Bally Total Fitness

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Bally Total Fitness Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
101 Reviews
2.9
101 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Former Bally employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness

    Pros

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

    Cons

    There are a lot of cons

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness

    Pros

    Good hours and pay plus bonus

    Cons

    Could be stressful and my manager was bad

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Fair

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bally Total Fitness

    Pros

    If you work hard you can make decent commission.

    Cons

    Many cons but rather would not say.

  7.  

    Hit or miss

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    Former Employee - Program Advisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Program Advisor in New York, NY

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Commission plus hourly. Been able to use the gym for free . Opportunity to meet lot of people.

    Cons

    Dead end job. Sketchy business practices,Having to lie to customers . Unrealistic goals . For example a program advisor's job is not limited to selling membership. You are expected to sell everything from memberships to protein even personal training lesson.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Not hard work

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    Former Employee - Fitness Coach in Towson, MD
    Former Employee - Fitness Coach in Towson, MD

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Easy , gym atmosphere, good people manager pay ok

    Cons

    Unrealistic schedule, annoying hire ups , high turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    paid better and your employees will stay longer

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Too much fun

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness

    Pros

    Not too much travel. Great coworkers, good technologies tools.

    Cons

    It's a big company but with management lack of experience in international companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to professionalize their management team

  10.  

    If you enjoy working people and helping them reach their goals, it is a great job.

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    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in Newark, NJ

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent pay bumps if you hit your "bumps", Can make your own hours as a personal trainer, good training seminars for trainers from corporate that you get paid for.

    Cons

    no room to move up what so ever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees and invest in them because they are the ones who help you make your bonuses.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Managers do all the work and the uppers make the money

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

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Honestly the only positive thing I can think of working for Bally was that you learn how to hustle at an incredible pace and multitask like no one else.

    Cons

    The hours they expect to to work are outrageous and compensation is very poor. No manager should have to work for $12 an hour. Upper management holds very high requirements and leaves you to del with their poor corporate decisions and keeps their hands clean of the dirty work. Hard work is never rewarded. As a former employee of 5 years, you keep getting promised more but in the end you realize it's never true. You'd think that a manage who takes two clubs out of the negative would be honored a raise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want your employees to work hard for you show them you care for them when they need something from you. It cannot be a one sided situation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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