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Boys & Girls Clubs Reviews

Updated October 10, 2017
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  • Cons of working at the BGC is that its only part-time (in 42 reviews)

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  1. "Awful"

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    Former Employee - Site Coordinator in York, SC
    Former Employee - Site Coordinator in York, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Boys & Girls Clubs part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you love working with the youth. If you don't take your job too serious. This may be a second job. That way you won't be so stressed. You may get a long better with co-workers than administrative staff.

    Cons

    No support from administration. Definitely doesn't look out for the best interest of children & staff.
    Administration talks a good game, but does not truly appreciate great employees.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to be a "leader" not just a manager. Learn what quality is from the employees.


  2. "Leadership lacks support"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Boys & Girls Clubs (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    When directly working with youth the ability to provide programs that encourage opportunity in academic success, and character and leadership.

    Cons

    Lack of quality leadership. Consistent turn over, not feeling valued or supported as an employee.

    Advice to Management

    Support needs of staff that actually work with youth. Use systems management not top down as most of the top hasn't worked with youth ever.

  3. "Shines on the Outside - Rotten to the Core"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Boys & Girls Clubs full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Coworkers, Benefits, Salary but that's about it

    Cons

    Inconsistency, overworked, indecisive, high turnover rate, commute, parking


  4. "My experience at this club has been horrible but working with the kids could be a great opportunities all ages"

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    Former Employee - Art Instructor in Carrollton, GA
    Former Employee - Art Instructor in Carrollton, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Boys & Girls Clubs part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very close to college and it looks good on your resume for education majors. Experience and location, pay isn't bad if your a college student, some managers are flexible with college students. Very easy job, field trips, cultural based events throughout the year

    Cons

    Management is always bad. First boss that hired me. Was married with kids attending use to touch inappropriately on all female staff in addition My money will also be missing in almost every paycheck without me knowing, my second box here at the Boys and Girls Club showed favoritism to a few of the staff for an entire year buying them food and stuff for the club that they would not read ,salary needs to be higher for the kids we worked with, organization , too far from other clubs so you will lose opportunities and events the metro area clubs are having,

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with staff about concerns and issues one on one and not through email! Keep it professional with relationships and when it comes down to money.


  5. "Great potential, complete disappointment."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Boys & Girls Clubs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Local clubs provide a great opportunity to support kids and teens. So many national partnerships with so much money from national donors.

    Cons

    National office is completely disorganized and poorly managed. High turnover and terrible morale in every department. Unethical financial practices and misuse of funds. Disconnected to what is happening in clubs, poor communication, and terrible follow through. Old boys club and years of experience in senior leadership instead of good leadership training. Seems like everything is just for show with no substance. It looks like they are making a big difference but no one can tell you how outside of number of kids served (which is completely padded with no way to accurately report). Data and evaluation is poorly collected and not accurate of true experience. No voices are valued at any level. (And no use of the Oxford comma!)

    Advice to Management

    1) Stick to a decision or leadership approach and follow it through: constantly shifting priorities with poor change management leads to confusion and frustration with committed staff and high turnover with newer staff.
    2) Hire very skilled consultants to completely overall internal processes and management: HR is very poorly managed with no confidentiality or true support and there is no consistency across teams or departments. No matter how many times or ways you ask someone to report something, it holds no meaning if it is disconnected from what they are really working on. Just eliminate 50-75% of national staff and start over with all new positions and purposes.
    3) Invest in technology: dinosaurs in technology despite claiming national leadership for kids and teens in completely digital generation.
    4) Practice what you preach: core values are a joke and hold no meaning when they are not followed. If focus is on kids, show that in your work and financial decisions. Treat local and national staff the way you want the kids to be treated.


  6. "Run Away"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Boys & Girls Clubs full-time

    Pros

    Met some nice people who care about the kids.

    Cons

    Promotions from within were common, except it had more to do with who liked you than if you were qualified for the position. One person had been there for years and still had no idea what she was doing. She spent her time blaming everyone else for her failings. Pay was way below average and other people were hired and paid more. If you tried to use the little bit of PTO you got, you were looked down on.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the hard working employees and quit promoting the kiss ups.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Soap Opera Like Work Environment at HQ Level"

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

    I worked at Boys & Girls Clubs full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with dedicated and competent coworkers at HQ (excepting upper management), a number of fantastic Club Directors and Club staff, and of course the kids.

    Cons

    Complete Game of Thrones, cut-throat atmosphere that is modeled top down. Senior leadership and ADs asking for unreasonable demands, exhibiting erratic leadership styles, allowing emotion to be a driving force in decision making, and pitting employees against each other.

    Advice to Management

    Be decent. Don't reward manipulation and deceit. Root out bad behavior, rather than allowing managers to create a poisonous work environment.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Director in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Boys & Girls Clubs full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Teaching children new skills, helping create inclusive programs for kids with special needs. The kids are for sure the best part.

    Cons

    Very low compensation for the work and experience involved. Lack of overall communication, Horrible management from senior staff, no growth potential, lack of training and necessary resources, they also expect you to work overtime regularly with no overtime pay. Terrible organization culture and structure.

    Advice to Management

    Your organization is top heavy. It's no secret. Pay your hard working staff better salaries fit for the cost of living in 2017. Your mission is to help people living in poverty so own up and pay your qualified staff better wages/salaries that are above poverty level.


  9. "You need thick skin to work in Development department"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Boys & Girls Clubs full-time

    Pros

    BGCMC overall is a wonderful company who provides much needed programming for it's kids. They do a wonderful job with the kids and the community.

    Cons

    The office culture can be quite intense and some of the Directors can be thoughtless, rude and tormenting. Management style is unhealthy and if you're not prepared to heavily defend yourself and your methods, stay away! They claim they will give you comp time, but they expect 10 hour days plus weekend work during season. So, when exactly is comp time supposed to occur?

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the bullies


  10. "Needs an overhaul"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Boys & Girls Clubs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Directors are very smart, program staff enjoys their work,

    Cons

    low pay unless you're a director, poor communication, contradictory expectations

    Advice to Management

    reevaluate your declining culture


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