Girl Scouts of Oregon & SW Washington Employee Reviews

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One of the best places I've worked
Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) –  Portland, ORAugust 16, 2019
Leadership is invested in meetings the staffs needs. The put effort into having a comfortable work environment both physically and emotionally. They are invested in growth as individuals and an as an organization.
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Girls are the Future!!!
Retail Sales Associate (Current Employee) –  USAAugust 13, 2019
We do great things to empower our girls and prepare them to face a future that they have a hand in creating, that hasn't always been the case throughout history. We endeavor to teach all girls everywhere that the past has influenced the present but allows for growth, understanding and change for the future. The future is theirs and they should own it!
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Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington
Membership (Current Employee) –  Portland, ORAugust 12, 2019
Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington serves more than 23,000 girls and adult members each year.
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Great Mission! Non-Profit Life isn't for Everyone
Volunteer Support (Current Employee) –  Portland, ORAugust 12, 2019
It is so wonderful working for an organization with a mission I so wholeheartedly support. But, it's a non profit, so the pay is never going to be what you're worth.
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Thoughts about being a Girl Scout staff member
Volunteer (Current Employee) –  Portland, ORAugust 12, 2019
Some of the things to keep in mind when applying for a job at Girl Scouts is that each department has it's own experience as far as employee trust, micromanagement and employee expectations. Some supervisors empower their employees to get their work done in the best way possible and others hold quite tight control over how things are done and even how information is delivered to there team. Your work experience might be different depending on which department you look at.
Pay is ok though their has been a lot of effort to improve things over the last few years however if you are applying for an entry level position in the organization don't expect to move up in the organization. This organization is an excellent stepping stone for other companies, year one you will be learning the job, year two start adding your own input and year three things will become an expert on things and it will likely be time for you to look at moving on to gain more job experience. Things you will take away from working at Girl Scouts is great work experience, make some good friends and a chance to make an impact in the community.
The work at Girl Scouts is hard work. Many director and c suite level staff are overworked and turnover can be consistent in some departments which impacts the entire organization. While most who work here don't shy away from work sometimes the work/life balance is pushed aside because the work being done is so critical.
Their are many benefits to working for Girl Scouts as well- we have a very generous PTO/sick leave policy and depending on your department their can
  more... be a bit of flexibility in working from home occasionally. Most staff are in cubicles and the noise in the office can be quite distracting for those who need it quieter to focus.
For the most part staff are very kind and everyone is here because they believe in the mission but not all on staff share the same opinions on things which is a good thing.
What I would say are the biggest skill needed for a staff member at Girl Scouts is resiliency and flexibility. You need to be able to let things roll off your back and be able to adapt to changes as things happen because if you don't like how it's going- wait a year or two, it will change.
Ultimately the work we do is for Girls and we have an amazing team of volunteers across Oregon and Southwest Washington that make this work happen. If you get a chance to get out and see the impact our girls have had in their communities its pretty incredible. It's easy to lose sight of this when you are behind a desk every day but building future female leaders is a pretty powerful thing to support.
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Girl Scouts is a great place to work!
Finance (Current Employee) –  Portland, ORAugust 12, 2019
Girl Scouts offers interesting work, making a difference in the community. As an employer, we have great benefits and offer work life balance to all staff. Our staff are committed to the mission of our organization to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place!
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Proud to be at GSOSW
Program Specialist (Current Employee) –  USAAugust 12, 2019
A great organization to feel as if you're truly making a difference. Good opportunities for permanent and seasonal staff. Great seasonal jobs for college students!
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2019 Workplace survey
Volunteer (Current Employee) –  Portland, ORAugust 12, 2019
Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington is a wonderful place to work for me, with flexibility, great benefits, inspiring volunteers and a caring supervisor.
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Poor leadership
Volunteer Support (Current Employee) –  USAAugust 12, 2019
It is odd to work for an organization that teaches leadership that has some of the worst leaders I've ever experienced. They don't deserve the title. If it weren't for a few dedicated staffers I think it would lose to its competitors. It may anyway if the current management doesn't wake up and listen to the staff and members.
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Make a difference
Employee (Current Employee) –  USAAugust 9, 2019
If you want to make a difference in the world, Girl Scouts is the place for you. The hardest part of the job is work-home balance, the best part the impact of your work on girls and their communities.
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Working at GSOSW...
Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) –  Portland, ORAugust 5, 2019
Our Mission: building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place!

Smiles and laughter!

Sense of job security

Open communication
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Councilor (Former Employee) –  OregonAugust 18, 2018
A typical day at work is fun, lively and exciting. The most enjoyable part of the job is walking with campers and you get a lot of exercise on top of activities. The culture is vibrate because you get a lot of cheerful girls. I learned that I am a big kid at heart.
Pros
The activities and camping
Cons
no flusing toilet
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Enriching, engaging, and fulfilling community service job, serving the underserved latina girls and young women of the community.
Hispanic Initiatives Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Salem, ORNovember 12, 2012
It's an exempt job, therefore hours are flexible. But since it is a non profit organization oriented toward women, they are flexible with your own schedule, and life happenings, too.

In this position one has to grow the number of girl and adult latina membership by doing strong community outreach and cultivation. Your ability to be flexible and adapt to change in pace of work and quality of environment is required to succeed. The capacity to identify key members of the community that will cooperate with the organization for which you work, and cultivate their support and sponsorship, will be essential in giving the program a solid foundation from where it can expand.

This program's manager is a true inspiration, both as a leader and as a woman. You will learn a lot from her, and at the mean time you will be given your own place to be creative and apply your skills.

Co-workers are women who understand the importance of empowering youn girls and adults by showing them the tools needed to have a succesful leadership experience.

It sometimes feels that this program is viewed as a satellite pathway within the organization, and not fully part of GSOSW.

Seeing the girls you serve accomplishing their goals and the sense of pride and empowerment it brings to them. They become true leaders. Their smiles and glistening eyes will let you know the importance your role has had in their lives and their mothers.
Pros
flexible time. enriching experience.
Cons
fast employee turn around. low salaries.
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