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Girl Scouts USA Reviews

Updated 24 February, 2015
Updated 24 February, 2015
226 Reviews
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226 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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.  

    Making a Difference

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH (US)

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

    Pros

    benefits, flexible hours, autonomy, intelligent staff, caring volunteers, making a difference in the lives of girls

    Cons

    I don't have any to mention at this time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing and working to make positive change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Volunteer, Troop Leader

    Current Employee - Volunteer, Leader
    Current Employee - Volunteer, Leader

    I have been working at Girl Scouts USA

    Pros

    Girls Scouts Northern California does a good job at keeping leaders educated and informed so we can best support the girls in the program. It's a real treat to be able to help these young ladies grow into strong women utilizing the principles of Girl Scout leadership.

    Cons

    As in any volunteer organization, you can cannot always choose who you work with. At times, the local leadership may or may not adhere to the policies and principles of the greater good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Two sides to a coin

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Membership Manager in Memphis, TN (US)
    Current Employee - Membership Manager in Memphis, TN (US)

    I have been working at Girl Scouts USA

    Pros

    Flexibility to learn various departmental roles.

    Cons

    Not valued as a membership manager
    Senior Team was power strucken with work overload for the ones doing the real work including volunteers
    Constant change in processes and team members with extremely high turn over
    No career advancement opportunities. Senior team does not expect any employees to stay more than 3 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees. Pay them what they are worth. Value your VOLUNTEERS!!!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    United Action for Youth (UAY)

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Motto is UPR - Unconditional Positive Regard. The work environment exudes this and is excellent in life/work balance. A must for those in the human services fields. Great atmosphere with focus on teens.

    Cons

    Small parking lot so get your spot early in the day.

  7.  

    Great Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA

    Pros

    Great people, great cause, laid back atmosphere.

    Cons

    Lack of organization, lack of communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest more time in your people. people are the best resources you have use them to their greatest abilities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    in transition

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    Good place to start your non-profit career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    Very Clique-y

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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