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YMCA Reviews

Updated 28 February 2015
Updated 28 February 2015
1,740 Reviews
3.6
1,740 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.  

    Great impact

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Director in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Program Director in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I have been working at YMCA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Consistent values, impact, and strategic plan, training that is available, benefits are great

    Cons

    Upward mobility difficult for mid level managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None at this time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great experience, great people, average pay.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Personal Trainer in Burlington, VT (US)
    Current Employee - Personal Trainer in Burlington, VT (US)

    I have been working at YMCA full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    People are driven, friendly, and since nobody is making the big bucks, since many remain not-for-profit, there is an easy going atmosphere.

    Cons

    Minimum pay for the area. Not much room to grow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider adding more training for all employees for specific jobs, would make it easier to grow and learn how to do your boss' job for instance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Membership Representative

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Welcome Center Staff in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Welcome Center Staff in Austin, TX (US)

    I worked at YMCA part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I love the YMCA and spent some of my best years there! With employment you will get a Free membership, flexible schedule, discounted programs, and a family environment.

    Cons

    Very few full time opportunties. Pay is also low regardless of what you do. One will only begin to make a decent salary once they become a Branch Director or move to the association offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer full time positions for non-directors. Also, pay you employess what they are worth. This may be a not for profit but it't not volunteer. So many folk within this org give their life and for very little.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Decent experience working there as I gained valuable communication, organization, and management skills.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Swim Instructor in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Swim Instructor in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    Worked with children at a summer camp and got flexible hours. Food was many times provided.

    Cons

    Terrible pay, overbearing management. I got paid terribly, and was told reprimanded for many things. Told to shave constantly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees better and perhaps they will be more motivated. I know it felt tedious working there, not enjoyable.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Working with the YMCA was fun and rewarding.

    Former Employee - Counselor
    Former Employee - Counselor

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    Working with kids and great people.

    Cons

    The pay is not very competitive but it is non profit so this is to be expected.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Amazing place, amazing atmosphere

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    Amazing environment, diverse group of people, learn a lot about the CHoRR values, leadership and improv
    Tons of fun

    Cons

    Typical camp pay which is not very high but otherwise nothing bad to say, it really is a great place

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay a little more and you may be able to retain more people

  8.  

    Lead Staff

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Staff - School Aged Child Care in Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Lead Staff - School Aged Child Care in Minneapolis, MN (US)

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    Fun work, strong supervisors, rewarding, flexible schedules, growth

    Cons

    Unorganized, low pay, long hours, seasonal, under staffed at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better organization throughout sites.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Non Profit

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Richmond, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Richmond, CA (US)

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    Non Profit so there was many opportunities for volunteer work.

    Cons

    Non Profit Pay - the pay was lower than other places in the area. A lot of work and responsibility for the pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A way to give back to comunity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    I loved every moment of the day

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - YMCA Camp Counselor in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - YMCA Camp Counselor in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at YMCA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get to work with great people and get to have fun doing it it's honestly amazing

    Cons

    Some kids never listen no matter and you have to learn to keep your temper

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just be responsible and take it seriously because after all it's a job and you still have to work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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