YMCA Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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YMCA President and CEO Neil Nicoll
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. Lifeguard

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. 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


  3. 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


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  5. 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.


  6. 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.


  7. The News

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

    Pros

    Great job for playing ball

    Cons

    Different places to playing ball

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  8. 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


  9. Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Site Supervisor in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Site Supervisor in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Personal growth, making a difference in a child's life, long-lasting friendships with coworkers, perfect for college students.

    Cons

    Expectations are very high for the pay (comes with the territory of being a non-profit), often the Directors of the after school programs play favorites which can make others feel inferior.


  10. Branch Executive Director

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    Current Employee - Executive Director in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Executive Director in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at YMCA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Ability to serve people and live out the mission of the YMCA. Grow as an individual. Become a better person and more talented person through servant leadership for others.

    Cons

    The Tampa organization is dysfunctional with too many checks to authority and hurdles to overcome to accomplish basic operating functions. They value accountability over service and hamstring their limited staff with layers of bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your front line staff who want to make a difference.


  11. Good Experience

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    Current Employee - Summer Camp Counselor
    Current Employee - Summer Camp Counselor

    Pros

    Free membership and friendly staff.

    Cons

    Management seemed to be pretty disorganized.

    Advice to Management

    Try to be on the same page



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