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YMCA Reviews

Updated 27 January 2015
Updated 27 January 2015
1,671 Reviews
3.6
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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.  

    food counter

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    work for YMCA means help comunities

    Cons

    some conflicts between employes, because they are union and other not

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    NA

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    Former Employee - Wellness Director
    Former Employee - Wellness Director

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

    Pros

    Great core cause as to serving the community ...

    Cons

    Not to high of expectations of workers, not enough of guiding or mentoring...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide for more guidance for future growth within..

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Easy-going work experience

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    Current Employee - Lifeguard/Swim Instructor
    Current Employee - Lifeguard/Swim Instructor

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

    Pros

    Relaxed Work Environment
    Free Membership
    Very flexible schedule
    Good training and middle management

    Cons

    Practically non-existant competitive pay
    Very difficult to move up within the company
    Senior management is very difficult to please
    Scarce hours during off-peak season

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement quarterly reviews so employees have a chance to review their work and improve in order to be considered for raises
    Allow employees opinion on new programs (since they know what members want more than managers do)
    Morale boosters of some kind. It gets very boring with no incentive to do better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    This is a great company to work for. They make you feel like you're part of the family.

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Grayslake, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Grayslake, IL (US)

    I worked at YMCA part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours and close to home

    Cons

    Not much room for growth or advancement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    YMCA

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    Current Employee - Member Service Representative
    Current Employee - Member Service Representative

    I have been working at YMCA

    Pros

    Amazing place to work, the environment and management is excellent.

    Cons

    The starting pay should be higher. Many of the people who work there are very knowledgable about fitness and have one or even two degrees and are making $9 an hour....

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Camper turned Camp counselor

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    Former Employee - YMCA Camp Counselor in Colebrook, CT (US)
    Former Employee - YMCA Camp Counselor in Colebrook, CT (US)

    I worked at YMCA full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    It is a great environment where you will meet other staff from around the world (and some of your best friends) There is an amazing culture there

    Cons

    None to offer at this time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    The YMCA of Niagara is a great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Membership Host in Niagara Falls, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Membership Host in Niagara Falls, ON (Canada)

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    Working with people in the community was fantastic. It feels like a family. I had the opportunity to help a lot of people with financial assistance. People who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford memberships.

    Cons

    Working with a lot of younger people always has it's draw backs. There was always some type of drama, shirking shifts and irresponsibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward and praise the employees who are reliable and committed. Offer more full time positions and fewer part-time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Great company with awesome management!

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    Former Employee - Teen Center Assistant Director in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Teen Center Assistant Director in Charlotte, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    Collaborative work, potential for moving up, and working to benefit the community overall

    Cons

    Lower pay (which is kind of expected with a non-profit)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep listening and working for the employees on the front lines.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    YMCA

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA

    Pros

    It has a Good service

    Cons

    NONE that I can think of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Program director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    Friendly and exciting work environment, lots of opportunity for growth, freedom to plan and design your own program for the kids

    Cons

    Low salary, tons of training required, parents of children can be difficult to deal with

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise salaries if you want quality staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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