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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)

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 ManagementAdvice

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. Trying to be profitable despite the mission

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    Former Employee - Controller in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Controller in Chicago, IL

    I worked at YMCA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    it used to be that the more profitable locations supplemented the location's losing money. That allowed the organization to provide services to poorer communities.

    Cons

    Now if a location isn't making money, they sell it off so that the balance sheet looks great and they have a cash reserve to pay the high salaries these former tribune executives use to get.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Y's mission should be greater than "fiscal responsibility." Other Metro YMCA's can do it, Why can't you?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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