Get In Shape for Women

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Get In Shape for Women Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
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  1.  

    INSPIRED

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Studio Manager
    Current Employee - Studio Manager

    I have been working at Get In Shape for Women full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Working with women who are committed to better health through exercise and clean eating. Helping others 'get there' through encouraging them through psychological healing from their sorrow (emotional eating issues).

    Cons

    There are currently no health or dental benefits available. Some long days (but 45 hours a week is expected) yet, it doesn't really pose a problem since if I need to take off, I certainly can. I work for a FRANCHISE and the owner is AMAZING and OPEN to suggestions and LISTENS to our input as Managers and Trainers.... He is also very fair with base and commissions for my part of the country and each month we can reach a bonus. Yep, I'm pretty thankful!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    From reading the other reviews; I think the Corporate experience is quite different than mine .....Because this particular franchise owner is so responsive and the other people I work with are Team Players, I have no advice for Management.... we manage just fine! I'm very thankful for this opportunity!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great concept for a fitness facility, but beware the owner of each franchise can make or break the studio!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Fishers, IN
    Former Employee - Manager in Fishers, IN

    I worked at Get In Shape for Women full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great concept that works to help people lose weight and gain strength; weights & cardio plus solid nutrition plan will help people get results if they do their part. Opportunity to build relationships with the ladies.

    Cons

    Long work hours for the manager; very early mornings and late evenings ( and every Saturday) plus sporadic sales appointments. Always "on call" as the sales line goes to the mangers cell phone. A lot of pressure to make sales each month. This can be a good job, but there is a lot of pressure to follow a sales protocol which includes breaking down potential clients in the first meeting (to make them cry actually) so they realize how much they "need" your program. I personally never felt okay doing this, but still managed a successful studio. The owner of the individual studios will make all the difference in the world as far as working for this company goes as you are actually working for the individual who owns the franchise. Our first of our studio owner had no fitness background or business sense; the second owner was an obese woman on a power trip so I peacefully moved on and seeing the hypocrisy of her passing on her fitness story omitting the part where she had gastric bypass surgery. There is only so much you can turn an blind eye to. Sadly, all of this gives the health and fitness industry a bad name.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please research the people you are selling your franchises to before you let just anyone purchase them. Do the health and fitness industry a favor and stop making us look bad by allowing people with no business being in fitness or health to become owners of your franchises. Also when an employee reaches out for help after being mistreated by your owners, do not just ignore them in hopes they will go away.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Certain Path to Burn Out and Constant Stress

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Studio Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Studio Manager in Boston, MA

    I worked at Get In Shape for Women full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Get to meet many wonderful women and get to know them personally
    Connection to other fitness professionals
    Ability to make new friends through conferences and connections
    Opportunity to make a real difference in clients' lives
    Get to use counseling abilities, coaching, management skills
    Experience in managing a sales job
    Potential to earn bonus/commission each month
    Advertised as studio manager but it is a heavy sales job

    Cons

    Crazy number of hours per week. Most managers work 60 or more hours per week.
    False advertising about how you earn 20% more than other similar positions
    Every Saturday work expected until studio membership reaches 100 or 110 clients
    Owner can make or break the experience for the manager
    Corporate office provides one week training in person, most of it focused on how to conduct a sales conversation to break the woman down emotionally and get her to join
    Corporate office run by men (they play favorites and are not open to important input from women)
    No opportunity for advancement
    Lousy benefits
    One week vacation a year
    Most managers do not sell enough to earn a bonus
    Sales pressure can be immense and very stressful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire women. Listen to the people on the front line. Reward employees. Mention employees when congratulating studios on achieving Top Ten status in sales. The manager is probably the one who made that money for the company--not the owner, but the owner is the one who gets congratulated and receives the trophy. Learn new skills. Stop repeating the same Sally sentences about commitment being hard. Figure out how a franchisee can make enough money to survive. The business model works well for the company founder but unless a person owns a handful of very successful units, the business takes a very heavy toll and creates unimaginable stress and very little income relative to the work expended. This does not change over time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Corporate office can't be trusted

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Owner - Franchisee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Owner - Franchisee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Get In Shape for Women full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There is immeasurable personal reward from helping women change their lives. The service provided is so much more than just losing weight and getting into better shape.
    You get to interact with many great people who work in this industry as trainers and managers. Also, most of the other franchisee owners are kind, caring people who work hard and love what they do. The members are great too!

    Cons

    Hard to make money (and thus a living) from owning a single unit, especially given the false projections provided by corporate.
    Corporate office plays favorites with some franchisees and attacks others. They say one thing and do the opposite. Too many negatives to list. They can't be trusted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The whole corporate team needs to be replaced. Until and unless this franchise gets purchased by a truly well balanced and professional company, it will struggle to attract and retain good franchisees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Great place, you get out of it what you put in

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Trainer in Westborough, MA
    Former Employee - Trainer in Westborough, MA

    I worked at Get In Shape for Women

    Pros

    Great clients, good bonus scale, good work variety

    Cons

    Corporate does not promote from within, little room for advancement

    Recommends
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great supportive work environment that will challenge you

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Studio Manager in Greenwich, CT
    Current Employee - Studio Manager in Greenwich, CT

    I have been working at Get In Shape for Women

    Pros

    - Great compensation
    - Accommodating owners
    - Great concept
    - Very organized system
    - The system in place to provide clients value/results is a league above what you see in most health clubs

    Cons

    - Long hours. If you'd like to provide quality and service you must be there for all clients who ask for help. Being a Studio Manager is not for someone who wants a part-time job.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Management was incompetent and uneducated, but the owner is a true blue salesman.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in Greenwich, CT
    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in Greenwich, CT

    I worked at Get In Shape for Women

    Pros

    Great community with wonderful clients to build relationships with.

    Cons

    The model of the franchise does not allow the trainer to do the physical assessments for the clients and this can present an opportunity for injury. The manager does that and gives little information to support the trainer in creating a program.
    The management wants the trainer to randomly increase the speed on clients cardio not knowing their health conditions based on one thing: "That's the way we do it here. This is the future of training." Thankfully he is incorrect.
    Agreements initially made when hired by the owners were not kept and so get everything in writing.
    If "image" matters to you, know that management is more glib than chic.
    The owner hires you and you never hear from him again. It will be you and the manager. If you are stuck working with an incompetent manager that's a huge problem, and it becomes your problem.
    No camaraderie.
    No support.
    If it's possible work in a "fun-less" this is it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Owner: Don't choose you locations by the wealth of an area, match them to your mentality
    and "middle-management" thinking.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Wonderful place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Personal Trainer in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Personal Trainer in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at Get In Shape for Women

    Pros

    Training women is very enjoyable because they are so appreciative of the time that you spend with them to achieve their fitness or weight loss goals. Management is awesome, they not only want a happy studio but also happy employees.

    Cons

    The toughest part about working in the fitness world in general is that hours. It is generally very early mornings and late nights with a split in the middle which helps.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The leadership is great. My manager not only makes me feel like shes cares about my best interest but always finds a way to make work fun and keep "my head in the game"

    Recommends
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Studio Manager
    Current Employee - Studio Manager

    I have been working at Get In Shape for Women full-time

    Pros

    The franchise training is excellent and based on principles that actually work (when followed as taught).

    The base salaries are excellent, and most positions in the wellness field involve more commission. The bonus structure is realistic and fair.

    Cons

    Like any job, the quality of the owner/location manager definitely have an impact how much you'll enjoy your time there. The more that the owners stick with the franchise system, the better off you will be. The hours can be long sometimes, but usually the money is worth it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Clients are great/Company is not

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trainer
    Current Employee - Trainer

    I have been working at Get In Shape for Women

    Pros

    Great clients, Good pay. Unexperienced trainers will thrive because you don't need to come up with your own training plan.

    Cons

    This is a franchise, so I'm sure experience varies by location. The Owner and Manager make a big difference in your experience. Read: Bad Management= Terrible Workplace
    Corporate is mostly men (interesting for a company specializing in WOMEN'S transformation). They change their model very often always marking it as 'improvements.' They rarely are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees....not just favorites. Keep employees happy and they will stay. Otherwise get used to the high turnover of employees.

    Doesn't Recommend

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