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Boy Scouts of America Reviews

Updated 20 November, 2014
Updated 20 November, 2014
236 Reviews
3.3
236 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Can truly make a difference in the lives of today's youth (in 15 reviews)

  • You get to meet great people trying to better their community (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Ultimately I left to achieve a better work life balance for my family's sake (in 17 reviews)

  • Hours can be real long and there are many nights and weekends (in 15 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good employer, flexible hours and very helpful management

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling
    Decent pay (minimum wage for starting out, but a raise every year after review)

    Cons

    Retail environment, some customers are less than happy due to BSA policy
    Upper management does not seem to have very good grasp on how stores operate, merchandise purchasing and stock leaves a lot to be desired

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Poll stores before purchasing new merchandise, particularly t-shirts and useless camping gear

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I was young, interested in computers and a fast learner. This was mostly computer literate customer service

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Representative in Las Colinas (Panama)
    Current Employee - Technical Support Representative in Las Colinas (Panama)

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pay was good.. My hours were 10 to 7.

    Cons

    In Las Colinas, very strict

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    BCOA - needs updated, behind the times for programs and adventures.

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    Former Employee - Volunteer in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Charlotte, NC (US)

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They have an interesting program, but it needs to be update dated and made into the 21st Century learner model.

    Cons

    The North Carolina branch was not able to assist scouts with Autism, but the website said that they support children with disabilities. :-(

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please update the programs, because they not changed in forty years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America as an intern

    Pros

    Great opportunity to have control of a project.

    Cons

    Supervisors were usually busy and didn't always have time to give me good projects.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great workplace

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior District Executive in Dallas, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Senior District Executive in Dallas, TX (US)

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Knowing that you're making a difference in people's lives.

    Cons

    Non traditional hours and some late nights and weekends.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great job...if you can handle the hours.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Executive in Omaha, NE (US)
    Current Employee - District Executive in Omaha, NE (US)

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great volunteers to work with.
    Lots of variety in the job.
    Can truly make a difference in the lives of today's youth.

    Cons

    The work life balance is next to none. If you are not working all of the time you are thinking about work and all the things you have to get done. Your bosses will expect you to work just about every night and weekend, and this is on top of your normal 8-5 workload. There is little to no respect for having a personal life. If you are not ready for the Boy Scouts to completely take over your life, then you should look elsewhere for employment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give better guidance on how to complete tasks. Don't simply tell someone that a task needs completed when they have never done it before, but give some actual guidance in it. Also, get out of the office once in a while to see what is actually going on in the field. The disconnect is astounding.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Some highs- Lots of lows

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    Current Employee - Field Staff in Detroit, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Field Staff in Detroit, MI (US)

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    As a Boy Scout professional I have met some wonderful people, and hope to have helped kids have great experiences. This position does provide a flexible schedule at times. Nice physical office building.

    Cons

    Huge turn over- Nearly 100% each year I have been here.
    Ineffective and hostile managers- Set achievable goals, where only a small percentage is achieved council-wide. Managers are not coaches, but instead "reprimanders."
    Low pay.
    Nickled and Dimed (Must contribute to Friends of Scouting, Buy uniforms, no budgets- often have to go into your own pocket).
    Top down management styles.
    Lack of adequate technology.
    General Organizational Decline.
    Very long hours.
    Family friendly culture does not extend to the staff.
    Many miles driven on personal vehicle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train staff to become effective managers and facilitators. Need to change the culture of respect for others to stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great for young men who like to move

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boy Scouts of America

    Pros

    Flexible hours and travel. You meet a lot of people with different backgrounds. It helps you build your people skills. If you like the outdoors then this is your job.

    Cons

    Low pay that will only increase over a long period of time if you do not move. If you are young, a male, and have no attachments, you can rise quickly to 60k-70K a year. This sounds great, I know. But if you get into a relationship, you may find yourself having to decide between career ladder and being a partner.
    The salary is good if you live far away from metropolitan areas. But if you live near a major city, this is half the salary you'll need to survive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to promote good workers without forcing them to move all over the United States every 3 years. You are losing good talent to better paying industries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great organization but not perfect

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior District Executive in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Senior District Executive in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    flexibility of time, sense of self worth, potential for raise every year, ability to work in practically any city

    Cons

    good old boy network, low beginning salary, you must move cities to increase pay quickly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employee concerns, higher the best for the position not who your buddy is.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good workplace environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Support Marketing
    Current Employee - Support Marketing

    I have been working at Boy Scouts of America as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    You got to deal with a lot of teen boys; flexible schedule; very good organizational value and culture

    Cons

    benefits were as good compare to other non-profit organizations; expenses all rely on fund-raising (feels insecure); not much training provided;

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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