YMCA
3.5 of 5 1,232 reviews
www.ymca.net Chicago, IL 150 to 499 Employees

YMCA Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2014
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3.5 1,232 reviews

                             

84% Approve of the CEO

YMCA President and CEO Neil Nicoll

Neil Nicoll

(294 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
1,232 Employee Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Hours are flexible, and the location was very close to me, free gym membership"
    in 139 reviews
  • "fun working with kids, got along well with my coworkers, pretty simple"
    in 28 reviews
Cons:
  • "Not great pay because it is a non-profit organization, can be some limited hours"
    in 51 reviews
  • "Part-time staff will rarely make over minimum wage unless they're the head guard"
    in 48 reviews
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    Great place does a lot for the community with what they're given to work with.

    Swimming Instructor (Former Employee)

    ProsOpportunity to teach and encourage people how to make positive differences in their lives. Very flexible hours and the opportunity to get on-the-job certification and training. Opportunity to be active on the job. Great for students in high school or college. Great opportunity to learn teamwork and work dynamics.

    ConsDepending on your area of interest, income for most workers isn't the highest, but there are opportunities if you're willing to learn and advance. It's a great job for students, very flexible.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Childcare (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsCompany values work life balance it's like a family

    ConsPay personal growth if you come in at the bottom it is hard to move up fast

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Thoroughly enjoyed my journey from swim instructor to head lifeguard while going to college

    Head Lifeguard/Welcome Center Program Assistant (Former Employee)
    Taunton, MA

    ProsI was able to move up and learn more about the company while cultivating useful skills that have carried to other jobs. There is no better environment for meeting new people, the revolving door of members and staff introduce you to people you otherwise wouldn't interact with

    ConsI was given new job titles and responsibilities with almost no money attached to them. I saw four exec directors in my 3 1/2 years on staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMany of the employees on our staff (after school care, guards, fitness staff ) had never been to a Y training and if asked wouldn't be able to tell you what the Y's mission is. Needed more consistency from upper management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lifeguard for the pool

    YMCA Lifeguard (Former Employee)
    Greensboro, NC

    ProsSteady hours
    Good Non-profit company
    Free Y Membership

    ConsDisconnect between lower staff and upper management

    Advice to Senior ManagementTransparancy and better training/ staff break facilities would be optimal.

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    Love the Y!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsRewarding, fulfilling work in a fun atmosphere!

    ConsIt's a non-profit, so don't expect a raise.

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    Great place to work with friendly employees.

    Summer Camp Counselor (Former Employee)
    Edwardsville, IL

    ProsEveryone helps each other out in any way they can.

    ConsCommunication between the teams (i.e. their schedules on rain days) could be improved.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Challenging

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCommunity involvement, Mission driven, Cause driven

    ConsLow Pay in support area

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Getting to work with great kids and employees who are passionate about giving children a positive social experience.

    Summer Camp Counselor (Current Employee)
    South Wethersfield, CT

    ProsGreat work environment, where counselors and directors are working hard to give each child an enjoyable camp experience. Employees enjoy working with kids and take the time to get to know each one individually, helps boost the camp atmosphere. Lots of resources and space for games, crafts and activities for children of all ages.

    ConsUpper level management can be unorganized and inconsistent with deadlines and paperwork. Employees used to frequently call out of work without much notice, making it difficult for the rest of the staff. However, the new staff is dedicated, reliable and team-oriented.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work for

    YMCA Youth Counselor (Current Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsGreat hours great pay nice work atmopshere

    ConsNo Work in summer school is out

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate program for summer

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    My favorite job ever!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe YMCA promotes a relaxing atmosphere for the members, as well as the employees. All of the employees were welcoming... Even in other departments!

    ConsThe only con I have to say is that the pay is minimal. I was paid just slightly over minimum wage with a college degree

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    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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