YMCA Reviews

Updated August 2, 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. Wellness Staff

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    • Senior Management
    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

    - Helped members reach their goals everyday! - Maintained organization and cleanliness within the facility

    Cons

    - Tedious work sometimes - Disorganization within the upper level management

    Advice to Management

    - improve communication


  2. YMCA Director

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to be involved in a wide range of work. Growth potential

    Cons

    Not your typical 9:00-5:00 job.


  3. Lame review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA

    Pros

    Great coworkers. Fun atmosphere. Free gym membership. Family organization. a k k i i k i k il iskj hihjhs hihjo hihl hijlj

    Cons

    Low pay. I'm just going to type more words for a bit. Sorry. It can be incredibly tiring too. But that can be good.

    Advice to Management

    I would say pay more, but it's a non profit and they pay better than other places might. And maybe some other stuff.


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  5. Great Non-profit

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Camp Counselor in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Camp Counselor in Seattle, WA

    I worked at YMCA

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The kids, parents, and staff are engaging and fun to work with. Everyday is a new experience.

    Cons

    nothing really, great organization and mission.


  6. YMCA-Site-Leader

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Site Lead in Bellingham, WA
    Former Employee - Site Lead in Bellingham, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I loved being able to work with kids during those beginning and ending hours of the school day. In many cases the other staff were also in the same mindset so it gave you support in how to best help create a positive environment for students in those critical times of the day. The scheduling was perfect as a student because it was early in the morning before classes and after school programs weren't until the afternoon. Also the scheduling was only Monday-Friday because that is when students had school.

    Cons

    The YMCA is tight on budgets and therefore you can see that in a couple ways. They do not compensate for gas even when a school is 30 minutes away, not in the same city even. I also think that their strictness on making students do homework, sit quietly, etc is misplaced as they have to do that already in school and these are times many other kids are at home playing, working, interacting in non-academic ways with other kids. I also did not feel a lot of positive communication and opportunities for interaction with the management put forth by them.

    Advice to Management

    Please make it more flexible for leaders to look at each group of kids and see how the schedule and activities fit their group in a positive way.


  7. Fantastic company

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Site Director in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Site Director in Norfolk, VA

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

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

    Pros

    Working with kids is always rewarding, and the corporate culture of the YMCA is one that really works to make sure employees know they're appreciated.

    Cons

    The schedule can be exhausting, particularly in the before- and after-school care program. Frequently understaffed because of pay/benefits.


  8. A Great Place to Work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lifeguard and Swim Instructor in Norwich, NY
    Former Employee - Lifeguard and Swim Instructor in Norwich, NY

    I worked at YMCA

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

    Pros

    Free membership, Co-workers are great, flexible hours

    Cons

    Some members can be difficult, drama


  9. Personal Training

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Employees are great to work with. Management cares for employees and empowers them to do their job. Salary meets industry standards.

    Cons

    Will not consider full time employment to avoid benefits, unless in management. Lack of benefits deters potential talent from joining.


  10. It is what you make of it.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Great if you have a vision and can keep motivated. Also awesome to have a real impact on bettering the youth of our country.

    Cons

    Can be hard since funding isn't limitless to get some ideas off the ground.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and the good fight.


  11. There's a reason I've stayed

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor, Lifeguard, Head Lifeguard, Swim Instructor in Burlington, NJ
    Current Employee - Supervisor, Lifeguard, Head Lifeguard, Swim Instructor in Burlington, NJ

    I have been working at YMCA part-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Employment from early age possible [15+ with working papers in certain departments] Opportunities for expanded responsibility, advancement Annual performance review, often accompanied by pay increase Varied duties create varied work experience Ongoing certifications and training paid for by employer Flexible hours

    Cons

    Occasional payroll department confusion [always remediated in timely manner] Highly varied hours may lead to early morning/late night shifts [always with the employee's preference considered, though] Starting at minimum wage makes annual pay increases appreciated, but often underwhelming.

    Advice to Management

    Reward loyalty in long-term employees, rather than maintaining them at or near minimum wage.



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