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Girl Scouts USA Reviews

Updated June 28, 2017
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Girl Scouts USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez
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  1. "Great Job, Great CEO at Citrus"

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    Current Employee - Membership Manager in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Membership Manager in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Girl Scouts USA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working for GSC is such a blessing! Not only do they offer a great benefits package as well as PTO and bonuses, but they make work fun! The CEO is constantly popping into meetings to deliver gifts and pep talks. I also love the flexibility that this council provides.

    Cons

    The schedule can get intense during the busy season. It's doable since it's only for two months but the impact made is well worth the time spent.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing everything on track as you are. We are ready to be the best preforming council (against our own potentials) by 2020!


  2. "Disorganized Women's Organization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Commaraderie within certain groups
    Mission for Volunteers and Girls

    Cons

    1. Top-Level Heavy
    Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts laid off 7-mid level management, but Senior Level and Chiefs were unaffected by reduced annual budget and downsizing of the organization.
    2. Advancement through sycophantism
    After downsize, promotions were given to replace the 7 positions
    3. Poor benefits
    In an "empowering" women's organization, maternity leave is not offered. However, you can opt for Disability Leave. Yes, having a baby is a disability. Very empowering.
    Offers expensive healthcare with high deductibles, FSA, Dental
    4. Uninclusive for an "Inclusive" organization
    Sophomoric behavior is condoned by Senior management to mistreat peers
    5. Ridiculous and Arbitrary Rules
    6. No work/life balance, no flexibility
    Will be asked to travel more than estimated. Early days, long nights
    7. Work does not commensurate with pay for mid-entry and below
    You will be asked to complete a Self-Performance review twice a year, but may only earn a pay increase one of those times. Second review and a potential increase will only reflect recent (24-48 hours) of performance and not overall yearly/bi-yearly performance.
    8. All Staff meetings congregate to show appreciation and value to team members.
    9. Runs like a corporation.
    10. Website is confusing to navigate and does not communicate well to external audiences.
    11. Company spending is unnecessary and wreckless.
    12. Constant pointing fingers and blame


  3. "Pros and Cons"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA full-time

    Pros

    Mission-driven organization making a true and vital impact on girls and the world

    Cons

    Too siloed and fragmented -- internally and externally


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Most rewarding job I have ever had."

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    Current Employee - Girl Scout Member Support Specialist in Duluth, MN
    Current Employee - Girl Scout Member Support Specialist in Duluth, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, every day is a different experience, 20 days paid time off in first year along with 10 recognized holidays off, decent benefits, fun environment, opportunity to travel regionally and nationally, and room for growth.

    Cons

    Salary not as high as similar positions in private sector, high attrition rate makes for frequent changes in work place.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed emotions"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Girl Scouts USA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great mission and a lot of really dedicated people - who can argue with girls' leadership?
    Really good benefits, lots of vacation (25 days/year for exempt staff)
    Definitely trying to improve the organization and make it more appealing for younger staff.

    Cons

    Many departments seem to be completely disorganized with an overall lack of strategic direction.
    Poor money management and planning.
    Negative culture of distrust and power grabbing by senior leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Value your younger employees and welcome ideas, even when it's not "what we've always done."


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Those expectations you have based on the brand? LOWER THEM."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Girl Scouts USA full-time

    Pros

    Generous time off allowances; decent health coverage

    Cons

    Horrific and incompetent leadership infects every aspect; extremely low compensation (MANY staff members have second jobs); astoundingly unprofessional upper management; antiquated mindsets and ill-advised decisions; unqualified, apathetic upper management and staff allowed to remain and drag what's left of the place down while qualified staff with potential and ideas is run off or flees; highly questionable fiscal management; convoluted and outdated financial systems; rampant dysfunction and disorder; poor priorities; deteriorating facilities; understandably low staff morale; etc. etc. etc.

    The board here is also misguided and ineffective. Nothing short of a top-to-bottom overhaul would salvage this train wreck of an organization. Sadly, that’s not in the cards.

    Advice to Management

    Step aside. Allow someone who actually cares to run the place.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Highly dysfunctional organization. Passive aggressive, unpredictable, hostile environment."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Girl Scouts USA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, if approved by supervisor. I cannot offer additional advantages, but am required to include 20 words in this section.

    Cons

    In constant state of flux. Reorg after reorg. It's hard to keep up. Staff is regularly defending positions in fear of losing jobs. Lack of support on every level. Catty, critical, negative culture. No opportunity for learning, growth, or advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Too many problems to articulate.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great mission but not great internal execution"

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

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The mission and spirit of the mission are awesome. There is also a cool new focus on updating the organization to focus on all sorts of activities (STEM, Financial Literacy, etc) rather than just camping and cookies. There is also some great mid-level talent.

    Cons

    Very disorganized and chaotic. Time is wasted all the time. There is a lot of "managing up." Great talent is driven away.

    Advice to Management

    Take a careful look at who should really stay and who should go. Streamline processes to save time. Make real plans and execute them.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Yes to the overall mission of the company, iffy on internal B.P."

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    Former Employee - Database Specialist in West Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Database Specialist in West Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Worked at the River Valley office in Minnesota - everyone was warm and kind and really do want to see EVERY girl advance and achieve. Inspiring!

    Cons

    I didn't like how they fired people. It was literally no warning, not even let back to their desk to get their stuff. I was hoping to say goodbye to the people leaving, but wasn't allowed. There must be a reason for this that I don't understand? And there were some HR hiccups at the end, but nothing to sway me from going back or suggesting someone else take a job here.


  10. "Great place to work for!"

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    Former Employee - Membership Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Membership Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work for with thoughtful and supportive management. The staff members are incredibly smart and hilarious women/men whom empower on another and work hard to achieve the organization's mission. Working with the amazing young girls and dedicated volunteers was the best part of my job.The pay was decent for an entry level gig.

    Cons

    Large turnover, constant realignments, not the place to move up in your career.

    Advice to Management

    I think there could have been more professional development opportunities.


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