YMCA Reviews

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
1,485 Reviews
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1,485 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 173 reviews)

  • Always enjoyed working around fellow facilitators and working with kids everyday (in 43 reviews)


Cons
  • The pay is not very competitive but it is non profit so this is to be expected (in 76 reviews)

  • There is no growth potential you will only go so far with only part time positions (in 64 reviews)

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  1.  

    Best Place in The World

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    Current Employee - Site Coordinator
    Current Employee - Site Coordinator

    I have been working at YMCA part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great bosses and directors, make you feel like you are not even working! Having fun, doing a great job

    Cons

    Not very much room for promotions or moving up in the Y. Mainly part time positions- important to keep note of.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Very good Non-profit organization to work for

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    Former Employee - Membership Staff in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Membership Staff in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at YMCA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Put a lot of time into training new workers and also help to support them. Very good Non-profit organization to work for. The Andrew and Walter Young Family YMCA really care about their employees

    Cons

    The only con that this non profit has is pay. The pay is low because the organization is membership base. Therefore, if members are not paying for their members fees, hours get count.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A very good work environment with great employers that almost makes it feel like you are never working.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Head Lifeguard in Trinity, FL
    Current Employee - Head Lifeguard in Trinity, FL

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

    Pros

    Very lenient with your scheduling and balancing your work-life. They are very focused on impacting the community as a non-profit.

    Cons

    Since it is a non-profit they do have budget issues sometimes. Making it hard to get the resources and materials you need for the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometime the branches are understaffed and putting a workload that the directors have a hard time managing or sometime can't even manage.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Camp counselor

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    Former Employee - YMCA Camp Counselor in Homewood, AL
    Former Employee - YMCA Camp Counselor in Homewood, AL

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

    Pros

    Freedom to make a schedule for kids to have fun

    Cons

    Pay sometimes does not coincide with the amount of work you do in one day

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Love kids, love money more

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I loved the work I got to do. It was meaningful and I always went home with a smile.

    Cons

    ...until rent was due and I was hungry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Push for more money. You're staff works too hard for what they're receiving.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    its fun to be at the

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    The values, the benefits of a free workout facility, the clientele can be a lot of fun if you work with kids. Its a great cause.

    Cons

    the internal politics can be difficult to navigate. lots of cliques within the departments.

  8.  

    Great Experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    Everyone was friendly, leadership and other employees were friendly. All employees seemed to be motivated and caring about their job.

    Cons

    The cons included, not having enough employees for the amount of children signed up for summer programs and in very rare instances some employees were disorganized.

  9.  

    A great organization to work for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    They are employee friendly. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Large organization sometimes feel lost

  10.  

    It was a great atmosphere and I learned a lot about myself.

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    Former Employee - Child Care Teacher in Grandville, MI
    Former Employee - Child Care Teacher in Grandville, MI

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

    Pros

    Great environment, wonderful staff, and fantastic organization

    Cons

    There needs to be more communication among employees/employers. There also needs to be a better screening process for more quality individuals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on the Screening Process!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great entry level organization to work for.

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    Current Employee - Program Instructor in Bloomington, IN
    Current Employee - Program Instructor in Bloomington, IN

    I have been working at YMCA part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fitness minded employees, caring and friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    Older building, not a lot of room for advancement once you reach a certain point and many full-time positions don't make nearly enough money for the amount of work they do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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