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YMCA Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.5 1,258 reviews

84% Approve of the CEO

YMCA President and CEO Neil Nicoll

Neil Nicoll

(300 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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 145 reviews)

  • fun working with kids, got along well with my coworkers, pretty simple(in 31 reviews)


Cons
  • The pay is not very competitive but it is non profit so this is to be expected(in 58 reviews)

  • There is no growth potential you will only go so far with only part time positions(in 51 reviews)

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    Little Mobility

    Member Service Representative (Current Employee) Brooklyn, NY

    Pros-Great work for people friendly folks.
    -Slow weekends.
    -Good structure.

    Cons-Usually understaffed.
    -Terrible scheduling.
    -No flexibility to do the correct thing due to outdated policies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow for more flexibility in policies.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not the place to be if you want a career or real job.

    Welcome Center Representative (Former Employee) Wayne, NJ

    ProsLocation; free membership; community feel (among the members - not necessarily the staff or managers); free uniform shirts.

    ConsLow pay for what was asked of you (which was a lot at the front desk); schedule/hours were OK most of the time, but you have very little control or choice over this aspect. Training was piecemeal, incomplete, and on quite outdated systems/processes and computers (yes, I know they're a not-for-profit org). High turnover and little commitment to the employees, though they wanted 110% of it from you. Special events were chaotic and at times poorly managed/staffed/supervised; computers would freeze/do down often; rules were applied inconsistently.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere is none I could give that they would believe or take.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Summer Camps: Fun Activities For Kids, Poverty-Inducing Work Camps For... Well, Older Kids (Teens?)

    Summer Camp Counselor (Former Employee)

    ProsFellow employees are usually fun, and often are lushes. Get to be outdoors a lot. Working with kids can be fun and rewarding, if nerve-wracking.

    ConsThey contract teens and college students so that they can pay them $3-4 an hour at many locations (at least a few years ago) while executives tend to show up in Benz two-doors --and usually take up two spots to park when they do.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpper level? Trickle down, baby.
    Lower level? Get out or enjoy the ceiling.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Terrible

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsDecent work hours. Could be a lot worse in regards to the amount of work. It's a not that stressful

    ConsTerrible and condescending management. Average pay. The culture is boring and people are even worse

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Lifeguard/Swim Coach

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat philosophy, kids, and programs.

    ConsNot great facility management staff.

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    Alright company

    Group Leader (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsYou meet some pretty cool people and if you're a good worker, they will definitely hire you again.

    ConsPeople above you are not very appreciative. They will use you if you let them. They do not pay enough for the amount of work given. The kids I worked with were not very great and were very disrespectful, but it was because of the demographics.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRaise the pay for workers and then maybe people would want to work for this company

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to have a meaningful impact on a child's life.

    YMCA Camp Counselor (Current Employee) Raleigh, NC

    ProsStaff and campers made coming to work everyday worth it. Good place to learn interaction skills all the while having fun.

    ConsManagement was hardly around to help at offsite locations. Was not given materials and supplies we had requested when we really needed them. Pay is minimum for the amount of work the staff put in. The amount of staff at some locations is very low as well.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Underpaid, undersupported, cute kids.

    Teacher (Former Employee)

    ProsThe kids were awesome. Many of the staff members (but not all) really cared about the kids and provided quality care. The classrooms were well supplied with items that were reusable and durable; plenty of kid friendly furniture and toys. Nice sized rooms. Good time off policies.

    ConsAnything that was something that could be used up, like glue, markers, or project materials, was not easily available or only very spottily so. Compensation sucked. I got paid below $10 an hour and worked my tail off. After leaving the center, I found similar jobs with the same organization advertised with as paying at least a few dollars more - I feel like I was tricked into accepting less. Class size ratios were consistently over the legal limit. There was no real training program or support for new employees, it was very much a sink or swim situation. After not being trained, I was scolded various times for not knowing things like routines or procedures that no one had ever bothered to tell me about. There was also a negative attitude among several employees, and it was an "every woman for herself" kind of atmosphere. It was a frustrating work situation. There was a lot of employee turnover.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop a training program for new employees, especially a center specific one instead of general information about the organization. Ask teachers what supplies they need and what support they need. Audit centers to make sure that child-staff ratios are within legal limits. Pay a fair wage if you want to keep employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A good stepping stone.

    Fitness and Wellness Director (Former Employee) Jacksonville, FL

    ProsFriendly environment. There are always opportunities available in various departments if you wish to try something a little different. Vacation time and benefits are adequate (were).

    ConsAs a whole, company could function better as a business.

    Advice to Senior Managementspecialize instead of wearing "every single hat possible".

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It went from a great job with working with the community to a terrible job working for a corporation.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGet to know members of your community

    ConsMission statement of the company did not carry through to new management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemember your mission 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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