YMCA Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
1,382 Reviews
3.6
1,382 Reviews
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YMCA President and CEO Neil Nicoll
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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 150 reviews)

  • Always enjoyed working around fellow facilitators and working with kids everyday (in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • The pay is not very competitive but it is non profit so this is to be expected (in 62 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    ymca atlanta

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    flexible with scheduling and time

    Cons

    unprofessional in appearance, and respect

  2.  

    Ability to be involved in the community is a great feeling!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Membership Lead  in  Reseda, CA
    Current Employee - Membership Lead in Reseda, CA

    I have been working at YMCA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Leaves you with a great feeling that you are able to help the community and families in need. Providing affordable programs to children and seniors give you a sense of accomplishment and something you can be proud of.

    Cons

    Due to it's non profit status the pay is minimal and hours are long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would recommend that management lets the employees know how much their hard work is appreciated and efforts in input is welcomed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It's a nice place to work.

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    Current Employee - Courtesy Counter Representative  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Courtesy Counter Representative in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at YMCA part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Free gym membership
    -flexible
    -fun work environment

    Cons

    The pay is very low. They will get a lot out of you and give a little in return.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to be present more. There is almost always a time when a director is needed, especially on the weekends and no one is available.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not great

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working with members, plus there are hard-working individuals at this YMCA who care about the mission.

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't give much guidance and is out of touch. The outlying branches were kind of left to fend for themselves.

  6.  

    Disorganized

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA full-time

    Pros

    The children are the pros of the job

    Cons

    Insurance, lack of management support

  7.  

    The aquatics department was rather unorganized

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    Current Employee - Lifeguard and Swim Instructor  in  Rome, NY
    Current Employee - Lifeguard and Swim Instructor in Rome, NY

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

    Pros

    Sometimes flexible work schedules, always have an opportunity to gain more hours.

    Cons

    Other employees not always reliable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Mission driven

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA

    Pros

    Family oriented, mission driven, community impact

    Cons

    Lack of resources / budget

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the front line

  9.  

    Fine for Part Time, Horrible Full Time

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Membership Director  in  Toledo, OH
    Current Employee - Membership Director in Toledo, OH

    I have been working at YMCA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Free gym membership
    Health care
    Warm Fuzzy Feelings

    Cons

    Low Pay
    No Advancement
    Long Hours
    If you want to make this your life's work, be ready for living just about the poverty line, begging for money for scholarship fundraising.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great work, poor balance

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

    I worked at YMCA full-time

    Pros

    The mission. The people--members and coworkers

    Cons

    Work life balance was terrible. The workload expected of one person with no recognition drains people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate should learn and shadow what its like on the front line.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Could be fantastic, but isn't

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Benefits are really good especially after you are vested 2 years in 12% of gross to retirement. You get to help the community and feel like you are making a difference in peoples lives.

    Cons

    The pay is low, and they work staff to the ground. The business model is to try and keep people for roughly 3 years then get new people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put half as much care into staff as you do members, and they will be much happier and stay longer

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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