Bally Total Fitness Reviews

Updated August 9, 2015
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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 and no true incentives for pay increases (in 5 reviews)

  • Personal Training team focused a lot on sales rather than customers (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Customer Service

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Norwalk, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Norwalk, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time

    Pros

    Good place to work, good coworkers, lower level management was not bad.

    Cons

    Was a good place to work until everything crashed and when upper level management took over and drove it into the ground.

    Advice to Management

    None, they already wrecked the place.


  2. Purchasing Coordinator

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    Former Employee - Purchasing Coordinator/Buyer in Des Plaines, IL
    Former Employee - Purchasing Coordinator/Buyer in Des Plaines, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They had great benefits. And I had opportunity to learn and improve my skills. Great leadership.

    Cons

    Some CEO's not all were out for themselves and their pocket contributing to the demise of the corporation.


  3. Personal Trainer

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    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in San Leandro, CA
    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in San Leandro, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great staff and corporate heads.

    Cons

    Pay was low, corporate wasn't present very often. Probably about once every 2 months, once a month if we were lucky.


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  5. A good company that had a sad ending !

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    Former Employee - IT in Towson, MD
    Former Employee - IT in Towson, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team work in the IT department where we accomplished a lot of good .Great staff and great culture !

    Cons

    Bad past management decisions that brought the company down to the sad end of an era for Bally !


  6. I worked with great people for almost 35 years.

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    Former Employee - Data Processing Staff in Towson, MD
    Former Employee - Data Processing Staff in Towson, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Worked with some of the best operators, programmers, systems analysts and learned a lot from working with them. The benefits improved throughout the time I was there and if possible I would still be there.

    Cons

    The market and changes in the health club industry eventually. drove the company over time into financial distress that eventually caused several downsizes causing the selling off of large groups of our best clubs and eventually the loss of many of our jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Having spent 35 years working there I can say expensive mistakes were made in efforts to replace legacy systems and there were several points over the years where better decisions may have been made but in and of themselves those would surely have slowed or delayed the way things unfolded, but may not have stopped the end result.


  7. A lot of labor

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    Former Employee - Facilities Maintenance Supervisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Facilities Maintenance Supervisor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits working out at the gym

    Cons

    Making sure everything is clean in a fashionably manner

    Advice to Management

    pay raise


  8. Personal Trainer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    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


  9. It was great until they had to sell off clubs

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The people cared about the company

    Cons

    Battling some previous legacy issues


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    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Little Neck, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Little Neck, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bally Total Fitness full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome team. Decent pay. Use of the gym

    Cons

    Rude people sometimes. Parking on rush hour.


  11. Once was a great company

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    Former Employee - QA Lead in Towson, MD
    Former Employee - QA Lead in Towson, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Set priorities for code changes



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