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  1. Good training, hard to get work

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

    I have been working at NASM part-time (More than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The training was very kinesiology-based, which was good. Safety is the top concern.

    Cons

    It's hard to get a job without experience. The names of the exercises are very long and technical, making me call them something different a lot of the time.


  2. Good Company to Work For but Expect Lower Pay

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

    I have been working at NASM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    From the beginning, the onsite gym, pay, benefits, people, and overall environment at the work site were great.

    Cons

    Big company bureaucracy, poor annual process reviews, no encouragement around career development, shifting of "strategic" priorities. Ever since the company was sold to a mid-size company and then almost immediately bought out by an investment firm, there has been constant process change that caused tension in the work environment. Constant upper management change, constant process change (no stable processes), unrealistic year end goals for business units, frequent layoffs (to help increase the bottom line).

    Advice to Management

    Advice to management at parent company. Simplify your processes and allow for more stability. Allow each business unit to run itself instead of attempting to share resources amongst business units. Too many cooks in the kitchen creates confusion. Also, too many managers, directors, VP's. If you want to increase your bottom line, start there. Look at the successes of other big companies. Learn from them. Also, support job focused career development skills and your employees will be able to do more for you.


  3. Chaotic but great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calabasas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calabasas, CA

    I worked at NASM

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    great people who are friendly and more than willing to help great products and services offered very transparent good but not great pay feels like a family

    Cons

    the company tends to be disorganized with introducing new products to the market. career ladder is somewhat difficult to climb as they like to define roles

    Advice to Management

    Most of your organization and people are very positive, nice and hardworking. It would be beneficial to have regular performance reviews to see what needed to be improved and to possibly discuss career advancement


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  5. Foundation strong but ship is sinking

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NASM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Some great people work there, who are passionate and love the industry. Great content to build programs.

    Cons

    When the company was purchased by ATI (Now Ascend Learning) it took on a corporate culture and no longer cares about the fitness industry only the bottom dollar. They are still selling the OPT model from 1999. Good foundation, but don't help people become successful trainers. Overcharge for the education. Executive management could careless about the success of the trainer only if they pay for the materials.

    Advice to Management

    Lower price of materials and cut your own salaries. In a industry where the trainers make about 40K a year it must be nice for a company that is selling the materials to have their management team make well into the 6 figures.



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