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YMCA Reviews

Updated 2 March 2015
Updated 2 March 2015
1,746 Reviews
3.6
1,746 Reviews
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YMCA President and CEO Neil Nicoll
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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.  

    Excellent

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in Tuscaloosa, AL (US)
    Former Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in Tuscaloosa, AL (US)

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

    Pros

    Health and wellness is encouraged by the company. The employees are friendly and easy to get along with. Everyone really wants to enjoy their workday.

    Cons

    The pay scale is low, and they use alot of volunteers to do jobs that would be better off done by a professional. They also employ alot of high school age employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher more adults, and use more professional staff as opposed to volunteer staff that might be court ordered to provide community service.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lifeguard in Nashville, TN (US)
    Current Employee - Lifeguard in Nashville, TN (US)

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

    Pros

    Decent hours, friendly staff, usually happy members. I enjoy working there and do not leave frustrated or tired. I enjoy it.

    Cons

    Due to health care reform my hours have been drastically cut. This is not the YMCA's fault but it still hurts my financial situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the YMCA is doing great as they are. They are a business of morals and they seem to put the staff first. I appreciate that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Summer Camp Program Unit leader

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - YMCA Camp Counselor in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - YMCA Camp Counselor in San Diego, CA (US)

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    Way better than being a waiter throughout high school and college summers at home.
    No weekends.
    Generally an uplifting environment to work in.

    Cons

    No chance for promotion or moving up the ladder.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    My time at the YMCA was decent

    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    The Group leader position had great weekday hours. You got some holidays off.

    Cons

    Paid minimum wage and some of the coworkers weren't the best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be an incentive for part timers to get good reviews from parents.

  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Great experience, great people, average pay.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  8.  

    Excellent Life Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Cabin Counselor in Okoboji, IA (US)
    Former Intern - Cabin Counselor in Okoboji, IA (US)

    I worked at YMCA as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Positive, value based environment. Constantly challenging yet rewarding beyond words. Explore your own personal growth through a summer at camp.

    Cons

    None really at all, besides the fact that your vocal might get a little hoarse from yelling and singing all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work, you guys rock.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Membership Representative

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    • 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
  10.  

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

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    • 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

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