YMCA Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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YMCA President and CEO Neil Nicoll
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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. Helpful (1)

    Great Co-workers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sports Director in Valparaiso, IN
    Current Employee - Sports Director in Valparaiso, IN

    I have been working at YMCA part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The amenities and co-workers were fun to work with

    Cons

    Tough to schedule around so many activities going on in the building

    Advice to Management

    Expand the building


  2. Marketing and Development

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Helping people in our Community; Work with great people

    Cons

    Pay isn't great; weather in SD is tough

    Advice to Management

    Training Improvements


  3. Helpful (1)

    Lifeguard

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA part-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Very laid back and chill environment. Everyone there is very kind and displays positive attitude. Welcoming to all patrons.

    Cons

    The pay here is not as great as if you were to work at a similar job elsewhere. Gym equipment is relatively old.

    Advice to Management

    I would advise management to provide more competitive compensation and to update equipment and buildings to more modern standards.


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  5. Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in Amelia Island, FL
    Former Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in Amelia Island, FL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Facility use benefits such as free gym/pool access, community oriented company, standards and values make for a hiring process which leaves great workers.

    Cons

    Large and well known company- so many hoops to jump through to get things done such as new employee training or a shift from one position to the next both within the same branch or a branch transfer

    Advice to Management

    New management at my branch was my reason for leaving, the work needs to be more about the members and less about the bottom line- budget is important but cut backs led to unhappy members which eads to loss of membership


  6. Playhouse Sitter

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Child Care Assistant in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Child Care Assistant in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at YMCA

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone was very friendly and kind, asked about my life, very invested in the safety and health of playhouse children.

    Cons

    pay wasn't exceptional, only part-time employment


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great Non-Profit Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - After School Counselor in Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - After School Counselor in Worcester, MA

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Amazing people. You work with some of the nicest people you'll meet. The environment breeds respect and kindness all around, both with peers and members.

    Cons

    Pay isn't grand... but it'll do.


  8. great job

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    The hours are very flexible

    Cons

    The pay is minimum wage for most employees

    Advice to Management

    Great job


  9. Lifeguard

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Good family environment and you could be outside on nice days. The people who worked there were also always very friendly.

    Cons

    Lifeguards had to work long hours and we received few breaks. Also there was always too many people working at one time so most lifeguards would just stand around.

    Advice to Management

    Work on the hiring process and inform employees the hours that will be available to them before accepting the job as a lifeguard.


  10. Junior Counselor/Unit Director (Summer Camp)

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA part-time

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers and full of energy and a really enjoyable job and program. So much potential and possibility

    Cons

    There wasn't always sufficient material and/or resources to use, or they were not available to everyone, which made the work a bit more difficult

    Advice to Management

    Put some more money into the branches to buy resources/equipment for the staff to use. The trickle down doesn't alway happen


  11. Helpful (1)

    Part-Time

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA part-time

    Pros

    Great family environment, flexible scheduling and enjoyable opportunities to meet members of the community while doing a job that you enjoy

    Cons

    Being scheduled to work weekends after explicitly stating during the interview and hiring process that weekend availability was not a possibility

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire people who really care about their job and are happy to come to work each day. It really helps the members and the staff enjoy the experience of being at the Y.



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