Life Time Fitness

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Life Time Fitness Reviews

Updated September 27, 2014
Updated September 27, 2014
519 Reviews
2.9
519 Reviews
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Life Time Fitness Chairman, President, and CEO Bahram Akradi
Bahram Akradi
268 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You get a free gym membership to a great facility and good benefits (in 48 reviews)

  • I loved having a free gym membership for myself and a deep discount for my spouse (in 41 reviews)


Cons
  • You will work long hours especially if you are a Personal Trainer (in 34 reviews)

  • Upper management flirts with teenage male staff, rather than managing (in 28 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great work environment with good benefits

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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

    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.  

    Great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Life Time Fitness part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Love the people i work with.Fun atmosphere

    Cons

    Pay is not the best

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Worst job ever.

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    Former Employee - Life Cafe Team Member  in  Humble, TX
    Former Employee - Life Cafe Team Member in Humble, TX

    I worked at Life Time Fitness full-time

    Pros

    Free gym membership. Good food.

    Cons

    All about sales, never about the people. Always short-staffed and over tasked. No sense of a "team" whatsoever. Unnecessary time constraints. A cold culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Completely change the entire culture or it's FUBAR.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Too bad...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Life Time Fitness

    Pros

    The potential of Life Time Fitness is enormous. They have the industry captivated. They are growing and offer strong opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    It is impossible to get things done. Senior leadership changes their mind constantly on what the focus should be and they confuse the team members. They need to decide who they want to be and stick to it. They invest in new products and services often but fail to invest in the frontline team members. Turnover is so high but the company fails to admit the gap they have in employee satisfaction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to trust your employees. Truly make it a place that people at all levels of the organization love coming to work at every day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    All work no personal life

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

    I have been working at Life Time Fitness full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Everything you need is at life time: cafe, spa, pools, courts, fitness

    Cons

    Minimum wage, long hours, useless online learning, company seems to have a new direction every 6 months, management changes every 3 months, work all holidays with nothing in return, they expect the world from you for minimum wage and no recognition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find another career. There is no way you can have a positive work/life balance if you're in management here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Nothing Surprising

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    Current Employee - Kids Activities Manager  in  Maple Grove, MN
    Current Employee - Kids Activities Manager in Maple Grove, MN

    I have been working at Life Time Fitness part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free membership, easy access to facilities

    Cons

    poor management skills, gossiping, rude members, ridiculous hours

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Kids Academy Team Member

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    Former Employee - Kids Activities Team Member  in  Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Kids Activities Team Member in Reston, VA

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

    Pros

    The free membership was by far the best part. Also, if you liking working with a wide variety of aged kids, this job is perfect. I like how the workers ages ranged from high school students to adults. Also, the option for kids to be in classes made it easier to manage the 60+ kids that were in the Academy at once.

    Cons

    The reason I left was the hours. Because there were so few employees, we were all signed up to do shifts almost everyday after initially being told I would only have to work 10 hours a week. Also, many of my co-workers, especially the younger ones, did not take the job seriously. With a 12:1 ratio, there was no room for laziness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The structuring of the Academy needs to change. There needs to be a smaller ratio and more space for older kids to play away from the smaller children.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Decent summer job for students

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Life Time Fitness

    Pros

    Within a facility there are a variety of jobs one could peform/switch to/be promoted to. Within the company, I believe it is the case that all employees receive free membership benefits. On the whole, Lifetime provides a family-oriented/fast-moving work place.

    Cons

    Lots of turn-over which leaves to mismatches between individual qualifications and job responsibilities. With that said, anyone who stays at the company could probably move up if they hold. Not an amazing place to work, but bearable.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Life Time loves to build the ship *while* its sailing.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The member connection is great, most of the clubs are beautiful, plenty of opportunity to exercise and be healthy. When you have a GM who is a good person, opportunity for career growth is wonderful, and most employees in the club feel genuinely valuable to their team and know their presence at work each day makes a difference.

    Cons

    dysfunctional management, training and on-boarding programs are non-existent in most departments, "good enough" approach to ancillary programs such as the spa leaves commission-based employees with unlivable wages and no choice but to find alternative employment. Each facility operates like its own dictatorship, with the GM being the say-all-end-all to company policy loopholes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A half dozen marketing campaigns per year are a great start, but when you have commission employees, the feast or famine approach is 80% of the reason they leave. "best people" mission is not reflected in pay. High product charges and sliding scale commissions make seasoned stylists, massage therapists, and estheticians see self-employment as the superior choice. Corporate VPs with salary and no spa background are apathetic to the very foundation of resources technicians need to be successful in this unique environment. Waiting days/weeks for product shipments, marketing supplies, training on ad campaigns, etc make success a near impossibility.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    No Home/Work Life Balance

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    Current Employee - Aquatics Department Head
    Current Employee - Aquatics Department Head

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

    Pros

    Salary isn't bad for a beginning manager and there are financial incentives for those who over perform. Expectations are set very high.

    Cons

    No training for new managers, expected to work lots of different hours, hourly employees are paid very little, not a very good job for someone who has kids and needs a set work schedule.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your managers and give them better support. Make it easier for people with families to work by offering in center child care for more than 2 hours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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