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YMCA Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
471 Reviews
3.0
471 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 182 reviews)

  • Always enjoyed working around fellow facilitators and working with kids everyday (in 45 reviews)


Cons
  • The pay is not very competitive but it is non profit so this is to be expected (in 81 reviews)

  • There is no growth potential you will only go so far with only part time positions (in 67 reviews)

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  1.  

    Employees are great, just not much hours

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    Current Employee - Msr in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Msr in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    laid back, easy job. greeting the customers, answering phone calls, pick which days you can and cannot work.

    Cons

    barely any hours, guess you can say poor management. told one thing and you get the other

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good starting job for young people or big wigs parachuting in at the top.

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    Current Employee - Corporate Office
    Current Employee - Corporate Office

    I have been working at YMCA full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling with good work-life balance. Opportunities to get involved with your community where it counts - assisting those who are need of the most help.

    Cons

    Pay is awful and management structure is convoluted and confusing, even for those in corporate. Managers are not trained properly to lead others and budgets are too tight to take advantage of the many trainings available. CEO cuts budget for his personal bonuses and spends much money on himself - car, travel, shmoozing with community leaders....all on the Y's dime, while the building is falling down around us.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on training and organization and the rest will flow naturally. CEO's should not be receiving cars and bonuses and budgets that are grossly out of proportion with what is expected of other departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Membership Representative

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    Current Employee - Member Service Representative in Chinatown, NY
    Current Employee - Member Service Representative in Chinatown, NY

    I have been working at YMCA

    Pros

    Free membership is always nice. The overall atmosphere and friendly staff

    Cons

    very difficult to be actually employed as a full time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Neenah-Menasha (Wisconsin) YMCA Lifeguard and Swim Instructor

    Former Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in Neenah, WI
    Former Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in Neenah, WI

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

    Pros

    This is a good place to work for a part-time job; it's great for some extra cash flow or for a first time job for high school students.

    Cons

    At certain hours (early mornings, late nights) there is only one guard scheduled. I consider this to be unsafe even though the procedure in an emergency is to use a 2-way radio to get other staff down to the pool to help (after all, the other staff are not trained in things like spinal emergencies). However, other than this little qualm I had, there's little else I can say that is bad. Well, the pay is low compared to what other lifeguarding jobs in the area offer, but the Y is a non-profit, so there's that.

  6.  

    It was fun atmosphere working at an elementary after school program.

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    Former Employee - Youth Leader II in Chula Vista, CA
    Former Employee - Youth Leader II in Chula Vista, CA

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

    Pros

    Great hours for those who are in school and lots of opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    Hours a very limited and there is no work during school time vacation unless you get picked to work camp.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Only worked here for 3 months.

    Former Employee - Youth Fitness Trainer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Youth Fitness Trainer in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    I liked how diverse my coworkers were in age and cultural background. It made it a fun atmosphere.

    Cons

    I think the activities for the kids could have been a bit more organized.

  8.  

    YMCA Really does build a strong community

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    Former Employee - Preschool Lead Instructor in Howard, WI
    Former Employee - Preschool Lead Instructor in Howard, WI

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    Working at the YMCA gives you a chance to give back to your community. It is a nice part-time job for someone who is raising a young family. Working here allows you a free membership. Free childcare on-site while working.

    Cons

    Quite low pay. No benefits for part-time employees (besides the free membership).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay employees a bit better and you may be able to retain them longer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good part-time job for students

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in La Honda, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in La Honda, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours for part-time workers

    Cons

    Bad benefits for part-time workers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Membership Representative

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA part-time

    Pros

    The YMCA goal is to build healthy spirit, mind and body for all, with a cause of strengthening the foundations of community. Great working environment. The members and staff are awesome. I love what I do.

    Cons

    Employee compensation is terrible. If they paid a little better there would not be such a high volume of turn-over. Anyone working for the YMCA has a genuine passion for the work, otherwise they would not have any employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat the employees like they expect the staff to treat members.

  11.  

    Tutor

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    Former Intern - Child Center Tutor in Whittier, CA
    Former Intern - Child Center Tutor in Whittier, CA

    I worked at YMCA as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    You got experience teaching children of all ages. It was enjoyable interacting with the kids and having them look up to you as a mentor. Good leadership development

    Cons

    The hours got repetitive and life seemed mundane there after a while. Also, there was not the best support for employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think they need to include more programs for staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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