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Outward Bound Reviews

Updated February 3, 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. "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


  3. "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.


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  5. "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


  6. "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


  7. "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


  8. "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.


  9. "Guide"

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

    Pros

    Great culture and people really fun and rewarding

    Cons

    I can not think of any

    Advice to Management

    keep it up


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Wilderness Field Instructor"

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    Former Employee - Field Instructor
    Former Employee - Field Instructor
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity for a lot of personal growth, acquiring new skills, and building positive relationships with the people you work with. Relating to youth on a whole different level is awesome!

    Cons

    Pay. It's a non profit so you're not getting paid much. Work-life balance can be a real challenge if you are scheduled to be out in the field for a few weeks at a time constantly "turned on" essentially, 20 hours a day, and then coming back to live in the staff housing they provide surrounded by people you work with.

    Advice to Management

    Go out on a course!


  11. "Great educational organisation"

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    Former Employee - Field Instructors in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Field Instructors in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Outward Bound part-time

    Pros

    Great organisation to work. The values they work on are great. Staff trainings, beautiful course areas

    Cons

    Not enough pay for people leaving in the bay area where life is expensive

    Advice to Management

    More money to people living in the bay area



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