YMCA Reviews

Updated 30 September 2014
Updated 30 September 2014
1,412 Reviews
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1,412 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 164 reviews)

  • Always enjoyed working around fellow facilitators and working with kids everyday (in 38 reviews)


Cons
  • The pay is not very competitive but it is non profit so this is to be expected (in 70 reviews)

  • There is no growth potential you will only go so far with only part time positions (in 62 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    They're like a family. All you have to do is be reliable and strictly follow all rules and procedures.

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    Current Employee - Group Leader  in  Fort Worth, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Group Leader in Fort Worth, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Creating great relationships with staff, parents and children. Following rules and procedures equals job security.

    Cons

    Some workers are under paid. Child care is a critical job that deserves more credibility.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Fun work environment, Political Minefield

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA as a contractor

    Pros

    Fun, young staff, Plenty of time outside, Positive relationships with co-workers and kids, Great experience in the wilderness, feels like home

    Cons

    The directors often argue with each other and the staff suffers for it, the director of the Torch Lake site only answers to himself and does not care about the success of the girls' camp, wages are low but room and board is provided, Outdoor Education Director doesn't care about his staff or his programs

    Recommends
  3.  

    Employer of Choice

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Manager in Melbourne (Australia)

    I have been working at YMCA full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    They are great people and really care about what they do; and you.

    Cons

    There is so much choice; what to do?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen, listen, listen

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Summer Camp

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    Current Employee - YMCA Camp Counselor  in  Brampton, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - YMCA Camp Counselor in Brampton, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    The kids are wonderful and the staff are very supportive. There is flexibility in our program plans so counselors can become very creative.

    Cons

    Some miscommunications here and there. No more than there is to be expected in a large camp like theirs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Exciting

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    Former Employee - Office Administrative  in  Killeen, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Office Administrative in Killeen, TX (US)

    I worked at YMCA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Meeting people and planning activities and events for kids and teenagers

    Cons

    Having to constantly organize schedules from day to day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am a seasoned worker

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Summer Camp Director

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    Former Employee - Site Supervisor  in  Leesburg, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Site Supervisor in Leesburg, VA (US)

    I worked at YMCA full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    If you like working with kids you'll be truly satisfied. Compensation is decent.

    Cons

    A lot of redundant paperwork.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They really need to invest in software that will automate their system.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    YMCA is a great organization to work for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA part-time

    Pros

    YMCA is a fun environment that is family friendly, professional, and comforting. The people are some of the best you will meet.

    Cons

    There is a lot of inconsistency in the way the organization operates, especially for individual Y's. It can make for some frustrating expectations.

  9.  

    Great company that provides very beneficial programs in fitness and sports. The YMCA also does a great job giving back

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    Current Employee - Program Specialist  in  Grand Rapids, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Program Specialist in Grand Rapids, MI (US)

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

    Pros

    Very active job. I am on my feet working with sports or preparing for sports related work. Interact with a lot of people, youth to adult. Get to take part in a company that helps out the surrounding community. Flexible hours for part timers like myself. The office culture at my branch is awesome, I have gotten to know a number of my coworkers while working.

    Cons

    The pay is less than great. When officiating soccer games, you are paid hourly rate while if you worked through the state high school association or other club associations you would get a per game fee which would be significantly higher. Deal with disgruntled parents, often outside of the sports field as well. Corporate does a good job of making our job on the front lines more difficult "improving" the process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk with the lower level employees more before making association wide decisions. Weigh their opinion heavily too, we are most affected by changes made regarding registration procedure. You do not get to talk with disgruntled parents, we do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great culture, great location, great people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA full-time

    Pros

    Lots of fantastic, down to Earth people to work with. Great vacation benefits. You really feel as though the mission works through the management and employees. They genuinely are about what they are doing in every department.

    Cons

    Health benefits are not great, not a lot of opportunity for advancement. Great training but not always a place to apply it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on giving people a path to work towards career wise, I think turn over would be less and you'd get more out of your employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    A worthy cause!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dallas, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX (US)

    I worked at YMCA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people that believe in the Y's mission.

    Cons

    Low compensation is causing a high turn-over rate which hurts their programs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on retention, this will improve program participation and membership growth. Stop promoting membership discounts and give-aways and focus on keeping your great people and developing those health and wellness programs that our nation needs.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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