YMCA Reviews

Updated 24 October 2014
Updated 24 October 2014
1,473 Reviews
3.6
1,473 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 173 reviews)

  • Always enjoyed working around fellow facilitators and working with kids everyday (in 41 reviews)


Cons
  • The pay is not very competitive but it is non profit so this is to be expected (in 74 reviews)

  • There is no growth potential you will only go so far with only part time positions (in 64 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    I love working at Y, the kids are a blast to be around and also all the employees are great!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Youth Sports Staff in Valparaiso, IN (US)
    Current Employee - Youth Sports Staff in Valparaiso, IN (US)

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

    Pros

    The shifts are super easy and I love being around kids so it's always fun! I also like and get along with my boss so that's good.

    Cons

    Not really any disadvantages if working here, u guess if I had to complain it would be that I'm not getting enough hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more hands on with everything that is going on at the Y.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great experience, until new boss came along

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    Former Employee - Language Teacher in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Former Employee - Language Teacher in Taipei (Taiwan)

    I worked at YMCA as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    As a teacher, working with the kids indoors and out, is great fun. Freedom to independently design most of my lessons was pretty great too, until...

    Cons

    .... when the boss changed, his micromanagement became unbearable. Although I still had autonomy in my class I was expected to submit lesson plans in advance that were never detailed enough, and to be on call, or email, to discuss work at all hours all days of the week and holidays.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great people.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    The members
    Pay is better than most Ys
    Great support from upper management
    Peers are very supportive

    Cons

    Long hours
    Some members
    Constant changes about programming

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  5.  

    One of the best jobs I've ever had

    Former Employee - Custodian in Berkeley, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Custodian in Berkeley, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Fun job, all employees are friendly. Felt like a big family.

    Cons

    They like to spread some employees thin.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Felt like family

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Front Desk Clerk
    Former Employee - Front Desk Clerk

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

    Pros

    fellow workers are fun to be with and helpful.
    training is helpful.
    benefits
    Facilities clean

    Cons

    Some employees spread too thin

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the family values. Add things for seniors.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Lifeguard/health and wellness instructor

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lifeguard/Health and Wellness Instructor in Saint Peters, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Lifeguard/Health and Wellness Instructor in Saint Peters, MO (US)

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with
    Easy job
    Free membership and and metro membership to all surrounding areas

    Cons

    Bad management in terms of scheduling and improving overall quality of facility and membership satisfaction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employee suggestions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good

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

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    Working with kids, free membership

    Cons

    Low hours, no overtime, no benefit

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Swim Coach in Champaign, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Swim Coach in Champaign, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    I love my job and they make it easy for me to keep enjoying it. If I had not decided to join the YMCA staff I definitely would have been disappointed.

    Cons

    Not the best communication with those above me. I never really know how to go about talking to people about paycheck or different problems I have.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing, love working for your company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Personal Trainer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Personal Trainer
    Current Employee - Personal Trainer

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

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment, works with schedules, equal opportunity employer

    Cons

    May become disorganized at times, but overall good company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    It was a great work environment, everyone was very nice and helpful.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in La Grange Park, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in La Grange Park, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    The people are the greatest reason for working at the YMCA, they're really driven by their core values of helping others no matter the situation.

    Cons

    It can be at times a little slow moving which can get frustrating when you're on a tight deadline, but that doesn't too often for the most part.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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