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Little room for Advancement, Heavy Politics

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at YMCA full-time (more than a year)

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook

Pros

The people who work there are generally very passionate about the cause they are working for, creating a very great environment.

Cons

Large disconnect from Association Office and the Branches, senior Management is not in tune with what is needed at the branch level. Promotions are only based on politics, not actual merit. Within the Organization, there is a resistance to outside training, even if it would be beneficial, they are only concerned with training done in-house. Pay is not great for the amount of work expected.

Advice to Management

One of the Goals is to be an employer of choice. If you are serious about that goal, you need to really sit down and look at the Organization and change things. Advancement needs to be based on merit and accomplishments, not politics, compensation needs to be in line with the amount of work expected.

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  1. Mission driven but lacking employee focus

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    Former Employee - Director of Communications in Berwyn, PA
    Former Employee - Director of Communications in Berwyn, PA

    I worked at YMCA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great opportunity to make a difference in the community and to help people change their lives.

    Cons

    Management structure is flawed. It is volunteer driven which turns out to be more of a buddy club scenario. The CEO picks the board and the board makes the decisions affecting people. Many board members aren't even members of the Y.

    Advice to Management

    Run your operation more like a business and be honest with your employees.

  2. The majority of the staff make it a good place to work

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    Former Employee - Administration in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Administration in Providence, RI

    I worked at YMCA full-time (more than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Good place to get experience working with many different types of people. A good ground floor opportunity to hone basic customer service skills. Some good training opportunities. Good place to learn some entry level skills.

    Cons

    Salaries are on the low end, which they try to offset with benefits (fulltime/salaried staff only). The 1000 hour stipulation for part time employees. And as with most companies these day days, trying to do more with less staff.

    Advice to Management

    Make real benefits available to part time staff, get rid of the 1000 hour stipulation

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