Outward Bound

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Outward Bound Reviews

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
18 Reviews
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18 Reviews
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    Wilderness Field Instructor

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    Former Employee - Field Instructor
    Former Employee - Field Instructor

    I worked at Outward Bound full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Opportunity for a lot of personal growth, acquiring new skills, and building positive relationships with the people you work with. Relating to youth on a whole different level is awesome!

    Cons

    Pay. It's a non profit so you're not getting paid much. Work-life balance can be a real challenge if you are scheduled to be out in the field for a few weeks at a time constantly "turned on" essentially, 20 hours a day, and then coming back to live in the staff housing they provide surrounded by people you work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go out on a course!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great educational organisation

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    Former Employee - Field Instructors in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Field Instructors in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Outward Bound part-time

    Pros

    Great organisation to work. The values they work on are great. Staff trainings, beautiful course areas

    Cons

    Not enough pay for people leaving in the bay area where life is expensive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More money to people living in the bay area

    Recommends
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    Get paid to grow yourself and help others grow, too

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    Former Employee - Instructor
    Former Employee - Instructor

    I worked at Outward Bound as a contractor

    Pros

    - people are true to the mission
    - incredibly interesting, smart, talented colleagues who are also good souls
    - facilitate life-changing experiences for clients and students
    - play in nature!
    - (agree with previous reviews about OB being a way to live, not a place to work)
    - technical training, pro-discounts, fun trips outdoors w/colleagues
    - one of most well respected experiential education organizations in the world

    Cons

    - if you're a field instructor, the lifestyle could be unsustainable for those looking to get married and raise a family
    - the pay is modest
    - urban centers that focus on working with at-risk-youth may not be the best trained or have as much emphasis on technical training as the other schools

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Outward Bound part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Relax and friendly, people are nce

    Cons

    None, salary is low.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    We teach leadership, but organizational structure needs imrpovement

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    Former Employee - Marketing Director
    Former Employee - Marketing Director

    I worked at Outward Bound full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment, opportunities for adventure, fascinating people, rewarding work.

    Cons

    Huge expectations of little-to-no work/life balance, poor leadership communication, last minute strategic decisions mean a chaotic operational environment outside of field logistics, which always run smoothly, lack of long-term planning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase professional training for office-based positions - stop being tolerant of last-minute saves which always mean the work skates through at the last minute.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Summer intern experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Outward Bound as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Highly dedicated and helpful staff. The executive director strongly wants to help you develop and learn in the field of peacebuilding, NGOs, etc. Everyone values your opinions and considers your contributions. Constructive feedback from management was constant and extremely beneficial. The staff strongly believes in the mission, as does its dedicated board members. After you leave, they want to keep you involved as much as possible (if you're willing); it's a great network to have. OBCP is located in the same building as Outward Bound USA, so sometimes you help them as well, and you get to use their rock climbing wall. The management is very flexible and understanding of your life/schedule.

    Cons

    Intern project work may not get utilized as much as you might hope; yet it is still a good learning experience. The only compensation you receive as an intern is a small transit stipend, which management is very candid about before you take the position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing to report. They're wonderful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Outward Bound is truely mission driven, committed to its employees, and actively changing the world for the better.

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    Current Employee - Lead Instructor in Mazama, WA
    Current Employee - Lead Instructor in Mazama, WA

    I have been working at Outward Bound as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Feeling like I'm doing good in the world keeps me coming back year after year. Housing, food, and mountain access come standard.

    Cons

    It doesn't pay much, since it's per diem, instead of hourly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's working; keep it rolling!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    awesome company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Outward Bound as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    the company work environment

    Cons

    The pay is pretty low

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Incredible field experience.

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    Former Employee - Field Instructor in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Field Instructor in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at Outward Bound as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people. Incredible outdoor experience. Supportive community.

    Cons

    Flawed administration. Money from state funded programs is distributed to other OB schools with paying students. State funded programs get second hand equipment from these schools. Classist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know where the money comes from and take care of those programs first.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nowhere to Go

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    Former Employee - Lead Instructor in Leadville, CO
    Former Employee - Lead Instructor in Leadville, CO

    I worked at Outward Bound as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great experience working with students in a variety of outdoor environments; teaching them new skills and helping them learn more about themselves.

    Cons

    The staff community is exclusive and cliquey; lots of alcohol & drug abuse among staff, lots of parties. I never really fit in, so was overlooked for employment advancement and recognition. It is a career path the leads to nowhere...you can instruct and then? There is nowhere really to go unless you are best friends with someone in the office who wants to hire you to help them out doing paperwork. The actions of the staff never really matched up to the values that they promote.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You've got a lot of great staff that you overlook because you aren't willing to take the time to find out who and where they really are, on both personal and professional levels. The management atmosphere is elitist feeling...when I would go into the office to do things none of the staff would talk to me, or really even acknowledge that I was there the majority of the time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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