Girl Scouts USA

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Girl Scouts USA Reviews

Updated Jul 17, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

2.9 169 reviews

65% Approve of the CEO

Girl Scouts USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez

Anna Maria Chávez

(26 ratings)

38% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You get a chance to be a contributor and feel like you are making a difference(in 10 reviews)

  • Great mission, some fabulous people, great learning opportunity(in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • It's non-profit pay, so there's that(in 12 reviews)

  • Upper management exhibits a double standard that contradicts the goals of the organization(in 11 reviews)

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    Volunteer leader

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat organization that focuses on girl power

    ConsRun by folks that haven't been in the business world

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    Membership and Community Development Specialist

    Membership Specialist (Current Employee) Gulfport, MS (US)

    ProsEnjoy the girls and volunteers.

    ConsInconsistency at all levels, often stressed because timelines consistently changed by management, less than satisfactory levels of communication. Volunteers also do not take into consideration that you have a family too; my family often is put second due to Girl Scout or Service unit events.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue the work / life balance of the staff.

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    Great experience, terrible leadership

    Outreach Co-Leader (Former Employee) Kansas City, KS (US)

    Prospaid well, fun job, flexible hours

    Conscompany values and lessons are outdated, TERRIBLE leadership, bosses should require more education

    Advice to Senior Managementneed to go through and remodel lessons for changing times

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Development Associate

    Development Specialist (Former Employee) Kansas City, MO (US)

    ProsCompetitive salary and benefits for a non-profit.

    ConsThe organization is in great transition. This can be stressful.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork to improve communication between departments.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great goals and mission, but leadership was lacking

    Events Specialist (Former Employee)

    Pros-Great goals and mission for future female generations
    -Your birthday is always a holiday, so you get it off.

    Cons-They will try to find ways to keep you at 40 hours (if hourly) by not including travel time, and not including work lunches/dinner as time on the clock, etc.
    -High turnover rate, which causes ambivalent attitude towards new workers
    -Management holds themselves to a different standard than employees, you must go above and beyond while they promise things they won't fulfill

    Advice to Senior ManagementEncompass and perpetuate the values of the organization. If you want to build girls of courage, confidence and character be adults of courage, confidence and character.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Girl Scouts is going in the wrong direction.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    ProsMost co-workers & volunteers were great. Made some life long friends. Vacation time was better than average.

    ConsLow pay. No raises for the last 3 years. No room for advancement. Upper management needs to be removed, all of them, and start over. Way too much favoritism. Letting go of great staff at the "bottom" instead of looking at the top.

    The image for this organization is going down hill. GSUSA forcing the mergers was the beginning of the downfall. Taking 7 councils and merging them into 1 ruined former successes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemember who is on the front line with the volunteers. Recognize these people. You are nothing without them. Put your egos aside. Get out of your offices and get down in the trenches and really see what the "little people" do. Then take a look in the mirror and reflect on yourself.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company influencing the growth of girls. Leadership exhibits unstable management style.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY (US)

    ProsOrganization has a history of longevity in employee service and a dedicated staff who supports the mission and puts in the extra effort to get the job done.

    ConsUpper management exhibits a double standard that contradicts the goals of the organization. Keys employees lacks the initiative the take responsibilty for their job responsibilities, while others will claim to have no knowledge of a job function, yet will not release the responsibilities to anyone else. Benefit package requires vast improvement to attract and retain qualified professionals.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should consider taking a hands on approach to understand direct job functions, allow creativity and enhance benefit package.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Girl Scouts USA (2006) Internship to Permanent Employment

    Recruitment, Marketing & Communications Director (Former Employee) Modesto, CA (US)

    ProsFriendly atmosphere, family-like work environment, room for upward movement, training courses provided at no cost & definite learning experience provided for those who are eager to move up the corporate non-profit ladder. It was a great place to work that allowed me to obtain a wealth of information & wear multiple hats - gaining above average experience for the length of time i was employed. Awesome benefits & flexibility. A lot of opportunity to get involved on a volunteer level. Solid mission & values.

    ConsWorking at a non-profit sometimes doesn't allow you the room to put into play programs or ideas/creativity you would like to due to budgetary constraints.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good organization to work for however it was a little rough being a guy.

    Membership Specialist (Former Employee) Redwood Falls, MN (US)

    ProsIt is a very laid back organization with flexibility. They work with their staff and encourage creative thinking and abstract concepts.

    ConsThe biggest problem that I found working for the organization was that they were very female oriented. Being a male I found that I didn't always fit in and that at times they didn't necessarily want my opinion.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote more hiring towards men.

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    Great co-workers but management needs work - a lot of work!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Tampa, FL (US)

    ProsThe culture until a few years ago was great but not anymore. There had been 4-day work weeks which was great for being able to work while enjoying family time. It's now a very hostile work environment, negative culture, pay cuts, no raises and 6 day work weeks are common with a very strict "no comp time" policy for all salaried workers (which conveniently, is about 95% of staff). Sadly, this council is a poor representation for Girl Scouting.

    ConsThe council had a great culture and work-life balance but that quickly changed when the current CEO was brought on board a few years ago. Staff is constantly re-structured because management has no clue what to do and won't stick with any one structure for more than 6 months. The majority of staff is extremely unhappy and constantly leaving and there is absolutely no opportunity for upward movement. Also, the pay is below industry standard - and that's comparing non-profits!

    Advice to Senior ManagementBottom line - respect your employees. Sadly, I think this will only ever change if the leader at the top is removed. She's a cancer to the organization and it will continue to do worse with her as the leader.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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