YMCA
3.5 of 5 1,069 reviews
www.ymca.net Chicago, IL 150 to 499 Employees

YMCA Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014
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3.5 1,069 reviews

                             

86% Approve of the CEO

YMCA President and CEO Neil Nicoll

Neil Nicoll

(251 ratings)

70% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Free gym membership and access to fitness classes"
    in 126 reviews
  • "got to get experience working with kids, the faculty is always great and easy to work with"
    in 27 reviews
Cons:
  • "Not great pay because it is a non-profit organization, can be some limited hours"
    in 48 reviews
  • "Part-time staff will rarely make over minimum wage unless they're the head guard"
    in 43 reviews
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Lifeguard (Current Employee)
Sycamore, IL (US)

I have been working at YMCA part-time for more than 3 years

Prosgood environment, good atmosphere, good facility and services. It's great that the employees are able to take advantage of the membership offered.

ConsParking. Not enough lifeguards, we're always asked to pick up shifts on short notice.

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

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Program Director (Former Employee)
Acworth, GA (US)

I worked at YMCA part-time for more than 5 years

ProsVery fun work environment. However little sleep or free time over the summers.

ConsCompensation, the pay is not enough to live off of, but excellent for a summer job. Great for college students or high schoolers

Advice to Senior ManagementNone. Keep doing what you are doing! everyone understands that to move-up you have to perform and keep toeing the line

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Truly a great place to work.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at YMCA part-time for more than 5 years

ProsThe friendly and family oriented atmosphere is a huge plus.

ConsThere really isn't a con to working here.

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

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Abundance of Training

Assistant Business Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at YMCA full-time for more than 8 years

ProsThere are endless training opportunities to strengthen one's skill set.

ConsThe pay is mediocre at best. The job can be your life! You must create your own work/life balance.

Advice to Senior ManagementAs a non profit one understands the budgets and restraints, however it would be beneficial if staff were paid accordingly.

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

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Great company to work for, very rewarding

Summer Camp Counselor (Former Employee)
Tampa, FL (US)

I worked at YMCA part-time for more than 5 years

ProsThis is a very motivating company to work for. The job is very rewarding, especially working with children. At the Y we have the ability to make differences in lives daily.

ConsThe only challenge is the pay is not great. This is something you must know coming into the job. You get paid in reward of making a difference in the lives of others and little actual pay.

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

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Great Experience at the YMCA After School Program

Teacher (Former Employee)
Mission Viejo, CA (US)

I worked at YMCA part-time for more than a year

ProsThe YMCA of Orange County is run well, has enough resources, substitute staffing, trainings to retain great staff for at least a year. Each year, staff celebrated their longevity by receiving a gift (a Y t-shirt or sweater). Trainings were consistent for each branch.

ConsThe YMCA of Riverside was poorly run, and eventually filed for bankruptcy. Pay at the Riverside branch was low. The YMCA of Orange County could have had more opportunities for advancement, as well as yearly raises.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing a great job! Retain the great teachers with incentives and be able to let go of ineffective teachers, instead of just transferring them to a different site.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great, meaningful organization to be involved with.

School Age Child Care (Current Employee)

I have been working at YMCA part-time for more than 5 years

ProsFlexible scheduling, wonderful co-workers, meaningful experience, opportunity for advancement, chance to make a positive impact on the lives of children

ConsCompensation not the best since it's a non-profit agency, upper-level management sometimes too lax in terms of employee discipline

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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The Y is a great place to work for those with a passion for making a difference.

Fundraising (Current Employee)
Boston, MA (US)

I have been working at YMCA full-time for more than 5 years

ProsFor Healthy Living, Youth Development and Social Responsibility

ConsMany people view the Y as only "gym and swim", but it is so much more.

Advice to Senior ManagementEmbrace social media.

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

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Horrid

Life Guard (Current Employee)

I have been working at YMCA part-time

ProsAmazing people to work with

Consthe hourly salary freaking sucks!

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

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Ask for a lot, pay terribly

Site Director (Current Employee)

I have been working at YMCA part-time for more than a year

ProsIntentions are good, benefits are ok

ConsThey ask a lot of their employees and don't compensate properly

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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