The Little Gym

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The Little Gym Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
44 Reviews
3.6
44 Reviews
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  1.  

    Lots of Fun, Few Benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Little Gym full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Love going to work every day, the kids really make it all worth while and you know that you can really make a difference to someone. Really upbeat environment, great training program. You get to play every day at work.

    Cons

    There is room to grow within the company, but the wages remain small. Eve in management, you barely make enough to live.

    Huge emphasis on "The Little Gym way" and there is not a ton of room to be an individual.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you really want to teach 'the best classes', salaries must be better for management to give them an incentive to stay.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Ask too much for too little pay.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA

    I have been working at The Little Gym part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The kids and their families are all great. The training is extensive so you will never feel like you don't know how to do something.

    Cons

    There is a reason they have such a high turnover rate of instructors. You will hardly ever be able to get a day off. Raises will be few and far between. You will have to sell classes with specific sales pitches; if you don't meet quotas for classes you will be in trouble. Hard sell techniques are encouraged. I could go on and on. If you love kids find a better place to work so you don't lose that love.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop pushing classes on parents and pushing instructors to sell classes. Hire enough instructors so people can have a normal schedule/get days off. Don't bring your personal problems to work. Don't gossip about instructors behind their backs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Fun, upbeat company!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Little Gym

    Pros

    - Fun environment
    - Energetic, hard working team members
    - Great place to learn and showcase leadership skills

    Cons

    - Limited opportunities for growth within the company

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Serious Fun

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Little Gym full-time

    Pros

    The kids with melt your heart and you will learn valuable information about customer service, sales, teaching techniques, and have ample opportunity to advance within the company if that is your desire. You are generally surrounded by young, energetic, positive people who are fun to be around.

    Cons

    You need unlimited energy even on your bad days, there is a lot of staff turnover, and unless you want to own your own business, your salary will be capped (even as a director) generally well below $40k

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    From the upper echelons down to the part-time assistant instructors, this is a SOLID company. They value the quality of the program over the sheer generation of income. People are there because they believe in what they are doing. That being said, I don't have advice to the management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Memorable

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Director in Doral, FL
    Current Employee - Program Director in Doral, FL

    I have been working at The Little Gym full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent training, ability for growth and capacity for learning.

    Cons

    Each individual franchise owner has their own management difficult to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More overseeing of not only program itself but those owners and directors managing the staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Drank the koolaid

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Instructor
    Former Employee - Lead Instructor

    I worked at The Little Gym full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Play with Kids
    -Fun environment
    -Connect with families and their children

    Cons

    -Must stick to curriculum
    -Poor Pay
    -Weekends and Holidays
    -Management is poor
    -High turnover

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Good place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Little Gym part-time

    Pros

    This was a good place to work with a positive, family environment. I enjoyed working with very kind people and many of the customers were great to work with as well.

    Cons

    Having to feel a little pushy with sales was a con to this position. Otherwise I do not have any complaints.

  9.  

    Director

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Gym Director
    Former Employee - Gym Director

    I worked at The Little Gym full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you love children and their parents- you can make a difference in their lives thru sport and motor skill development. Seeing the happiness on the children's faces week after week makes the job all worth it!

    Cons

    Odd work hours, the parents of the children can be kind of demanding, no benefits, not a great salary. Short staffed and a lot of multitasking!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Happy & fun work environment, and great opportunities for advancement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at The Little Gym full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The owner has 5 Little Gyms and is a great businessman. An area manager supervises all of the gyms and everyone loves her. She is candid with her input, but also kind. You can talk to her about anything. Employees are treated professionally. Any employee can advance as far as desired--even to ownership, and there are clear goals that must be met for promotions and raises. It's a healthy place to work, where people look out for each other and excellence is expected.

    Cons

    You have to be prepared to work a Saturday or Sunday, as The Little Gyms are open 7 days a week. It's more of a retail job--not 9-to-5.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize that the combination of skills in your employees is unique--teaching children, learning a new lesson plan every week, creating Wow! experiences for parents, keeping up with membership paperwork, and selling the program to inquiries.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Super Fun

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Gym Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Gym Director in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at The Little Gym full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Everyday is different because you are dealing with tons of little one's personalities and interacting with lots of different families. When you've been there a while the relationships you can build with other team members and members of the gym are irreplaceable. It's a very 'team' oriented atmosphere so you have a great opportunity to meet people like you and be silly with kids all day.

    Cons

    If you are looking for a 9-5 job (even if you're a manager) this isn't the place for you. Night time hours and weekends are usually mandatory. This often leads to high turnover rate on the team leaving others to pick up additional hours, sometimes with the expectations you will work open to close. The job is physically tiring (chasing after little guys all day, no sitting) and emotionally trying (you have to be 100% happy 100% of the time) so long shifts with little or no opportunity to take time off because of under staffed situations make it tough to keep smiling through.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you feel guilty to take time off of your job because of the effect it will have on other team members, something has to change.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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