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  1.  

    If you long for the days of high school with mean girls, cliques and bullying, then this is the place for you.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA full-time

    Pros

    This is a review for Girl Scouts NE KS & NW MO. The mission of the organization, the potential benefits for girls, and dedicated volunteers are the bright spots.

    Cons

    Girl Scouts NE KS & NW MO may "build girls of courage, character and confidence" but they treat their staff poorly. Staff talent goes unrecognized and there is no professional development. The Leadership team members' ethics are questionable at best. Hiring and firing practices are suspect, staff members and personnel issues are routinely discussed at leadership/directors meetings, and bully tactics are frequently used to "manage" subordinates.

    Cronyism is alive and well at GSKSMO, as personal friends, businesses and contacts of Board Members and Leadership Team (CEO & VPs) members are hired as staff and/or consultants and used for contract services, even though others may be more qualified. The culture is one of fear and distrust with high turnover.

    If you are considering working for this particular Girl Scout Council, my advice to you is to run and don't look back!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your values should reflect the values and mission of the organization. Currently, they do not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Membership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA

    Pros

    Worked with great volunteers daily.

    Cons

    Very biased in advancement, often forgot to look within.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have great employees. Utilize their talents, and find what their goals are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Community Development Specialist

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    Former Employee - Community Development Specialist in Lubbock, TX
    Former Employee - Community Development Specialist in Lubbock, TX

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

    Pros

    Work long hours but most of it is spent doing nothing
    Two-three weeks paid vacation during Christmas
    Half days on Fridays

    Cons

    Horrible upper management, Supervisor is only there because Corporate is afraid to fire hire
    Horrible work environment, everyone talks about each other and supervisor loves to pin employees against one another
    Supervisor is verbally abuse, will make you feel as though you are always ten steps behind her even if you do a good job
    Work long hours and weekends
    No proper or formal training, you are thrown into a room and supposed to know exactly what to do
    Low retention rate for a reason
    Benefits are horrible
    Can't advance at all, stuck in the same position forever
    Pay is very low but thats common for nonprofit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire supervisor, get a new person who knows how to manage employees and knows how to do her job.
    Learn how to properly train new employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Great opportunity but somewhat unfair

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    Current Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in Mableton, GA
    Current Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in Mableton, GA

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

    Pros

    Got to learn a lot about working with children.

    Cons

    favoritism and discrimination between employees

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

    Staff does not go by Girl Scout values.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA

    Pros

    Working with inspirational volunteers. Seeing smiles on girls' faces at events.

    Cons

    Review of N. California, Bay Area office - Incredibly disorganized management. Favoritism displayed way to often. A lot of gossip and I mean A LOT and in EVERY department. Very long hours and poor pay. Many adult volunteers have entitlement complexes. Internal data base is antiquated and confusing as is Website. Way too many objectives to achieve that are changed half way along the road.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move away from girl cookie sales as main source of revenue. Clean out your non-productive staff which you have an excess of and do not overlook your management team when doing so. Stop allowing management-to-subordinate bullying.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Highly political, high turnover.

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    Former Employee - Just A Worker
    Former Employee - Just A Worker

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA full-time

    Pros

    Helping underprivileged girls get leadership training. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    a lot of turnover. Mid management and under have low salaries. Top dogs earning six figures while others get only minimum wage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No one wants to hear about Girl Scouts. Make it more exciting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Great mission, little room for advancement, poor upper management

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    Former Employee - Membership in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Membership in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The mission is great and working with the girls is the only reason I stayed as long as I did. Most of the staff are very nice people. Very generous paid time off: 3 weeks vacation, 2 weeks sick leave, 4 personal days and 10 paid holidays. Decent salary for a non-profit organization.

    Cons

    Hard to find time to use vacation/personal days because of hectic schedules. When hired, told that you have to be available "occasional" nights/weekends - reality is you wind up working nights/weekends 3/4 of the time as well as your regular daytime hours and since you're paid salary, there's no overtime for working 50-60 hour weeks. Telling employees to use flex time for work/life balance is all fine and good, except when supervisors/co-workers then complain that you're not there on time in the morning.
    The only constant in working for Girl Scouts is to expect change - I worked for Girl Scouts for 2 years and in that time the corporate action plan changed 3 times. Upper management between different departments does not communicate well and it winds up causing friction between the actual departmental staff when priorities are different and everyone is expected to help everyone else at their job. Little to no training when you start working there - you're pretty much thrown in and expected to sink or swim.
    Very little opportunity for career advancement. High turnover among staff and high expectations of volunteers leads them to burn out quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with employment candidates about the actual hours of the position and put together some kind of training for new employees that is actually relevant to their position.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Mixed experience; some amazing experiences and some really awful experiences

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

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

    Pros

    Really great leadership development program for girls and for women volunteers. Other pros; some really smart, committed people; flexible work schedules in some departments; opportunities to work on interesting projects.

    Cons

    Challenges included: disconnect between what senior leadership said and their behaviors; inconsistent application of policies; very little focus on professional development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk your talk - if you really want to change the culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Very Kind Staff

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    Current Contractor - Web Designer/Web Developer in Houston, TX
    Current Contractor - Web Designer/Web Developer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Girl Scouts USA as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great group of employees, excellent supervisor

    Cons

    No room for permanent positions. Manager of IT is an excellent boss, extremely professional, Unfortunately No warning on time frame of completion of project was given.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep open communication with employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    In School Scouting

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    Former Employee - In School Scouting Leader in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - In School Scouting Leader in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    Work with inner city schools

    Cons

    Classes can be cancelled last minute from school

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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