Gold's Gym Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
177 Reviews
3.1
177 Reviews
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Aaron Watkins
27 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • free membership, could flex schedule with coworkers, wanted you to be customer service oriented (in 27 reviews)

  • Free membership and flexible schedule (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Being on your own even at close of business, low pay, not a lot of organization (in 14 reviews)

  • Front desk personnel not personable or polite in acknowledging members as they entered the gym (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    needs some work

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

    I have been working at Gold's Gym part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    big facility
    friendly co workers

    Cons

    senior management
    cant transition new trainers
    too many trainers hired at once
    competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work on your current trainers instead of hiring new ones all the time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Inconsistent and unorganized

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Front Desk Associate  in  Westminster, MD
    Former Employee - Front Desk Associate in Westminster, MD

    I worked at Gold's Gym part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I loved the atmosphere for the most part and the members that became regulars. It was nice to be able to interact with so many people on any given day.

    Cons

    The management was unorganized, inconsistent, and indecisive. There was no advancement and no respect in terms of hard work and dedication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledge those that go above and beyond. Consider more pay raises to enhance job satisfaction and motivation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Review of Gold's Gym

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Manager  in  Harrisburg, PA
    Current Employee - General Manager in Harrisburg, PA

    I have been working at Gold's Gym full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Ever changing members/faces in a healthy environment

    Cons

    Long-hours with little benefits. Consistently dealing with ignorant people/members.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More mentorship and flexibility, less micromanagement

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

    Cycle instructor

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gold's Gym

    Pros

    The members were loyal, yet our area they tend to be seasonal. All year round member nicer.

    Cons

    Facility ok. Cycle room dates and low maintenance on bikes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend some money to upgrade equipment.

  6.  

    Turnover

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Manager  in  Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - General Manager in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Gold's Gym full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits, opportunity to travel if wanted.

    Cons

    Upper management turnover. They burn you out pretty quick.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More support per facility.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Upper management is horrible, but my GM and co-workers are awesome!

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

    I have been working at Gold's Gym

    Pros

    Work-life balance is great and it is a fun atmosphere in which to work.

    Cons

    The pay is not that great. If you are lucky you will get one raise (up to 25 cents) in your first year. You start at $8.00.

  8.  

    Great industry

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and satisfaction in helping others in health and wellness. Co-workers and other staff are wonderful to work with.

    Cons

    Not great benefits, lowest paid in area for instructors and trainers, upper management (above GMs) very negative and constantly trying to manage with fear tactic. Members often are dissatisfied with billings and membership cancelation process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to create an environment with a positive and encouraging relationship. Focus on staff engagement and/or staff appreciation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Personal Trainer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Personal Trainer  in  Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Personal Trainer in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at Gold's Gym part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You make as much as you work. Potential to make up to 3,500 bi-weekly.

    Cons

    Difficult to get people to sign. You almost have to swindle people to make them sign. No real assessment on nutrition which is the main reason most clients don't lose weight in the first place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide training.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    The range of people you meet and work with is unparalleled.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gold's Gym

    Pros

    Management is laid back. The staff is fun. The entire gym atmosphere is fun and enjoyable. GREAT group exercise program and kids club. You learn to talk to and deal with all types of people with different personality types.

    Cons

    The leadership overall is severely lacking. Too much of staff's personal lives on display. LOWEST pay in the industry in ALL areas (personal trainers, membership sales staff, and class instructors). Extreme lack of accountability among the staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leaders LEAD and the BEST leaders lead by example.

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

    If the gym is your only thing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager of Personal Training Department  in  Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Manager of Personal Training Department in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Gold's Gym full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You work at a gym, can wear gym shorts, and the job is easy. Helping people can be very rewarding

    Cons

    It is the most vapid, vacuous job on the planet. In between sessions with your clients where you talk about exercise, you will get incredibly stimulating talk about how much a member's bench is. Basically, if you require stimulation to enjoy and do your job, this is devoid of it. Good for a job, after 3 years or so it get incredibly old.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is fine. Your basic gym guys. Pretty simple people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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