Girl Scouts USA

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Girl Scouts USA Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
210 Reviews
2.9
210 Reviews
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Girl Scouts USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez
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)

  • 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Program Specialist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Girl Scouts USA full-time (less than an 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
  2.  

    It all went downhill.

    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graphics and Publications Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Graphics and Publications Manager in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    Doing a job where you can help build girls of courage, confidence and character is rewarding.

    Cons

    Lots of drama, bureaucracy, and fighting for power amongst the staff, especially the leadership team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start advocating more for the girls than for your own power.

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bureaucratic

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    Former Employee - Troop Leader
    Former Employee - Troop Leader

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA (less than an year)

    Pros

    Girl Scouts provides a great opportunity for girls to develop socially and acquire an appreciation for the world around them.

    Cons

    There are a significant number of rules, which, while understandable to protect against liability, significantly hamper the leaders' ability to involve girls in fun and unique learning adventures. The red tape for any activity is highly restrictive, in many cases requiring at least 6 weeks notice and council approval. There is little appreciation aside from lip service from council (members of which are paid), of the volunteer nature of troop leader positions.

    Despite the micromanagement from council, those at council responsible for cookie sales--the bread and butter for Girl Scouts--repeatedly botched the timely and accurate ordering and delivery of cookies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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

  6.  

    Lots of support, great work environment

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    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 (more than an 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
  7.  

    Excellent!

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in New York, NY

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA full-time (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
  8.  

    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

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Membership and Community Development Specialist

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    Current Employee - Membership Specialist in Gulfport, MS
    Current Employee - Membership Specialist in Gulfport, MS

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

    Pros

    Enjoy the girls and volunteers.

    Cons

    Inconsistency at all levels, often stressed because timelines consistently changed by management, less than satisfactory levels of communication. Volunteers also do not take into consideration that you have a family too; my family often is put second due to Girl Scout or Service unit events.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the work / life balance of the staff.

  10.  

    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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Love the culture and work environment.

    Cons

    Everything was good in the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Great experience, terrible leadership

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    Former Employee - Outreach Co-Leader in Kansas City, KS
    Former Employee - Outreach Co-Leader in Kansas City, KS

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    paid well, fun job, flexible hours

    Cons

    company values and lessons are outdated, TERRIBLE leadership, bosses should require more education

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to go through and remodel lessons for changing times

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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