YMCA Reviews

Updated April 18, 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. Lifeguard

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    Former Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in Doylestown, PA
    Former Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in Doylestown, PA

    I worked at YMCA part-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone is very friendly and the schedule is very flexible. They have rotations and help with boredom as much as possible.

    Cons

    Patrons can be a bit pushy, but those are by far the outliers.

  2. Lifeguard found upper management to be clueless

    Former Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in Santa Ana, CA

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

    Pros

    The hours were extremely flexible and the other lifeguards were very friendly. Training was also good. It was also nice the management always backed up the lifeguard/swim instructor if there was a dispute between them and a patron.

    Cons

    Management was extremely disorganized and the head lifeguard was a guy who couldn't swim. They were also understaffed during peak hours.

    Advice to Management

    Do not appoint your best friend as head lifeguard simply because he is your best friend. Also take more time to listen to your lifeguards when they bring you requests.

  3. Teacher assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA

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

    Pros

    Free gym membership, discounts, fun place to work, family focused

    Cons

    YMCA was a great company to work for. I cannot think of any cons

    Advice to Management

    One suggestion is to make starting wages more competive and livable

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  5. Member engament supervisor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at YMCA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Near my house, no expenses

    Cons

    I don't have cons,
    None

    Advice to Management

    Supervisor

  6. Membership Services

    Former Employee - Front Desk in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Front Desk in Virginia Beach, VA

    I worked at YMCA

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The organization has a strong sense of community. It feels like a family environment as you get to know the members. Everyone is very friendly and caring.

    Cons

    If you work at a large location, it can become busy and stressful. However, as long as you remain level-headed and keep a friendly and professional decorum you'll be fine.

  7. Summer Camp

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Meet awesome people and the hours are easy.

    Cons

    Dont plan on taking any days off

  8. Lifeguard

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They provided you with great opportunities to work with the public, Like all lifeguarding jobs, it is not very tough but it is important that you are always focused.

    Cons

    The hours are sometimes grueling

  9. Youth Counselor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA part-time

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

    Pros

    Really laid back work environment for a high school aged kid. Working with the kids and playing games was always fun. All the other counselors are fun to be around

    Cons

    Mandatory weekend getaway for summer camp preparation was a little pointless and time consuming. The weekend could have been summarized in a 30 minute meeting.

    Advice to Management

    Too many hiring decisions were based off of referrals from current employees. High school kids want to work with their friends...who are not always the best for the job.

  10. Working at the YMCA is a great place to start off as for a first job.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA

    Pros

    There are many opportunities to learn and grow with in the company. Everyone works as family. Free membership, flexible with hours, can work in more than one department.

    Cons

    Starting pay isn't that great but as you gain experience your pay will increase

  11. Lifeguard

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA

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

    Pros

    Great work environment; great structure; great balance of home and work life. Everyone in management has a passion for the organization and are very encouraging for those who want to grow in the organization

    Cons

    I cannot think of any cons of working for this organization! Maybe the benefits could be better but at least they offered them.

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