some new ideas from staff.

    ConsIf you work in the office, do not expect to ever see actual volunteers or Girl Scouts. The company is attempting to make all these changes to increase girl membership, but there seems to be gaps in that vision, which can be frustrating. Also, every employee in the council has very unique job duties, so it is hard to train yourself for a position in which to move up. Unless you are one of the very few hourly employees, expect to work long weeks, and usually weekends. There is also a lot of petty politics that go on that can make it hard to move forward. The CEO is awesome, but the rest of the senior staff....if they don't like you, it's going to be hard to move up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop limiting your employees, who want so much to make changes for their communities but keep finding red tape within the infrastructure of the company. Make the office more available to girls and volunteers, which in turn will create a more positive environment for the staff.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Interesting, challenging with the opportunity to do some really good work with some great people.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGreat mission, some fabulous people, great learning opportunity

    ConsVery political with a challenging culture.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWalk your talk for real and understand that what you do communicates who you are, not what you say.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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