YMCA Reviews

Updated September 1, 2015
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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. 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.


  2. Volunteer

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. 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.


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  5. 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.


  6. 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.


  7. Great people, but don't expect to get paid a lot (ever)

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    Former Employee - Membership Services Representative II in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Membership Services Representative II in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at YMCA part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Coworkers are in it for the right reasons

    Cons

    Upper management seems so overwhelmed

    Advice to Management

    Listen


  8. 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


  9. Nursery Attendant

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

    I have been working at YMCA part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Family oriented. Great for kids, lots of training for us, get to play with kids as a job. Can bring your own kids while you are working.

    Cons

    High turnover rate, low pay, diapers, some supervisors don't listen to staff who have been there a long time. Getting subs to cover if you need off.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff more and you wouldn't have such a high turnover rate. You have to keep them happy also.


  10. Management

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    Former Employee - Welcome Center Supervisor & Office Manager in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Welcome Center Supervisor & Office Manager in Memphis, TN
    Recommends

    I worked at YMCA (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Really Great place to work!

    Cons

    None at the moment and time to list. I had a great time and would return at any point. Loved this place and the environment

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff


  11. Tree Lot Worker

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great staff, warm and welcoming, flexible hours, and direct deposit. Part time job even offered employment protection and guarantee. Safe work environment and great way to get to know the community.

    Cons

    Deal with some politics of employees which have worked there longer. While it is a warm welcoming place to work, seniority of older employees is extremely prevelant and at times distracting.

    Advice to Management

    Be careful of seniority, it can lead to a high turn over rate for employees. Also though everything is family oriented, at times I felt that things could have been more professional and consistent in the work place.



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