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Updated February 16, 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 (1)

    "Like the Titanic"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Passionate people that seem to care.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy to the max - no incentive for real growth because positions are based on short-term career growth rather than dedication to place/community

    Advice to Management

    Change structure of growth to encourage employees to grow through sustained success rather than just years in a position.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Manager of Museum Collections"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The people I work with are amazing!

    Cons

    Organization is top heavy and hesitant to follow their own rules.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "District Executive"

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    Current Employee - Boy Scouts District Executive in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Boy Scouts District Executive in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can make your own hours. You can have a lot of down time. Everyone is super nice and up beat. The look on a child's face of pure excitement is what keeps you going. Helping people is my passion and I love being around the volunteers. I get to talk to new people every day. I get to build relationships with my volunteers instead of just working. I can just get out there and have fun during the activities.

    Cons

    It requires your services 24/7. It does not pay enough for as much work we do.


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  5. "Entry Level Position"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America full-time

    Pros

    Great deal of responsibility, autonomy, and varying experiences that make it ideal for an entry level position out of college.

    Cons

    As a non-profit, there may not be the kinds of resources or capabilities to adapt to challenges that for profit corporations may be able to provide in a similar position.


  6. "Boy Scouts UE Review"

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    Current Employee - Urban Emphasis Program Leader in Bronx, NY
    Current Employee - Urban Emphasis Program Leader in Bronx, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The hours for urban emphasis leaders are very flexible and there is plenty of opportunity to advance to Cubmaster and field specialist if one has the drive

    Cons

    In spite of flexibility the pay is just above minimum wage and the short hours certainly don't help any.


  7. "Health Director"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America as a contractor

    Pros

    Really fun work environment. Lots of great people come and go, and getting to know the kids and teach them is rewarding.

    Cons

    Living quarters are snug. At the time I didn't mind sharing a small room with someone else, but it's not ideal

    Advice to Management

    Don't let politics get in way of function. Sometimes the money would be readily available for something silly, but lacking for something like vehicle repair.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good outweighs the Not-So-Good"

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    Current Employee - Boy Scouts District Executive/Unit Service Executive in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Boy Scouts District Executive/Unit Service Executive in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great mission oriented career
    Great people to work with
    Good balance of office and field work
    Most co-workers and volunteers you interact with are pleasant to interact with
    Decent pay for entry-level
    Great Training opportunities

    Cons

    Nature of Work (not specific to Detroit Office):

    Very, Very, Very fast paced job

    Takes a certain type of person to work here, very aggressive goals

    The year runs in seasons Recruiting, Fundraising, Spring Recruiting, Summer Programs- They all start running together and even worse if you get behind on your goals

    Have got to be organized- live and die by cell phone and computer

    Health Care Benefits are good but expensive (esp if adding dependents)

    Work-Life balance is a great concept but must be very watchful because easy to get off balance and dive more into work side.

    Advancement can be slow at times- typically 3+ years before moving up into a Senior District Executive (still pretty entry level) then 2-3+ years to move to District Director (mid-level management)

    Non-profit - means there is a heavy emphasis on fundraising and cost cutting.

    Raises and promotions are based on fundraised dollars and budgets for the next year

    Specific to Detroit

    In a borderline neighborhood (around some sketchy parts)

    the largest area in Michigan so the goals are much higher- part of a larger council in Michigan and the Detroit area is often seen as carrying the rest of the state.

    Advice to Management

    I believe that the Management is pretty well considering the nature of the job. Like anywhere, you can have people who micro-manage people more than others, but in Detroit, it's really good.


  9. "GNYC, BSA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good salary. Good benefits. Nice perks. Started as a temp, hired full-time after 3 months. Management takes care of valued employees.

    Cons

    Communication needs work & woek hours can be ling and hard. Expected to be "on-call" 24/7.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better and confer with campaign managers when planning and strategizing.....


  10. "Rewarding Job"

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    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Colorado Springs, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You may not get paid a lot but you benefit a community of children that really need help and it is very rewarding.

    Cons

    You will not make a lot of money.


  11. "Great Job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great training, good pay, good benefits, supportive managers, and satisfaction of knowing that you are helping your community benefit from a great character education program.

    Cons

    It is a sales job, fundraising is very difficult at times, get told NO alot, volunteer base is hard to expand, and the job that volunteers do directly affects your job.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to offer ongoing training to new hires, lay out exactly what job entails, more mentoring, give real-world training examples.



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