YMCA

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YMCA Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
1,591 Reviews
3.6
1,591 Reviews
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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.  

    Absolutely dreaded going to work every day because of this job.

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    Current Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in Reston, VA

    I have been working at YMCA

    Pros

    They had good management and the pay was decent

    Cons

    We were supposed to get our schedules two weeks in advance but usually only got them 2/3 days in advance. Since there are so many opportunities for lawsuits, we couldn't discipline the kids at all which meant that the kids ran the place. Pool was always freezing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    excellent in regards to helping kids to connect with the city and promote team work.

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    Former Employee - Summer Counselors in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Summer Counselors in Oakland, CA

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    family enviroment and helping development of troubled youth and family.

    Cons

    restricts counslers in there approach of family and kids doesn't have a great support system for counselors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be open to hearing ideas of counselors and then using the feedback asap to better help and show support to the counselors.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Part-time wellness specialist, MOD & membership sales representative

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    Current Employee - Membership Sales Associate in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Membership Sales Associate in Grand Rapids, MI

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

    Pros

    Awesome customer service and core values exhibited by staff. Many community involvement opportunities and free/discounted employee gym membership (must use if part-time employee). The YMCA organization in larger cities offers multiple branches in close proximity.

    Cons

    Annual commitment for fitness and health membership (locked in for 1-year). No member wide nutritional programing or diet guideline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much room for professional growth and full-time staff/management struggle to communicate association advancement, although some directors are a pleasure to work for.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    GOOD

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    Current Employee - Fitness Instructor in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Fitness Instructor in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at YMCA

    Pros

    working with various types of people, being able to talk to people all day

    Cons

    kind of hard to advance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you should be more loyal to your longterm employees with regards to new position openings

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Not just a job but a Lifestyle...

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    Former Employee - Site Director - Child Services in Kansas City, KS
    Former Employee - Site Director - Child Services in Kansas City, KS

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    The YMCA has a lot of training and certifications available. It is a not-for-profit organization that has some really good programs that help out the community. I gained a lot of experience leading groups and organizing and creating activities.

    Cons

    To truly run a successful program you must be willing to dedicate a good chunk of your time and resources to the operation of your site. The YMCA becomes a lifestyle and your own private charity as they do not provide enough money or supplies for every aspect of their program if you wish to exceed or truly meet their expectations. There are also a lot of internal and external politics in the running of any facility and you may run yourself ragged trying to please the school, your parents and children, and the YMCA office. There is also some back-biting among directors and you may find yourself having to tread carefully in certain circles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keeping a database of activities with cost and resource guides to chose from could save your directors a lot of time and effort. Crisis Management Training would also be a good addition to the training as not all children are easily managed. Better organization and communication may also be needed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good first job to start as a high school person looking for easy money and certification that can be used at other jobs

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    Current Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in Cleveland, OH

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

    Pros

    The ymca is a Mom friendly environment,the job is easy work and you can pick your hours most of the time

    Cons

    low pay, limited hours, can get over worked

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great atmosphere

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA

    Pros

    The company values are great. The staff here really care and are up for helping whenever you need it.

    Cons

    The Y is dated so there is no direct deposit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing a great job

  9.  

    Tennis Assistant

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    Former Employee - Tennis Assistant in Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Tennis Assistant in Worcester, MA

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

    Pros

    The company pays for all their additional training, which turns into three certifications (CPR, first aid, etc) that are 20 hours total of extra pay.

    The work they have you do depends on the Tennis Instructor but as an assistant, it's very easy and manageable. This was a minimum wage position as my first year but several kids returned to increased salaries each year.

    At the end of the day, you are teaching kids or people who actually want to learn. Times can be tough but the work is the most gratifying possible. The pay isn't the best compared to other jobs but when paired with the responsibilities and fun of teaching, it is worth it ( at least in the short run)

    Cons

    The Tennis Director runs the program and tends to look to the new employees for more than they signed up for. I was called on many weekends to come in and help with remedial tasks that he wanted done (soliciting parents to have their kids return, cleaning his office, making awards). Afterwards, he would expect not to have to pay me since I was "helping the program" despite this being my time off and me being an expendable employee.

  10.  

    camp counselor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Fun, exciting, entertaining. you really grow to love the kids. you gain patience and understanding.

    Cons

    The only con would be the fact that it was summer time so it did get very hot.

  11.  

    Management

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    Current Employee - Membership Coordinator in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Membership Coordinator in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at YMCA full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    great family oriented environment and they promote the community.

    Cons

    job is time consuming, bad pay for what is expected of you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay your employees more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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