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Outward Bound Reviews

Updated October 20, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "OB is awesome"

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    Former Employee - Field Staff
    Former Employee - Field Staff
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Outward Bound part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent staff, trainings and organizational culture. A great place to make a difference with a range of populations in a wilderness setting.

    Cons

    - Lots of time away from home. It can be difficult to maintain friendships and relationships while working in the wilderness for large amounts of time.
    - Promotion on many cases means less contact with students and the wilderness

    Advice to Management

    Look for more ways to create full time, sustainable careers for staff. Outward Bound is a great place to work but is often not sustainable long term.


  2. "Great mission, mediocre management"

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

    I have been working at Outward Bound full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Passionate, like-minded team members
    - Spending time in the outdoors
    - Flexibility

    Cons

    - Low salary
    - Poor benefits
    - Mediocre leadership at the top

    Advice to Management

    Remember that low and mid level staff members need a sustainable reason to stay on board!

  3. "Thompson Island (Boston)"

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    Former Employee - Summer Connections Facilitator in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Summer Connections Facilitator in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Outward Bound full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    supportive environment
    friendly staff (family feeling)
    beautiful island
    things to do before and after work
    opportunity to be creative
    helpful training
    opportunity for advancement
    great professional development opportunities
    more than enough resources to get the job done
    ability to be yourself
    org's investment in its values and principles

    Cons

    the stress of making boat times to get off of the island (not many time options)
    if you choose to live on the island, the buildings a little old and sometimes gross


  4. "Staffing Director"

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    Current Employee - Staffing Director in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Staffing Director in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Outward Bound full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Get to work with wonderful, smart, ambitious coworkers in a very community-oriented work environment. Great mission. Professional development opportunities. Often get to work in the outdoors in wild places. Can be flexible hours depending on job and season. Professional discounts in the outdoor apparel and equipment industry.

    Cons

    Long hours and on-call hours as a top administrator, especially during the summer. Low pay.

    Advice to Management

    Raise compensation at key positions. More room for upward movement. More and creative benefits.


  5. "Alumni Manager"

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

    I worked at Outward Bound full-time

    Pros

    Work culture was very collaborative and positive. Great work life balance with highly motivated workers that cared about the impact of work on mission.

    Cons

    Organizational structure is challenging to balance expectations and conflicts of interest across steakholders


  6. "Assistant Instructor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Outward Bound full-time

    Pros

    Loved working outdoors, taking my kids on beautiful hikes and challenging them during insight days. Co workers were great people, feedback and collaboration are a regular pleasure.

    Cons

    Sharing a living area with multiple people sometimes got too crowded or unsanitary when season really picked up and people stopped picking up after each other. Pay is minimal.


  7. "Pretty Awesome"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Outward Bound full-time

    Pros

    Great community, great cause. Lots of flexibility in work hours. Nice to be part of a growing organization that's entrepreneurial. There's definitely opportunities for growth and advancement

    Cons

    I would say that challenges are not having a ton of time or money for professional development. You have to look outside the organization for some of the expertise and mentorship you might need

  8. "Development-Finance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Encourage and foster self and team strength.

    Cons

    Not enough exposure to building sessions


  9. "Logistics Intern"

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    Former Employee - Logistics Intern in Basking Ridge, NJ
    Former Employee - Logistics Intern in Basking Ridge, NJ
    Recommends

    I worked at Outward Bound (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers who truly try to foster your growth

    Cons

    Community housing is very dirty!

    Advice to Management

    Be more structured in the day to day activities of your interns


  10. "Mission Driven"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Outward Bound (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The mission of Outward Bound and the people you have the opportunity to work with day to day are amazing. it can be an amazing place to work when the focus is on the mission and working with the students.

    Cons

    Like many nonprofits they sometimes struggle creating opportunities for employees to grow. There are plenty of entry-level jobs, but not a lot of great opportunities for talented people to move into.

    Advice to Management

    Find creative ways to acknowledge talented employees while giving them opportunities to grow professionally. As a mission driven organization people don't expect to get rich, but a little acknowledgement and creating opportunities for professional growth by investing in employee skill development could go a long ways.


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