Bally Total Fitness

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Bally Total Fitness Reviews

Updated June 26, 2014
Updated June 26, 2014
91 Reviews
2.9
91 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Free membership, cool workers, good smoothies, good location (in 12 reviews)

  • The only Pro is a Free gym membership (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay for trainers, personal training session at the time were too expensive, disorganized at times (in 5 reviews)

  • Hires non certified PT's, Poor Management, Poor flexibility with schedule, Non-existant training (in 4 reviews)

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15 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    Stay away

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The relationships with coworkers

    Cons

    Horrible leadership,they change CEO's every year it seems like,the people running the company are a complete joke(west coast).Commissions change every month,corporate is out of touch.Members can't cancel their memberships.Shady business practices,they are selling all the clubs,this company is not going to exist much longer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the company to someone that actually cares about the employees and doing things the right way.stop screwing your members over,stop putting people in leadership positions and shouldn't be.This company is so corrupt and all you corporate clowns should be ashamed of yourselves.Do you guys bother to look at your yelp reviews?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    very crooked corp, unsanitary, low pay, lie to people, steal their money, do not close membership when requested

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    Former Employee - Personal Trainer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in New York, NY

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    good equipment, cheap membership, cool people working there

    Cons

    steal money from clients and workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    sell the company to an honest buyers, fix the facility. stop stealing from people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Minimum Wage

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness

    Pros

    Fun coworkers, met a lot of people.

    Cons

    Low wages, workers and company did not care about members.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The fall of the company was well deserved.

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  5.  

    History has a way of repeating itself...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness

    Pros

    The compensation was mediocre. Established great relationships with some amazing colleagues.

    Cons

    Poor management of assets and various supplier contracts led to unnecessary hurdles. Real estate department was exceptionally poor in this area. Job security would be in question a good portion of the time even while exceeding revenue goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    bally total fitness

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bally Total Fitness

    Pros

    fun atmosphere, great people to work with. Members are great.

    Cons

    No structure in promotion, commission was good at first but then sucked after LA fitness brought them up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Tired brand and political company

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    Former Employee - Personal Training Director
    Former Employee - Personal Training Director

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    None to add for this company

    Cons

    Political
    Old worn out stores
    No money to fix up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the stores

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Come here for a trainer that knows nothing about health and only about sales.

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    Former Employee - Personal Trainer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very easy to get hired here.

    Cons

    Hires non certified PT's, Poor Management, Poor flexibility with schedule, Non-existant training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire qualified Personal trainers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    No need to apply, you'll waste your time.

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    Former Employee - Pro Shop Manager  in  Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Pro Shop Manager in Virginia Beach, VA

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The only Pro is a Free gym membership

    Cons

    Low pay
    Poor management
    Gym is dirty

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its not always about the bottom line...treat your employees and customers better!!

  10.  

    A company struggling to survive

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness

    Pros

    Great for someone who is looking for just a job. With no creative thinking involved - be ready to punch the clock.

    Cons

    The company continues to struggle. I can imagine that every item/service realted to expense/captial will continue to be cut past quality levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What more is there to say, I wonder how the staff enjoys working for a poorly preforming company. Coming in every day must difficult.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Ballys is th.e biggest joke of an organization

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    Former Employee - Personal Trainer  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness

    Pros

    Good place for first time trainers to get their feet wet in the fitness industry.

    Cons

    Where do you start. The clubs are dirty, have a foul odor to them, equipment is old, and they are always making changes and reducing head count. Some fitness managers are still taking steroids and it's pretty obvious when you see grown adults in their 30s and 40s with body acne. The club I worked at had 5 general managers in 1 year. You do all of the work to get clients and they take 70%. They don't care about their clients or members-they only care about getting out of bankruptcy again. Can't see how Ballys will stay around much longer with better health clubs like Xsport, Lifetime, and LA Fitness are out there and are competitive with membership fees and training. The other trainers and club staff are great people to work with, but the management lacks quite a bit. Best advice to other new trainer is to get your feet wet and get out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Close the doors and quit fighting the inevitable. Once you were the pioneers in fitness, but have been surpassed by many others now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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