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Not The Healthy Way Of Life Company

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Personal Trainer
Current Employee - Personal Trainer

I have been working at Life Time Fitness full-time for more than a year

Pros

Ive met some good people

Cons

They bend every rule in the book to pay the employees as little as possible and not get legal action taken against them.

They expect you to have no life outside of work.

All they care about is money, They preach about how its a Results Based Culture for the client when in reality its a Revenue Based Culture because all that they talk about in meetings is how to increase revenue instead of how each trainers clients are progressing.

They put you through a 40 hour certification before you start your first day as a trainer and instead of teaching you training techniques and ways make you a better trainer they spend the entire 40 hours going over what to say to members to get them to buy things from you

They will hire a "trainer" who can't even teach something as simple as proper squat form as long as they can sell

Have mandatory meetings 3x a week and do not pay you for them

You work in 100% commission so if you are not training you are not being paid yet they require you to work a 9 hour shift and expect you to clean the building when you are not training and pay you 0$ for it and you get in trouble if you are not cleaning

You get PTO but if you want to take off for the holidays you must put in for it months before or you wont get it and if you don't get it you lose it they will not carry it over or pay you out for it

They put so much pressure on you to sell that you become as inconsiderate as the CEO is and will do anything to make a sale even if its convince a member to buy a product they do not really need because if they don't buy anything you don't get paid and will not hit your quota..(so much for it being all about the member)

They have countless amounts of online training they require you to do that are completely pointless and they do not pay you to complete them if you are a Trainer or Sales Adviser

You are pressured by management to participate in the club events, classes, and training on your non working hours so on top of the ungodly amount hours they make you work they expect you to spend your free time taking a class or "getting involved" in their events that they hold that they will still make you pay for.

Ive never been at a job where the turnover rate was so high that an entire department had a whole new staff within a month.

The Facility Operations staff is ridiculously understaffed and under paid for the amount of work they do as well as the type of work they are expected to do. They are also treated like worthless garbage by the other Team members who make them do anything and everything just because they are to lazy to do it themselves.

If you have no family, friends, personal life, or bills to pay, and if you like being treated like you're worthless this is a great job for you....good luck

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop lying to your employees we know its all about the money, stop pretending you really care about the members.

You get what you pay for, dont expect to get the best out of your employees when you give them barely any pay

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Like working in a prison, rather than a health club. Very poor..

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Life Time Fitness full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free gym membership
    Some members are nice
    You have a job and a pay check
    If you are lucky and drink the kool aid you may move up

    Cons

    I find it amazing as I google this company all I read is how they are a 1 billion dollar company and how they are expanding everywhere, and also the pictures of the CEO Bahram with his narsisistic phony smile. If you have ever had the misfortune to work with this guy you'd know all he does is yell and scream and insult overweight people. You'd love to root for this rags to riches guy, but his arrogance and temper make it impossible. This goes additionally for his coat tail riding "yes men" that execute all of his orders, who's only talents seems to be enjoying hearing themselves give phoney speeches and mindless conference calls.

    Oh, if only people knew what goes on behind closed doors In this company , people would never join or buy their stock.

    The main reason for the success of life time fitness is in the way they exploit employees on the front lines. They prey of the weak and desparate then work them at low pay unti burn out. This cycle continues over and over. They operate 60+ mill clubs at bare minimum expenses so they can sell stock. Non-salary salespeople and trainers can also be factored in and salaried employes being stretched out over 60-70 hours per week. Also, this company nickel and dimes every expense from supplies to bonuses (which are incredibly difficult to achieve on purpose). One example is how they avoid parking lot cleaning by making it mandatory that employees pick up garbage while OFF shift. I witnessed an employee get written up for insubordination when demanding to get paid for cleaning the parking lot. It's amazing how this company takes every penny off the sweat of their employees backs and hands it to their #1 customer, the shareholder.

    This CEO #1 obession is to maximize shareholder wealth at all cost, period. If you think it's to create a "Healthy way of life" for members, work for him for a few months selling memberships or cleaning lockerrooms and you'll see his true intentions.

    While as a manager with this company I've seen things that I've only heard about in factories in 3rd world countries. Overworked and underpaid and no life balance just for starters (7 days PTO a year?). I could go on and on, they build big beautiful clubs then pay the minimum of wages to operate it. Then break every EEOC and labor law imaginable, and do so with cold, calculating and arrogant intent.
     I've witnessed good hard working people who were disparate for work, making minimum wage, cleaning toilets, thrown to the curb for the most trivial of reasons, including being overweight and/or not speaking clear English.

    Yes, I'm ashamed to admit it, but for a short time, I drank the kool aid also. I could recite the mission and vision without hesitation, but eventually I woke up, like the others who have written about this company on Glassdoor.
    This is because you don't see it at first but after a while, when the smiles turn to anger, the true face of Life Time Fitness slowly emerges. If you don't fit their model you are squeezed to quit or thrown in the laundry room to fold hundreds of towels a day. The laundry room is where they hide the undesirables.

    This company is the equivalent of the Christler Motor Co. pretending to be Mercedes Benz. In reality, Life Time Fitness is a glorified LA Fitness, it's too bad the unuspected members paying $200+ a month doesnt know it yet. But as the economy continues to struggle and folks start to see through the LTF facade of smoke and mirrors, they'll spend their money somewere else. It's only a matter of time..... "You can only fool some of the people some of the time"

     How this company has not been slapped with a class action lawsuit as of yet, I have no idea but if they continue to abuse the people who create their paper empire, it will happen soon and their "Healthy way of life" motto will be exposed for the lie that it is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Greed may be good..... but.....Every dog has its day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    No prospects for training

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Personal Trainer  in  Garland, TX
    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in Garland, TX

    I worked at Life Time Fitness full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    facility was overall pretty nice

    Cons

    no prospects for training, nobody who could afford training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lower prices for training

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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