Bally Total Fitness

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Bally Total Fitness Reviews

Updated August 1, 2014
Updated August 1, 2014
92 Reviews
2.9
92 Reviews
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Steve Tucker
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Review Highlights

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

  • Decent sales and fitness training for beginning personal trainers (in 6 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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18 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    Limited Opportunity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bally Total Fitness as an intern

    Pros

    Provided Reimbursement for school was a great bonus. Not a lot of employeers provided reimbursement.

    Cons

    Didn't live up to the brand

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    horrible experience

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Sales Manager

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

    Pros

    club level employees care about what the do

    Cons

    Poor technology. Poor benefits. Corporate office very disorganized. Upper management does not care at all about the employees. Every week someone was threatened with losing their job. Complete lack of communication other verbally threatening people in public settings. 14 hour days

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    I disliked the internal politics of late payment to vendors. Many projects were stopped due to non-payment!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Towson, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Towson, MD

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

    Pros

    I don't remember too many good things. My 'office' was in a data room, my boss was racist (glad I matched her skin tone!)

    Cons

    See above. Difficult to do business with vendors because of non-payment. Difficult to work with Senior Management bent on milking customers on contracts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think they got their advice when they were told to file Chapter 9.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Programming for Bally Total Fitness was a daily exercise in frustration management.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness

    Pros

    They were a Microsoft .NET shop from top to bottom, and they maintained an MSDN subscription.

    Cons

    Everything else. The company is hurting financially and had already been through two bankruptcies.

  6.  

    Former Personal trainer and Sales Manager

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager  in  Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Cleveland, OH

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

    Pros

    Bally Total Fitness in general have a fun atmosphere, great co-workers, and you meet a lot of great members. It is a great place to get customer service, sales, and phone experience.

    Cons

    In general managers only care about membership sales. Customers are often disgruntled due to false promises and often have to call the corporate offices to get the correct information.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on customer service and ancillary services. I feel their sustainability depends on more than how many memberships are sold in a month.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Working at Bally

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    Former Employee - Trainer  in  Chesapeake, VA
    Former Employee - Trainer in Chesapeake, VA

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I got the chance to meet and work with a lot of great people, the customers/clients were also amazing

    Cons

    Bally as a company is run very poor, managment did not invest money into the clubs yet expected high sales

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest money into new equipment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A disaster, its amatuer hour in Management

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    Current Employee - Personal Trainer  in  Villa Park, IL
    Current Employee - Personal Trainer in Villa Park, IL

    I have been working at Bally Total Fitness

    Pros

    The People are great, The Staff is outstanding. I will admidt that other gyms have far newer and more modern equipment but nothing beats a true gym

    Cons

    The equipment is not up to date, the Management is not very well informed of the regulations and benefits. Short hours and under staffed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at new equipment, read up on procedures, hire from within.
    stop making express gyms we like working out late when we get off of work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    It has been rough to say the least.

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    Current Employee - Fitness Coach  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Fitness Coach in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Bally Total Fitness

    Pros

    good schedules, helpful staff, easy days off

    Cons

    HORRIBLEY LOW PAY!
    Lack of information by managment
    Managers take all the memberships

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop taking from employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    not traeted as an adult

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    Current Employee - General Manager  in  Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - General Manager in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Bally Total Fitness

    Pros

    the ability to work with an promote physical fitness and helping folks reach their goals.

    Cons

    the upper management treats you poorly. threats to your job every day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop treating employees as children, and make it enjoyable. Get out of the 80's mentality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Only concerned with Sales/Personal Training quotas....less about the employee

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    Former Employee - An Employee  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - An Employee in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness

    Pros

    Meeting members from all walks of life.
    Free membership.

    Cons

    Highly unrealistic sales expectations.
    Low pay and no true incentives for pay increases.
    District/Market Manager(s) are not qualified.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop using fear management.
    Instead, inspire and respect employees.
    Create more substantial training programs for employees.
    Get competent district managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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