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Boy Scouts of America Reviews

Updated February 18, 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. "Great Benefits"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lakewood, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lakewood, CA

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

    Pros

    Great youth organization to work for.

    Cons

    Very male dominated environment. Needs to see the larger picture outside of their normal.


  2. "District Executive"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule, Fixed Salary, Good benefits

    Cons

    Weekend work and long hours

    Advice to Management

    Not so many "Blackout Dates" for Vacations, stop micromanaging


  3. "District Executive"

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    Current Employee - District Executive in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - District Executive in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    get to work with volunteers that generally want to make a difference

    Cons

    no work/life balance - long & weekend days - nobody respects your time off -the health insurance is a JOKE & expensive - BSA National is a Clown Show

    Advice to Management

    They won't listen to advice, that's why they are in the predicament they're in - the Boy Scouts will be a ghost in 5 years ruined by idiotic decision after idiotic decision - lasted a 100 years, destroyed in 5


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  5. "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.


  6. "Enjoyable place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friendly, personable co-workers who are a joy to work with and teach you what they know to allow you the best possible success. As long as you show that you are willing to learn new aspects of the organization and are hardworking you can go far.

    Cons

    benefits could be a bit better


  7. "Sales Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a Friendly,Safe environment,Honest Staff,Helpful Staff,Punctual job. Everyone is always willing to lend a helping hand.

    Cons

    There are no cons concerning this job.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  9. "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?


  10. "Boy Scouts"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great People, Great Volunteers. A great opportunity to meet new people and network through life.

    Cons

    Terrible work/life balance. Constantly working 13+ hours a day to meet goals and standards. Upper management rolls down hill cause huge problems.

    Advice to Management

    District Executives are the bread and butter of job. Be nice to them or they will get burnt out and leave.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Scout Executive"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Scout Executive
    Former Employee - Scout Executive
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can help kids experience the outdoors

    Cons

    IIts an antiquated bigoted organization

    Advice to Management

    Join the 21st century



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