YMCA Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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YMCA President and CEO Neil Nicoll
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Pros
  • The value in working at the Y was the free gym membership (in 182 reviews)

  • If you like working with kids you'll be truly satisfied (in 45 reviews)

Cons
  • Resources Constrained as it is a non profit (in 81 reviews)

  • Pay was not great but these were entry level part time positions (in 67 reviews)

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  1. Division II Leader

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome experience. Ability to work outdoors, go hiking, swimming, plan events.

    Cons

    Sometimes Long hours but that's expected.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work. Many kids appreciate your efforts tha r last a lifetime.


  2. Customer service

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    Former Employee - New York in Syracuse, NY
    Former Employee - New York in Syracuse, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at YMCA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people and friendly Staff

    Cons

    Low pay and no unions, small raises

    Advice to Management

    Going over an beyond for members and residents


  3. Lifeguard

    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Clarion, PA
    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Clarion, PA

    I worked at YMCA part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great hours, very flexible. Get to be outside and near the pool.

    Cons

    Nothing. All friendly people and a great first/summer job.


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  5. Professional Growth Opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Healthy Living Director in Pitts, PA
    Former Employee - Healthy Living Director in Pitts, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at YMCA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Those with related degree(s) but little professional experience will find learning and training opportunities within the organization that can lead to further professional development and careers opportunities. The YMCA is a global organization so opportunities are there if you are determined, patient, and dedicated to not-for-profit service.

    Cons

    Pay rates and salaries are generally lower than average yet maximum time, performance and effort is expected. Operational changes are often top down and swift which can adversely affect some branches more than others. Fund-raising, also referred to as member "commitment," is everybody's job.

    Advice to Management

    Wages should be more competitive for entry- and mid-level positions as they have most member interface. Upper mid- and top-level management should have limits to their time in a leadership roles. There is too much opportunity to get complacent.


  6. Volunteer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at YMCA part-time

    Pros

    Awesome people. Clean facility. A lot of classes offered.

    Cons

    Overcrowded at times. Limited free weights. Not suitable for those competing for a BB show.

    Advice to Management

    Extend the weight room facility.


  7. YMCA - Join the fun

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    Current Employee - Arthritis Aquatic Aerobic Instructor in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Arthritis Aquatic Aerobic Instructor in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Free membership, if you are an employee, certain restrictions may apply. Work out with your friends, make new friends. Get back into shape, pleasant friendly staff, willing to help you out with anything needed.

    Cons

    Sometimes a YMCA has to close, as is the case with Webster Groves YMCA. It will permanently be closing its doors on October 2, 2015. So those members are scrambling for a new place to work out. Trying to keep together with their friends who they met in class.

    Advice to Management

    The members and what they need should always come first.


  8. Health and Wellness Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Members are health seekers and enjoy interacting with staff

    Cons

    No cost of living increases or bonuses. Do expect you to donate at least one hour pay a month back to the organization

    Advice to Management

    The YMCA often talk about the core values of Honestly, Respect, Responsibility and caring but don't use this values in their management practices.


  9. Dance Specialist

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA part-time

    Pros

    Get to work with some really great kids, and some awesome staff. It's a great place to spend your summer.

    Cons

    It's exhausting and tiring work, you have to really love working with children and being outside no matter the weather.

    Advice to Management

    Work with the staff to make things better rather than just expecting them to know what you want them to do, and understand that things happen sometimes but they are doing they're best despite daily problems that can't always be avoided.


  10. Lifeguard

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    Current Employee - Head Lifeguard
    Current Employee - Head Lifeguard
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at YMCA part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They pay you for literally everything. Need a recertification? They pay you. Need to swim to workout? They pay you. Need to brush up on your skills? They pay you. You also get a free gym membership and can go to other YMCAs.

    Cons

    Depending on department, pay isn't that great, but you can work your way up pretty easily if you work hard.

    Advice to Management

    Keep an extra eye out because sometimes, the people getting promoted are definitely not in the right place and there are others who have worked so hard that could do the job so well.


  11. Working through College

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    Former Employee - Before & After School Care in La Crosse, WI
    Former Employee - Before & After School Care in La Crosse, WI
    Recommends

    Pros

    Flexible hours - even though it was early Friendly staff Membership

    Cons

    Early morning hours not paid for travel between schools



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