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Girl Scouts USA Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
182 Reviews

3.1
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Girl Scouts USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez
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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.  

    Great company influencing the growth of girls. Leadership exhibits unstable management style.

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

    Pros

    Organization has a history of longevity in employee service and a dedicated staff who supports the mission and puts in the extra effort to get the job done.

    Cons

    Upper management exhibits a double standard that contradicts the goals of the organization. Keys employees lacks the initiative the take responsibilty for their job responsibilities, while others will claim to have no knowledge of a job function, yet will not release the responsibilities to anyone else. Benefit package requires vast improvement to attract and retain qualified professionals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should consider taking a hands on approach to understand direct job functions, allow creativity and enhance benefit package.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good organization to work for however it was a little rough being a guy.

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    Former Employee - Membership Specialist  in  Redwood Falls, MN
    Former Employee - Membership Specialist in Redwood Falls, MN

    Pros

    It is a very laid back organization with flexibility. They work with their staff and encourage creative thinking and abstract concepts.

    Cons

    The biggest problem that I found working for the organization was that they were very female oriented. Being a male I found that I didn't always fit in and that at times they didn't necessarily want my opinion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote more hiring towards men.

  3.  

    Summer Fun, had me a blast

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    Former Employee - Camp Counselor  in  Jackson, MI
    Former Employee - Camp Counselor in Jackson, MI

    Pros

    Get to work with girls from around 5 to 11.
    Trained in various fields. Sense of community and just a very chill fun thing if you enjoy working with kids.

    Cons

    My experience with summer camp has been that the higher ups are VERY unorganized. I would be working this summer but the Camp Director is awful at getting back to people

    There is drama among the staff, which isn't fun.

    The pay is AWFUL. Roughly 40¢ a day. I was paid $240 a week. Worked 22hr+ days from Monday-Thursday, half days on Friday and Sunday.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put people in charge of the camps that have their stuff together.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A Seriously Fun Summer!

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    Former Employee - Camp Naturalist and Lifeguard  in  Howell, MI
    Former Employee - Camp Naturalist and Lifeguard in Howell, MI

    Pros

    Working with the girls!
    Playing at Camp all summer~
    Working outside
    Working with an ethical, values-driven company
    I worked the summer after college graduation at Camp Innisfree as the Naturalist. HAD A BLAST! I learned right along side the girls.

    Cons

    Pay - very low, even for someone just out of college. We were paid by the day, and had to relieve the counselors one night/ week while they got a night off. Recognizing the need to be a team player, it was fine.
    Facilities - need investment to continue growth
    The camp needed some work - flooring was in need of replacement, swimming areas were in need of new docks/ cleanup.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. Investments in the camps would go a long way to increasing enrollments and providing a safe environment for the girls.
    Also - pay attention to the counselors and other staff. Perhaps an annual party at the end of the summer? Would go a long way...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Long hours, clueless upper management, low pay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Wonderful coworkers, hard working volunteers

    Cons

    Little movement, high turnover rate - over 25 employees were laid off, fired, or quit within one year. Upper management is horrible. Most of the volunteers have issues because of upper management but nothing is done about it. There has been so much turnover due to "reorganization" there is very little trust within the company and moral is incredibly low. You will work long hours and end up traveling a lot for the company in a salaried position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's a non-profit, your paying your employees next to nothing, show them a little appreciation. My advice the board - clean house when it comes to upper management. You have a bunch of middle aged women with self esteem and control issues who treat the employees below them horribly. There is too much turnover and the volunteers continue to question the motives of your upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ineffective Leadership Leading To Poor Results

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bedford, NH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, NH

    Pros

    Wonderful volunteers with a passion for the girls, century of tradition. Founder Juliette Low is a powerful role model and was a visionary. Great organization that empowers girls.

    Cons

    Too many changes in a hand full of years confuses volunteers and staff. Some good staff gone because they weren't appreciated or were undermined. Some departments not effective because supervisors don't lead or train those under them. Little appreciation for jobs well done- morale low. Programs cancelled with no notice. Favoritism with board and staff. Board is not effective. (But hard to get members). Conflicts of interest including HR. Job openings not posted- people just moved around or jobs changed. Strategy planned but not followed thru.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what Girl Scouts promise. Yes it's a nonprofit but it used to be fun to work for. Hold leadership accountable for their departments. Don't spend money on consultants to tell you what staff can tell you if asked. When people leave interview them (board) to see why. Keep confidences. Indecision leads to more rumors and unstable work environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Great mission but leadership is lacking.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    Pros

    It's non profit organization that has a fantastic mission and really does make a change in the community. It also has great PTO and benefits.

    Cons

    Pay is low, management is all over the place and disorganized, a lot of pointing fingers vs fixing issues and bending over backwards for non-employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't micromanage your staff and have such high demands on such meager pay. Your directors also need less ego and more willingness to get down and dirty with the rest of the staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A lot of work for very little pay. No room to advance.

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    Former Employee - Membership Manager  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Membership Manager in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Flexible schedule because you work such strange hours (weekends, nights, days). Half days on Fridays.

    Cons

    No money for anything (program, paycheck, benefits, office). Half of the office staff always work from home. Little personal time because you work Nights and weekends as well as during the week. High turnover because the pay is awful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would meet with all employees and ask how their supervisors are doing. Offer better benefits like days off instead of purchasing cheap retail items to give as incentives. Pay those who do a great job - otherwise you lose good employees. Quit coming up with millions of different programs to push and focus on a few at a time so everyone is on the same page.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Leading organization to promote leadership development in girls.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The advantage of working with this organization is there will be lots of fun projects to promote. Special interest groups reach out to the Girl Scouts to help support and promote issues in the local, national and global community.

    Cons

    Future employers don't see it as a "real" job. Future employers can't imagine that the organization does anything other than offer camping opportunities or sell cookies.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Leadership challenges.

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

    Pros

    Great mission for girls.

    Cons

    Self centered top management using the organization to advance their own careers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to middle management. They work on the front lines with the staff that serve Girl Scout councils.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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