Girl Scouts USA Reviews

Updated 17 April 2015
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Girl Scouts USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez
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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. I enjoyed working as a volunteer with Girl Scouts.

    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The Girl Scouts organization is very encouraging of girls of all ages. Many opportunities are available for women and girls.

    Cons

    The downside I saw was that employees had to work a lot of weekends and evenings. Also, a lot of emphasis placed on product sales.

    Advice to Management

    Find innovative ways to retain volunteers and employees - burnout is a problem with many women involved with the Girl Scouts.

  2. Troop Leader

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Girl Scouts USA

    Pros

    supportive, fun, creative, confident, liberal

    Cons

    they share information with people before letting you know.

  3. Membership Specialist

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Membership Specialist in Baltimore, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Membership Specialist in Baltimore, MD (US)

    I have been working at Girl Scouts USA full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I enjoy knowing that I am bringing this leadership program to girls of all backgrounds, and giving girls opportunities that they may not have had otherwise.

    Cons

    There's no chance for advancement in this position, and the goals that are assigned to each of us are extremely unrealistic in some areas.

    Advice to Management

    More appreciation shown toward our volunteers, and less hassle with procedures would make our job easier. Happy volunteers will do a lot more for us than unhappy ones.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good experience, but not it's a career stop.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Girl Scouts USA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working to create a positive experience for girls across the nation.

    Cons

    Oddly disorganized for an organization that's been around for 100 years. Trying to re-brand and it's obvious.

  6. A great non-profit with a mission

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programs
    Current Employee - Programs

    I have been working at Girl Scouts USA full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Using creativity and passion for your work to create opportunities for girls to grow and learn. Co-workers that are also passionate. Opportunities to learn skills outside of your department.

    Cons

    The pay, there's no way around it, it's a job you take because you believe in the work. In the non-profit world in general, you will run into a wide range of skills - people who are beyond talented and others that just skate by.

    Advice to Management

    Having a clear vision for your Council is important. That includes a vision for facilities, programs, and employee performance. I have seen it done very well and poorly. When possible (because it varies year to year) give employees incentives to improve.

  7. Unsettling

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA

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

    Pros

    Its mission is to promote girls and who can argue with that? Nice location in midtown Manhattan.

    Cons

    In its desire to remain viable, it's forgetting that character is important. This organization used to value its employees (especially those with experience) & treat them with respect. Now its attitude is change for the sake of change.

    Advice to Management

    Remember what (& who) made this a great company to begin with. If employees no longer see the heart & civility in this place it's hard to find reasons to stay.

  8. If you don't like their mission, don't stay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Community Development Manager in Pleasantville, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Community Development Manager in Pleasantville, NY (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -I work directly with the girl members
    -I've become very close with some of my peers
    -Great PTO
    -Dental, Health and vision payed mostly by employer

    Cons

    -Supervisors are a joke
    -Work numerous late nights or weekends, basically don't plan to have a life outside of work
    -Most of the peers will throw you under the bus to get ahead.
    -Mostly women employees... Thought that would be a benefit
    -1 raise in 5 years
    -Minimal opportunity to move up the ladder

    Advice to Management

    Take your own advise and be professional, care that your employees have families and don't give them weekend/night events to attend with 2 day notice.

  9. Finance Report Specialist

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Report Specialist in San Antonio, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Finance Report Specialist in San Antonio, TX (US)

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    some other employees were friends

    Cons

    leadership unstable- funding unstable- employment unstable- HR outsourced poorly- expensive benefits package- high rate of turn over- poor work environment ratings- overtime not paid and expected- not able to deliver results on grants awarded- shady financial reporting status- inattentive to volunteers- often lose important paperwork- having excessive meetings that do not address issues- arguing with volunteers

    Advice to Management

    you already know all of these issues.

  10. Volunteering for the Girl Scouts was a great experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Girl Scouts USA part-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interacting with the young girls was a highlight. I really felt like I was making a difference.

    Cons

    Sometimes working with the kids can get tiring.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

  11. Helpful (1)

    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

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

    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 Management

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

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