Bally Total Fitness

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Bally Total Fitness Reviews

Updated July 22, 2014
Updated July 22, 2014
99 Reviews
2.9
99 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)

  • Upper management does not care at all about the employees (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Personal Trainer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, help from co-workers, workshops to improve

    Cons

    A bit of sales pitching is required

    Recommends
  2.  

    It was great until they had to sell off clubs

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness

    Pros

    The people cared about the company

    Cons

    Battling some previous legacy issues

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Little Neck, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Little Neck, NY

    I have been working at Bally Total Fitness full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Awesome team. Decent pay. Use of the gym

    Cons

    Rude people sometimes. Parking on rush hour.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Once was a great company

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    Former Employee - QA Lead in Towson, MD
    Former Employee - QA Lead in Towson, MD

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Innovative endeavors with good people

    Cons

    Company lost money and tried to rebuild but it was not successful in its attempts. Unfortunately this caused a lot of lay offs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set priorities for code changes

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

    It was amazing work with the staff at Bally total fitness

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    Current Employee - Bally Total Fitness Sales in Cerritos, CA
    Current Employee - Bally Total Fitness Sales in Cerritos, CA

    I have been working at Bally Total Fitness full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy money, good working environment.

    Cons

    Pressure sales, however they are understanding and work with you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Decent environment to begin in a Health and Fitness related field.

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    Former Employee - Martial Arts Instructor in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Martial Arts Instructor in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible staff. Free gym membership. A lot of easy going people who had similar interests as you. Not a very high stress job, even though you have to meet monthly revenue quotas. Great prices and deals offered a lot of the time. Family friendly.

    Cons

    Some places are bad locations. As all customer service related jobs, you'll always have to deal with very difficult people. Sometimes the general system at headquarters was no updated, so you couldn't give your clients and members the proper information they were looking for.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great company in it's prime thoughout the 1990's and early 2000's.

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    Former Employee - Regional Management
    Former Employee - Regional Management

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Was a pioneer in the Fitness Industry, that produced thousands of great employees in sales, management, an service fields.

    Cons

    Two corp BK in 2 years will tear any company down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring the brand back!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Development Team

    Former Employee - Junior Applications Developer in Towson, MD
    Former Employee - Junior Applications Developer in Towson, MD

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The staff in the IT department were awesome and extremely friendly

    Cons

    The sale of a majority of their clubs to LA Fitness which resulted in many lay offs

  10.  

    Employment was good.

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    Former Employee - Front Desk Receptionist in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Front Desk Receptionist in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Many hours 52+, free use of gym, decent benefit package available, opportunities for advancement, working close to personal trainers and getting to meet new people.

    Cons

    Was part time so benefits came directly out of my check, company is certainly old fashioned, actually was just bought out by L A fitness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cant really say since they are gone.

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

    Challenging and fun environment

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Chesapeake, VA
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Chesapeake, VA

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness

    Pros

    Working in a world class Fitness Club/Spa is pretty much an ideal work environment, and Bally Total Fitness is as big as it gets in this industry. You meet tons of interesting people who want to achieve or maintain fitness goals. If you like exercise, talking about health and nutrition Bally's would be a great place for you. I always enjoyed signing people up and seeing there faces in the gym as they worked on their goals.

    You can work out for free, wear athletic clothing to work, meet attractive people and brag about where you work ( people always seem fascinated by this). I had a good General Manager who kept things competitive but rewarding.

    Cons

    Its a SALES job through and through. If you do not like networking, up-selling, cross selling, generating leads etc then this might not be for you. Numbers are called in multiple times a day to upper management to make sure your facility is on task. Now don't get me wrong, working in a Fitness Club is almost motivation enough to help you make goals etc. But at the end of the day you are expected to generate appointments, leads and convert "walk ins" to members.

    Hours vary weekly and they are open on some holidays that other places would typically be off (but keep in mind there are paying members who expect to be able to work out almost anytime).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall I had a good experience with upper management, which could have been contributed to the fact I had a good sales team and we were good performers so that kept any heat off of us.

    No opinion of CEO

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