Life Time Fitness

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Life Time Fitness Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
112 Reviews
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Life Time Fitness Chairman, President, and CEO Bahram Akradi
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Pros
  • You get a free gym membership to a great facility and good benefits (in 54 reviews)

  • I can honestly say the free gym member ship is the only pro (in 48 reviews)


Cons
  • You will work long hours especially if you are a Personal Trainer (in 38 reviews)

  • Upper management isn't in touch with the problems within the club (in 29 reviews)

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  1.  

    I have to check a star to place a review, however the company does not deserve a single star. The job is a joke.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Licensed Massage Therapist in Westminster, CO
    Former Employee - Licensed Massage Therapist in Westminster, CO

    I worked at Life Time Fitness part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    There are none, good luck.

    Cons

    $10 per hour. You dont get moved to commission for months. They lie lie lie and con. You have to sell their below average pricy products and sell sessions to get moved to commission. Be aware you are an "employee" however you are charged a service fee for each session to "cover the cost of products used". Last time I checked an "employee" status according to the IRS is one who is provided with supplies. Take a look for yourself employee vs independent contractor status. If a client comes in with a discount card, that % discount comes out of YOUR pay not their net. The company runs these every week so expect to get squeezed out of the pay you were promised from the get go. Also expected the hire on process to take 3 months. In this time 3-4 different managers will instruct you to do it 3-4 different ways all saying the other is wrong. Expect to run around like a chicken with its head cut off, get frustrated and irritated. Expect to have 3-4 managers, expect one to leave in the hiring process, expect the rest to not agree on anything. Expect to be forcibly "volunteered" to work on your day off, if you dont you are not a team player and expect to get fired. Expect to cross out any new year's day plans or new year's eve plans as you manager is going to text you new years eve at 10pm to inform you of your 4 day volunteering begining new years day for their yearly event. Expect to be presured to puchase a $475 dollar training package during hire on, be aware you dont have to. You can if you chooses to when you choose to. You are trained from the moment you meet a client to sell sell sell if you dont you are not performing well. Bottom line, you are trained to see every client as a dollar sign first. As a therapist that should be enough not to mention the rest. Far warning investigate your employer before you settle on unfair unethical practices. There is plenty more but I believe I am sick to my stomach remembering my experience and would like to not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe learn management skills first.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Unprofessional

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Life Time Fitness

    Pros

    - Friendly co-workers
     - Limited time scheduling, large amounts of flexibility

    Cons

    - Unprofessional upper level employees
     - Lack of control

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    Never Work There If You Have A Brain (Maybe Not All Locations)

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    Former Employee - Swim Instructor in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Swim Instructor in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at Life Time Fitness

    Pros

    Free Gym Membership
    Decent Salary
    Employees don't nag you like they do with paying customers.

    Cons

    Terrible office culture (Poor performance in all departments)
    Department head was deceitful (incorrectly filling out documents for records)(And about scheduling shifts)
    Many employees come to work high and smoke during break.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to the people that hire these "trained" managers: Hire people with a legitimate college education, not a degree from Lifetime in Personal Training.

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

    Look for employment elsewhere

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    Current Employee - Life Cafe Team Member in White Bear Lake, Ramsey, MN
    Current Employee - Life Cafe Team Member in White Bear Lake, Ramsey, MN

    I have been working at Life Time Fitness part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    If there were any pros beyond the free membership, I haven't encountered any. You'll be greeted by plenty of smiling faces, and they'll tell you what you want to hear.

    Cons

    Don't ask about the automatic enrollment in the pay card that they use company wide. Expect the department head, assistant department head, and the general manager to stab you in the back if you do. The GM doesn't know State pay regulations, didn't understand what I was asking, and didn't want to hear my questions. The DH doesn't understand the difference between agreeing to the pay card (required under state law), and activation of the pay card. Corporate and management is more concerned about sales and profit than about employees, or how long a process takes. So make sure you DON'T work past your scheduled hours.
    Because of my question, I had my hours reduced, though I have no way to prove that this was done.
    To be honest, I could get paid MORE working at a fast food establishment, than I could here. If you want to be a 'happy drone', keep your mouth shut.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure HR, payroll specifically, understands each States pay card statutes, and that the GM's and DH's know them as well, and FOLLOW them. And while the premiss of the cafe is good, pay the people that handle the food something more than a pittance.

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

    Not Great

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    Former Employee - Facility Operations in Orland Park, IL
    Former Employee - Facility Operations in Orland Park, IL

    I worked at Life Time Fitness

    Pros

    I enjoyed serving people and housekeeping work. The decor of the health club was nice but a little drab.

    Cons

    Management did not care about staff, pay was horrible, no upward mobility, and nothing to inspire you to want to move up there.
    When communicated that conditions of the health club needed to be addressed immediately, I got no response.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your staff with respect, pay your employees decent and fair wages and you won't have such a revolving door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    I was miserable there...

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    Former Employee - Kids Activities Assistant Department Head
    Former Employee - Kids Activities Assistant Department Head

    I worked at Life Time Fitness

    Pros

    Free gym access, up-beat environment, health centered

    Cons

    VERY low pay, extremely political, little chance for growth, extremely tight budget, virtually no training, never felt trusted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I worked as an assistant department head and my department head made no effort to get to know me or even train me. It was extremely frustrating. My GM was great and helpful, but my department head was the worst employer I have ever experienced.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Humbling Experience

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    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in Bloomingdale, IL
    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in Bloomingdale, IL

    I worked at Life Time Fitness

    Pros

    Worked with alot of great people
    Help wonderful clients

    Cons

    Management says its better than what it is
    Sexual Harassment really gives personal trainers a bad rap
    Pay is highly over exaggerated
    all about sales

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lie to potential employees
    Make sure Managers are decent people

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

    Personal Trainer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Life Time Fitness

    Pros

    I was blessed to have a boss that taught me more about nutrition then I could have ever learned through school or seminars. Education is a available and great, but no CEs for it and it isn't recignized outside Lifetime.

    Cons

    Long hours (have to work your mine hour shift and minimum 4-6 hours a week of non pay mandatory meetings)
    Terrible pay ( barely make 50% of the cut for sales) session rates usually push $99 am hour
    Bad managerial structure (more time and effort the more hours given to you)
    High turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Starts at the top down, the corporate office is a mess.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Dont do it

    Former Employee - Membership Engagement Advisor
    Former Employee - Membership Engagement Advisor

    I worked at Life Time Fitness

    Pros

    Decent salary but not for the hours worked.
    Free membership.
    Ability to meet and network with a lot of people

    Cons

    60 plus hours per week
    Forced to come in on days off
    "Closeouts"
    "Open House"
    Same deals every month but you must find creative ways to sell it
    Management are uneducated people who were successful in sales. No MGT experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go to hell.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Sales, sales, sales a Registered Dietitian review

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    Former Employee - Registered Dietitian in Humble, TX
    Former Employee - Registered Dietitian in Humble, TX

    I worked at Life Time Fitness full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    They have done a great job at streamlining functional medicine supplements and lab testing for RD's to take advantage of.

    Cons

    Poor on-boarding process, terrible compensation plan for new RD's starting out, they will not tell you that you have to do between 15-20 hours of unpaid administration time and free appointments per week (starting out almost everything you do is free which is even worse!). The leadership above you is also commissioned so they are your competition which is a big conflict of interest. You will find yourself straying away from your true recommendations to help people in order to sell them more crap so you can make money. Every meeting is about sales and sales numbers. They make you feel important (automatically part of leadership) but they do not pay you for it at all...They will tell you that the income potential is unlimited but then you will be making $10/hr starting out. The income potential is limited because of all the free crap they expect of you. They will also want you to pull people off the floor as clients. They want you to sign everyone up for automatic monthly appointments because this is how you make them the most money and a way to "pad your paycheck". Your income and schedule is dependent on your clients, and you are solely responsible for being your own scheduler, booking your days full back-to-back for an "highly effective schedule". You also have to clean equipment daily.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The RD position needs to be salaried plus commission. We paid a lot of money for our education and credentials, we cant start out with a similar compensation package to the personal trainers (who see clients more often then we do, and have more opportunity for groups which makes more money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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