Bally Total Fitness Reviews

Updated April 21, 2015
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Pros
  • Free membership, cool workers, good smoothies, good location (in 12 reviews)

  • Decent sales and fitness training for beginning personal trainers (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay for trainers, personal training session at the time were too expensive, disorganized at times (in 5 reviews)

  • Upper management does not care at all about the employees (in 4 reviews)

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  1. A good company that had a sad ending !

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    Former Employee - IT in Towson, MD
    Former Employee - IT in Towson, MD

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team work in the IT department where we accomplished a lot of good .Great staff and great culture !

    Cons

    Bad past management decisions that brought the company down to the sad end of an era for Bally !

  2. I worked with great people for almost 35 years.

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    Former Employee - Data Processing Staff in Towson, MD
    Former Employee - Data Processing Staff in Towson, MD

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Worked with some of the best operators, programmers, systems analysts and learned a lot from working with them. The benefits improved throughout the time I was there and if possible I would still be there.

    Cons

    The market and changes in the health club industry eventually. drove the company over time into financial distress that eventually caused several downsizes causing the selling off of large groups of our best clubs and eventually the loss of many of our jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Having spent 35 years working there I can say expensive mistakes were made in efforts to replace legacy systems and there were several points over the years where better decisions may have been made but in and of themselves those would surely have slowed or delayed the way things unfolded, but may not have stopped the end result.

  3. A lot of labor

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    Former Employee - Facilities Maintenance Supervisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Facilities Maintenance Supervisor in New York, NY

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Benefits working out at the gym

    Cons

    Making sure everything is clean in a fashionably manner

    Advice to Management

    pay raise

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  5. The Best Job I ever had

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    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Towson, MD
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Towson, MD

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Casual Dress, Telecommute, Great people to work with

    Cons

    The company is in the process of going out of business

  6. Personal Trainer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness part-time (More than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Gym membership
    Had some great coworkers and meet some great people

    Cons

    Disorganized and Poorly managed
    Training tiers to get paid
    Little to no training
    If your not good at sales and talking to people this would not be a good job for you
    Low pay

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees and treat them well

  7. Fun people, poor pay system

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    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in Westlake, OH
    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in Westlake, OH

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I enjoyed the dynamic job setting and challenge of dealing with a wide variety of clients.

    Cons

    Pay structure is such that a slow week can wipe out over half your income for the month.

    Advice to Management

    Even out the Personal Trainer pay structure so Trainers get paid for actual hours worked and not through some convoluted formula.

  8. My experience with them was very nice

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    Former Employee - Corporate Sales Area Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Corporate Sales Area Manager in Denver, CO

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Promotions based on earning them. Started as a trainer, moved to club sales, moved to corporate sales, promoted to corp sales manager, relocated across the country to manage a 3 state territory. All top company execs were professiopnal and fair.

    Cons

    If you can't handle quota pressure this is not your deal. High pressure end of month closeouts are the norm. Hero on the 31st of yhe month, goat on the 1st of the next month. Some club mgrs were having trysts with their staff mambers... not good. Some ex employees gave 2 week notices and left on good terms, but were not eligible for rehire 5 years later. Don't know what that's about.

    Advice to Management

    You need stricter oversight with your club managers to cease the employee trysts.

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    Former Bally employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness

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

    Pros

    Bally has a lot of hard working employee who sacrifice a lot for the company.

    Cons

    There are a lot of cons

  10. A Path With Bally

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    Former Employee - General Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - General Manager in Denver, CO

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The fitness industry is dynamic & at times can be a lot of fun. Bally has historically paid their performers well.

    Cons

    Bally has fallen very far from where they once were as a 300 plus location brand.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your members, people & clubs, in that order.

  11. Great experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good hours and pay plus bonus

    Cons

    Could be stressful and my manager was bad

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