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Boy Scouts of America Reviews

Updated April 11, 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 59 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Outsourcing not always good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good benefits
    - You get to make a difference in the future of youth
    - Working alongside talented co workers
    - Job satisfaction at the end of the day

    Cons

    Too many office politics. If you stay too long you'll get left behind in your career.

    Advice to Management

    Outsourcing doesn't always work. When you have a dedicated department, restructure don't outsource. Look for ideas from within not from consultants.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "better for high school students, not to support yourself"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Santa Rosa, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Santa Rosa, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The clients who current are in Boy Scouts or are entering are amazing

    Cons

    Upper management micro-managing
    Low pay

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with more respect


  3. "Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Den Leader in Elmore, OH
    Former Employee - Den Leader in Elmore, OH

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I was never employed by BSA, but I volunteer my time as a Scouter and a parent of a Life Scout. I have worked with the Erie Shores District as a committee member for the last 6 years. The District staff are always very helpful and friendly. I believe if I was ever employed there it would be a great place to work.

    Cons

    I have worked with people who are actually employed by BSA and I have not found any thing that I would consider a con.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Fair"

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    Current Employee - Store Manager in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Oklahoma City, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Like working for the non profit organization. Helping the customer find what they need. And that always there's something to do.

    Cons

    Too much work. Not allow to work 40 hours. Not overtime. Don't pay to good. They give too much work, plus want to have you doing sales. So you dont have too much time on one of both areas. Budget on salary is to low to have a store employees well pay and during all store hours

    Advice to Management

    Be more proactive to your employees.


  6. "Great People Work There"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yucaipa, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yucaipa, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great organization to work for. Great values!!

    Cons

    Work Load vs Expectations is tough


  7. Helpful (2)

    "A good organization with terrible compensation"

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    Former Employee - District Executive in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - District Executive in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    A somewhat flexible schedule that allows you to vary your work schedule. Working with a lot of different people and building relationships with volunteers. Seeing kids you've recruited into the program learning and having fun at various events. While I no longer work for the Boy Scouts of America I am still an active volunteer and believe in the program.

    Cons

    During Fall Recruitment, Popcorn Season, and FOS season you will work insane hours including nights and weekends with no extra compensation. There will be weeks were you don't ever have a day off and work 16 hour days. The council I worked for didn't properly train their employees and then belittled them for not doing their jobs. Each council operates differently which makes it difficult to assess the organization as a whole. When hired everyone starts as a district executive which is the lowest paying but highest work volume position.

    Advice to Management

    Increase starting salaries and decrease work load. Even people who love the organization's mission burn out quickly and hate their jobs because the expectations are so high and the compensation is so little. Adequately train employees instead of using the sink or swim method.


  8. "Stress for low money"

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    Former Employee - Registration Assistant in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Registration Assistant in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You may feel like you are doing something for someone other than yourself. It's a venerable and old institution that tries to make it into the modern age.

    Cons

    Low pay, terrible management. Stressful work environment, upper management that turns a blind eye to managers who are not trained in their job.

    Advice to Management

    Do not allow married couples to work closely, it creates a HOSTILE environment.


  9. "Moving in the right direction"

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    Former Employee - Program Administrator in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Program Administrator in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America (More than a year)

    Pros

    The mission of the organization is extremely valuable and worthwhile.

    Cons

    The National Service Center still does not have a singular focus. The departments are fragmented, and many still are focused on self-preservation or promotion over the mission of the organization. Work life balance needs to be focused on. Many employees work nights and weekends without being compensated for their extra work and efforts.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the customers. Make sure that goals of the departments match the needs of the overall organization.


  10. "Just a little pick me up..........."

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    Former Employee - Financial Administrative Assistant in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Administrative Assistant in Brooklyn, NY

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

    Pros

    Being able to go to social gatherings and network. Being a professional at all times with the most kindest and friendliest CEO and CFO of the New York City Council.

    Cons

    Very moody employees to work with. Really dont care about their professionalism and their dress code is beyond horrible.

    Advice to Management

    If you are a professional and work in a corporate environment, conduct and dress accordingly. If those who want to be moody dont like their job, tell them to quit or adjust the attitudes.


  11. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Angelo, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Angelo, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Meet a lot of people and get to work with the youth.

    Cons

    work with volunteers and some of them are not friendly at all. Travel a lot .


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