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Updated June 12, 2017
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  1. "Boy Scouts"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great to work with youth

    Cons

    The real job is fundraising all the time.

    Advice to Management

    Let new blood and Ideas in the door


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Member Care Advocate"

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    Former Employee - Member Care Advocate in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Member Care Advocate in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The job pays well, starts at $17 hourly

    Cons

    Awful management, little to none growth chances, A LOT of work

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Too much work & too many levels!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America full-time

    Pros

    The program is the best for creating future leaders and getting kids off the streets.

    Cons

    I read many reviews about too many hours/long days. It is more about too much work for one person and all due NOW! There are too many levels of management...fell like I'm being micro-managed. I agree with the other reviewer that mentioned decreasing upper salaries and increase the pay of the employees who are doing all the work to make upper management look good.


  4. "Fantastic co-workers, terrible management"

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    Current Contractor - Camp Staff
    Current Contractor - Camp Staff
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Camp staff is an incredible experience. The interactions and camaraderie between the staff is nothing short of amazing. Working with the kids is incredibly rewarding.

    Cons

    Upper management frequently screws the staff over, caring about nothing but membership numbers and money. The scouting values are nowhere to be found. We are instructed to focus on pleasing the scoutmasters first, since they decide where to take the boys to camp. Staff is frequently overworked, and management is completely out of touch

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your camp staff, you might be surprised what you learn.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Are Scout Executives held to the Scout Law?"

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    Former Employee - District Executive in Eastern, KY
    Former Employee - District Executive in Eastern, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Helping youth working with volunteers. Working with fellow DEs across council and nation. A profession that can be meaningful if working for an ethical management.

    Cons

    Pay is low unless one is a Scout Executive One must transfer to another council (often out of state) every three years to get a decent bump. There is little HR influence so the DE depends on the SE (scout executive) to allow for transfer. If they don't want you to go they will block your transfer or treat your desire as disloyalty and try to get rid of you. the SEs are well connected with each other so it is an old boy's club. The SE's are focused on money and membership numbers which makes sense but often allow extensions to make numbers (December 35th anyone?). Traditional events like camporees may get canceled to focus on other activities that generate more money. This infuriates volunteers but the office pro's won't care because they think in shorter time frames (because they transfer every three years). This damages volunteer relationships which DEs are left to repair

    Advice to Management

    Scout Executives may have paid their dues by working and following orders for 15 years to get to their positions but a dictator class has been created. District Executives are doing all the fundraising, membership and program work yet the pay and poor treatment doesn't reflect it. DEs raise enough money to justify better pay. Would suggest creating a hotline to report unethical behavior anonymously for HR to investigate. SE sexual activities in his office really? Brushing aside volunteers who can't afford friends of scouting really? Focus only M and M (money and membership) and not program? Where's the accountability for Scout Executives other than for M and M?


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Finance Director"

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    Current Employee - Finance Director
    Current Employee - Finance Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    No significant penalty for repeated under-performance since relationship building is more important than the bottom line. Three to five years developing relationships is not uncommon before a substantial contribution to the bottom line is required. Coincidental support, such as estate or remainder trust receipts are credited to the employee at the time of disbursement, as well as when the commitment is given.

    Cons

    Lack of support from management is not unusual, and reviews (even for successful financial achievements) tend to be more about how the employee could have done better rather than applauding what was done well. Funding for training and expectations for personal professional development are extremely limited.

    Advice to Management

    Require objective performance criteria based on reasonable, measurable goals. Consistently administer both rewards and penalties on a predetermined schedule without regard to overall and unrelated goals for the council as a whole. Provide for at least 40 hours of continuing education each year, as well as progressive certification and qualification achievements.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Can't get out of their own way"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Flexible Schedule
    -Expenses
    -making a difference

    Cons

    -tons of hours (way more than 40 to be effective)
    -all proccesses are out of wack
    -management seems to lack clear direction (national and local)

  8. "For the love of GOD don't do it!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule, You get to work outside (sometimes)

    Cons

    - You will have multiple bosses for the same job and they will all think that there way to do it is the best.

    - Management will throw you under the bus! Plain and simple that's how the BSA works.

    - Brown-nosing is the only real way to advance. Kissing but works better than actual productivity.

    - Revolving Door - I have seen so many people come and go. I wonder if i'm the idiot.

    - New ideas are usually the same thing you have been doing but they just call something different.

    Open Door Policy - Nope, it's open but it will hit you in the butt on the way out.

    You will hear your ideas promoted by management 6 months later and they will take credit for it.

    Tech Stinks - Management Software was written on a Commodore 64. Machines in offices are usually 7-8 years old. Were still using XP

    I could go on but my head hurts.

    Advice to Management

    Wake Up!


  9. "Best and Worst Job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Real human interactions as a staff member. None of that fake corporatism, but you are a human being and so are the scouts. Management is .. well
    Incredible experiences you will never have anywhere else
    Self-Improvement
    Beautiful Lake
    Access to lots of activities
    "free" room and board and you can stay weekends

    Cons

    Very thrown together and duct-taped, everything. Management is learning just as much. A great deal of slippery dishonesty and ridiculous mistakes with payroll and getting equipment. Also a lot of presumptuousness. My hiring email was "Welcome to the staff" not "We would like to offer you the job."
    When you get liesure time you are to tired to do anything but sleep
    like $200/week starting pay - (if you ask for a raise)

    Advice to Management

    Don't be dishonest. Get better at your job.


  10. "Don't have a family"

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    Current Employee - District Executive in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - District Executive in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with kids, seeing them grow. Great volunteers and co-workers. Nonprofit management experience.

    Cons

    Management only cares about bottom line. Sink or swim approach to new employee training. Ridiculously low pay for the amount of work required. Long weeks, long days...leave no time for work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the program and the kids more than the bottom line. Train your staff...they can't learn everything by watching videos. Remember your supposed to be a family organization, what about work/life balance for staff?


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