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Updated February 4, 2017
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  • Work-Life balance is a great concept but must be very watchful because easy to get off balance and dive more into work side (in 33 reviews)

  • Very long hours with Salary pay (in 58 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Wish I had listened to these reviews"

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    Former Employee - District Executive in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - District Executive in Wilmington, DE
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Wealth of personal development, the volunteers are great, fantastic for making connections.

    Cons

    60+hours a week...lied to in an interview about this. Management in Del-Mar-Va Council was verbally abusive to the point of creating a hostile work environment. Was asked to spy on other employees. Absolutely no training from management. Unreasonable expectations for District Executives. Expected to be on call 24 hours a day under certain management. Poor ethical and completely unacceptable behavior from those in leadership roles.

    Advice to Management

    Don't keep or promote people that don't abide by the ethics. One bad apple can take a whole Council down and make good people that actually believe in the mission run away as fast as they can.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "District executive"

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    Former Employee - District Executive in Syracuse, NY
    Former Employee - District Executive in Syracuse, NY

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working with youth and great volunteers who seem dedicated.

    Cons

    Long hours and no guidence, expectations and goals are way to high. My scout executive told me at first that i was spending too much time at the office, then when he started only seeing me there a few times he stated in my termination letter that I was not in the office enough. no training the training received at national is generic and doesnt take into account the demographics of each specific council. Begging people for money is not something most people are comfortable with. Asking single mothers for money because of all the program does for their son isn't the right way.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating the program like a business. i was a scout as a boy and got manygreat benifits from it.
    Concentrait on good program, the boys will recruit their friends and the money will come.
    Consider demographics in the area you're fundraising in, asking for $200 in an area where the average household income is $39,000 is unrealistic and draws people away. Stop paying council executives so much, they really don't do anything and bennifit, mine was always bragging when he cam in about how well he did on the golf course rather than seeing to it that I was set up for success.


  3. "Full Time Store Employee Supply Group"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Local Management is great but aside from store management it goes down hill quickly.. Supply Group is a sinking ship and it's going down quickly!

    Cons

    Territory Managers say things such as "We cater to business not employees" and are always cutting hours. They promise if you start sewing in the store you can stay at 40 hours but then cut anyway. After they cut full time hours, they say "Hire Hire Hire" for part time. Just look at the reviews, most of the 5 star reviews aren't even from employees but volunteers. Most employees here aren't very happy. They try to make you feel this is ok by saying you work for a company that helps kids! Cutting Hours, Forms Forms and More Froms AND THEN Forms for those forms. Always being talked down to. Being asked to send photos of everything you do because they don't trust anyone. Poor IT support on the store levels, poor computer software, computers always down. Customer services goes down hill because they want stores to push pants when 90% of people don't want to buy our pants, then we get blamed for customer surveys that say "Uniforms cost to much"

    Advice to Management

    Fire all the Radio Shack people you brought in! Ever wonder why radio shack went under? THIS IS IT, we are now a sinking ship of has beens


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  5. "Ok"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It's kind of fun, and you get a lot of time off and benefits

    Cons

    Severely underpaid for amount of hours, if you're not that into it, you won't have a good time


  6. "NOT what you think it is"

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    Former Employee - District Executive in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - District Executive in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Awesome dedicated volunteers
    Working with youth
    Should be a chance to try new ideas but the archaic "Mad Men" style of leadership prevents any creativity

    Cons

    Not much more to add that hasn't already been stated.
    Sales Job
    leadership and management work on scare tactics and disrespect
    They Scout execs are for the most part narcissistic dictators that would make Stalin proud
    No sense of work/life balance
    Many of the leaders are okay with "managing the truth"
    out of pocket expenses
    management refuses to use modern commo technology which could save hours of time and $$$

    Advice to Management

    Seriously you need to get out of the 1960's management style
    It is a bit of irony that the founding principles of the BSA are completely disregarded by the leadership
    There needs to be more central control by the BSA HQ's to monitor the Scout executives
    The bottom line treat your workforce with respect and you wouldn't have such huge turnovers which affect productivity, that includes volunteers


  7. "Horrible place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Helping kids see their potential, and meeting great volunteers.

    Cons

    Not family friendly at all. Very very long hours, which is why you are a salaried employee. Large amount of pressure for unrealistic goals. Be careful going into this profession if you are female, you will not be treated fairly and be taken advantage of. Scout Executives become greedy and loose sight of the true vision of Scouting.

    Advice to Management

    Set realistic goals, treat everyone equally, Scout executive's should not be paid so highly for a 501 ( c)3


  8. "District Executive"

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    Current Employee - District Executive in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - District Executive in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    get to work with volunteers that generally want to make a difference

    Cons

    no work/life balance - long & weekend days - nobody respects your time off -the health insurance is a JOKE & expensive - BSA National is a Clown Show

    Advice to Management

    They won't listen to advice, that's why they are in the predicament they're in - the Boy Scouts will be a ghost in 5 years ruined by idiotic decision after idiotic decision - lasted a 100 years, destroyed in 5


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Scout Executive"

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    Former Employee - Scout Executive
    Former Employee - Scout Executive
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You can help kids experience the outdoors

    Cons

    IIts an antiquated bigoted organization

    Advice to Management

    Join the 21st century


  10. Helpful (1)

    "review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good and solid youth program

    Cons

    terrible management. top heavy


  11. Helpful (2)

    "dont do it"

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    Current Employee - District Executive
    Current Employee - District Executive
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule with paid vacation and sick leave. The volunteers you get to work with are the only reason to stay in the job.

    Cons

    Work at least 60 hours a week. They tell you in the interview that you will most likely work one weekend out of the month and a night or two during the week.... BUT in reality you work 3/4 weekends and 3/5 nights a week. Bosses tell you to "flex" your time but it is impossible to get the job done without putting in the time. your job is 90% fundraising and 10% recruiting youth/adult leaders. The expectations are too high and they laugh about it.

    Advice to Management

    Have upper management do more fundraising themselves rather then putting all the pressure on the entry level employees. HUGE turn over rate in this job.... wonder why...



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