YMCA

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YMCA Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
1,591 Reviews
3.6
1,591 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • One of the best perks of working at the YMCA was the fact that employees are entitled to a free gym membership (in 182 reviews)

  • Always enjoyed working around fellow facilitators and working with kids everyday (in 45 reviews)


Cons
  • The pay is not very competitive but it is non profit so this is to be expected (in 81 reviews)

  • There is no growth potential you will only go so far with only part time positions (in 67 reviews)

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  1.  

    it is a pleasure working for a ymca

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office Manager in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Office Manager in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at YMCA

    Pros

    The pros of working for a ymca are many. People that you meet and get the opportunity to help, and just get the opportunity to know them.

    Cons

    The pay and the hours are probably the biggest con. Im just starting out with the company so hopefully this will improve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To pay your good employees well, so that maybe they will stay. To have to hire and train new staff all the time is hard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Wonderful company, with room to advance. A lot of great trainings and supportive supervisors.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA

    Pros

    Open door policy-you can go to your employers with any issues.

    Cons

    Hours for school age during the year aren't that great.

    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Sr. MANAGER OF RECRUITING

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA

    Pros

    Awesome programs being offered. Overall great organization to be a part of.

    Cons

    Limited work life balance within the headquarters.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Y. So much more.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA

    Pros

    Great mission and reach into communities to help children and families with youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

    Cons

    This is not easy to answer without more effect context.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    I work at Foglia YMCA in Lake Zurich, IL as a part-time greeter when I am not attending school full-time.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Greeter in Lake Zurich, IL
    Current Employee - Greeter in Lake Zurich, IL

    I have been working at YMCA part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The job itself is easy and the gym members are very friendly. Hours are consistent and the managers are accommodating when you need time off. As an employee benefit you're given a free adult membership which is normally $60 a month and gives you unlimited access to the entire facility.

    Cons

    The work can get pretty boring during longer shifts, and management frowns upon anything not work-related. This means you can't read a book or browse the internet to keep yourself busy. Also, while most of the employees are friendly, the environment is almost too casual with a lot of gossip going on between coworkers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Confront individual employees who are not performing their jobs properly instead of punishing everyone in the department. Being reprimanded for the actions of someone else when you yourself are performing well is a serious problem for employee morale.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Great place to work!

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

    I have been working at YMCA full-time

    Pros

    Great development opportunities, networking, training, and positive staff. Management is very compassionate and truly care about their employees and their community. The mission is represented in every role and the emotional paycheck is tremendous! Flexible family-friendly scheduling to manage work/life balance.

    Cons

    Staff tend to be young and inexperienced (but enthusiastic) and turnover is high due to low pay and/or exhaustion. Pay increases are rare, despite achievement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage workloads for exempt staff and pay rates carefully to avoid burnout.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Great organization, important work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at YMCA part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very motivated, passionate employees. Everyone here is extremely committed to the work they are doing, which is very important for a nonprofit. Management is competent, friendly, and understanding, but still is dedicated to getting the most out of their employees and the organization. Great work environment, laid-back and positive in many ways. Employees work hard and are invested in their work. Plus, we get free food all the time from leftovers from conferences held at the office, which is a nice perk.

    Cons

    Sometimes smaller projects and tasks can get forgotten about or lost in the shuffle, but this does not happen too frequently. Some systems are a little outdated, which can be frustrating and counterproductive at times, but the organization is currently addressing these issues and rapidly updating many of these systems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the work environment. Try to keep up-to-date with modern business practices to empower your employees to maximize the organization's potential.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    The best job I ever had. I miss the y so much!

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    Current Employee - Preschool Teacher in Encinitas, CA
    Current Employee - Preschool Teacher in Encinitas, CA

    I have been working at YMCA

    Pros

    The people, management is responsible and respectful. The y has values and values their employees.

    Cons

    None! I really can't think of anything bad.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Fun place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Outdoor Education Instructor
    Current Employee - Outdoor Education Instructor

    I have been working at YMCA part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You get to be outside all the time
    Fun activities
    Enjoyable and friendly coworkers

    Cons

    Communication problems
    Needs to be established staff wide training methods

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All staff from different departments need to get the same training. There needs to be better planning and organization with camp activities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Can be great, but very depended on leadership.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member Service Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Member Service Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at YMCA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Often there is a commitment to staff development and and opportunity to have a great impact.

    Cons

    Depending on leadership and the size of the organization, those things can drop off the top of the priority list, and transparency is sometimes an issue. Diversity of leadership is not currently a high priority, and that can be tricky when the constituency you serve is so diverse.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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