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Life Time Fitness Reviews in Chanhassen, MN

Updated August 7, 2014
Updated August 7, 2014
502 Reviews
2.9
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Life Time Fitness Chairman, President, and CEO Bahram Akradi
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262 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You get a free gym membership to a great facility and good benefits (in 39 reviews)

  • I loved having a free gym membership for myself and a deep discount for my spouse (in 34 reviews)


Cons
  • You will work long hours especially if you are a Personal Trainer (in 27 reviews)

  • Upper management flirts with teenage male staff, rather than managing (in 26 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great work environment with good benefits

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chanhassen, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chanhassen, MN

    I worked at Life Time Fitness full-time

    Pros

    Working just ten hours a week gets you a free membership (normally 100+ a month!), fun work environment with great benefits that come along with your membership such as gas discounts, movie discounts, etc. If you put in a hard work effort you will be rewarded quickly with promotions

    Cons

    while working, especially near the end of summer when everyone goes back to school we were understaffed at times making it difficult to stay within regulations. Very strict corporate rules (I worked next to the corporate offices). If you didn't have the vision and mission statement memorized at all times, weren't within in strict accordance with dress code, etc you would be written up. People from Corporate like to come in and pretend to be members to see how you react. Many i dealt with however were unreasonable and expect high quotas when they haven't worked a day on the floor.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Company as a whole is good. Tech department is dysfunctional.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer  in  Chanhassen, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Chanhassen, MN

    I worked at Life Time Fitness full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good salary at start, phone and internet reimbursement

    Cons

    No communication from management, minimal raises, gym membership is good if you live close to the gym where you work at (Chanhassen is platinum level but all the gyms towards the middle of minneapolis are a higher level. If you work at corporate you will be set as platinum.), minimal career development in tech area of corp., HR hiring process is a nightmare, impossible to get tech training (even at the <$100 level, was told 'no'). Please note that the "culture & Values" from below reflects those from the department level and not the company level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the direction of projects and tech in the company. Most communication involved "we took x amount of calls in the helpdesk this month". Would have been nice to see "These are the projects and the direction we are going in". Do exit interviews and follow up on the feedback. Hiring smart people with no management experience as managers is one thing but give them the tools to actually become good managers. With developers particularly if you aren't willing to give them training and projects that are interesting, you are going to loose them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    it was the best of times; it was the worst of times...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chanhassen, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chanhassen, MN

    I worked at Life Time Fitness full-time

    Pros

    The energy and attitude of the club staffers is infectious! My co-workers were great; a hard-working, but fun-loving group that never lost sight of a good life/work balance.

    Cons

    Some people in the upper management team are very intense and do not like to hear opinions that are different than their own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have some great people working for you. Listen to what they have to say.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Advisor  in  Chanhassen, MN
    Former Employee - Sales Advisor in Chanhassen, MN

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

    Pros

    The perks and the people are amazing! Getting paid to workout is always a great option.

    Cons

    Management doesn't always communicate their expectations and goals. A mentorship program should be more than listening to one's phone calls on occasion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more empowerment to employees and be more approachable when an employee needs help.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chanhassen, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chanhassen, MN

    I worked at Life Time Fitness as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexiable Schedule and work hours.

    Cons

    Dicatatorial management style. Managers don't value employee's opinions nor input. Not looking for knowledgeable employees, looking for people to "fall in line" (told that literally on a one-on-one)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to embrace change, learn how to handle opinions that differ from yours. Understand that you may not know everything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Energetic, fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chanhassen, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chanhassen, MN

    I have been working at Life Time Fitness full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You'll never be bored. The goals we help members' achieve is rewarding and motivating. A lot of interesting and exciting initiatives on a regular basis. New ideas and ways of doing things is strongly encouraged.

    Cons

    Sometimes difficult and challenging to manage workload and priorities due to the volume of what needs to get done and with many initiatives going on at once. Extremely short turn-around times on projects and pivots in direction are common and part of the culture.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    good pay and promotions

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor  in  Chanhassen, MN
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Chanhassen, MN

    I have been working at Life Time Fitness full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    good starting pay and always room for advancement in the company if you are willing to work for it

    Cons

    not everyone can handle the hard work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    clean out some old crappy employees so someone new and better can advance and make the company better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor Managment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chanhassen, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chanhassen, MN

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

    Pros

    Not much good things to say about this job.

    Cons

    no communication between the different groups. A Lot of bickering and back stabbing. use external resources instead of it department, answer is always no.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    new management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great mission for members

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chanhassen, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chanhassen, MN

    I worked at Life Time Fitness full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The philosophy and mission behind Life Time is inspiring. The benefit of a free membership is great if you can find the time to take advantage of it.

    Cons

    Upper management tends to be fragmented in their direction. This has you chasing your tail a bit and trying to support the demands of too many "must have" priorities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to set goals and direction for the year (or even for the quarter would help). Then have everyone work toward those same goals. When a new request surfaces, you need to determine if this is more important than the others already agreed upon. If it is, then one of the old goals must be replaced with the new one - not added to the list.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Unfortunate, because it could really be a great place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chanhassen, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chanhassen, MN

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

    Pros

    Free membership. Very "healthy" environment to work in- culture that is encouraging of healthy eating, exercise, etc. Related to that though- You will be in the (silently judged) minority of your're out of shape, overweight, drink soda, etc.

    Mostly business casual dress code.

    Certain positions also allotted cell phone and home internet connectivity allowance in addition to base salary, usually had access to great cutting edge technology, very satisfied with salary.

    Cons

    Only 10 days of PTO a year (whether it's sick or vacation), that you must use by the end of the calendar year. This does not allow for much work/life balance.

    Benefits were just OK, which is a little odd considering it's a "Healthy Way of Life Company"

    CEO has a temper- which I witnessed firsthand, not just going off of rumors. He is very driven, and perhaps that is the type of personality needed to be "successful" but cursing and losing your temper with employees or situations usually doesn't go over well in the long run.

    His team of upper management is comprised of guys that have been by his side nodding yes since the first club was opened. For the most part, it's not horrible, but you eventually get the feeling that you either 'drink the kool aid' or you don't, and if you don't you're out.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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