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30+ days ago

SAC Lead Program Staff - Part Time

YMCA Minneapolis, MN

The School Age Child Care Lead Program Staff is responsible for assisting with planning, leading, and evaluating group experiences. This position… Glassdoor

30+ days ago

Youth Development Staff - Part Time

YMCA Minneapolis, MN

The Youth Development Staff is responsible for assisting with the designated program to ensure that the program criteria and objectives are carried… Glassdoor

30+ days ago


YMCA Oklahoma City, OK +2 locations

• Must stay current in CPRPR/AED/O2 and First Aid, renewed annually. • Collect towels from locker rooms and fitness area. • Wash, dry and fold… Glassdoor

30+ days ago

Housekeeping Super

YMCA Saint Louis, MO

Purpose of Position: Under the direction of the Property Manager, the Housekeeping Supervisor directs and performs routine recurring and… Glassdoor

30+ days ago

Early Discoveries Licensed Preschool Teacher

YMCA Virginia Beach, VA

General Function Under the direction of the Administration of Early Discoveries/Early Adventures and in harmony with the Christian nature and… Glassdoor

14 days ago

Camp Lead (Day Camp)

YMCA Minneapolis, MN

The Camp Lead is responsible for overseeing a designated program area, acting as a unit lead and/or providing program administrative support at camp… Glassdoor

30+ days ago

Administrative Assistant - Part Time

YMCA Minneapolis, MN

The Administrative Assistant is responsible for supporting designated branch/program areas which may include distributing program marketing and… Glassdoor

30+ days ago

SAC Program Staff - Part Time

YMCA Minneapolis, MN

The Program Staff is responsible for planning, leading, and implementing recreational and creative experiences for school age children in a group… Glassdoor

30+ days ago

Maintenance Technician - Part Time

YMCA Minneapolis, MN

Under the direction of the Building Superintendent, the Maintenance Tech is responsible for all the maintenance of building equipment and property as… Glassdoor

30+ days ago

Membership Associate I

YMCA Chesapeake, VA

Delivers excellent service to all members, guests, and program participants. Responds to member and guest needs, promotes memberships and programs… Glassdoor

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    Former Employee - Staff in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Staff in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at YMCA full-time (more than 8 years)


    If you're lucky enough to get one of the few full-time positions, the benefits are excellent. My association matched 12% on retirement, which is unheard of. Great healthcare/dental/vision. Working out at other branches with the free membership is nice. Some professional development, if you're at a branch with money they will send you to trainings, though these Y-branded trainings primarily only qualify you for doing other Y-related things.


    Organizational incompetence was rampant. Execs are proficient, but mid-level management (senior directors) were extremely mediocre, incompetent, and unaware of their own incompetence... but really nice and well meaning. They hired people (directors and associate directors) who care a lot and are willing to work 10-12 hour days, sometimes weeks in a row with no days off to ensure the success of their program area. I saw so many decisions that made absolutely no sense and only cost time and money. With no bonus or profit incentive, no one has a reason to try harder, and as a nonprofit they can't really afford to hire excellent people... so mediocrity is the way of things.

    Burnout was horrible. We were often short-staffed, and the culture is that you pick up your phone at 6am when staff no-shows because you're dedicated to the success of your program area.

    I saw goofballs hired externally, while qualified and dedicated long-time staff members were overlooked for the promotions they deserved, not because they were "next in line", but because they were the better and obvious choice for the job.

    All of my coworkers were working at the Y because they were either on their way to something else (working while in school), or they couldn't think of anything else do to. While I was there I was in the same boat. Immediately after I left the Y I doubled my salary with a job that I never take home with me, surrounded by people who are excellent at what they do. I wish I'd left sooner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the dead weight and stop walking on eggshells around members... it is a GOOD business decision if the 10% of the customers who give you 90% of your problems decide to leave because you're changing the direction of the branch for the better. Bending over and making unreasonable exceptions for anyone who complains sets unclear expectations about the product you offer, and it rewards problem members which ensures that you'll get more of the same.

    Also, in 2010 all staff had a wage freeze because we were broke. Two years later, our C-level employees (CIO. CEO, COO, etc.) got 40% raises (e.g., 200k to 250k) while I personally had to claw to bump mine up from 1.5 to 2% to get another 20 cents an hour. This is a nonprofit. It pays less because that is the nature of the industry, and that should apply equally to everyone. Who gets a 40% raise, seriously? Frontline staff felt pretty well burned when this was made public in the local paper. Then, they closed one of our branches without even discussing it with the members of that branch, who had just finished raising a ton of money for the branch's campaign season. Those raises were unjustified and sent a clear message to frontline staff that they simply weren't valued.

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