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YMCA Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
1,602 Reviews
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1,602 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 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company

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    Current Employee - YMCA Summer Camp Counselor in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - YMCA Summer Camp Counselor in Cupertino, CA

    I have been working at YMCA

    Pros

    The boss was great. Also it was a lot of fun and it was great helping and kids and making a difference.

    Cons

    The worst part about the job is the pay. They are really long days but you still dont get paid much nb

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Phenomenal things happen at the y.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Specialist in Bellerose, NY
    Current Employee - Program Specialist in Bellerose, NY

    I have been working at YMCA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Professional development is top notch in this organization. If you want to make a career out of this place and love healthy living, social responsibility, and youth development then go for it.

    Cons

    Some of the challenges are that it can take a while for your career to jump start. Working at the y can be stagnant sometimes if the right director cant see a future for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let your rock stars be rock stars.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to work for!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Bookkeeper
    Current Employee - Program Bookkeeper

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

    Pros

    Working at the Y offers a very flexible schedule. Family friendly environment.

    Cons

    The pay is very low. Unless you are in corporate, pay is really only accommodating to teens new to the work force or as a secondary income.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If there are several branches under your specific YMCA...make sure all of your branches are doing the same thing and offer better training. Uniformity!!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Summer Camp Counselor

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    Former Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in Boca Raton, FL
    Former Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in Boca Raton, FL

    I worked at YMCA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    One of the most friendly working environments, all the staff are kind and considerate. Easy summer job with a rewarding feeling of making a difference in children's lives. Free gym membership is a plus and so are the weekly field trips. It helps you re-live your childhood memories

    Cons

    Being around 15 children almost constantly can become a bit annoying, but was not a problem for me

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    it is a pleasure working for a ymca

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    Current Employee - Office Manager in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Office Manager in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at YMCA

    Pros

    The pros of working for a ymca are many. People that you meet and get the opportunity to help, and just get the opportunity to know them.

    Cons

    The pay and the hours are probably the biggest con. Im just starting out with the company so hopefully this will improve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To pay your good employees well, so that maybe they will stay. To have to hire and train new staff all the time is hard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Wonderful company, with room to advance. A lot of great trainings and supportive supervisors.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA

    Pros

    Open door policy-you can go to your employers with any issues.

    Cons

    Hours for school age during the year aren't that great.

    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Sr. MANAGER OF RECRUITING

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA

    Pros

    Awesome programs being offered. Overall great organization to be a part of.

    Cons

    Limited work life balance within the headquarters.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I loved working with the children each day.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - YMCA Camp Counselor in Wall, NJ
    Former Employee - YMCA Camp Counselor in Wall, NJ

    I worked at YMCA as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Working with the children.
    Different activities each day.

    Cons

    Pay was low.
    Schedule was non-negoitable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay to minimum wage.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Y. So much more.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA

    Pros

    Great mission and reach into communities to help children and families with youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

    Cons

    This is not easy to answer without more effect context.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    I work at Foglia YMCA in Lake Zurich, IL as a part-time greeter when I am not attending school full-time.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Greeter in Lake Zurich, IL
    Current Employee - Greeter in Lake Zurich, IL

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

    Pros

    The job itself is easy and the gym members are very friendly. Hours are consistent and the managers are accommodating when you need time off. As an employee benefit you're given a free adult membership which is normally $60 a month and gives you unlimited access to the entire facility.

    Cons

    The work can get pretty boring during longer shifts, and management frowns upon anything not work-related. This means you can't read a book or browse the internet to keep yourself busy. Also, while most of the employees are friendly, the environment is almost too casual with a lot of gossip going on between coworkers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Confront individual employees who are not performing their jobs properly instead of punishing everyone in the department. Being reprimanded for the actions of someone else when you yourself are performing well is a serious problem for employee morale.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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