Young Life Reviews

Updated July 16, 2015
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Denny Rydberg
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Pros
  • It's a great company that's centered around getting kids to Christ (in 2 reviews)

  • Very positive experience and can be very rewarding working with kids, sharing the gospel, and spreading God's love around the community (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • long hours, upper management is completely out of touch with rest of the mission, low pay (in 3 reviews)

  • Pay is extremely low for the amount of stress (and you don't expect a lot working in the non-profit world) (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Property Staff

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Young Life full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Community is huge for property staff. I was lucky enough to have a very solid community at the property I was a part of. People are really there in order to see a change in high schoolers lives. No one is in it for the pay.

    Cons

    Can be very political. Some camping properties have management in place that lacks professionalism or management skills. Overall, upper management seems to be out of touch with what the mission is doing. Compensation is minimal.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of the "little guy". Even when it's entry level positions, those people deserve to have their voice heard.


  2. Area Director

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    Current Employee - Area Director in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Area Director in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Young Life full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Make your own hours.

    Cons

    Recruiting volunteer leaders in a 'non-pipeline'/non-college town is the worst.


  3. Property Staff

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Young Life full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It's ministry, and it can be very rewarding. Benefits are good. Lots of good people to work with.

    Cons

    Can be very political. Some camping properties have management in place that lacks professionalism or management skills. Overall, upper management seems to be out of touch with what the mission is doing. Compensation is minimal. Results are prioritized above employee health.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff, no matter how new or young they are. Don't be afraid to restructure your management to ensure everyone's health. Take better care of your young employees.


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  5. Fun

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Young Life

    Pros

    I liked the people. They're nice

    Cons

    Poor organization with tasks at times


  6. Great Organization for right candidate

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Young Life as an intern

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    YL is great at training and teaching how to get a specific message across (gospel) to a specific audience (teens) under specific conditions (club). It's a formula that has worked for many, many years and they are successful at reaching young people all over the world. The people who are 'employed' at YL know they are taking on a missional position that requires that they raise a significant portion of their income each year through personal financial contributions. There is a vast network of positions and opportunities for advancement and leadership within this organization, once you are on staff. As a faith based non-profit, employees have a 'the door is always open' type of mentality, especially early on which can be difficult to balance work/life.

    Cons

    YL is not as good at training and encouraging the population of adult leaders who volunteer for their organization. While the vast majority of leaders are college aged or are hired right after college (while serving as volunteer leaders in college), they struggle to provide even basic training to adults who volunteer serve in leadership positions elsewhere in their ministry programs, such as Wyldlife, YoungLives or Capernum. They would benefit (as would the ministries they support) greatly from offering more training and support to new areas, Committees and leaders who are not on-staff. This gulf between staff & non-staff is only accentuated more by the YL culture, which focuses so highly on the young. YL needs to recognize that many of the organizations smaller branches of ministry rely heavily on the leadership and willingness to serve of adult volunteers who may not feel fully empowered, or equipped in their current culture.

    Advice to Management

    Offer online Leadership training to new adult leaders, that is typically offered to your college volunteers. Provide more integrated support of non-staff and staff by inclusion in local 'staff' meetings and outings. Provide support and encouragement to college aged leaders to ensure they are not sacrificing their educational responsibilities for their calling to YL.


  7. The higher up you go, the less time you spend doing what you love.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Area Director
    Former Employee - Area Director

    I worked at Young Life full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with adolescents is very fulfilling, especially in a religious context.

    Cons

    Upper management is not listening to their staff's concerns, very poor retention.

    Advice to Management

    1. Listen to your staff and the needs they present. It's poor management and servant leadership. 2. Quit trying to limit staff's pay in order to essentially see if they're "really called to ministry or not..." 3. Start over with the Area Director job description--you've managed to allow it to become an animal.



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