YMCA Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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YMCA President and CEO Neil Nicoll
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Pros
  • The value in working at the Y was the free gym membership (in 182 reviews)

  • If you like working with kids you'll be truly satisfied (in 45 reviews)

Cons
  • Resources Constrained as it is a non profit (in 81 reviews)

  • Pay was not great but these were entry level part time positions (in 67 reviews)

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  1. It is what you make of it.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great if you have a vision and can keep motivated. Also awesome to have a real impact on bettering the youth of our country.

    Cons

    Can be hard since funding isn't limitless to get some ideas off the ground.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and the good fight.


  2. There's a reason I've stayed

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    Current Employee - Supervisor, Lifeguard, Head Lifeguard, Swim Instructor in Burlington, NJ
    Current Employee - Supervisor, Lifeguard, Head Lifeguard, Swim Instructor in Burlington, NJ

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Employment from early age possible [15+ with working papers in certain departments] Opportunities for expanded responsibility, advancement Annual performance review, often accompanied by pay increase Varied duties create varied work experience Ongoing certifications and training paid for by employer Flexible hours

    Cons

    Occasional payroll department confusion [always remediated in timely manner] Highly varied hours may lead to early morning/late night shifts [always with the employee's preference considered, though] Starting at minimum wage makes annual pay increases appreciated, but often underwhelming.

    Advice to Management

    Reward loyalty in long-term employees, rather than maintaining them at or near minimum wage.


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    Front Desk

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    Former Employee - Membership in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Membership in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at YMCA part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very great place to work and great atmosphere. Great communications amongst employees and it's trickles down to the potential customers that walk in the door

    Cons

    The pay could be better across the board but then again it is under the non-profit scale.

    Advice to Management

    Be more effective with your approach and keep the same principles it works as far as getting your point across.


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  5. Day Camp Director/Youth Programs Leader

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    Current Employee - Day Camp Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Day Camp Director in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at YMCA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Organizing and managing programs that inspire and help kids grow and learn! Working with many different people and abilities and interests. Helping to facilitate additional programs to enrich the lives of many.

    Cons

    Not enough time in the day to fit in all the activities we'd like.


  6. Great Non-profit organization

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    Being part of an organization that helps the community

    Cons

    Can not think of anything. I enjoyed working there


  7. Great place for starter job, doesn't pay much though

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    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Toledo, OH
    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Toledo, OH

    I worked at YMCA part-time (More than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    They are a very family friendly company and work great with your schedule, especially if you are in school.

    Cons

    The pay is horrible, granted they are a non profit organization but you never get a raise.

    Advice to Management

    My manager was very disorganized, I basically did a lot of her job.


  8. Middle management

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Serve your community, change lives, connect with people in a great way and plenty of learning opportunities. Benefits are wonderful.

    Cons

    There is a lot going on. Long hours and long weeks are common. Always a desire to do more with the same or fewer resources. Not much opportunity for advancement unless you are willing to relocate.

    Advice to Management

    Be more family oriented and flexible with professional staff. Recognize that they must fulfill their other "wheel of life" obligations to remain successful within the organization.


  9. Passion and Reality

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    Current Employee - Membership Service Representative in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Membership Service Representative in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome way to network and build community with members. Great way to learn about the many opportunities within the YMCA. If you want to gain more YMCA network opportunities, you can do so, and the Y has specific guidelines for you to follow to reach your goals. Free membership for you with a significant membership discount for your household along with a great discounts on Y programs. Employees in salary roles are pretty committed to the cause! In terms of quality of life while working, it's extremely good. It varies per center and team, but overall, we have the best meetings and conferences when we get together as an association. 90% of the time, you'll receive a great response from another employee, at another local Ymca, if they know or find out you're an employee. It's a nice extended family feeling.

    Cons

    Pay is awful if you're in Membership Services position (I can't speak for wellness positions). I understand the entry level pay, but employees with over 5 years of service at or under $8 is crazy. Pay jumps significantly when you're in director or administration roles, and there's a broad range due to center goals so don't get too excited. Most roles are $30k and up. Youth program roles pay reasonably in comparison to other youth organizations. Good luck moving up! Apply for the position you want because you may need to move out of state to move up or already be in the mind of the person hiring. Seniority is not considered. Part-time positions are revolving doors, but full-time positions are few and best obtained by word of mouth. (If you're open to jumping city to city, state to state OR even outside the country to move up, please know that the Y is great for that in all seriousness)

    Advice to Management

    Most of us are committed to the mission and members but can't afford to be dedicated to the future. Please give dedicated part-time staff a raise.


  10. best gym

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    it was so aweome but messed up 1 time

    Cons

    con was strict break time


  11. Program Director

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Retirement plan, hours, community involvement, networking

    Cons

    Salaries, hours, job expections- at times



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