YMCA Reviews

Updated 2 July 2015
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YMCA President and CEO Neil Nicoll
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Pros
  • The value in working at the Y was the free gym membership (in 182 reviews)

  • If you like working with kids you'll be truly satisfied (in 45 reviews)

Cons
  • Resources Constrained as it is a non profit (in 81 reviews)

  • Pay was not great but these were entry level part time positions (in 67 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Lifeguard

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

    I have been working at YMCA part-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Very laid back and chill environment. Everyone there is very kind and displays positive attitude. Welcoming to all patrons.

    Cons

    The pay here is not as great as if you were to work at a similar job elsewhere. Gym equipment is relatively old.

    Advice to Management

    I would advise management to provide more competitive compensation and to update equipment and buildings to more modern standards.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great Co-workers

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sports Director in Valparaiso, IN (US)
    Current Employee - Sports Director in Valparaiso, IN (US)

    I have been working at YMCA part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The amenities and co-workers were fun to work with

    Cons

    Tough to schedule around so many activities going on in the building

    Advice to Management

    Expand the building


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great Non-Profit Company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - After School Counselor in Worcester, MA (US)
    Former Employee - After School Counselor in Worcester, MA (US)

    I worked at YMCA part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Amazing people. You work with some of the nicest people you'll meet. The environment breeds respect and kindness all around, both with peers and members.

    Cons

    Pay isn't grand... but it'll do.


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  5. great job

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The hours are very flexible

    Cons

    The pay is minimum wage for most employees

    Advice to Management

    Great job


  6. Lifeguard

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

    I have been working at YMCA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good family environment and you could be outside on nice days. The people who worked there were also always very friendly.

    Cons

    Lifeguards had to work long hours and we received few breaks. Also there was always too many people working at one time so most lifeguards would just stand around.

    Advice to Management

    Work on the hiring process and inform employees the hours that will be available to them before accepting the job as a lifeguard.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Part-Time

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA part-time

    Pros

    Great family environment, flexible scheduling and enjoyable opportunities to meet members of the community while doing a job that you enjoy

    Cons

    Being scheduled to work weekends after explicitly stating during the interview and hiring process that weekend availability was not a possibility

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire people who really care about their job and are happy to come to work each day. It really helps the members and the staff enjoy the experience of being at the Y.


  8. Former welcome center staff/massage therapist

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    Great for families
    They try and involve the whole community

    Cons

    The ymca has been apart of my whole life and I have nothing neg. to say


  9. Great place, but always room for improvement

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Head Lifeguard in Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Head Lifeguard in Philadelphia, PA (US)

    I have been working at YMCA part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Respectful, structured, family environment. Really great place to work most of the time.

    Cons

    Salary/wage
    Some lack of communication from management to the younger/part-time employees


  10. YMCA Camp Counselor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA

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

    Pros

    Great staff that were passionate about work.

    Cons

    Required a lot of flexibility.


  11. great place to work, great environment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Swim Aid/Lifeguard in Summit, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Swim Aid/Lifeguard in Summit, NJ (US)

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great benefits and free gym membership
    Friendly environment

    Cons

    Had to pay for your own parking every day



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