YMCA Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
1,473 Reviews
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1,473 Reviews
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YMCA President and CEO Neil Nicoll
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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 41 reviews)


Cons
  • The pay is not very competitive but it is non profit so this is to be expected (in 74 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.  

    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

  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people and atmosphere to teach.

    Cons

    I really can't think of any right now.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Great Organization

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    It is a great organization to work for. The Y movement is worldwide and if you are able to relocate, you are able to have a fruitful career within the Y. Amazing co-workers who are passionate about their work. Excellent benefits package!

    Cons

    Not much opportunity for upward mobility within current department. Most staff at the national office are subject matter experts within their area of focus, and people stay so it takes time to be promoted.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Wellness Coach III Review

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    Current Employee - Wellness Coach
    Current Employee - Wellness Coach

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

    Pros

    Family friendly and the staff is wonderful! You get a free membership and child care plus discounts on programs.

    Cons

    Always making budget cuts and selling it as a benefit to the members when it isn't

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't sugar coat things be straight forward with your members and staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    So much fun and very rewarding.

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    Current Employee - YMCA Summer Camp Counselor in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - YMCA Summer Camp Counselor in Tampa, FL

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

    Pros

    Interacting with the kids was always amazing.

    Cons

    Staff was not trained properly at all. Sink or swim.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train the 1st year staff better. Also, choose employees that actually enjoy working with children.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Seasonal Worker

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA

    Pros

    I worked at a YMCA summer camp as a lifeguard for a summer. Co-workers were great, and the kids at the camp were so fun to work with. If your looking for a fun summer job, I would recommend working for a YMCA Camp.

    Cons

    The biggest con to working at the YMCA Camp is that you have very long hours, especially if you are overnight staff. Also, they summer I was at camp the leadership had some issues. One of the camp directors quit in the beginning of the summer which caused a lot of problems throughout the summer.

  10.  

    I worked at the YMCA for 3 years

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    Current Employee - Program Coordinator
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator

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

    Pros

    Meet people fro all over the world, ability to move up, hire within, re-hire for seasonal jobs, work with amazing people, share common interests

    Cons

    Very low pay, salary stays the same, put in many hours at times, strict on rules and regulations

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA

    Pros

    Free membership, pretty easy job, on site training

    Cons

    Short hours, low pay, parents don't keep eyes on their kids

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I like mine

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