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Updated August 9, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "It should be about the kids, parents and volunteers"

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    Current Employee - Contractor in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Contractor in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They pay well....salary's have been higher than industry standards. This seems to be changing though with the new reorganization that McKinsey helped create. Of course, they took a few million bucks for the consulting work and then delivered a poor plan.

    Cons

    Poor leadership. I think Bob Mazzuca has the right ideas...but the execution of those ideas aren't being handled right. People at national are more worried about their little empires than doing what is right for the Boy Scouts.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to the basics. The Boy Scouts of America is about the kids, parents and volunteers...not about how much power someone can grab at National.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "This is the worst company to work for. Everything they do professionally is antithetical to their mission statement."

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    Current Employee - District Director
    Current Employee - District Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easy to manipulate Critical Achievements (goals), which leads to an increased salary.

    Cons

    The national office is only concerned with how many youth we record we serve, which is terribly easy to manipulate. My district has 1,800 youth and about 950 of them receive a scouting program for less than a week. This company is a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Add more value indicators rather than membership growth indicators.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Baltimore has problems"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The National Council does the best they can; but there is too much trust placed in the hands of the local Scout executives. If someone runs into an issue with their Scout executive it does not matter about working for the "Boy Scouts". Each council is run as a stand alone not for profit. Training is good at the National level, pay is fair. If you can make it through the first TEN years then the retirement is good.

    Cons

    Ten people in management with a professional staff of 13 - problem here? National sold the board on the new Scout executive; but he does not have the skill set to do the job. Moral is in the tank.

    Advice to Management

    National should LISTEN to the people working the problems and issues. Number one reason people leave Scouting is due to poor management, yet NOTHING is done about the poor leadership at the council level.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Not a smart career move!"

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    Current Employee - Office
    Current Employee - Office
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very liberal vacation days
    After almost two years working within the office this is the only perk that cannot be found with another company.

    Cons

    Reviews are not based on merit rather based on the mood of the council
    Management talks down to staff members.
    Management thinks volunteers are stupid (funny since this is volunteer ran)
    The workload balance is way off. 2 people to handle over a dozen counties as well as being personal secretaries to 8 people.
    Follow-thru doesn't happen.
    NO Respect is given to non-management staff.
    Pay for non-management is barely above minimum wage while entry level DE's start at $35,000 a year and Scout Executive makes over $120,000 a year.
    Scout Executive has very little knowledge on management issues - it is all about how to make the numbers look good so he gets a good review with no acknowledgement that it took everybody to accomplish his goals.
    There isn't a policy and procedure manual so the rules change everyday.
    If the management staff wasn't solely focused on numbers all the time they could produce better quality programs.
    Working conditions stink!!!!

    Advice to Management

    Start making a mandatory management class before someone can be a Scout Executive.
    Follow-up on the Scout Executive. Ask the current staff questions rather than walk in and ignore them. Have clear rules so staff cannot change them to suit their needs. Make it mandatory for all councils to have a policy and procedure book and check to make sure it is followed. Focus more on quality rather than quantity - if we had consistant quality programs the quantity would follow. Check to make sure management doesn't abuse hourly staff. This seems to be a big problem. The Scout Oath and Law is not followed by the management staff and management should be the standard others follow.


  5. "Keep looking for job, if you work for the BSA don't come here!"

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    Current Employee - District Executive in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - District Executive in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    It's a nice area and the volunteers are great.

    Cons

    Leadership, from the top down.

    Advice to Management

    Time for some more people to retire.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Boy Scouts"

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    Current Employee - District Executive in Lawrenceville, GA
    Current Employee - District Executive in Lawrenceville, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent Vacation time
    Paid lunches
    Discounts at the scout shop

    Cons

    They do not care about personal life or time
    BS you from day one
    the job environment is you don't mess up or your lose your job
    Advancement does not happen for women
    Salary increases are junk
    Monitor your every move
    Only pay for gas in certain cars.
    DO NOT CARE about the boy scouts only the money
    They make you live in bad parts of the neighbor hood.

    Advice to Management

    Get a new management


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Salary not adequate with the job responsibilities."

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    Current Employee - District Executive in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - District Executive in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Helping boys grow into young men.

    Cons

    Ridiculous hours, annoying volunteers, numbers driven upper management, no time to spend with family, poor pay, unachievable expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Calm it on down. Employees do have lives outside of their work, you cannot expect us to be "Scouting" 110% of the time.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "DE"

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

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

    Pros

    Work in the comm is very valeuble . fantastic mission

    Cons

    To much politics they dont have a open mind

    Advice to Management

    Change the organitaion


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Just another evil corporate emipre"

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    Former Employee - District Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - District Executive in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ok for an entry level job. Good benefits. Gives you a true look at the harsh realities of the real world.

    Cons

    They don’t care for your personal time. Long and ridiculous hours, including working on Sundays. Yes, Sundays. Poor opportunities for advancement. Awful upper management. Only care about raising money to pay bills. Could care less about the values of the program itself.

    Advice to Management

    Try to inspire your staff by showing that you actually care about the Scouting rather than just the numbers.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good ol boys scratching each others' backs at the expense of the young pros doing all the work."

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    Current Employee - District Executive
    Current Employee - District Executive

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

    Pros

    Occasionally, you get to spend some time working directly with the boys and young men that are supposed to be the focus of this program

    Cons

    Archaic management. Like to use scare tactics to produce results. I have no problem with hard work, but it should not come at the high expense of my family life. I am often held responsible for all the actions (or lack thereof) of the volunteers in the district to which I am assigned. Pay is not up to snuff with all of the sacrifice that I'm expected to make in return. I've had good jobs and bad ones in the past, but this one takes the cake.

    Advice to Management

    TRULY make this a volunteer organization. Stop expecting so much from the professional staff. Hold us accountable, but not for the actions of others. Also, share the wealth a bit. I know i'm not supposed to know how much others make, but it's not fair when someone with a year or two more experience than me and fewer job responsibilities is making double what I make.


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