Girl Scouts USA Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
184 Reviews

3.0
184 Reviews
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Girl Scouts USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez
Anna Maria Chávez
30 Ratings

Review Highlights

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
  • It's non-profit pay, so there's that (in 12 reviews)

  • Upper management exhibits a double standard that contradicts the goals of the organization (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Because girls matter!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Community Development Manager  in  Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Community Development Manager in Knoxville, TN

    I have been working at Girl Scouts USA full-time

    Pros

    The work-life balance is unlike anything I have ever seen before. Whether it is vacation time, sick time, maternity leave, mileage, reimbursements, the benefits package of working for the Girl Scouts is incredibly generous. The leaders of the organization are in the sandbox with the front-facing employees, and there is not a huge discrepancy between how the top and bottom of the ladder is treated. The company truly puts girls first, although financials are obviously important to any nonprofit.

    Cons

    The compensation/salary is relatively low compared to other nonprofit organizations, but the work-life balance, benefits, and workplace culture more than make up for this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think that this company has great management in place that will take this traditional organization to new heights and produce the (girl) leaders of today and tomorrow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Making Changes Can Be Good

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Girl Scouts USA full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Flexibility in work schedules is a great benefit, leadership is improving, health benefits are good. Staff is generally friendly to newcomers. Lots of opportunity for growth in various disciplines and cross-functional work teams. Great variety of people and ethnicities that all seem to work well together in respect of backgrounds and skills.

    Cons

    Culture can stand even more improvement, promotions are very slow unless you are well connected. New staff have to prove their worth to the old guard; although many of the old guard is gone. Not many tradition holders left in the central office which could endanger the movement if tradtion is not valued.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time walking the talk and less time telling staff about minute culture shifts. Be open to hearing how you need to change along with others in the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Girls Scouts of Greater Atlanta- Camp Misty Mountain

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Riding Instructor  in  Armuchee, GA
    Former Employee - Riding Instructor in Armuchee, GA

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great at placing workers where they want to be inside the camp, fairly competitive pay and decent amount of time off during the camp sessions.

    Cons

    Horrible camp director when I worked there. Understaffed which caused the barn workers to also act as counselors which was not in the job description. Since I left, a new camp director has been hired and from what I have heard things have gotten better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Program Specialist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Girl Scouts USA full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -flexible schedule
    -summer hours
    -vacation time, sick days, and personal days
    -Some thoughtful co-workers

    Cons

    -Lack of communication: You'll never know where you'll be on certain days. You might have to go deliver a program on short notice such as clocking in and being told there's a new program to start in an hour. No consideration of prep-time or regard to having a life. You might go to a program at a community center, for example, and the director won't even know why the program specialists are there, because the supervisors failed to properly coordinate a schedule.

    -Management: The "managers" do not know what proper managing is. It's really just a title. They all need professional development on how to speak to employees, delegate tasks and communicate concerns. All need diversity training.

    -No room for growth: Majority of the workers are those who have been there for many years and do not want to budge on their ideas on Girl Scouts. They are not openly accepting of new ideas on the progression of the organization. This is the digital age. Girls are not completely sold on selling or buying cookies anymore. The organization needs a revamp on how to run the organization to cater to the times and generation.

    -Favoritism: Lots of gossip and bad-mouthing of people. Managers speak about employees to other employees who are not managers. Managers show who they like over who they don't making the person who gets the bad end of the stick the run-around all the time. Some are very nosey, which violates employee's privacy.

    -What happened to the mission statement?: Your morale for the Girl Scout mission is immediately shot down once you've discovered that it's all about numbers and increasing membership. It's not about serving girls. It's about keeping the number up. There are over 1500 girls in our council who are WAITING to be placed in troops; however, we are focusing on attaining more girls to make goal. The organization is understaffed to serve the girls who are patiently waiting to be served. The programs are ran poorly, because again the quality of the program isn't important. It's getting the names of the girls to get registered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Treat everyone with respect.
    -Be considerate of workers' time.
    -Accept new ideas.
    -Give an advanced schedule.
    -Communicate DIRECT tasks and instructions. Everyone is running around like chickens.

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

    Very well organized and so many friendly people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Girl Scouts USA

    Pros

    Prefect would not change a thing

    Cons

    nothing that i can think of that this point

  7.  

    Loved my experience as scamp counselor

    Current Employee - Camp Counselor  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Camp Counselor in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Girl Scouts USA part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The people are amazing. A good summer job

    Cons

    Very unorganized. Never really knew what I was supposed to be doing. The pay is very low

  8.  

    Lots of support, great work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Membership Outreach Facilitator  in  Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Membership Outreach Facilitator in Cedar Rapids, IA

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This is a great organization, and the employees tend to be very passionate and dedicated. There's a supportive and friendly work environment, and each individual's professional development is treated as important.

    Cons

    Due to budget constraints, understaffing is sometimes a problem. This can result in too high of expectations or some important tasks being under-prioritized.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in New York, NY

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Friendly people, nice environemnt, nice CEO

    Cons

    Not great pay, no PTO, had to bing your own computer

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Volunteer leader

    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Girl Scouts USA

    Pros

    Great organization that focuses on girl power

    Cons

    Run by folks that haven't been in the business world

  11.  

    It was a wonderful experience doing intern at Girl Scouts

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    Former Employee - Finance Assistant  in  Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Finance Assistant in Madison, WI

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Love the culture and work environment.

    Cons

    Everything was good in the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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