YMCA Reviews

Updated March 16, 2015
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  1. CEO and VP Drunk fest.

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    Former Employee - Director in De Land, FL
    Former Employee - Director in De Land, FL

    I worked at YMCA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    YMCA organization can lead to many opportunities outside of this particular association.

    Cons

    Leadership is questionable at best. CEO and VP's currently in leadership have questionable practices regarding the safety of the children that attend the YMCA. Leadership has very different values then the actually values of the YMCA as a company. What they practice is not what they preach.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. YMCA

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    People / members were pleasant to be around

    Cons

    Pretty much everything, poor scheduling, poor pay, definitely not a place for a career

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make this more career focussed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Not invested in their employees.

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    Current Employee - Group Leader
    Current Employee - Group Leader

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

    Pros

    Working in the child care division, the pros are that you get to work with kids. Unfortunately I'll put that in the cons territory as well.

    Cons

    Working with kids who try to drive you insane. Also management doesn't exactly listen or stand up for you. They cut our hours with no expectation of getting them back. Just know that going in, you're going to get screwed over repeatedly. I've worked there for six years now, and they've shown me no loyalty. Why should I show loyalty to them?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't screw over your employees. I realize you're doing everything you can to drive people away so you don't let them go so they can't get unemployment, but really? This is a bit much.

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

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    Former Employee - Aquatics Coordinator in Hanover, MA
    Former Employee - Aquatics Coordinator in Hanover, MA

    I worked at YMCA part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    When I first started working for the Y it was a great place to work. The pay was good, the coworkers and members were awesome and the management cared.

    Cons

    They don't value their employees at all and they don't value loyalty for their long time employees. Management was allowed to lie about employees and didn't care about anything but their own job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show appreciation for loyalty from staff and treat staff like they matter. Upper management needs to stop spending so much time in their offices and more time in other departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Great

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    Love it soooooooooo much. Great place to work

    Cons

    Love it. Awesome place to work and gave fun and join and be awesom rb

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. A company without a moral compass

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    Former Employee - YMCA Program Director in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - YMCA Program Director in Orlando, FL

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    Salary (depending on your position)

    Cons

    This is one of the most negative and backwards work environments I have ever worked. Their motto is : bring the C (Christ) back in the YMCA. Yet, the organization does not do anything unless it directly makes them look positive. The corporation is filled with people that will pray for you one minute and spit in your face the next. The main office feels like a morgue because the entire building is afraid of the CEO not thinking they are working. Where do I start? Bullying is a big issue at the Y of Central Florida. There is also a lack of respect for subordinate staff/no loyalty from management. I worked for their middle school programs and my boss sent one of my staff members who worked for the company 20 years and was going through chemotherapy completely out of her way to a new work site as an attempt to get her to quit. The staff member was also unable to drive. My same boss threatened to fire the whole staff at one of our middle school locations in Gotha, FL because they complained about a health issue at the school where the after school program was located after the principal placed the program in a filthy janitor's closet at the school. The Y didn't care because they wanted to remain in a close relationship with orange county public schools. There is also unfortunately subtle racism/homophobia that is allowed. My same boss was known to say not to hire black people, especially men because they don't have the right look. I was also accused of not dressing "professional" enough which was the first time I ever have been accused of that. It wouldn't have been terrible if I didn't have white counterparts dress the same way. Horrible corporation that is willing to self destruct if they do not like someone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the position where your job affects the lives of others. There are plenty of other professions that what you do doesn't directly affect someone else's well being.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. Personal Trainer

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    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in Clemmons, NC
    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in Clemmons, NC

    I worked at YMCA part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Clients and co workers nice people

    Cons

    Unfair pay rate, no communication, slack employees
    The YMCA charges $45 per hour for a personal trainer. The personal trainer only takes home $20 of that money for doing all the work. Yes we use the facility but really do trainers use $25 worth in an hour??? It is not a fair pay rate. Most trainers do not stay.. neither did I, because we can't make any money. Good trainers plan their clients workout and keep things fresh. It takes a lot of prep time that we do not get additional pay for. Most trainers won't get out of bed early or stay late for $20. Management knows this is an issue and still keeps the cut. We realize the Y is non profit but trainers are not no profit. We have to earn a living.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more to employees. You are loosing good people. Pay attention to what your employees are telling you. If they are telling you the pay rate is off, believe them and do something about it or prepare to have no trainers when the clients need them.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Its work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Helping in the community ... the ones they choose to help

    Cons

    Every man for themselves, low ball employees and use them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get your act together

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Management was extremely unprofessional, no respect, or room for growth.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

    I worked at YMCA part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours (evening and weekend), which was nice when you are also working full time. Gym membership is a plus, but if you work 20-30 hours a week, the last thing you want to do is go to the gym on days off, so it was never used. Supportive colleagues.

    Cons

    Extremely low pay and it doesn't matter your previous work experience or education, they will still pay you the lowest amount possible with no raise in sight. Uniforms are provided but it takes several months to get more than one shirt. Management was extremely unprofessional and awful communication with both staff and members. No respect for employees and an overall negative environment. Make sure any position changes or conversations had with management is put in writing. I saw more people leave in one year than any other job I've had.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Effective and supportive management. Treat your employees with respect and professionalism. It will increase the moral within your staff and less turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. No value

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    Current Employee - Former Employee in Hanover, PA
    Current Employee - Former Employee in Hanover, PA

    I have been working at YMCA

    Pros

    There was one pro, the Membership discount

    Cons

    Hanover YMCA does not value their employees in the least bit since the new CEO has taken over a few years ago.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New CEO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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