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

Life Time Fitness Reviews

Updated Jul 6, 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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    Want to bust your bum and make just over minimum wage?

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsFree gym membership! 20% discount in the salon. Plenty of hours to make a depressing hourly wage.

    ConsRidiculously low pay. Promises of raises with no follow through. Promises of promotions with no follow through. You work with infantile teenagers that only wish to discuss how hammered they got the night before. No trust will be put on you - just lots and lots of micromanaging. Step by step job instructions, no matter how well you know your job. Upper management flirts with teenage male staff, rather than managing. Management has no leadership ability and is trying to overcompensate for being a loser in her personal life.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere definitely needs to be more training and accountability on day to day management. Even upper management grabs food with her bare hands and eat while in the kitchen, straight from the bowl.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    I would not recommend this company for those passionate about their career

    Operations Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsAn amazing concept, beautiful facilities and co-workers that can be fun to work with. Corporate employees are very supportive and quick to respond to needs. Awesome group of people at the corporate level.

    ConsYou can put everything you have into it and get little back in return. Constantly spinning your wheels and trying to catch your breath. Lack of support at ground level. Little appreciation for hard work. Compensation is ok if you make your bonuses. Meeting expectations for bonus is very difficult. Requirements for the position dont match compensation level

    Advice to Senior ManagementCorporate Management bring your attitudes down to the facility level. The mission and the vision are valuable but rarely is it seen within the clubs between departments and GM's. LifeTime could be a great and untouchable competitor if they did a better job of practicing what is stated in our mission and vision.

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

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    Poorly managed company I've ever worked for

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFree membership, lower tier employees have strong bond, Great location. Great discounts and benefits.

    ConsManagement plays favorites, care more about bonuses than quality and employee relationship. Management comes up with a new policy every week, which seems kind of suspicious to the operation and moral of the team members. Management is too weak to let go of people who have proven to be a constant issues in the daily operation of the club, too weak to hire new people, gives hours unfairly to management favorites. Constantly forgetting to order supplies, leaving team member unprepared, and when asked for an explanation; simply told to "deal with it".

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your team members, they're people too. Respect your team members, they're people too. Don't hide In your office all the time, then when you're audited and fail, blame everyone but yourself. Don't be afraid to do some work...

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

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    Beautiful Place to Work but if only they paid for your hours worked....

    Personal Trainer (Former Employee)
    Algonquin, IL

    ProsExcellent training, great building, nice members, super high turnover

    ConsCommission based work, they will work you seven days a week full time if you allow them to

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart paying employees a base pay along with commission and you will stop having dozens of employees walk off the job every month.

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

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    Awesome... if you like to be micro-managed until you quit.

    Member Engagement Advisor (Former Employee)
    Saint Paul, MN

    ProsGood company vision and philosophy. Decent compensation structure but not stable.

    ConsUnstable pay, micro-management, unrealistic goals/expectations, poor work/life balance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake some responsibility for your employee turnover! Surely so many employees leaving so soon should give a clue that something isn't right about your management and attitude. I'd strongly suggest that you analyse the situation more closely rather than just assuming that your new hires don't have what it takes to make it.

    To further reinforce my point, consider this. The guy with whom I shared an office informed me that out of the fifty graduates in his MEA certificate class, only FOUR were still with the company a little over a year later.

    Take a long look at how you treat them and what you expect of them and maybe you'll find out what's necessary to create a fun working environment. Until then you're destined to hire flight risks over and over.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Only good for a membership

    Anonymous (Former Employee)

    ProsFree membership and the gym is open 24/7 the pools are large and they have a wet and dry sauna.

    ConsThe pay is horrible for the amount of work you have to do, everyone who goes there is very ignorant.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Work hard play hard

    Member Advisor (Former Employee)
    Columbus, OH

    ProsTraining is decent with a lot of upfront shadowing and a trip to Corporate

    ConsHours and pay need to be improved. Too many advisor rely on the occasional 'free to join' incentives before they see a decent paycheck

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange the pay structure

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Life time takes advantage of it's employees

    Aquatic Department Head (Current Employee)

    ProsFree gym membership, meaningful relationship w coworkers

    ConsLong hours, low pay, customer complaints all the time over ridiculous stuff, micromanagment, no holidays off and only 1 week of pto.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake this company one that a person with a family could work for and you might not have such high turnover.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work out; terrible place to work.

    Member Engagement Advisor (Former Employee)

    ProsUpbeat atmosphere, positive energy, ability to interact with many people every day, members really do seem to care if you take the time to get to know them

    ConsCompensation sucks. Commision-based employees are asked to spend half their day doing hourly-employees jobs. Hourly employees make near minimum-wage. The benefit plans are pretty lackluster. Leadership is somewhat disturbing too... the executive levels seem to be run by bullish middle-eastern men who care little for employees. Regularly heard people get cursed out on national calls by the CEO. Also, say goodbye to work-life balance... 60+ hours/wk are the norm for commissioned employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLeave, but keep your membership! Change has to come from the verrrry top, and based on my experience with Akradi, he won't be changing any time soon.

    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 company expects 5 star service from employees they pay 1 star rates.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe clubs are usually packed with clients, and most of the employees are enthusiastic, that is until they have had the life sucked out of them. The business motto and ideals are both fantastic in theory. The services they offer to members are definitely worth 5 stars, but this is a review on employment, not membership.

    ConsThey expect you to work for free. Any department that has to do a thorough cleaning in order to prepare for review, employees are expected to work over night without pay. In the salon, if there were no clients we were actually forced to make ourselves look busy by cleaning and doing inventory (which is actually prohibited to anyone other than department head), and I was occasionally asked to assist in childcare without pay. So unless the salon was busy, we were forced to stay there our full 8 hour shifts and make no money.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay more than minimum wage to your employees and stop asking sales team members to work 90 hr weeks as a minimum. You'd have happier employees and better business.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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