YMCA Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
1,365 Reviews
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1,365 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • One of the best perks of working at the YMCA was the fact that employees are entitled to a free gym membership (in 150 reviews)

  • Always enjoyed working around fellow facilitators and working with kids everyday (in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • The pay is not very competitive but it is non profit so this is to be expected (in 62 reviews)

  • There is no growth potential you will only go so far with only part time positions (in 51 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Personally rewarding at every step

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Apex, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Apex, NC

    I worked at YMCA part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great community, coworkers, and programs.

    Cons

    I love every part of the Y and cannot think of anything that is a con.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice for management because they are great

  2.  

    They're like a family. All you have to do is be reliable and strictly follow all rules and procedures.

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    Current Employee - Group Leader  in  Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Group Leader in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at YMCA part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Creating great relationships with staff, parents and children. Following rules and procedures equals job security.

    Cons

    Some workers are under paid. Child care is a critical job that deserves more credibility.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Positive Place to Work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA

    Pros

    Love my bosses, always positive, encouraging and allow room to grow learn and train

    Cons

    Early work hours not so great

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more benefits to part time employees

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  5.  

    A worthy cause!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at YMCA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people that believe in the Y's mission.

    Cons

    Low compensation is causing a high turn-over rate which hurts their programs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on retention, this will improve program participation and membership growth. Stop promoting membership discounts and give-aways and focus on keeping your great people and developing those health and wellness programs that our nation needs.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Summer Camp Director

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    Former Employee - Site Supervisor  in  Leesburg, VA
    Former Employee - Site Supervisor in Leesburg, VA

    I worked at YMCA full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    If you like working with kids you'll be truly satisfied. Compensation is decent.

    Cons

    A lot of redundant paperwork.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They really need to invest in software that will automate their system.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    YMCA is a great organization to work for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA part-time

    Pros

    YMCA is a fun environment that is family friendly, professional, and comforting. The people are some of the best you will meet.

    Cons

    There is a lot of inconsistency in the way the organization operates, especially for individual Y's. It can make for some frustrating expectations.

  8.  

    Great company that provides very beneficial programs in fitness and sports. The YMCA also does a great job giving back

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Specialist  in  Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Program Specialist in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at YMCA part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very active job. I am on my feet working with sports or preparing for sports related work. Interact with a lot of people, youth to adult. Get to take part in a company that helps out the surrounding community. Flexible hours for part timers like myself. The office culture at my branch is awesome, I have gotten to know a number of my coworkers while working.

    Cons

    The pay is less than great. When officiating soccer games, you are paid hourly rate while if you worked through the state high school association or other club associations you would get a per game fee which would be significantly higher. Deal with disgruntled parents, often outside of the sports field as well. Corporate does a good job of making our job on the front lines more difficult "improving" the process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk with the lower level employees more before making association wide decisions. Weigh their opinion heavily too, we are most affected by changes made regarding registration procedure. You do not get to talk with disgruntled parents, we do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great culture, great location, great people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA full-time

    Pros

    Lots of fantastic, down to Earth people to work with. Great vacation benefits. You really feel as though the mission works through the management and employees. They genuinely are about what they are doing in every department.

    Cons

    Health benefits are not great, not a lot of opportunity for advancement. Great training but not always a place to apply it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on giving people a path to work towards career wise, I think turn over would be less and you'd get more out of your employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Exciting

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    Former Employee - Office Administrative  in  Killeen, TX
    Former Employee - Office Administrative in Killeen, TX

    I worked at YMCA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Meeting people and planning activities and events for kids and teenagers

    Cons

    Having to constantly organize schedules from day to day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am a seasoned worker

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Child Care-Counselor

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    Former Employee - Camp Counselor  in  Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Camp Counselor in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at YMCA as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Amazing people to work for the YMCA. It is a great place to utilize your skills and experience and they embody their mission and vision statement. The people are very kind and energetic.

    Cons

    There are no negatives that can be expressed for the YMCA. It is a great place to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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