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I have been working at NASM part-time for more than a year
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.
2013-05-15 07:49 PDT
I have been working at NASM full-time for more than 5 years
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 Senior 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.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
2013-02-13 13:21 PST
I worked at NASM
Pros – great people who are friendly and more than willing to help
great products and services offered
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 Senior 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
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
2009-07-10 08:22 PDT
I worked at NASM
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 Senior 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.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company
2012-09-06 19:22 PDT
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