Gold's Gym Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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Pros
  • free membership for 1 family member (in 29 reviews)

  • Free membership and flexible schedule (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Being on your own even at close of business, low pay, not a lot of organization (in 16 reviews)

  • front desk doesnt give out the whole truth (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Good first job - not long term.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in Southern Pines, NC
    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in Southern Pines, NC

    I worked at Gold's Gym full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to learn the ropes of personal training due to the structure of the personal training program, as it requires the manager to do the selling - takes the stress off of the new trainer.

    Cons

    No real chance for upward advancement, poor upper management, almost impossible to get raises. Hard to balance work and life, due to the need to make a living.

    Advice to Management

    Do a total overhaul of the company, from the ground up. Give the employees a chance to grow and flourish like most companies do.


  2. Isolating

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Front Desk Associate in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Front Desk Associate in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Gold's Gym part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Gym access, pleasant co-workers, and early shift schedule.

    Cons

    Distance from manager, vague expectations, being thrown into situations with guests that are out of your control, not spending much time with co-workers.

    Advice to Management

    Be more accessible and realize how much you are expecting from front door staff.


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    sales

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gold's Gym

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

    Pros

    free gym, the "atmosphere", can't think of much more

    Cons

    pay sucked, you don't get paid more to be bilingual. Customers are rude, management is a joke

    Advice to Management

    go to college, have goals


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Ehh...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gold's Gym part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Free gym membership was always nice Easy schedule

    Cons

    Was required to do a lot of non-related tasks

    Advice to Management

    Actually hire people to clean the bathrooms, not the trainers.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Gold's Gym Austin District....Be careful working for this company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gold's Gym full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free Gym, meeting different people everyday

    Cons

    Pay is terrible across the board ($7.50/hr for FDA, less than $30k/year for Operations Managers, $8/hr + commission for sales) yet this is a multi million dollar company, benefits are horrible and expensive, HR dept doesn't "have your back" like they claim during new hire orientation & will always take the side of upper mgmt & company , Robert Graham doesn't know squat about running a gym...let alone running a full district, pay raises are minimal IF they happen, DVPs treat lower level employees worse than they treat strangers on the street, company will let go of ANYONE no matter tenure or loyalty, if monthly goals dont meet....ur compensation is minimal, work hours range from 45 and up/week for salaried employees, no overtime pay, No PTO pay out....if you have more than 40hrs of PTO come Dec 31...u loose it (so if you have 120hrs of PTO on Dec 31st....on Jan 1st u will lose 80 of those),

    Advice to Management

    Realize and recognize the employees IN the gym....the ones in the trenches who deal with it on a daily basis....they're the ones who sign your paychecks. You may not pay employees more the peanuts but you better learn to treat them better or your turnover ratio will keep growing.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Kid

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    Current Employee - Kids Club Associate in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Kids Club Associate in Newark, NJ

    I have been working at Gold's Gym

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Free gym membership/ employee discounts -Positive work enviornment with my coworkers -Some of the kids make the job very rewarding

    Cons

    At my particular location management closes us off and it feels like being trapped in a cage while working. Generally shifts only last 2 or 3 hours and with overstaffing and minimum wage you make very little money. Some days are more hectic than others making you feel overworked- even though the shifts are short. Another con that you have to take into consideration is how the kids act. Some of them are extremely bratty and their parents aren't too far from that label themselves. Managers can also be hard to work with but thats going to happen anywhere.

    Advice to Management

    Please put more consideration into hiring managers. At my particular location my manager was hired because she sucks up to the owner. She has never worked with kids and doesn't now how to deal with parents. She also doesn't take feedback or suggestions very well. On top of this she also changes the schedule more than once a week making it hard to keep up with what days I'm working or not.


  8. fun job

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    Former Employee - Member Service Representative in Monroe, NY
    Former Employee - Member Service Representative in Monroe, NY

    I worked at Gold's Gym full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    front desk staff was very easy going and made friends fast

    Cons

    owners are arrogant and fueled by greed.

    Advice to Management

    get of your high horse


  9. Helpful (1)

    Kids Club Attendant

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gold's Gym part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    75 cents more than minimum wage Form many connections with the children and their families Free gym membership, although the least expensive one

    Cons

    IN KIDS CLUB YOU ARE ONLY GUARANTEED TO WORK 2 HOURS A SHIFT! The company is VERY tight with their money and the hours that they give to their already overstaffed staff. There is zero opportunity for advancement while working in Kids Club. The other attendants are often unwilling to cover shifts when needed. I was almost terminated for having surgery and not having my shifts covered. Worked here for 3 months and was done.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees and give them what they signed up for when given the job.


  10. Helpful (1)

    eh

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN

    I worked at Gold's Gym (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great co-workers free gym membership that's all folks

    Cons

    poor management lack of communication poor scheduling


  11. Helpful (2)

    Not so great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gold's Gym full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Free gym membership. The more memberships you sell, the more commission you make.

    Cons

    Sometimes the quotas are unreasonable. Corporate is hard to communicate with. Company is so big that all management seems to be too busy to be helpful. Overall, not a good experience working here. I don't feel like I have job security.



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