YMCA
3.5 of 5 1,060 reviews
www.ymca.net Chicago, IL 150 to 499 Employees

YMCA Reviews

Updated Apr 13, 2014
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3.5 1,060 reviews

                             

86% Approve of the CEO

YMCA President and CEO Neil Nicoll

Neil Nicoll

(247 ratings)

70% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "You get free gym membership and free classes, and the community is awesome"
    in 107 reviews
  • "got to get experience working with kids, the faculty is always great and easy to work with"
    in 25 reviews
Cons:
  • "Working for a non-profit means getting paid less than you would at other companies"
    in 45 reviews
  • "Lack of hours even for part-time; at times under 5 hours a week"
    in 39 reviews
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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at YMCA

ProsTeaching kids how to play different games. Showing them right from wrong. Keeping them safe at least a few hours a day from the streets.

ConsHaving to deal with the abused and the distance children. Very heart breaking and nerve wrecking

Advice to Senior ManagementExcellent job having a program for kids to be safe. .

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at YMCA

ProsWorked for them for 7 years and it's been wonderful!

ConsI have no cons to write

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Wonderful Organization to work for

Child Care Director (Current Employee)
Pittsburgh, PA

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

ProsFlexible schedule, great retirement, effective leadership

Conslow pay for Program Directors, too high of pay for Senior Management

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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great job

Fitness Instructor (Current Employee)
Granby, CT

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

ProsMake the world a better place

ConsThe amount of money received is minimal, so that is not so good. but other than that no complaints. I love my job

Advice to Senior Managementnone

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

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One of the best jobs I have had.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at YMCA part-time

ProsA place that promotes health and well being. Teamwork and a wonderful staff always present to make each day a good day. Free gym membership and access to fitness classes. Fun to have as a part time position, very willing to work around a college or high school schedule.

ConsLower base pay because of the smaller budgets. Not a lot of opportunity to move up, especially in certain areas. Not easily made into a career.

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

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Truly a great place to work.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsThe friendly and family oriented atmosphere is a huge plus.

ConsThere really isn't a con to working here.

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

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Fulfilling experience

Counsellor (Former Employee)
Orcas, WA

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

ProsCareer development
Great staff, managers, and opportunities for advancement
The majority of the work seems fulfilling and beneficial to communities across the country

ConsSalaries tended to be lower than similar positions in other fields, or even other companies
Some complain of lack of advancement, but it doesn't seem to be a widespread issue.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Program Director (Former Employee)
Acworth, GA

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

ProsVery fun work environment. However little sleep or free time over the summers.

ConsCompensation, the pay is not enough to live off of, but excellent for a summer job. Great for college students or high schoolers

Advice to Senior ManagementNone. Keep doing what you are doing! everyone understands that to move-up you have to perform and keep toeing the line

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great

Lifeguard (Current Employee)
Sycamore, IL

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

Prosgood environment, good atmosphere, good facility and services. It's great that the employees are able to take advantage of the membership offered.

ConsParking. Not enough lifeguards, we're always asked to pick up shifts on short notice.

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

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Great Experience at the YMCA After School Program

Teacher (Former Employee)
Mission Viejo, CA

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

ProsThe YMCA of Orange County is run well, has enough resources, substitute staffing, trainings to retain great staff for at least a year. Each year, staff celebrated their longevity by receiving a gift (a Y t-shirt or sweater). Trainings were consistent for each branch.

ConsThe YMCA of Riverside was poorly run, and eventually filed for bankruptcy. Pay at the Riverside branch was low. The YMCA of Orange County could have had more opportunities for advancement, as well as yearly raises.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing a great job! Retain the great teachers with incentives and be able to let go of ineffective teachers, instead of just transferring them to a different site.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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