Bally Total Fitness
2.8 of 5 80 reviews
www.ballyfitness.com Chicago, IL 5000+ Employees

Bally Total Fitness Reviews

Updated Apr 14, 2014
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2.8 80 reviews

                             

31% Approve of the CEO

Bally Total Fitness Interim Chairman and Chief Restructuring Officer Don R. Kornstein

Don R. Kornstein

(26 ratings)

33% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "free membership and good hours off, nice people and lots of gyms to work out at when you are traveling around the state"
    in 11 reviews
  • "Bally provides a gym membership to its employees"
    in 5 reviews
Cons:
  • "Hires non certified PT's, Poor Management, Poor flexibility with schedule, Non-existant training"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Low pay and no true incentives for pay increases"
    in 4 reviews
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Tired brand and political company

Personal Training Director (Former Employee)

I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time for more than 3 years

ProsNone to add for this company

ConsPolitical
Old worn out stores
No money to fix up

Advice to Senior ManagementFix the stores

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Things have changed to much

General Manager (Current Employee)
Denver, CO

I have been working at Bally Total Fitness full-time for more than 3 years

Prosgreat people to work with and freedom of management. All long as you follow protocol with the business plan, you are able to implement your own personality.

ConsFutures of the company, once you hit a gm position theirs really no where to go. pay scales have gone down hill.

Advice to Senior Managementbring back competitive wages for all.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Former Personal trainer and Sales Manager

Sales Manager (Former Employee)
Cleveland, OH

I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time for more than 3 years

ProsBally Total Fitness in general have a fun atmosphere, great co-workers, and you meet a lot of great members. It is a great place to get customer service, sales, and phone experience.

ConsIn general managers only care about membership sales. Customers are often disgruntled due to false promises and often have to call the corporate offices to get the correct information.

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on customer service and ancillary services. I feel their sustainability depends on more than how many memberships are sold in a month.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great company in it's prime thoughout the 1990's and early 2000's.

Regional Management (Former Employee)

I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time for more than 10 years

ProsWas a pioneer in the Fitness Industry, that produced thousands of great employees in sales, management, an service fields.

ConsTwo corp BK in 2 years will tear any company down.

Advice to Senior ManagementBring the brand back!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Fun place to work, but focused more on sales than customers

Personal Trainer (Former Employee)
San Jose, CA

I worked at Bally Total Fitness part-time for less than a year

ProsFun place to meet new people and clients

ConsPersonal Training team focused a lot on sales rather than customers

Advice to Senior ManagementIt's not always about the sales, it's about changing lives.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Fitness Coach- Best position.

Fitness Coach (Current Employee)
San Leandro, CA

I have been working at Bally Total Fitness full-time for less than a year

ProsSuper chill work environment. Get to wear sweats, nikes, and t-shirt to work. Very good pay. If you hustle can even make much more.

ConsThe only con I can think of is when you start in the sales team the only leads you can use are basically the cold internet leads. You get no walk ins (which are the easiest to sell). At least this is how it was at my gym. This did make me a hustler though.

Advice to Senior ManagementOne of my general managers micromanaged. No need to micromanage in sales. Simply fire them.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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You get out what you put in

Personal Trainer (Former Employee)
Woodhaven, MI

I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time for less than a year

ProsYou can work out for free, and you get to meet all kinds of people you would have never met before.

Cons-Your salary is directly tied to your ability to schedule appointments and sell packages. Better have your entire week booked to the max to make any real money.
-Good luck getting anybody to sign up for over 1000 dollars worth of training in a none wealthy area.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't mislead anybody.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Development Team

Junior Applications Developer (Former Employee)
Towson, MD

I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time for less than a year

ProsThe staff in the IT department were awesome and extremely friendly

ConsThe sale of a majority of their clubs to LA Fitness which resulted in many lay offs

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BTF was OK at best.

Customer Service Representative (Former Employee)
Baltimore, MD

I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time for less than a year

ProsPros are the free membership.

ConsCons are shady business practices.

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Come here for a trainer that knows nothing about health and only about sales.

Personal Trainer (Former Employee)
San Jose, CA

I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time for less than a year

ProsVery easy to get hired here.

ConsHires non certified PT's, Poor Management, Poor flexibility with schedule, Non-existant training

Advice to Senior ManagementHire qualified Personal trainers

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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