YMCA
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YMCA Reviews

Updated Jul 1, 2014
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3.5 1,233 reviews

                             

84% Approve of the CEO

YMCA President and CEO Neil Nicoll

Neil Nicoll

(294 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Upper management has own agenda, wastes time, puts on a front for guests, and treats employees horribly.

    Head Lifeguard (Former Employee)
    Cincinnati, OH

    ProsJob atmosphere was great, loved being outside, loved the people I worked with. Able to pursue other jobs within the YMCA such as private swim lessons.

    ConsUpper management is fraudulent and dishonest. Cut private lesson pay from $12/hour to minimum wage. The pool I worked at had over 500 guests each day and management decided to cut the staff from 12 guards to 8, leaving people in the hot blistering sun for over an hour at a time without breaks. This seems like it is unsafe for the lifeguards as well as the patrons they are supposed to be responsible for.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward your employees, especially the ones whom stick around. I was there for over 4 years, and never once received a thank you or a good job, even though there were weeks where I worked over 65 hours sitting in the sun. This is why there is such a high turnover rate in terms of lifeguards.

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

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    Fun for a while

    Sports Assistant (Former Employee)
    Fullerton, CA

    Prosthe subscribers are fun to work with and you get a gym membership for free

    ConsThere was no way to go up in the company, not with that branch manager. Only 3 employers were left from the time that she took over.

    Advice to Senior Managementwork as a team and not as a dictatorship

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    YMCA use and abuse

    Operations Director (Former Employee)
    Philadelphia, PA

    ProsFamily environment that was welcoming to its members. Made many life long friends. Learned how not to run a company and how to treat employees.

    ConsEmployees were underpaid, over worked, not respected and overall poorly treated. The organization also turned a deaf ear to the abuse of children that they were supposed to be protecting

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire better executives who have a clue about how to treat employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Too Bad for the Stop motion devision

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsInteresting projects
    That is the only thing I can think of ...

    ConsToxic mental health environment.
    unorganized and wasteful
    Production is inefficient and has lack of experience to do the job
    Frat house of stop motion animation
    mismanagement

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt might work better if they let go of some of the managements.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The C needs to stand for Cash

    Assistant Teacher (Former Employee)
    Frederick, MD

    Prosnone....free membership (not costing them a dime!)

    Conseverything is about the dollar....They could care less about child development. Their non profit status is a joke...The profit goes in the managements pocket. If you question or expose their dirty little deeds your job will be eliminated and they will stalk you on social media for find any way to dispose of you. I have worked with their child care teachers and each and everyone did nothing but sit at a table engaged with themselves. Twenty three years of experience in child development and the first time I get fired for questioning their motives. I am an advocate for children not the Y's pocketbook. I will continue to stand for what is right...they won't stop me!

    Advice to Senior ManagementPut people before the mighty dollar that you only share among yourself

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Terrible place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIt is a fun job because you get to play sports with kids.

    ConsLow pay, Treated employees like dirt, lack of professionalism--multiple times the person they hired to be my boss said the F word very loudly around the kids--and this is supposed to be a christian organization?!

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat people kindly and follow your YMCA morals that you have posted all over the wall. People are treated terribly by management and the management doesn't care at all as long as "they look good" and "make as much profit as possible"

    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 Summer Job, but not long term

    Lifeguard (Current Employee)
    Orlando, FL

    ProsAt the YMCA you are presented with a very kind community of co-workers, and they also strive to work with your schedule (at least where I was)

    ConsThe primary issue with working for the YMCA where I worked is that in 10 years time, you'll be making exactly what you started with. Management refuses to make any employees full time under any circumstances and abuses the system to prevent employees from getting raises, this isn't hype from a pissed employee, management has told us that they cant give raises. The facility's are also lacking, every now and then I'll find the pool with little or even sometimes no chlorine in it, and lifeguards don't even have access to a first aid kit on the pool deck. With recent laws part time employees at the YMCA are also capped at 25 hours per week so that they don't have to offer you a full time position. All this is chalked up lack of funds, which I (speculating) highly doubt after working here for more than a year. Also If your looking to be a lifeguard, be aware that they tend to have a single lifeguard on the stand most of the year at an outdoor pool in Florida. about 2 months out of the year you have 2 lifeguards on duty, the rest of the time, your often sitting on the stand for 4 hours in 90+ degree weather with no breaks, be aware of this.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMy advice to management would be to treat your employees better financially. The YMCA does a great job at working with schedules, and the workforce is friendly, but as a co-worker once told me: "if you don't feed your employees, they'll eat your customers". If the YMCA straitened out their finances they'd be a fantastic place to work in my opinion!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    If you want to be overworked and underpaid this is the place for you.

    Business Office (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsExcellent Training Sessions
    Excellent staff outings

    ConsLong Hours
    Alot of work
    Management doesnt listen

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou should listen to the bottom level employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Middle TN organization a tad hokey.

    Human Resource Coordinator (Former Employee)
    Nashville, TN

    ProsFree gym membership. Some employees actually had a functioning mind and did work.

    ConsVery low pay. Glosses over threats. Doesn't protect it's employees. Majority of exempt employees show up at 9 AM and break from 11-1 for lunch. Raises given out based on personal bias.

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

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    little money for a company that doesn't care about its employees

    Assistant Teacher (Former Employee)
    Audubon, PA

    ProsGreat first job if you are interested in working with children.

    ConsLow paying, company will lie to parents to cover up liabilities, company will lie to staff, make them work hours and not pay. poorly run. They will hire anyone just for the purpose of meeting ratio. They will stick anyone with those kids!

    Advice to Senior ManagementPut the welfare of the children first

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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