YMCA Reviews

Updated 18 April 2015
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  1. I was a summer camp counselor in Omaha, NE.

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    Former Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in Omaha, NE (US)
    Former Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in Omaha, NE (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I loved being close knit with the other staff and being surrounded by fitness oriented people!

    Cons

    The particular YMCA I was at was a little unorganized, which made my job harder

  2. Fantastic organization!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westborough, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westborough, MA (US)

    I worked at YMCA

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    I worked at the Borough's Family Branch in Massachusetts for 6 years and absolutely loved it. I started in high school as a rock wall instructor then started working vacation camps. It was always so much fun! I use to describe to people that I got paid to be a kid. I held a number of jobs while employed and since working there and I can honestly say it was the best place I've ever worked.

    Cons

    The only negative thing about The Y is that it can sometimes be a bit clicky and you get little to no raise on a yearly basis.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.

  3. youth leader

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    Former Employee - Youth Leader in San Bernardino, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Youth Leader in San Bernardino, CA (US)

    I worked at YMCA part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    it's exciting to work with the children. You really make a difference in their lives when your interacting and helping them understand school

    Cons

    Some staff and the teachers can be a pain to work with.

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  5. Great company very organized

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    Current Employee - Intern in Hartford, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Intern in Hartford, CT (US)

    I have been working at YMCA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Allowed me to gain a lot of hands on experience

    Cons

    The computer was often down

    Advice to Management

    Great staff keep it going!

  6. Swim instructor

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    Current Employee - Swim Instructor in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Swim Instructor in Charlotte, NC (US)

    I have been working at YMCA part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Free membership for employee and discounted for family. Good group of dedicated employees in the aquatic department. Fairly good for part-time work.

    Cons

    All levels of management are a joke. No consistency in the swim programs because of the management turnover rate. Right hand doesn't have a clue what the left hand is doing. We use to have a very strong and sought after department but sadly that is no longer. Employees there not for the pay but for the love of the job.

    Advice to Management

    I think you should listen to your front-line people.

  7. Great experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great mission, great clients, great facilities. Lots of people dedicated to the mission, and it was like a family to work with.

    Cons

    Favoritism instead of merit was rewarded. There was a ceiling as far as career aadvancement, and hours were limited

    Advice to Management

    Better scheduling, better hours, embrace social media and internet to better reach your existing and new clients. Also, trainings were great!

  8. Solid job for high school or college student. (Summer Camp Counselor)

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    Former Employee - YMCA Summer Camp Counselor in Indianapolis, IN (US)
    Former Employee - YMCA Summer Camp Counselor in Indianapolis, IN (US)

    I worked at YMCA part-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Full work week, surrounded by many interesting people who are excited about leading campers in a variety of fun activities. Great training and preparation for the job.

    Cons

    Can be easy to get burned out, but staff is quite supportive in making sure that you are able to avoid such a possibility. Some counselors are there because they love the work, some counselors are there because they see it as an easy job (it's not.)

    Advice to Management

    Focus on hiring high-quality, enthusiastic counselors. In my five years going there, management of the Summer Camp program switched three times, and the middle manager seemed to hire based on attractiveness as well as skill.

  9. Great place to be a lifeguard

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pros are simple.
    The company has fantastic values and they see to it that the employees take those values seriously.
    They have an awesome system where incoming members can pay a fraction of the membership due to money constraints.

    Cons

    Concerning values, there are quite a few training days and in-services where values are brought up.
    There is quite a bit of supervision; not micromanagement, but supervision.

    Advice to Management

    Management is doing great.

  10. pros and cons

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    Current Employee - Membership Director
    Current Employee - Membership Director

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    fun environment, great retirement, PTO, work a lot but flexible, does great work in community, great staff development opportunities and training

    Cons

    pay isn't great, you work a lot, high expectations without clear direction, sometimes the training doesn't always match the job directly

    Advice to Management

    allow for communication to filter to part time staff with adequate time allowance; reward staff when goals are met

  11. It has been nice.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA

    Pros

    The free gym membership is nice.

    Cons

    Terrible hour coordination makes hours inconsistent.

    Advice to Management

    More consistency.

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