YMCA Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
1,376 Reviews
3.6
1,376 Reviews
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YMCA President and CEO Neil Nicoll
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • One of the best perks of working at the YMCA was the fact that employees are entitled to a free gym membership (in 150 reviews)

  • Always enjoyed working around fellow facilitators and working with kids everyday (in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • The pay is not very competitive but it is non profit so this is to be expected (in 62 reviews)

  • There is no growth potential you will only go so far with only part time positions (in 51 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    knowledge

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    Former Employee - Client Services Coordinator  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Client Services Coordinator in Chicago, IL

    I worked at YMCA full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    people and benefits are good

    Cons

    job specifics are a bit much they want you to do everyone's job along with your job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    appreciate your employee's

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    YMCA IS AWESOME.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA as a contractor

    Pros

    The experience is entirely unforgettable.

    Cons

    You spend your money on beer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Exit interviews would be nice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Lifeguarding, short hours, but awful pay

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    Current Employee - YMCA Lifeguard  in  Rock Hill, SC
    Current Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in Rock Hill, SC

    I have been working at YMCA part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The work is pretty brainless, all you have to do is sit in a chair and watch people swim. The shifts are only 4-5 hours which is great if you're a college student. The people who work for the Y are great and you really feel like you're part of a community.

    Cons

    You work minimum wage and they will reduce your paycheck if you work over a certain number of hours a week. I haven't gotten a raise in 5 years. Despite the short shifts, lifeguarding gets really boring after awhile.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be aware of those who have been with the company for a long time and compensate them as such.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Experience

    Former Employee - Summer Camp Counselor  in  Newnan, GA
    Former Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in Newnan, GA

    I worked at YMCA part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    willing to work around your schedule, understanding, can work out for free

    Cons

    poor organization skills, not informative, lack of communication, compensation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better organization and communication with other YMCA's

  6.  

    Great experience!

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    Current Employee - Wellness Coach  in  Hampton, VA
    Current Employee - Wellness Coach in Hampton, VA

    I have been working at YMCA part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Family environment
    positive energy
    able to balance social life and school
    friendly staff

    Cons

    The pay was average (not that i expected much)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Personally rewarding at every step

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Apex, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Apex, NC

    I worked at YMCA part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great community, coworkers, and programs.

    Cons

    I love every part of the Y and cannot think of anything that is a con.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice for management because they are great

  8.  

    Positive Place to Work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA

    Pros

    Love my bosses, always positive, encouraging and allow room to grow learn and train

    Cons

    Early work hours not so great

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more benefits to part time employees

  9.  

    They're like a family. All you have to do is be reliable and strictly follow all rules and procedures.

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    Current Employee - Group Leader  in  Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Group Leader in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at YMCA part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Creating great relationships with staff, parents and children. Following rules and procedures equals job security.

    Cons

    Some workers are under paid. Child care is a critical job that deserves more credibility.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company that provides very beneficial programs in fitness and sports. The YMCA also does a great job giving back

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    Current Employee - Program Specialist  in  Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Program Specialist in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at YMCA part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very active job. I am on my feet working with sports or preparing for sports related work. Interact with a lot of people, youth to adult. Get to take part in a company that helps out the surrounding community. Flexible hours for part timers like myself. The office culture at my branch is awesome, I have gotten to know a number of my coworkers while working.

    Cons

    The pay is less than great. When officiating soccer games, you are paid hourly rate while if you worked through the state high school association or other club associations you would get a per game fee which would be significantly higher. Deal with disgruntled parents, often outside of the sports field as well. Corporate does a good job of making our job on the front lines more difficult "improving" the process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk with the lower level employees more before making association wide decisions. Weigh their opinion heavily too, we are most affected by changes made regarding registration procedure. You do not get to talk with disgruntled parents, we do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great culture, great location, great people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA full-time

    Pros

    Lots of fantastic, down to Earth people to work with. Great vacation benefits. You really feel as though the mission works through the management and employees. They genuinely are about what they are doing in every department.

    Cons

    Health benefits are not great, not a lot of opportunity for advancement. Great training but not always a place to apply it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on giving people a path to work towards career wise, I think turn over would be less and you'd get more out of your employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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