YMCA Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
1,324 Reviews

3.7
1,324 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 150 reviews)

  • Always enjoyed working around fellow facilitators and working with kids everyday (in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • The pay is not very competitive but it is non profit so this is to be expected (in 62 reviews)

  • There is no growth potential you will only go so far with only part time positions (in 51 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Fun company to work for

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    Current Employee - Fitness Instructor  in  Niles, MI
    Current Employee - Fitness Instructor in Niles, MI

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

    Pros

    Friendly Staff, excellent class participation.

    Cons

    Limited bonuses and incentives. Limited resources for some classes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    The YMCA is good to work for.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    The YMCA provides a good environment for employees, giving sufficient training and friendly support with a family feel.

    Cons

    Although the environment is positive and engaging, the pay leaves a lot to be desired. It is minimum wage even after working an extended period of time.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  League City, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in League City, TX

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

    Pros

    Really care not only about their members, but also their employees. Everyone is on the same page, and is always helpful to one another. Great room to grow.

    Cons

    Pay is on the lower end.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA part-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers, good work environment.

    Cons

    Not many cons here at the YMCA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Place to Work With A Great Mission

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    Great place to work with amazing core values being at the core of the company. You feel like you are changing the world every day no matter if you are front line staff or an a management position. Depending on your manager there are very good opportunies to grow in your career or stay stagnant in your current position.

    Cons

    Politics rule major management desicions, instead of the degree of work performed. Time off is rare to none as you are constantly on call in a management position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the mission in the front of all hiring descions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great management, can move up in company.

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    Former Employee - Member Service Representative  in  Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Member Service Representative in Nashville, TN

    I worked at YMCA part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good solid team from top to bottom, and a chance to move up in position. Also, a free gym membership. Flexible hours, non profit company.

    Cons

    Pay, standing the majority of the shift. Management can have favorites.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    The Y is a very fun place to work at and you get to be outside all day!

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    Former Employee - YMCA Camp Counselor  in  Berwyn, PA
    Former Employee - YMCA Camp Counselor in Berwyn, PA

    I worked at YMCA part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Working outside all day, great co-workers. Make a difference in children's lives and you get to help benefit the community.

    Cons

    The pay is low, but the Y is a non profit so it is understandable that it is hard to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    let the employees be a little more free in their appearance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Membership

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    Former Employee - Membership Coordinator  in  Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Membership Coordinator in Norfolk, VA

    I worked at YMCA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Learned valuable organizational and interaction skills through regular training sessions. Proud to be a part of fundraising programs to assist members who could not afford monthly or registration fees. I liked the fact that the YMCA works toward acceptance of all people regardless of age, creed, color or religion--it's mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all--very honorable.

    Cons

    Use of antiquated computer systems bogs down processes. Also, can be extremely busy at times when large numbers of members are coming in after work at one time--this requires extra assistance in many areas of the YMCA throughout the evening, sometimes resulting in frustration for members and employees having to address their situations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very good leadership--friendly and approachable directors. Wages are not up to par, and raises are slow in coming.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    great company for part-time work

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    Former Employee - YMCA Lifeguard  in  Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in Birmingham, AL

    I worked at YMCA part-time

    Pros

    Lovely people, facilities are usually nice (many of them are currently updating), understanding and compassionate management

    Cons

    worked party-time for a year and received very little raise in pay, but I guess is expected for part-time work. Some people I know who work full-time at the Y say that it can be a frustrating place to try and earn a living.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Developing

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    Former Employee - Nutrition  in  Attleboro, MA
    Former Employee - Nutrition in Attleboro, MA

    I worked at YMCA as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great cool staff who love non profits

    Cons

    Depends on grant money so not best pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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