YMCA Reviews

Updated May 2, 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. Great leadership training

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    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    -all locations offer different experience
    -great opportunities for young adults
    -leadership training very beneficial for later careers
    -greater co-workers

    Cons

    I do not have very many cons, I enjoyed working at the YMCA at its mission. Occasionally there were long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Understand the level of experience in each individual employee, everyone can add their input to make programs more successful if opinions are heard and accepted

  2. Great Place, but a lower pay rate then the norm

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Florida, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Florida, FL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    great people, great location, great work, great pension plan!

    Cons

    staff that does the day to day operations isn't paid at a standard living rate, they need to truly appreciate the hard work that the hard working staff does and do that by paying them a better wage.

    Advice to Management

    Staff appreciation is needed to show that Upper Management cares. Step up the pay to the staff that is not upper management. Thanks!

  3. Great people, supportive atomsphere, suboptimal corporate level management

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    Current Employee - Swim Coach
    Current Employee - Swim Coach

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great people to work with at the base level. A good starting place to work at for people trying to gain beginning work experience. Flexible hours for those in these positions.

    Cons

    Pay is generally lower than optimal. Increasingly corporate approach to the establishment which does not belong in some places.Some more support needed amongst mid level management which in turn will help the other employees. Find it hard to keep talent around for a long period due to these conditions. Mid management positions with salary generally look overworked.

    Advice to Management

    Needs to provide mid management the more resources in order to fullfill their hiring needs at key areas of the organization.

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  5. Sport Director's Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Petersburg, FL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    There is room for growth both personally and professionally.

    Cons

    Somewhat laid back low energy. The attributes are relative to an individuals preference in a workplace.

  6. Good first job, not a good career...

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Virginia Beach, VA

    I have been working at YMCA full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Young workplace
    Lots of fun, networking opportunities
    Work with people everyday
    Not your usual behind the desk job

    Cons

    Sometimes work >70 hours a week without overtime
    Can be stressful during the summers

  7. helps gain experiences that can be used later in life

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA part-time

    Pros

    fun, easy, flexible, skill developing

    Cons

    pay, non flexible with my schedule for sports

  8. Great place to work for at and amazing people to work with.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Joliet, IL

    I have been working at YMCA full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work at and some of the most amazing people I have ever worked with. Its a great organization and the upper management is truly bringing the association in a great direction. Also the YMCA's retirement, especially with this association is amazing.

    Cons

    The pay is just a little bit below where a person needs it to be, to live on their own.

    Advice to Management

    You guys are doing great. Keep being awesome.

  9. Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Gymnastics Coach in Southington, CT
    Current Employee - Gymnastics Coach in Southington, CT

    I have been working at YMCA part-time

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

    Pros

    Great environment to work in and strong corporate culture

    Cons

    The wages are not competitive with others in the industry, it would be hard to sustain long term.

  10. Good Company

    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at YMCA full-time

    Pros

    the people! Members and staff are both wonderful!

    Cons

    on call at all times- not good work/life balance

  11. Great Place

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    Great Atmosphere
    Good Values
    Laid Back
    Fun
    Good Mid level Management

    Cons

    Low pay unless you're a director.

    Advice to Management

    Upper Management needs to be more involved

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