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Boy Scouts of America Reviews

Updated August 9, 2017
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  1. "Great Organization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America full-time

    Pros

    Great Company to work for

    Cons

    Long Hours and a lot of meetings


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Hard work, but can be doable if you don't mind dealing with volunteers with a sense of entitlement."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - District Executive in Jonesboro, AR
    Current Employee - District Executive in Jonesboro, AR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Time off in the summer and at Christmas. There is a feeling of accomplishment when a boy gets to go to camp or earns a rank.

    Cons

    Extremely stressful. No life-work balance. People automatically think that you are anti-gay/trans or have some political opinion. Lots of mandatory night meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management should make a point to more directly support those working in the field.

  3. "Great summer job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America part-time

    Pros

    Work in the outdoors all summer.

    Cons

    Isolated to a camp in the mountains for the summer

    Advice to Management

    Invest more time with your employees.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Business model is ancient and does not work."

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    Former Employee - Boy Scouts District Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Boy Scouts 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 a year)

    Pros

    Working with adult volunteers and Scout at times at events that are not employees.
    Camping, make your schedule at times and it is flexible during the summer.

    Cons

    Negativity is abundant! Years of instability, very bad business model, lack of actual qualified leadership, work 80-90 hours a week is not enough, you are threatened with loosing your job and focus is on the negativity and not positive, you are treated with limited respect, managers are elitist, who do not communicate with low level employees and they segregate management from front line employees to protect this model to force respect.
    Travel to meetings and office and then back to night meetings with volunteers, then they don't respect that time as it is not part of the 2 major functions, recruitment for scouts and fiscal fundraising responsibilities.
    This operations model is barbaric and they get away with this model even though the turnover is amazingly high and under recorded. The organization has a foundation to a program, but the management does not promote the same standards on the employees as they do the volunteers and youth.
    The Scout Oath and Law is good for the program but it is not a practice with the work place, the management sells it but does not use it or apply it to the business model and day to day business operations.
    Say goodbye to your family, they will never see you and they do not come first even though they will claim to be family supportive, maybe for managers. You are expected to work as long as you can to get to the goal.

    Advice to Management

    Restructure the methods and aims of professional Scouting, your business model is not working, has not worked, look at the 87-93% turnover rate of District Executives and realize maybe its not the people you hired but the actual business model. Oh and stop promoting managers from the 7% of surviving turnover as successors, you are not getting the cream sorry but you promote people based on survival not based on ability and managers just keep the cycle going. Change the entire professional model for District Executives. Hire fundraisers, hire Program people, hire recruiters, one person can not do all that and be successful.


  5. "Camp Councilor"

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

    Pros

    Positive work environment, rewarding experience, strong commitment to service, and reasonable compensation.

    Cons

    Really this job is only negative if you don't like working with kids/young adults, or if you expect to make a lot of money.

    Advice to Management

    In general, keep up the good work. Experiences gained by both campers and camp workers are invaluable and your support makes them possible.


  6. "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


  7. 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

  8. "Life Guard"

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    Former Employee - LIfe Guard in Greenwich, CT
    Former Employee - LIfe Guard in Greenwich, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Unreal work environment and great working with the kids

    Cons

    None that i can think off


  9. "DE review"

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and good benefits

    Cons

    Many goals with little incentive

    Advice to Management

    NA


  10. "Prepared. For Life."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    An excellent place for a mission driven values oriented employee. This organization is one of the best and most reputable tools for communities to use to engage in civic leadership.

    Cons

    The organization in many departments can be steeped in tradition resulting in challenges when it comes to being innovative or responsive to changing business conditions.


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