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Girl Scouts USA Reviews

Updated December 9, 2018
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  • "Far too many hours, lack of work/life balance" (in 27 reviews)

  • "All upper management has been at the organization for at least 10 years" (in 44 reviews)

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  1. "Outreach Program Leader"

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

    I have been working at Girl Scouts USA part-time

    Pros

    empowering, fun team. an amazing first job. gives you a lot of relevant skills.

    Cons

    there are basically no cons

    Advice to Management

    none


  2. "Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great leadership program for girls

    Cons

    Poor organizational structure to work in

  3. "Good place to work"

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

    I have been working at Girl Scouts USA part-time

    Pros

    Strong values, family environment, holidays off

    Cons

    No paid holidays. Lay off twice a year


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Dysfunction at its finest"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits including health insurance, PTO and flexibility.

    Cons

    Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri -Those at the executive level do not understand the day to day operations of those working in the field. Expectations are unrealistic. Those working with volunteers day in and day out are not heard regarding practices of what’s working and not. Any “pause points” had are done by a questionnaire already determined. The proper questions are not asked therefore it’s like a hamster wheel. The turnover is unreal at the entry levels. There is very limited opportunity for advancement, if there is, it’s middle management. All upper management has been at the organization for at least 10 years. There has been a reorganization at least every year for the last 4-5 years. No one can seem to figure out the best staffing. Senior managers are mainly messengers, those who support their staff are not heard. One new senior manager is really just a pet favorite who didn’t come from the team she is overseeing. It’s very draining in many levels.

    Advice to Management

    Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri -Upper management needs to spend a few days (weeks) with those working with the volunteers. Shadow them to really get an understanding of what they are doing Day in and day out. Spend time with everyone working directly with programs, from volunteers, to portions, community outreach and customer service. This way informed and educated decisions can be made for everyone.


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    "Great mission, poor culture"

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    Current Employee - Technical Specialist
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great mission. Flexible.

    Cons

    High turn over with little room for promotion or growth.

    Advice to Management

    I would advise supporting and encouraging council staff more fully. Employees are attracted to the mission but feel that the mission is not always supported. Disconnect between national and regional councils can be overwhelming.


  6. "Troop Volunteer/ Cookie mom/Financial secratery"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Girl Scouts USA full-time

    Pros

    Community, girl empowerment.

    Cons

    None at the moment, very helpful orginization


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Finance"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, work from home is good. You meet good people around.

    Cons

    Old School Organization. It takes new contractors years to get hired. VPs, PMs, and Managers are too old, don't want to retire because they're making huge salaries doing nothing all day than talk and cover each others b*tt.

    Advice to Management

    Use new technology to make work process easier, hire new talents to make the organization look better and let old employees retire.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Discouraging and disheartening place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The mission and impact on girls is amazing.

    Cons

    There is constant restructuring about every six months, which is discouraging and confusing, as no one understands who is responsible for what duties at the organization and there is a constant revolving door of employees. Positions are either eliminated or remain vacant for six months, and employees are given the departed employee’s work without appropriate compensation. Pay is not comparable to the industry standard, and employees are not appropriately given merit raises. Jobs are often given to those with no experience in the field, which causes non-management level staff to train their superiors.

    Advice to Management

    Respect and value your employees. Your rate of turnover is a direct result of low pay, piling more work into employees without compensation, and not hiring experienced managers. Instead of hiring more VPs, directors and extra levels of management staff that are not needed, consider paying your employees appropriately and providing career development.


  9. "getting better"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    meaningful work and lots of variety

    Cons

    lack or communication and benefits


  10. Helpful (2)

    "I & r specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Girl Scouts USA full-time

    Pros

    Nice people, good hours and location

    Cons

    Too much turn over, lack of consistency