YMCA Reviews

Updated April 26, 2015
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Pros
  • One of the best perks of working at the YMCA was the fact that employees are entitled to a free gym membership (in 182 reviews)

  • Always enjoyed working around fellow facilitators and working with kids everyday (in 45 reviews)

Cons
  • The pay is not very competitive but it is non profit so this is to be expected (in 81 reviews)

  • There is no growth potential you will only go so far with only part time positions (in 67 reviews)

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  1. Swim Instructor

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    Current Employee - Swim Instructor and Swim Coach in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Swim Instructor and Swim Coach in Durham, NC

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The people and administration were great to work with.

    Cons

    Instructors make the same amount for private and group lessons.

  2. Aquatic Facility Manager

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    Current Employee - Aquatic Facility Manager in Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - Aquatic Facility Manager in Chapel Hill, NC

    I have been working at YMCA full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Family oriented. Christian faith. Teamwork. Well organized. Good management. Stepping stone for success. Positive place to work for all backgrounds

    Cons

    Staff are worked at a high rate for low wages. Employees not given all of the credit that they deserve and can be overworked regularly

    Advice to Management

    Management should show more appreciation for all of the hard work that employees of the YMCA put forth for building the organization to be a positive place to work

  3. Lifeguard/Swim Instructor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with, generous benefits, everyone is treated like a family

    Cons

    Random hours. Hard to find coverage for certain days. But everyone tries to help once in awhile.

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  5. Lifeguard

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly work environment, good benefits for part time, training was done in house

    Cons

    I often felt pressure to pick up shifts that were not being filled due to a lack of employees.

    Advice to Management

    Hold staff meetings more consistently to make sure everyone is on the same page, even for part-timers

  6. This is a great place to work. I really liked being an after school counselor. Also great for college students.

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    Former Employee - After School Counselor in The Woodlands, TX
    Former Employee - After School Counselor in The Woodlands, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Same hours every week 2pm-6pm
    Free gym membership
    Play games
    Cool coworkers

    Cons

    Dealing with parents if you're in childcare
    Kids will try to take advantage of you if you let them

  7. Easy

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    Former Employee - YMCA Lifeguard
    Former Employee - YMCA Lifeguard

    I worked at YMCA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lifeguarding is an easy job

    Cons

    Some coworkers care too much, and some don't care too much

  8. Fitness instructor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very friendly environment with very understanding management staff. Great potential for growth. The YMCA is a great place for teenagers to start gaining work experience.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for full-time employment.

    Advice to Management

    I would advise management to consider giving raises annually. I've been working for the YMCA for closes to six years and I've worked in several different departments and have not received a raise in over 3 years.

  9. Great Company to Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The work environment is very relaxed, yet still professional. They are also very flexible with scheduling and willing to work with you as long as it is reasonable. Also do a lot of training for advancement in house so moving up with the company is possible.

    Cons

    It can get slow at times depending on the time of year or any promotion. You have to keep yourself busy at times. Pay isn't always the best since this is a nonprofit.

  10. Marketing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Had a lot of fun working here and learned a lot. The work atmosphere is great - very enjoyable, supportive and flexible. They also have great retirement benefits.

    Cons

    It is considered a non-profit, so the pay is pretty average. You could probably get paid more in other places, but the pros make up for it.

  11. Fitness

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A great place to work! The staff is caring, the attitudes are mostly positive and it an all around fun job!

    Cons

    There are no cons for me, I love my job. If you needed a healthy paycheck this probably wouldn't be the place for you, but the benefits here are great!

    Advice to Management

    Maybe need a little more communication with the workers. This isn't always the case but there have been times when I'm not sure everyone on the staff is on the same page.

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