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YMCA Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
1,666 Reviews
3.6
1,666 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.  

    I was a volunteer for one of their programs.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - YMCA Camp Counselor in Merritt Island, FL
    Former Employee - YMCA Camp Counselor in Merritt Island, FL

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    As I was volunteer, I could come and go.

    Cons

    No real cons, as I was volunteer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Life guard

    Current Employee - Lifeguard in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Lifeguard in Columbia, MD

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

    Pros

    Really are a great company and staff, its a fun place to work as long as your doing your job.

    Cons

    Some of the policies seem pointless, but most rules are there for a reason. But patrons will fight you tooth and nail either way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Jack Of All Trades

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Front Desk Associate in Chincoteague, VA
    Current Employee - Front Desk Associate in Chincoteague, VA

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

    Pros

    Director was flexible
    Teamwork was noticeable
    Positive attitudes

    Cons

    Always that one person who brought the rest of the team down
    They tried to keep us all parttime so we couldn't reap benefits.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    I love working here but I wish the pay was better

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lifeguard/Swim Instructor in Freehold, NJ
    Current Employee - Lifeguard/Swim Instructor in Freehold, NJ

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

    Pros

    Very flexible schedules and everyone works together to help you if you're in a tight spot. During the summer you get a tan- even though its a one-piece tan line. Everyone who works there is friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Wish the pay was better. And sometimes you have to work in the morning and come back in the afternoon when group lessons start after school. Going there in the morning then coming back in the afternoon is a lot to ask of a person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lifeguarding schedules, gotta.work on those. And the rotation, how to people mess up the rotation? I dont know but they do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Solid Not Progressive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Director in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Program Director in New Orleans, LA

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

    Pros

    Flex schedule, benefits, vacation and a feel good NFP

    Cons

    Old Boy's club, limited advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a realistic vison and focus on it

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    COORDINATOR

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    FUN FLEXIBLY PART-TIME Family Friendly Easy

    Cons

    Low pay
    No Growth
    Lack of Leadership

    Recommends
  8.  

    Excellent environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Camp Counselor in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Camp Counselor in Newark, NJ

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

    Pros

    Great leadership, fun working with kids

    Cons

    low pay and long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    This company's employees made work feel very welcomed

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Party Facilitator, Front Desk, Child Watch in Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Party Facilitator, Front Desk, Child Watch in Worcester, MA

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

    Pros

    supervisors and bosses were very understanding and made you a schedule that worked for you

    Cons

    there wasn't really any challenges, I worked for the child watch, front desk and party facilitator, having to learn all the duties of each position they made it easy and always gave you a helping hand when needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work supervisors/management with being understanding and helping your new employees in their training and even after training when they have questions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    My experience is that I have gotten better at saving people with certain skills.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in Chillicothe, MO
    Current Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in Chillicothe, MO

    I have been working at YMCA part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Have down time to study

    Cons

    You have to watch people for quite a bit of time and can't look away

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We should be able to sit In the sauna while watching people because it has a window

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Front Desk Agent Experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    Pleasant environment, people who came into the gym were mostly older and really friendly. I heard a lot of stories about children and grandchildren, and how things were "back in the day".

    Cons

    Disliked one of the mangers, can be a little disorganized, lots of complaining about lack of funding (but what do you expect for a non-profit)

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