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Boys & Girls Clubs of America Reviews

Updated Oct 5, 2019

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3.8
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Boys & Girls Clubs of America President Jim Clark
Jim Clark
366 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Making a Huge Difference in Kids' Lives!"

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    Former Intern - Marketing Intern in Columbia, MO
    Recommends

    I worked at Boys & Girls Clubs of America for less than a year

    Pros

    Even while working as a marketing intern in the office, I was able to see the huge impact the organization was making on the kids! We had regular events that brought the community together to support the programs offered at the Club and it was very rewarding work.

    Cons

    Because it's a non-profit company, there are limited resources. As a student intern I wasn't paid, but it helped me grow as a professional and a volunteer.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to show your volunteers, interns, donors, and employees that their time and effort is valued. Some days can be a little hard, but encouragement and appreciation makes it worth while!

    Boys & Girls Clubs of America2015-05-26
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Old School Culture & Toxic Environment"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Professional in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Boys & Girls Clubs of America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Met some great colleagues & associates that I still keep in contact with today. Good pay for a non-profit organization.

    Cons

    Old School business culture, with outdated processes, lots of manual processes & physical paper handling. Many of the Executive Managers are micro-managers and don't give their direct reports freedom to use their own minds to complete projects & tasks. Extremely under-staffed & most employees are doing the work of 2 or 3 people. The HR Senior Leaders are fake & do not look out for the best interest of employees. There is High-turnover and the company has a difficult time keeping good talent. Unless you enjoy being micro-managed, over-worked, under-appreciated, working in a toxic environment, and having NO work-life balance, don't go work at Boys & Girls Clubs of America. I would not refer or recommend for anyone to go work here unless they are beginners to the working world. Experienced Professionals Beware!

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    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes and pay attention to what's working for employees in other businesses. Get rid of the Senior Leaders that are not adding value to your business. If employees are constantly leaving it's because of poor management & leadership. This is ruining The Boys & Girls Clubs of America's brand.

    Boys & Girls Clubs of America2015-06-07
  3. "A good job for the right person only"

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    I worked at Boys & Girls Clubs of America

    Pros

    Making a difference in the lives of children and teens Working with like-minded people Generous time off Reasonable insurance benefits Diverse staff Opportunities for professional development Full-time employment opportunities Decent pay for a non-profit organization

    Cons

    Working evenings and weekends Poor work-life balance Difficult to take time off Very different expectations, resources, supervisors, and culture at each club High turnover Transporting children Long hours Low pay in comparison to all other sectors (no surprises there, though)

    Advice to Management

    Hire locally. Promote from within, but only if that person is actually qualified for the job. Address inequities between clubs. If recruitment and retention strategies are not working…. try something else. Adapt to the needs of the children. Consider hiring subs for staff, just as there are subs for teachers.

    Boys & Girls Clubs of America2015-05-19
  4. "Great"

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    Current Intern - Special Events Coordinator in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Boys & Girls Clubs of America for less than a year

    Pros

    The Boys & Girls Club has great people who provide a really positive atmosphere. The kids are full of energy and have awesome outlooks on life.

    Cons

    Since it's a non-profit, they have limited funds with which to fund your salary. If you're looking for a hefty-paying job, this wouldn't necessarily be for you.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management is great. There's a lot of Facebook/social media usage that seems to become exhaustive for its followers, but some people seem to really like ti.

    Boys & Girls Clubs of America2015-03-11
  5. Helpful (1)

    "You must value helping the kids above all else."

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    Former Employee - Specialist in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Boys & Girls Clubs of America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You're able to make a huge impact on the kids in the community working here. It's really rewarding to be able to see the kids learn new skills and have a positive outlook for their future. You will easily get hired if you have a college bachelor's degree and have a friendly personality.

    Cons

    The job you can get does not have to relate to your degree at all so some of your coworkers may be lacking skills for their job. The company is non-profit so the pay will be significantly lower than average for your job. That leads to the environment being very laid back and at times lazy because people think they don't have to work as hard because of the lower pay. You will work an average of 35-40 hours a week.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure employees get better training and certification relating to their jobs. Implement a strict rule on donations are for the kids only. Spend some money on the computers; the amount of time they take to boot up in the morning and the overall slow experience is surely costing you a large amount in wasted productivity.

    Boys & Girls Clubs of America2015-03-13
  6. "Fantastic Mission without the Infrastructure to Support It."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Boys & Girls Clubs of America full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Working with economically disadvantaged youth, working with this organization can be incredibly rewarding. The members and families truly need and benefit from the services provided. The mission of the organization is toward healthy lifestyles, academic success, and good character and citizenship. It is meaningful work.

    Cons

    The administration sacrifices its employees for the mission. Routinely paying $7 an hour to new employees, even seasoned employees (10+ years) make between $35 - 40k. Top BGCTNV administration are paid 60k - 80k but many are disconnected from day-to-day employees. The benefits are some of the lowest in the non-profit sector. Moving up in the company takes years, they do not compensate responsibility with salary, and moving employees at-will is common. Furthermore, the administration expects employees to work long hours with almost no autonomy. Every club is understaffed, so much so that all full-time employees are now required to drive a school bus or risk being fired. These facets lead to an air of cynicism and pessimism from long-term employees and creates a toxic environment for the organization. The administration is unfortunately too consumed with the capital campaign of raising funds and proving numbers by bringing in more youth and not concerned enough about the lasting infrastructure of the company and happiness or wellbeing of their employees.

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    Advice to Management

    Turnover is to be expected in the non-profit field, but with economically disadvantaged youth who have adults in and out of their lives, why not focus on employee retention? Paying a living wage, giving decent benefits, and recognizing and retaining talent is much more valuable than the constant training and on-boarding costs of new employees.

    Boys & Girls Clubs of America2015-03-22
  7. Helpful (1)

    "A whole lot of fun"

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    Current Employee - Unit Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Boys & Girls Clubs of America part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You learn something new every day. The administrative staff and the CEO of the organization work really hard to make sure you get the training you need to be effective in your position. They also promote from within. If you have the skills and talent and wish to grow with the organization then you are given the opportunity to do so.

    Cons

    One challenge would be the pay/salary. Since it is a non profit organization, they rely on donors to give funding.

    Advice to Management

    Management should work on ensuring that employees are following all the rules and guidelines that have been set for the organization.

    Boys & Girls Clubs of America2015-01-17
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good intentions, but..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Boys & Girls Clubs of America part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    If you are motivated to work for a non profit, and enjoy working with youth this is a great job.

    Cons

    Need 40+ hours a week to do the job right and constantly being asked to do more, but consistent pressure to not go over 30 HR. These conflicting ideas lead to quick burnout.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to make position full time.

    Boys & Girls Clubs of America2015-01-06
  9. Helpful (1)

    "I enjoyed my internship but I could have received a little more out of it."

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    Former Intern - Communications Intern in Boston, MA

    I worked at Boys & Girls Clubs of America for less than a year

    Pros

    The company values are great and everyone is really committed to their jobs and the company's mission. Working for a non-profit can be difficult but BCG makes it worthwhile.

    Cons

    As an intern, I learned a lot but there was a lack of clear direction. The organization and future interns would benefit from a more structured internship program.

    Advice to Management

    Create a nationwide internship program to motivate college students to get involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs either as an employee or volunteer.

    Boys & Girls Clubs of America2014-12-10
  10. "Satisfying, life fulfilling work."

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    Current Employee - Unit Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Boys & Girls Clubs of America full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Knowing one is making a difference in the lives of children who need us the most. Work is never dull. New challenges and opportunities every day. For someone outgoing, great way to become a pillar in the community. Can be fun. It's a business of creating a safe and fun atmosphere for children.

    Cons

    As a non-profit, compensation for work and experience does not seem to be equal to the for-profit companies. Poor work-life balance. Available resources are rarely enough to meet given goals and objectives.

    Advice to Management

    More investment and training to develop front line staff, directors and other personnel.

    Boys & Girls Clubs of America2014-05-31
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