Girl Scouts USA

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Girl Scouts USA Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
195 Reviews
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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 11 reviews)

  • Great mission, some fabulous people, great learning opportunity (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management exhibits a double standard that contradicts the goals of the organization (in 15 reviews)

  • The work-life balance is non-existent (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Development Associate

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    Former Employee - Development Specialist  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Development Specialist in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits for a non-profit.

    Cons

    The organization is in great transition. This can be stressful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to improve communication between departments.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    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

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA full-time

    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
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    Girl Scouts USA (2006) Internship to Permanent Employment

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    Former Employee - Recruitment, Marketing & Communications Director  in  Modesto, CA
    Former Employee - Recruitment, Marketing & Communications Director in Modesto, CA

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

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, family-like work environment, room for upward movement, training courses provided at no cost & definite learning experience provided for those who are eager to move up the corporate non-profit ladder. It was a great place to work that allowed me to obtain a wealth of information & wear multiple hats - gaining above average experience for the length of time i was employed. Awesome benefits & flexibility. A lot of opportunity to get involved on a volunteer level. Solid mission & values.

    Cons

    Working at a non-profit sometimes doesn't allow you the room to put into play programs or ideas/creativity you would like to due to budgetary constraints.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    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

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

    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.

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    Girl Scouts is going in the wrong direction.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA full-time

    Pros

    Most co-workers & volunteers were great. Made some life long friends. Vacation time was better than average.

    Cons

    Low pay. No raises for the last 3 years. No room for advancement. Upper management needs to be removed, all of them, and start over. Way too much favoritism. Letting go of great staff at the "bottom" instead of looking at the top.

    The image for this organization is going down hill. GSUSA forcing the mergers was the beginning of the downfall. Taking 7 councils and merging them into 1 ruined former successes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember who is on the front line with the volunteers. Recognize these people. You are nothing without them. Put your egos aside. Get out of your offices and get down in the trenches and really see what the "little people" do. Then take a look in the mirror and reflect on yourself.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Long hours, clueless upper management, low pay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA full-time

    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great co-workers but management needs work - a lot of work!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA full-time

    Pros

    The culture until a few years ago was great but not anymore. There had been 4-day work weeks which was great for being able to work while enjoying family time. It's now a very hostile work environment, negative culture, pay cuts, no raises and 6 day work weeks are common with a very strict "no comp time" policy for all salaried workers (which conveniently, is about 95% of staff). Sadly, this council is a poor representation for Girl Scouting.

    Cons

    The council had a great culture and work-life balance but that quickly changed when the current CEO was brought on board a few years ago. Staff is constantly re-structured because management has no clue what to do and won't stick with any one structure for more than 6 months. The majority of staff is extremely unhappy and constantly leaving and there is absolutely no opportunity for upward movement. Also, the pay is below industry standard - and that's comparing non-profits!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bottom line - respect your employees. Sadly, I think this will only ever change if the leader at the top is removed. She's a cancer to the organization and it will continue to do worse with her as the leader.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Summer Fun, had me a blast

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

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

    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great mission but leadership is lacking.

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

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

    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
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    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

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

    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

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