Bally Total Fitness

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Bally Total Fitness Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
91 Reviews
2.9
91 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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

  • Hires non certified PT's, Poor Management, Poor flexibility with schedule, Non-existant training (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Minimum Wage

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness

    Pros

    Fun coworkers, met a lot of people.

    Cons

    Low wages, workers and company did not care about members.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The fall of the company was well deserved.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fitness manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness

    Pros

    Great company to work for. They are starting to make a comeback since LA Fitness purchased a large part of the company a few years back.

    Cons

    Like any job in the fitness industry, the hours are long. This is a performance paying position, in order to make money you need to understand the commission structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers are doing their best to rebuild the company. Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great learning experience.

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    Former Employee - Fitness Manager  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Fitness Manager in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Working with people and helping them achieve their goals is awesome!

    Cons

    Compensation wasn't great but still a fun company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communication would've helped

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great people, shortsighted leadership

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    Current Employee - General Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - General Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Bally Total Fitness full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Excellent environment to hone and develop sales and people skills. Fitness environments are always full of happy and energetic people and this is no exception.

    Cons

    Each club runs fairly independently almost as its own ecosystem but General Managers have to contend with corporate leadership that changes company directions on a whim. Much like Orwell's "1984", you are told to embrace the new line of thought every few months and act like former directives never existed. Also, due to its past bankruptcies, job stability for management is low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In my time as a General Manager, I met three of the CEOs, each with a different vision and direction and one, in particular, who outright lied to the company about its direction. No wonder they have 10% of the clubs they did at their height a decade ago. Trust your troops in the field to manage the stores for maximum profitability and productivity instead of changing initiatives and direction ever quarter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    It was amazing work with the staff at Bally total fitness

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    Current Employee - Bally Total Fitness Sales  in  Cerritos, CA
    Current Employee - Bally Total Fitness Sales in Cerritos, CA

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

    Pros

    Easy money, good working environment.

    Cons

    Pressure sales, however they are understanding and work with you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Not too much vertical growth in the company.

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager  in  Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Beaverton, OR

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

    Pros

    Nice members, good management, very easy to learn skills of different departments.

    Cons

    The pay isn't great. The facilities have old equipment and are not kept in good shape.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more training seminars.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    horrible experience

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Sales Manager

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

    Pros

    club level employees care about what the do

    Cons

    Poor technology. Poor benefits. Corporate office very disorganized. Upper management does not care at all about the employees. Every week someone was threatened with losing their job. Complete lack of communication other verbally threatening people in public settings. 14 hour days

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    I disliked the internal politics of late payment to vendors. Many projects were stopped due to non-payment!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Towson, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Towson, MD

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

    Pros

    I don't remember too many good things. My 'office' was in a data room, my boss was racist (glad I matched her skin tone!)

    Cons

    See above. Difficult to do business with vendors because of non-payment. Difficult to work with Senior Management bent on milking customers on contracts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think they got their advice when they were told to file Chapter 9.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    High Pressure Sales--Sketchy Tactics

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    Former Employee - Fitness Coach  in  North Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Fitness Coach in North Hollywood, CA

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

    Pros

    base + commission, flexible hours, co-workers, free gym access

    Cons

    Cold calling, locking people into 3-year contracts, management,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell only 1 product. Don't have 50 different ways an individual can buy a membership. If someone wants to come to the gym they must pay a standard rate. Take out the negotiation/sales aspect and your employees and customers will be happy. Also, get rid of contracts if you haven't already--keep everything month to month.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great education in sales, people skills, and motivation.

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    Former Employee - General Manager  in  Little Neck, NY
    Former Employee - General Manager in Little Neck, NY

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

    Pros

    you will learn skills on motivating, selling, and team work.

    Cons

    a lot of emphasis on sales. not much on fitness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    remember TEAM work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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