Girl Scouts USA Reviews

Updated March 22, 2015
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Girl Scouts USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez
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Pros
  • You get a chance to be a contributor and feel like you are making a difference (in 11 reviews)

  • The work-life balance is unlike anything I have ever seen before (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management exhibits a double standard that contradicts the goals of the organization (in 16 reviews)

  • Exceptionally disorganized- even for a non-profit (in 15 reviews)

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  1. A great non-profit with a mission

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    Current Employee - Programs
    Current Employee - Programs

    I have been working at Girl Scouts USA full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Using creativity and passion for your work to create opportunities for girls to grow and learn. Co-workers that are also passionate. Opportunities to learn skills outside of your department.

    Cons

    The pay, there's no way around it, it's a job you take because you believe in the work. In the non-profit world in general, you will run into a wide range of skills - people who are beyond talented and others that just skate by.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Having a clear vision for your Council is important. That includes a vision for facilities, programs, and employee performance. I have seen it done very well and poorly. When possible (because it varies year to year) give employees incentives to improve.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Unsettling

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    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA

    Pros

    Its mission is to promote girls and who can argue with that? Nice location in midtown Manhattan.

    Cons

    In its desire to remain viable, it's forgetting that character is important. This organization used to value its employees (especially those with experience) & treat them with respect. Now its attitude is change for the sake of change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember what (& who) made this a great company to begin with. If employees no longer see the heart & civility in this place it's hard to find reasons to stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Volunteering for the Girl Scouts was a great experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Interacting with the young girls was a highlight. I really felt like I was making a difference.

    Cons

    Sometimes working with the kids can get tiring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Two sides to a coin

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    Current Employee - Membership Manager in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Membership Manager in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at Girl Scouts USA

    Pros

    Flexibility to learn various departmental roles.

    Cons

    Not valued as a membership manager
    Senior Team was power strucken with work overload for the ones doing the real work including volunteers
    Constant change in processes and team members with extremely high turn over
    No career advancement opportunities. Senior team does not expect any employees to stay more than 3 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees. Pay them what they are worth. Value your VOLUNTEERS!!!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Volunteer, Troop Leader

    Current Employee - Volunteer, Leader
    Current Employee - Volunteer, Leader

    I have been working at Girl Scouts USA

    Pros

    Girls Scouts Northern California does a good job at keeping leaders educated and informed so we can best support the girls in the program. It's a real treat to be able to help these young ladies grow into strong women utilizing the principles of Girl Scout leadership.

    Cons

    As in any volunteer organization, you can cannot always choose who you work with. At times, the local leadership may or may not adhere to the policies and principles of the greater good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Volunteer support

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    Current Employee - Volunteer Manager
    Current Employee - Volunteer Manager

    I have been working at Girl Scouts USA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great talented people to work with, lots of paid time off. Lower staff is great to work with.

    Cons

    Pay not comparable with other councils. Overloaded, shrinking staff, lots of turnover, too many evenings and overnight, no room for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need Directors to talk to each other so all departments can function. Hire more staff instead of loading more work onto current staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Making a Difference

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Girl Scouts USA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    benefits, flexible hours, autonomy, intelligent staff, caring volunteers, making a difference in the lives of girls

    Cons

    I don't have any to mention at this time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing and working to make positive change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. Identity crisis

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    Former Employee - Development Specialist
    Former Employee - Development Specialist

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA

    Pros

    Compensation, work/life balance, wonderful mission.

    Cons

    Lack of direction, middle-management employees not empowered to make decisions, slow moving on the national and local level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get fresh perspective in leadership positions. Take more risks, playing it safe will not save this organization from being phased out as other opportunities for girls are winning out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. United Action for Youth (UAY)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Motto is UPR - Unconditional Positive Regard. The work environment exudes this and is excellent in life/work balance. A must for those in the human services fields. Great atmosphere with focus on teens.

    Cons

    Small parking lot so get your spot early in the day.

  11. Great Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA

    Pros

    Great people, great cause, laid back atmosphere.

    Cons

    Lack of organization, lack of communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest more time in your people. people are the best resources you have use them to their greatest abilities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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