Equinox Fitness

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Equinox Fitness Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated February 27, 2015
Updated February 27, 2015
10 Reviews
3.3
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The free gym membership is incredible, but not worth it in the end (in 51 reviews)

  • Free gym membership (if you in to working out) 40% off at retail store clothing (even tho every item is marketed up 33%) (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • No work life balance, hard to take a vacation because you miss your goals if you miss work (in 14 reviews)

  • Very long hours at the end of the month (in 16 reviews)

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    Culture

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    Current Employee - Personal Trainer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Personal Trainer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Equinox Fitness

    Pros

    Culture is on point and consistent

    Cons

    None to speak of. Keep it up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Corporate

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    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Equinox Fitness full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Free Club membership and a decent benefits package. Friendly Staff.

    Cons

    Very corporate atmosphere. All the care and energy is put into making money, not the well being of their employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to lead. Not Manage. Anyone can tell someone what to do, and they will do it. But to inspire people to want to do their job, that is leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Excellent for career-minded personal trainers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Personal Training in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Personal Training in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Equinox Fitness full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Growth opportunities, education/development, support, clean, professional, high-level trainers, compensation opportunities, benefits.

    Cons

    With any corporation, there are many hoops to jump through in order to things according to the brand. No paid time off...but what personal training position DOES offer that? Work/life balance is the responsibility of the trainer...can be challenging because the time requirement is at times great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to expand knowledge and gain experience...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    EFTI is great, management can be very helpful...

    Cons

    Extremely high competition to gain new clients. Membership advisors are known to play favorites. Egos can be a little annoying.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of egos and try to incorporate more teamwork.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Too much focus on numbers and irrelevant performance measures, not enough focus on employee retention

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    -Excellent education for trainers and networking opportunities within the company. Great work/life balance for trainers

    Cons

    - Less focus on education after initial EFTI, more emphasis is placed on building your business on your own. Extremely high turnover rate

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    General Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - General Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - General Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Sexy, fun environment with a great clientele and a commitment to truly be the best in the business

    Cons

    Poor work life balance especially at the end of the month when many employees are required to work 3-4 12+hour days. Compensation isn't always in line with amount of work and effort provided by employees. Not bad, but maybe not always as good as it should be for hours worked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to continue to find a way to prevent turn over in employee base, specifically in personal training staff and sales team and in club personal. Corporate retention is much stronger. There's a reason for that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    There should be a zero option!

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    Former Employee - Maintenance in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Maintenance in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Equinox Fitness full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice gym... That's about it!

    Cons

    Employees for starters are mostly elitist like the rich and mostly white customers and are very high schoolish at that. So many cliques. The employee turn-around is bad at this place. I've never seen so many people leave, quit or fired. I've always seen a new employee every week, every other week, every month. The maintenance department has it worse than any other if you ask me. They are treated like lower class citizens and most of the people who work in maintenance are non-speaking citizens. They work you like a hebrew slave while most of the other people like the shop keep, cafe and even the front desk people are standing there chatting away while getting paid to do absolutely nothing. It's good to know that people get paid to do nothing there while the maintenance crew are working their butt off! The pay is also bad with the amount of work that has to be done. Upper management are just pathetic just to put it mildly. If you want a career at this place, you better look elsewhere 'cause you're pretty much SOL in the end when they toss you out in the streets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is none, because Equinox will find a way to get rid of them! C'est la vie!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unlimited Potential...Unlimited Renewals

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trainer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Trainer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Equinox Fitness

    Pros

    Hitting monthly and biweekly bonus is a joke to do...so easy to make over 70k as tier 3 or tier3+

    Cons

    too many trainers work there.....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maximize monthly revenue by filling up your tier 3 and tier 4 trainers schedules completely before passing leads to tier 1 and 2 who can't articulate anything for their life...Equinox brand sells training not their skills set.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Energetic, fun environment with amazing people; great company to work for!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Equinox Fitness

    Pros

    The company is very forward thinking and stays ahead of the curb on all things related to the health club industry. The benefits are fantastic, they pay is very competitive. They provide constant support for personal and career growth. Not a lot of micro-management, as long as your are performing to the standard. Lots of freedom and flexibility. Fun and energetic environment.

    Cons

    The hours can be long at times since it is a sales driven environment, so when things are down you need to be there to pick it back up. There can sometimes be breaks in communication and inconsistency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. It think there needs to be a little more support from upper management in making sure that there is consistency with information distributed throughout the club. Overall, I really couldn't think of anywhere else I'd want to be.

    Recommends
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Equinox in Chicago

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Equinox Fitness

    Pros

    The best thing about Eqx is that the schedule is flexible, I pretty much worked all the hours I wanted to work and took as many days off as I wanted. You also get free access to the fitness centers and the friends you can make there are very helpful as they are trainers who can help you with your fitness goals free of charge. You also get 50% everything in the store.

    Cons

    There is hardly any opportunity for a raise, when it was brought up it was pretty much ignored. You have to work alone sometimes for 12 hour shifts and that gets very tiresome. There is not enough recognition for the work you do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep conversation professional please, especially toward women.

    Recommends

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