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Boys & Girls Clubs Reviews

Updated March 10, 2017
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  • Some unmotivated part time and full time employees made it difficult to run successful programming (in 34 reviews)

  • Poor work/life balance -- they call, text, and email you constantly when off work (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Great if you work for National Level /Horrible if You Work with a Poorly Managed Local Level"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Killeen, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Killeen, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The National Team is great and I can honestly not say anything about them! They really do love kids!

    Cons

    The local level that I was at as a Marketing Director was very poorly run, unqualified people are put into a position of authority and cause havoc and an unprofessional work environment when the CEO and CFO aren't paying attention. They're poor planning also leads to budget cuts not only in terms of positions and staff but in program funding for the kids as well which is the real downside. My direct supervisor constantly used profanity in the workplace, and made the environment very hostile for everyone who worked under her.

    Advice to Management

    Don't put your favorites in power without doing some serious investigation on whetehr or not they're truly qualified.


  2. "Staff"

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    Former Employee - Staff in Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Staff in Frederick, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The children and mission were amazing. The staff were mostly all amazing people who truly wanted to help children and families. The events that were hosted for the children and fund raisers were great.

    Cons

    The leadership. The previous president was inept and the board is dictated by individual desires instead of towards one comprehensive goal. There were numerous OSHA and MOASHA violations. The staff were under trained and under paid. Children were being groomed for sexual harassment and the leadership was violating EEOC laws. 3 senior management positions were removed and the reasons were extremely dubious. The leadership is extremely dishonest to their staff, the county as a whole and money was misappropriated by leadership. All in all, the organization is a scam and children were not safe.

    Advice to Management

    Remove everyone. Start all over afresh. Hire good people who will do the work and lead with their hearts and not pockets.


  3. "Total Waste of Valuable Talent Resources"

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    Former Employee - Program Specialist in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Program Specialist in Columbia, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible Hours
    Will Work with College Students
    Some staff members are friendly
    Club members were mostly well behaved
    No strenuous physical labors

    Cons

    Low Pay
    Low Hours
    No Benefits
    HR and Management were quite disagreeable especially when talking with employees.
    Corrupt business practices
    Inconsistent and lack of resources to run a club properly.
    Management and other employees will throw you under the bus without batting an eye.
    Only Part time available for entry level

    Advice to Management

    HR team needs to stop making employees feel bad about themselves.
    Management needs to stop blaming employees for children's bad behavior, most employees are not adequately trained to deal with children.
    Need to train employees correctly in every situation that could arise and how to handle it (and don't train so late ex. year after the hire date.)


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  5. "Mismanagement of money by leadership"

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

    Pros

    If you truly want to have an impact on the lives of kids then the clubs may be a great place to work only if you solely interact with the kids.

    Cons

    This organization is a sinking ship. Recently leadership changed and it has gotten worst. This organization I stealing grantors money and falsely reporting back to the grantors. When grants come into the organization for a specific purpose, the money disappears. Misappropriation of funds isn't the only problem, new leadership also plays a large role in the state of the organization. The new leader is not only inexperienced in his role but is also on a power trip. He is very unethical and contributes to the mismanagement of funds. Turnover continues to be high specifically in the finance department because managers lack people and management skills. The employees are overworked, underpaid and unappreciated. Do not work at or donate to this organization until there is new leadership.

    Advice to Management

    The leadership team needs to resign. They constantly preach that it's about the kids when their actions clearly show the opposite. New leadership is imperative for this organization to survive and thrive.


  6. "Office"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sioux Falls, SD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sioux Falls, SD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Kids are great to work with, loved the job and working with the children when I saw them.

    Cons

    The HR and Management Team need to be replaced, they are Bullies and Intimidators, They hire only to pick on, discriminate, bully and have their way, The directors the same. They will lie about you and make stuff up that you did not do. They will not think twice to throw you under the bus if it mean saving their butts. Just watch out, no one is safe the harassment alone will get to you and then eventually they will mentally and verbally abuse you as well.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up, it is not high school, and there are much more important issues to deal with then starting drama because you are bored in your every day work environment.


  7. "Boys and Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley"

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    Former Employee - Education Director
    Former Employee - Education Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The idea of being able to help students and communities in need.
    Some managers and staff were there for the students and the community.

    Cons

    I was limited in what I could do because there were so many conflicting grant-required programs.
    I was working in a housing project and there were gun-shots and we didn't have a lock-down plan, and the director wasn't concerned.
    I wasn't given a desk or computer to do my job. I came to find out this was a power play. I truly just wanted to help support students and the community, but was prevented from doing so.

    Advice to Management

    Have regular check-ins with Directors to makes sure they still have the vision for the programs and that they are getting the support they need.


  8. "Metro Atlanta"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    The people who relate to the struggle are great-- made the best friends of my life chugging along, trying to get through each day. the number of kids they serve each day is incredible.

    Cons

    Within 1 month of being there I knew not only was BGCMA making unethical moves across fundraising, club choices, and much more, but they treated employees like they were lucky to work there, instead of being proud of the accomplishments employees were making for kids. There was no SOP (standard operating procedure) to anything that was done, and while I personally liked the CEO, she was extremely re-active when situations went poorly and never pro-active, even when staff were pointing out the issue.

    Advice to Management

    Examine leadership, and hire people who work for the kids, not for the notoriety, political leg up, or to have high power seat in the organization. Treat employees like human beings. When an employee comes to you with concerns, don't ever advis them to "manage up" to fix situations.


  9. "Secretive"

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    Former Employee - After School Program Staff in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - After School Program Staff in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling, working with kids is extremely rewarding

    Cons

    Secretive company. Sweeps a lot of issues under the rug or ignores them entirely.


  10. "Youth Development Professional"

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    Current Employee - Oregon in Lebanon, OR
    Current Employee - Oregon in Lebanon, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The kids are awesome. Getting to influence a kids life and change the way they look at things by teaching them skills and showing them a part of yourself is life changing for yourself and the kids.

    Cons

    Having to call DHS. The administration running this club. The lack of moral amongst employees. No employee reviews. No pay raises. Favorites played amonst staff by admins.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your staff more for quality work. Give more staff mode opportunitys. Give quality reviews. Be fair to all employees and don't play favorites. Increase pay. Act like you care about all employees equally. Quit hiring just high schoolers.


  11. "Terrible Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Youth Development Professional in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Youth Development Professional in Knoxville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The kids
    The staff I work with personally

    Cons

    Everything else including upper management, administration, policy makers, pay ($8/hr), hours allowed to work per week (no more than 25), no benefits at all, not even paid holidays, no sick time accrual, worthless training put on by upper management without travel allowances or reimbursement, last minute changes to plans made by upper management, compartmentalization of everything, non-team players in upper management, CEO makes over $100,000/year while the real workers make just above minimum wage and have no benefits at all, and yet we are expected to make out weekly lesson plans and monthly reports like we are teachers.

    Advice to Management

    Don't complain about not being able to find and keep good people when your policies are what keep them from staying--or keep them away altogether.



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