Life Time Fitness
2.8 of 5 444 reviews
www.lifetimefitness.com Chanhassen, MN 5000+ Employees

Life Time Fitness Reviews

Updated Jun 2, 2014
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2.8 444 reviews

                             

51% Approve of the CEO

Life Time Fitness Chairman, President, and CEO Bahram Akradi

Bahram Akradi

(241 ratings)

45% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    The work was hard and deserved better benefits I was getting payed around $9- $10 an hour.

    Operations Team Member (Former Employee)
    Florham Park, NJ

    ProsFree gym membership and access to pools, food, sauna, locker rooms, jacuzzi gym equipment, classes, etc

    ConsMicromanagement, a lot of physical work, gym members were very unhygienic in all areas of the gym i.e. pool showers etc.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employee! There was a personal incident of physical invasion of privacy and when I told the manager he did mentioned he was going to file a report and contact me, yet nothing was ever done on his behalf about the situation.

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    All about sales, sales, sales.

    Personal Trainer (Current Employee)
    Syosset, NY

    ProsPeople you work can understand your frustration with the job.

    ConsManagement controls your mind. They tell you that you have to approach and talk to every single person you see. The job as a personal trainer has almost nothing to do with how good you are at training, but rather what kind of salesperson you can be. Pay structure is a major concern. You are paid on a draw pay structure and management sets outrageous sales goals for each trainer. Under the draw pay plan, you can potentially owe the company money even after working 40+ hours.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop using draw pay. It's the reason why I will be resigning. Upper management gets huge salaries and the trainers who are in the trenches working long hours on their feet all day deserve more financial security.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    great company overland park ks location not a ambassador for the company.

    Personal Trainer (Current Employee)
    Overland Park, KS

    Proslots of opportunity for you to advance and make money

    Consnot fare rotation for trainers.

    Advice to Senior Managementbe fair....

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Horrible company to work for unless you are greedy.

    Certified Personal Trainer (Former Employee)

    ProsFree membership and discounted services.

    ConsUpper management pretends to care and they do no at all. The company itself drives meaningless projects to try to earn the next dime for the CEO and his team. Horrible work-life balance for those people in the clubs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop being greedy and actually care about people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

    Personal Trainer (Current Employee)
    Minneapolis, MN

    ProsYou never have an excuse to miss a workout since you work at the gym. You also get employee discounts on heart rate monitors, personal training, massage, and cafe purchases in addition to a free membership.

    ConsIf you are considering working here you may as well move in because they will own your life. There is absolutely no work life balance. Everyday is about sales sales sales. They rarely promote good service but will always give props to those that sell products that members do not need. A majority of the trainers are incredibly incompetent and the management is usually young and immature without a clue of what real leadership is. The corporate office dictates everything and does not allow management to make adjustments based on its facility needs leaving employees frustrated. Management will make incredible promises regarding income that I have not seen anybody hit, and I have been there a very long time. There are often payroll errors made so you better check your paycheck often.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop the fraternization. The CEO does not need 8 assistants to follow him around and answer his phones and do what ever else he asks.
    Stop lying to employees. Several of us are smarter than you and can smell BS before it walks in the door. Get rid of the draw system. It is destroying the fitness industry.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Worst company I have ever worked for ever

    Pilates Coordinator, Personal Trainer (Former Employee)

    ProsLoved being a personal trainer and pilates coordinator, helping people out of pain and to reach their goals. Free membership for myself but not my family.

    ConsContinuing education that lifetime is trying to brand, that would have no Baring I'm the real world. Lack of communication with upper management. Discrimination if you are a female with children.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire general managers and all management without thinking of only sales. If you knew anything about business, you would know that clients will always follow their trainers that they have built a relationship with, not stay with a company because it looks nice. Underneath their perfect buildings are many, many flaws. Most important is how they treat their employees and members.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    This place is a terrible place to work.

    Overnight Operations (Current Employee)
    Mansfield, TX

    ProsFree membership. Very nice facility. Many pools, basketball courts, racquetball courts, and nice turf indoor soccer field. Spa and cafe also.

    ConsHard work for low pay. Bad hours. Terrible department head. No loyalty to employees. Money hungry corporate.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay your employees better and give them benefits. Get more employees for each shift, to get work done, and have backup for no shows.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Bahram Akradi gives himself and his "yes" boys raises, while club staff suffers..

    Operations Team Member (Current Employee)
    Syosset, NY

    Pros- If you drink the Kool-aid you may get lucky and go places.
    - Free membership, if you have time to use it.
    - it's a job, if you are absolutely desperate.

    ConsDon't believe the LTF hype...

    - Abuse of power from narcissist Bahram on down the ranks. Be wary of their smiles.
    - You will have no life.
    - Pay is low,
    - It's run more like a cult, then a business.
    - They make you work for free, cleaning the parking lot and equipment.
    - The "Unhealthy, Modern Day Slavery" Way of Life Company.
    - Theft in Syossett, NY club locker rooms is running rampant, members cancelling.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnjoy you raises boys but, Every Dog Has It's Day...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Low pay, lots of responsibility, no support from management

    Business Administrator (Former Employee)
    Indianapolis, IN

    ProsFree membership. The members and staff are great people and are the main reason for going to work every day.

    ConsVery little pay and lots of responsibility. The company is constantly adding more duties to your job due to low membership sales and high numbers of cancellations. Management is dishonest and shady in order to accomplish their goals. Support from General Managers and upper management is minimal. Management and corporate rules by intimidation and fear. Issues within the club are never addressed or solved. The attitude is just suck it up and deal with it. Most General Managers are incompetent due to having little to no previous management experience. This company is all about numbers and not people and that includes their members and staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend more time in the clubs and find out what is really going on and how the club operates instead of just taking the General Manager's word for it. Support your employees instead of making them fear you. You are a 1.2 billion dollar company, you can afford to increase wages from minimum wage. Run the company according to your mission and vision statement.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Really took the glimmer out of my career aspirations

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Proswe helped people lead healthier lives with innovative programs and design

    Consoverall bad experience.
    Forgot to pay me on several occasions.
    100% commission environment= lots of people stealing sales.
    management did "shady" business behind the scenes, lots of GREED.
    Nobody really has your back, not a great team environment in the PT department.
    Benefits ....what benefits??
    Zero work life balance
    you are just a dollar sign to senior management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the complaints. Learn how to treat your trainers, the ones who are bringing in all the money.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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