YMCA Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
1,473 Reviews
3.6
1,473 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 173 reviews)

  • Always enjoyed working around fellow facilitators and working with kids everyday (in 41 reviews)


Cons
  • The pay is not very competitive but it is non profit so this is to be expected (in 74 reviews)

  • There is no growth potential you will only go so far with only part time positions (in 64 reviews)

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  1.  

    Changes are plentiful but not always the best fit.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Outreach Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Outreach Coordinator in Houston, TX

    I worked at YMCA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Really feel that you make a difference. Open door policies are important. Lots of great trainings availible for staff. Many YMCA are like second families to their empolyees.

    Cons

    Company is always restructering and policies change. Even though the company is a non-profit often its charity work get overlooked by other programs. Good work and loyality is not always rewarded. Even though, the YMCA provides exellent leadership trainings, often it is slow in allowing empolyees access to them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The YMCA invests in their staff but rarely promotes within. A person shouldn't have to live their Y to grow with the Y.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Very draining but worth it,

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in Katy, TX
    Current Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in Katy, TX

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

    Pros

    Get to work with kids. Get paid to play games, color, etc. As a camp counselor I got paid to hang out with kids all day.

    Cons

    Kids are challenging. You go home everyday exhausted. You have to follow all state regulations.

  3.  

    Lifeguarded at the pool

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    Former Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at YMCA part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, great co-workers and flexible schedule

    Cons

    low pay for lifeguards and employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    lifeguards should get paid more because they protect people's lives in the pool

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  5.  

    It was a roller coaster working for the Y, I love what I did, but struggled with the way the program was run.

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in San Diego, CA

    I worked at YMCA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    kind/hard working co-workers, rewarding work

    Cons

    good heart-ed people but poor management, low pay, standard overworked underpayed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more training opportunities, promotion that includes wage increases, when someone is burnt out have a honest conversation or let them go. I didn't understand how they kept people around who weren't doing there job adequately just because they had "been with the Y forever"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Could be better, but policy changes are terrible

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - YMCA Summer Camp Counselor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - YMCA Summer Camp Counselor in New York, NY

    I worked at YMCA full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, decent coworkers. Children are pleasant enough. Get to go on trips for free and I believe you have an hour long break? I can't remember and don't know if that's been changed.

    Cons

    Management was a mess. Only one phone to clock in and out. No AC during the hottest days of the year and that's when people get upset. Also little to no help in regards to children with special needs or disablities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    great foot in the door

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Camp Counselor
    Current Employee - Camp Counselor

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

    Pros

    make a difference, easy, fun, field trips, helped me get a teaching job

    Cons

    Low pay, seasonal, bosses play favorites, lack of communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    evaluate employees more

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

    Working with great people who put their all into their work!

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    Current Employee - Registrar
    Current Employee - Registrar

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

    Pros

    Some flexibility with schedule. Great people. Good feeling about the job you so.

    Cons

    Non-profit pay. Rules Rules Rules!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open to new ideas. Don't be so rigid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Membership Sales Associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA full-time

    Pros

    YMCA is a nonprofit and can attract many kind and friendly members and employees. Have worked with the Y for many years and loved it when I didn't have a family to support.

    Cons

    Good experience with everything you do, but having to wear so many hats at once can be a little frustrating when you are only getting paid for one job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Like every job, if your boss is a friendly, considerate person and supervisor, then you will like to come to work and do favors for everybody. Find ways to appreciate your employees in ways that they like to be appreciated, not what you seem appropriate.

  10.  

    Core values trumpeted are not utilized with mid to lower level staff.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    loved the positive impact I saw happening in my community.

    Cons

    leadership did not exhibit the same core values employees were expected to treat members with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat your middle management better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Life guard

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in East Bridgewater, MA
    Former Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in East Bridgewater, MA

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

    Pros

    great work enviroment
    friendly bosses
    sense of purpose

    Cons

    pay
    constant training
    lazy co coworkers
    lack of advancment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make work more challenging
    sometimes guards have to much down time, which can lead to lifeguards causing trouble

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