Outward Bound Reviews

Updated February 19, 2015
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  1. Guide

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Outward Bound

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture and people really fun and rewarding

    Cons

    I can not think of any

    Advice to Management

    keep it up


  2. Helpful (1)

    Wilderness Field Instructor

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    Former Employee - Field Instructor
    Former Employee - Field Instructor

    I worked at Outward Bound full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Go out on a course!


  3. 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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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 Management

    More money to people living in the bay area


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  5. Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Relax and friendly, people are nce

    Cons

    None, salary is low.


  6. Helpful (2)

    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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Incredible organizational culture and a strong emphasis on professional development and growth for instructors

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Outward Bound

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Culture of feedback - you will gain practice giving and receiving feedback, and you will have the opportunity to deliver feedback to people at all levels of the organization - your input is valued! You will often set personal development goals before instructing courses, and your co-instructors and course director will help you make a plan to achieve your goals. Many new instructors go through an incredible training where you boost your wilderness skills, learn curriculum and practice handling real-life scenarios.

    Cons

    Burnout can happen! Find ways to re-energize yourself. The "field-based" lifestyle is not for everyone!


  8. Helpful (3)

    The most fantastic 8 Years

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Ely, MN
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Ely, MN

    I worked at Outward Bound full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Outward Bound is not a place to work, it's a way to live. As an employee you will discover how to live fully and authentically, with purpose. The work is tremendously rewarding and the leadership, experiential education, and communication skills training is excellent.

    Cons

    Outward Bound employes work extremely hard in exchange for meaningful work and relationships, not for finanical rewards. The pay is ok for the industry but don't expect to get rich. Living expenses are often taken care of which helps with cost but also simplifies life.

    Advice to Management

    Managment at Outward Bound works harder year round than anybody in the organization. My advise is continue discovering how to take care of yourselves.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Great people on board, fun ,alive,& open friendlyness!!

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    Former Employee - Facilities Mang in Golden, CO
    Former Employee - Facilities Mang in Golden, CO

    I worked at Outward Bound

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    fun people , laid backed , but professinals, family vibe!! Great benifets, if full time!

    Cons

    people come & go!! except mang. can't blame them 4 hanging!! , it's a non profit gig, so not much $$$ in the lower ranks ,

    Advice to Management

    buy more PIZZA!!


  10. Helpful (2)

    I gained experience, but not all of it was positive.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Instructor in Scottsmoor, FL
    Current Employee - Assistant Instructor in Scottsmoor, FL

    I have been working at Outward Bound

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You will gain experience in the field that can help you gain further employment elsewhere. Outward Bound is a respected organization that most outdoor professionals recognize. OB also hires for the at-risk program with little or no experience required.

    Cons

    More training is needed to adequately deal with the at-risk youth population. This would reduce staff turnover rate. Most staff sign a contract before they know fully what they are getting themselves into.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more staff training that is relevant to the population of students, and more opportunity to work on general population courses at bases outside of the Southeast region; or possibly exchange instructors between at-risk programs nationwide to increase instructor knowledge and experience base.


  11. so so experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Outward Bound full-time

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

    Pros

    close to nature. friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    lots of red tape. staff severely overworked. high burnout rates.

    Advice to Management

    look at what's happening to the staff around you



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