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YMCA Reviews

Updated 24 November 2014
Updated 24 November 2014
1,543 Reviews
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1,543 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • One of the best perks of working at the YMCA was the fact that employees are entitled to a free gym membership (in 182 reviews)

  • Always enjoyed working around fellow facilitators and working with kids everyday (in 45 reviews)


Cons
  • The pay is not very competitive but it is non profit so this is to be expected (in 81 reviews)

  • There is no growth potential you will only go so far with only part time positions (in 67 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Child Care Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA full-time

    Pros

    Great leaders. They want you to grow. They help you with more training. They care about you and family. Great benefits, great retirement, free membership, low cost youth sports, swim lessons, childcares.

    Cons

    Working in non-profits will never make you wealthy, you can't be in it for the money.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Employment Resources Employment Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    people there are friendly. You can make a lot of friends and learn multi-culture there.

    Cons

    limited career development. you cannt get much useful working experience in my position.

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    Great starting job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in Seattle, WA (US)

    I worked at YMCA part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Free membership
    Great place to work as a first job
    Really focus on promoting from within
    Lots of great perks like free personal training

    Cons

    The pay is rather low, but what can you really expect from working for a non profit such as the YMCA
    You will have incompetent coworkers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to build your brand and take on additional leadership responsibility outside your normal duties.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA full-time

    Pros

    Many benefits including leadership development, 12% retirement, full benefits for FT, membership & tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    As in most non-profits, work long hours and wear many hats.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace the passion and talent of your staff and you see the benefits.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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    Camp Counselor

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    Former Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in Birmingham, AL (US)
    Former Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in Birmingham, AL (US)

    I worked at YMCA part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    you get to hang out with children, go to different places each day that you might not go otherwise, and hang out with co workers

    Cons

    There is a lot of responsibility since you are responsible for many kids, can be audited at anytime which can be nerve racking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    scheduling could sometimes be better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Amazing job with little pay

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    Former Employee - Naturalist in Sausalito, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Naturalist in Sausalito, CA (US)

    I worked at YMCA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    1) Hike outside everyday with kids that range in age from 4th grade-8th grade
    2) Nice community atmosphere
    3) A lot of freedom in curriculum design and implementation
    4) Subsidized housing , lots of free meals.
    5) You are allowed to live in the headlands, which is a bike ride away from SF and you are in a National Park with bobcats, coyotes, otters, etc.
    6) You get to work with youth who would often otherwise not have the opportunity to visit a place like Point Bonita, and you get a very real sense that their experience will have a positive effect on their lives.
    7) The naturalists on staff are a great group of people, and the whole organization is passionate about the mission.

    Cons

    1) The pay was low.
    2) The organization's culture lacked energy. Not in terms of working with students (very high energy there), but in terms of the business. There was very little communication about the workings of the organization, and a general sense of things falling apart filled the information void. I believe a lot of this was caused by the greater YMCA organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the greater YMCA organization: I believe your structure for promotion is broken and needs review, and I believe there is a sense of complacency in upper management. I wish I had advice on how to go about fixing this.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Good for a first job

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    Former Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in Boyertown, PA (US)
    Former Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in Boyertown, PA (US)

    I worked at YMCA part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free membership is a big bonus. Wonderful people, and staff. Is a fun yet serious job. Also learn useful skills when there is an emergency

    Cons

    No pay raise over a 4 year working period.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes finding another guard was harder than it needed to be. One can call down the list and not find anybody, then the boss calls and people are willing to help.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    friendly

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    Current Employee - Volunteer in Albany, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Volunteer in Albany, NY (US)

    I have been working at YMCA as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    VERY FRIENDLY, does not discriminate, hard workers and will do anything to keep kids off the streets and make make them ready for a better future.

    Cons

    sometimes unorganized but otherwise, great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Summer camp unit leader

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    Great people to work with. It's a lot of fun to work with the other counselors, as well as the camp directors.

    Cons

    Some of the parents can be a pain. Most of time parents are pretty laid back, but sometimes you get some uptight parents.

  11.  

    Fantastic place to work.

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    Former Employee - Membership Representative in Saint Charles, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Membership Representative in Saint Charles, MO (US)

    I worked at YMCA part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Perfect place to work to help give back to families in the community.

    Cons

    If working shifts not always easy to switch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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