YMCA Reviews

Updated 25 August 2014
Updated 25 August 2014
1,321 Reviews

3.7
1,321 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 150 reviews)

  • Always enjoyed working around fellow facilitators and working with kids everyday (in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • The pay is not very competitive but it is non profit so this is to be expected (in 62 reviews)

  • There is no growth potential you will only go so far with only part time positions (in 51 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Overall good experience

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

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

    Pros

    Fun people to work with and a fun atmosphere.

    Cons

    not the greatest paying jobs. Hard to get full time hours. Limited to 25 hours a week.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    I enjoyed my time there

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    Current Employee - Preschool Teacher  in  Papillion, NE (US)
    Current Employee - Preschool Teacher in Papillion, NE (US)

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

    Pros

    Flexible, supportive, and a good learning experience

    Cons

    Pay was not great but these were entry level part time positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Awesome community oriented work environment

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    Current Employee - Lifeguard and Swim Instructor  in  Berkeley, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Lifeguard and Swim Instructor in Berkeley, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Family oriented. Healthy. Employees are entitled to free gym membership. Staff from all departments are genuinely interested in getting to know one another.

    Cons

    The only downside to working at the Downtown Berkeley YMCA is that parking is difficult given my local Y is so centrally located.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Aquatics Director

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    Former Employee - Aquatics Director  in  Quakertown, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Aquatics Director in Quakertown, PA (US)

    I worked at YMCA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Home/Work Balance. Caring enviroment. Supervisors listen to you.

    Cons

    Low Pay. Corporate Offices don't listen to the little people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I have been working at YMCA

    Pros

    Working at the Ymca you learn about one-self. You learn that you can make a difference if you believe you can.

    Cons

    Somewhat unorganized at times. Should focus more time on emphasizing how important being organized really is.

  7.  

    Great place, great people , no money

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    The staff are great and the work is a worthy cause. Personally feel good about your contribution and the company cares about it's employees

    Cons

    The staff are great and the work is a worthy cause but state funded non profit child welfare is not a well paying career

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Fun work with lots of kids, but co-workers and management were not professional

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    Former Employee - YMCA Summer Camp Counselor
    Former Employee - YMCA Summer Camp Counselor

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

    Pros

    The Y gives you a great opportunity to work with kids and gain experience with kids. It's a lot of fun and it is a meaningful experience to be able to help encourage and teach the young ones. The summer programs let you go back to your childhood and have a reason to enjoy the zoo, swim parks, and even swimming in the Y every week. You can have the freedom to create your own learning experiences and projects or games for the kids as long as your team is OK with what you propose. Almost guaranteed a job if you're male and can demonstrate you can work with kids and have safety in mind. Y's are always desperate for male councilors.

    Cons

    I did not have sufficient training and had to learn on the fly. Can be very stressful when you're not sure what's within your bounds to administer regarding punishment and dealing with kids who misbehave (start physical fights, etc.). Low pay and fake breaks - I was always with the kids and never had any breaks completely away from work during the 9 hour shifts. No incentive for parents to pick up their kids on time at the end of the day, requiring you to stay longer. You can get sick pretty easily from being around lots of kids, and it's tough to organize kids with a sore throat. My management did the bare minimum in upkeep and providing services, and my co-workers were pretty unprofessional and a bit immature, meaning more of the work fell to me to keep the kids engaged and organized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just hire everyone who walks in the door with an application, pay attention to character - these are the people who will be keeping other peoples children safe; the people those kids are going to potentially look up to. Support your employees when it comes to parents who are habitually late.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent upbeat environment to work at but limited opportunities for any advancements anywhere

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    Current Employee - Child Care Assistant  in  Greenville, WI (US)
    Current Employee - Child Care Assistant in Greenville, WI (US)

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, children welcome there while you work, free membership and discounted programs. Wonderful people and high positive energy.

    Cons

    Lack of communication between departments. No room for advancement or cross training / work. Stuck in a rut of old ways of doing things. Constantly hiring people for little part-part time work when they could use current resources available. The directors of certain departments were nicer when I was a customer compared to an employee...very odd.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many tiny part-time workers. Try using who you already have employed, instead of adding another 5 hour a week employee. Look and notice who you have and what they are capable of and willing to do. Not using assets available and are actually losing talented employees probably due to insecure management. Its a shame to let the talented go and be content with mediocracy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    good experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    good experience and meet good people

    Cons

    you get comfortable and stuck

    Recommends
  11.  

    Fine for Part Time, Horrible Full Time

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    Current Employee - Membership Director  in  Toledo, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Membership Director in Toledo, OH (US)

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

    Pros

    Free gym membership
    Health care
    Warm Fuzzy Feelings

    Cons

    Low Pay
    No Advancement
    Long Hours
    If you want to make this your life's work, be ready for living just about the poverty line, begging for money for scholarship fundraising.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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