Girl Scouts USA

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Girl Scouts USA Reviews

Updated 16 January, 2015
Updated 16 January, 2015
218 Reviews
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218 Reviews
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Girl Scouts USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You get a chance to be a contributor and feel like you are making a difference (in 11 reviews)

  • The work-life balance is unlike anything I have ever seen before (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management exhibits a double standard that contradicts the goals of the organization (in 16 reviews)

  • Exceptionally disorganized- even for a non-profit (in 15 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Girl Scouts USA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There is nothing good about this Girl Scout council

    Cons

    Horrible CEO. Has no idea how to run a company and lets the employees fight amount themselves. Totally unproductive environment. Poor little girls have to sell cookies to pay the salaries of staff and of unqualified CEO because the board has been hand picked by her to keep her in position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    in transition

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    great cause, mission to develop leadership for girls

    Cons

    Organization suffers from a lack of strategy execution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stick with a plan and require accountability for results

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Good place to start your non-profit career

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    Former Employee - Program Director in Raleigh, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Program Director in Raleigh, NC (US)

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA

    Pros

    This is a great place to work if you are new to non-profit. You can learn how to interact with a non-profit Board of Directors, various levels of management and volunteers. There is a flexible schedule, most GS Councils work on the local school schedules. A lot of work is done out of the office, this is good if you don't like sitting behind a desk all day long. The benefits and vacation time are good, but not as competitive as they could be. There is a lot of hiring from within, so once you are in there is a lot of room to move up. Hands on experience everywhere, lots of interaction with girls, parents, and volunteers.

    Cons

    While there is a lot of hiring from within, room to move up is minimal. Many of the upper Exec and Chief Officers have been there for a long time and are far away from retirement. This is due to the Girl Scout pension plan that was restructured several years ago. Being hired can take up to three months and is often dragged out. There are often people in lower roles that are not qualified for their positions, lots of staff coming from different backgrounds. There is little training when you are first hired. It is more of a learning as you go mentality. Lots of flexibility in your weekly schedule due to the many nights and weekends you will be asked to commit to. This is especially true for Membership and Programming staff. The pay is very low and not competitive with other non-profits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should focus on hiring more staff with non-profit backgrounds and skills directly related to their jobs. The commitment to nights and weekends must be addressed to cut down on turnover. More PT staff can be brought on to do this. Volunteers are important to GS but cannot be relied on to do every aspect needed to the organization.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Very Clique-y

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    Former Employee - Unit Leader in Mahomet, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Unit Leader in Mahomet, IL (US)

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA

    Pros

    Great values, fun environment, love working with kids

    Cons

    Very clique-y, hard to get in from outside, hard to move up without extensive connections

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Highly political, high turnover.

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    Former Employee - Just A Worker
    Former Employee - Just A Worker

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA full-time

    Pros

    Helping underprivileged girls get leadership training. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    a lot of turnover. Mid management and under have low salaries. Top dogs earning six figures while others get only minimum wage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No one wants to hear about Girl Scouts. Make it more exciting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Membership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA

    Pros

    Worked with great volunteers daily.

    Cons

    Very biased in advancement, often forgot to look within.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have great employees. Utilize their talents, and find what their goals are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Community Development Specialist

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    Former Employee - Community Development Specialist in Lubbock, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Community Development Specialist in Lubbock, TX (US)

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work long hours but most of it is spent doing nothing
    Two-three weeks paid vacation during Christmas
    Half days on Fridays

    Cons

    Horrible upper management, Supervisor is only there because Corporate is afraid to fire hire
    Horrible work environment, everyone talks about each other and supervisor loves to pin employees against one another
    Supervisor is verbally abuse, will make you feel as though you are always ten steps behind her even if you do a good job
    Work long hours and weekends
    No proper or formal training, you are thrown into a room and supposed to know exactly what to do
    Low retention rate for a reason
    Benefits are horrible
    Can't advance at all, stuck in the same position forever
    Pay is very low but thats common for nonprofit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire supervisor, get a new person who knows how to manage employees and knows how to do her job.
    Learn how to properly train new employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Great opportunity but somewhat unfair

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    Current Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in Mableton, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in Mableton, GA (US)

    I have been working at Girl Scouts USA part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Got to learn a lot about working with children.

    Cons

    favoritism and discrimination between employees

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

    Staff does not go by Girl Scout values.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA

    Pros

    Working with inspirational volunteers. Seeing smiles on girls' faces at events.

    Cons

    Review of N. California, Bay Area office - Incredibly disorganized management. Favoritism displayed way to often. A lot of gossip and I mean A LOT and in EVERY department. Very long hours and poor pay. Many adult volunteers have entitlement complexes. Internal data base is antiquated and confusing as is Website. Way too many objectives to achieve that are changed half way along the road.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move away from girl cookie sales as main source of revenue. Clean out your non-productive staff which you have an excess of and do not overlook your management team when doing so. Stop allowing management-to-subordinate bullying.

    Doesn't Recommend

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