YMCA
3.5 of 5 1,228 reviews
www.ymca.net Chicago, IL 150 to 499 Employees

YMCA Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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3.5 1,228 reviews

                             

84% Approve of the CEO

YMCA President and CEO Neil Nicoll

Neil Nicoll

(294 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
1,228 Employee Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Hours are flexible, and the location was very close to me, free gym membership"
    in 139 reviews
  • "fun working with kids, got along well with my coworkers, pretty simple"
    in 28 reviews
Cons:
  • "Not great pay because it is a non-profit organization, can be some limited hours"
    in 51 reviews
  • "Part-time staff will rarely make over minimum wage unless they're the head guard"
    in 48 reviews
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    Child care provider

    Childcare (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsCompany values work life balance it's like a family

    ConsPay personal growth if you come in at the bottom it is hard to move up fast

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Love the Y!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsRewarding, fulfilling work in a fun atmosphere!

    ConsIt's a non-profit, so don't expect a raise.

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    Great place to work with friendly employees.

    Summer Camp Counselor (Former Employee)
    Edwardsville, IL

    ProsEveryone helps each other out in any way they can.

    ConsCommunication between the teams (i.e. their schedules on rain days) could be improved.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Challenging

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCommunity involvement, Mission driven, Cause driven

    ConsLow Pay in support area

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lifeguard for the pool

    YMCA Lifeguard (Former Employee)
    Greensboro, NC

    ProsSteady hours
    Good Non-profit company
    Free Y Membership

    ConsDisconnect between lower staff and upper management

    Advice to Senior ManagementTransparancy and better training/ staff break facilities would be optimal.

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    Getting to work with great kids and employees who are passionate about giving children a positive social experience.

    Summer Camp Counselor (Current Employee)
    South Wethersfield, CT

    ProsGreat work environment, where counselors and directors are working hard to give each child an enjoyable camp experience. Employees enjoy working with kids and take the time to get to know each one individually, helps boost the camp atmosphere. Lots of resources and space for games, crafts and activities for children of all ages.

    ConsUpper level management can be unorganized and inconsistent with deadlines and paperwork. Employees used to frequently call out of work without much notice, making it difficult for the rest of the staff. However, the new staff is dedicated, reliable and team-oriented.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work for

    YMCA Youth Counselor (Current Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsGreat hours great pay nice work atmopshere

    ConsNo Work in summer school is out

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate program for summer

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    I was an after school counselor.

    After School Care (Former Employee)
    Burgaw, NC

    ProsGreat environment and feels good to help children.

    ConsThe program was extremely disorganized.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more organized and readily available in case things go wrong!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company to work for, especially to start out.

    Pool Manager (Former Employee)
    Norwalk, CT

    ProsNot a lot of pressure on lower level employees, very rewarding as most members appreciate your work. Great opportunity to meet interesting people.

    ConsNot much room for growth, especially when confined to a particular department. Some facilities require maintenance. However, as a non profit organization, maintenance is not always a possibility.

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    My favorite job ever!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe YMCA promotes a relaxing atmosphere for the members, as well as the employees. All of the employees were welcoming... Even in other departments!

    ConsThe only con I have to say is that the pay is minimal. I was paid just slightly over minimum wage with a college degree

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    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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