Bally Total Fitness Reviews

Updated June 19, 2015
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Pros
  • Free membership, cool workers, good smoothies, good location (in 12 reviews)

  • The only Pro is a Free gym membership (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay and no true incentives for pay increases (in 5 reviews)

  • Personal Training team focused a lot on sales rather than customers (in 4 reviews)

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  1. A good company that had a sad ending !

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    • Senior Management
    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. Personal Trainer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Personal Trainer
    Former Employee - Personal Trainer

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

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Advancement of skills and great creative training for all new trainers to Bally Total Fitness. The community of trainers beyond the local gym was wonderful.

    Cons

    Very separator hours and scheduling with very little consideration of employee. This may have been solely due to the manager. The environment was also not female personal trainer friendly, as in often subjectified (including by male staff members).


  3. Senior Market Research Manager

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

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time

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

    Pros

    The company deployed a number of marketing strategies. It was a great opportunity to be involved in so many disciplines. There was some great talent and I learned a lot.

    Cons

    There were rumors of buyouts and the recession took its toll. The company was downsized several times. As a result, work-life balance was a challenge. There was little employee development and no performance evaluation system.


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  5. Life as a Personal Trainer

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

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

    Pros

    great flexibility with scheduling. Create your own schedule but your money was truly based on how much time you put in acquiring new clientele.

    Cons

    Inexperience by many trainers which sometimes made the environment look amateurish. Facilities need to be revamped to make the experience for both trainer and trainee more pleasurable.

    Advice to Management

    Tighten up. Focus more so on training trainers to be more effective at client management rather than driving sales of memberships so harshly.


  6. Personal Trainer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good flexibility and generally a lot of leads.

    Cons

    Very low pay and overall poor corporate management.


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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. A lot of labor

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. The Best Job I ever had

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  10. 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


  11. Fun people, poor pay system

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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