YMCA Reviews

Updated 17 September 2014
Updated 17 September 2014
1,376 Reviews
3.6
1,376 Reviews
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YMCA President and CEO Neil Nicoll
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335 Ratings

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.  

    Fun company to work for

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    Current Employee - Fitness Instructor  in  Niles, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Fitness Instructor in Niles, MI (US)

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

    Pros

    Friendly Staff, excellent class participation.

    Cons

    Limited bonuses and incentives. Limited resources for some classes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Once great but has been driven down by poor COO leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Indianapolis, IN (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN (US)

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

    Pros

    Flexibility of job, paid days off, addition sick leave balance (30 day max), 12% paid retirement. Additional 403b retirement options, flexible health savings account, CDA, 50% all programs, free family membership

    Cons

    Lack of raises to keep up with cost of living, micromanaged, inflexibility to grow especially with technology. No promotions, stretched resources by building instead of investing in current staff. Too much expansion, too soon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When will staff be promoted? Why are we locked into exact job descriptions from the last two decades? When will identifying talent and getting "the right person on the bus in the right seat" be a priority. What got us to the current standing will not get us to the next stage in city status and financial stability.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA part-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers, good work environment.

    Cons

    Not many cons here at the YMCA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Place to Work With A Great Mission

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Charlotte, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    Great place to work with amazing core values being at the core of the company. You feel like you are changing the world every day no matter if you are front line staff or an a management position. Depending on your manager there are very good opportunies to grow in your career or stay stagnant in your current position.

    Cons

    Politics rule major management desicions, instead of the degree of work performed. Time off is rare to none as you are constantly on call in a management position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the mission in the front of all hiring descions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to start a career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    Leadership is great to work for. They believe in work/life balance. Feel good about what you do.

    Cons

    Impossible to start a family on the low salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to pay to keep the best people if you want to take the ymca to that next level.

  7.  

    Great management, can move up in company.

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    Former Employee - Member Service Representative  in  Nashville, TN (US)
    Former Employee - Member Service Representative in Nashville, TN (US)

    I worked at YMCA part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good solid team from top to bottom, and a chance to move up in position. Also, a free gym membership. Flexible hours, non profit company.

    Cons

    Pay, standing the majority of the shift. Management can have favorites.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    The Y is a very fun place to work at and you get to be outside all day!

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    Former Employee - YMCA Camp Counselor  in  Berwyn, PA (US)
    Former Employee - YMCA Camp Counselor in Berwyn, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    Working outside all day, great co-workers. Make a difference in children's lives and you get to help benefit the community.

    Cons

    The pay is low, but the Y is a non profit so it is understandable that it is hard to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    let the employees be a little more free in their appearance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Counselor

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    Former Employee - Summer Camp Counselor  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at YMCA as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    The opportunity to work with great kids.
    Strong training

    Cons

    Not a lot of support during the day with flexible staffing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    The YMCA is very good at helping the community, but not as good at taking care of their employees.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The YMCA has been operating in Chicago for many years, they're a staple in the community. They do a lot of very important, very good work providing services for people ranging from destitute to slightly disadvantaged. Depending on your department You'll likely have the ability to interface with some really great people and feel good about what it is your doing.

    Cons

    Employees are underpaid and undervalued. The YMCA is yet another employer that intentionally keeps employees hours low to avoid having to provide state mandated benefits. There is very little room for advancement in the organization no matter your department.
     I feel the need to specify, however, that it was not my direct superiors or even the branch manager's faults. There is a fundamental disconnect between the Chicago Metro headquarters and each branch.

    oh and also they only pay $8.50 in a city where a ham sandwich costs $8.50

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide better (or any) benefits

    Pay your membership sales staff better and give them more training in sales. They're on the front lines of the most profitable portion of your business and you're paying them the same as a McDonald's fry cook.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    It's a nice place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Courtesy Counter Representative  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Courtesy Counter Representative in Atlanta, GA (US)

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

    Pros

    -Free gym membership
    -flexible
    -fun work environment

    Cons

    The pay is very low. They will get a lot out of you and give a little in return.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to be present more. There is almost always a time when a director is needed, especially on the weekends and no one is available.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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