YMCA Reviews

Updated April 26, 2015
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  1. Personal Trainer

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    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in Clemmons, NC
    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in Clemmons, NC

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Clients and co workers nice people

    Cons

    Unfair pay rate, no communication, slack employees
    The YMCA charges $45 per hour for a personal trainer. The personal trainer only takes home $20 of that money for doing all the work. Yes we use the facility but really do trainers use $25 worth in an hour??? It is not a fair pay rate. Most trainers do not stay.. neither did I, because we can't make any money. Good trainers plan their clients workout and keep things fresh. It takes a lot of prep time that we do not get additional pay for. Most trainers won't get out of bed early or stay late for $20. Management knows this is an issue and still keeps the cut. We realize the Y is non profit but trainers are not no profit. We have to earn a living.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more to employees. You are loosing good people. Pay attention to what your employees are telling you. If they are telling you the pay rate is off, believe them and do something about it or prepare to have no trainers when the clients need them.

  2. Its work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Helping in the community ... the ones they choose to help

    Cons

    Every man for themselves, low ball employees and use them

    Advice to Management

    get your act together

  3. Management was extremely unprofessional, no respect, or room for growth.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours (evening and weekend), which was nice when you are also working full time. Gym membership is a plus, but if you work 20-30 hours a week, the last thing you want to do is go to the gym on days off, so it was never used. Supportive colleagues.

    Cons

    Extremely low pay and it doesn't matter your previous work experience or education, they will still pay you the lowest amount possible with no raise in sight. Uniforms are provided but it takes several months to get more than one shirt. Management was extremely unprofessional and awful communication with both staff and members. No respect for employees and an overall negative environment. Make sure any position changes or conversations had with management is put in writing. I saw more people leave in one year than any other job I've had.

    Advice to Management

    Effective and supportive management. Treat your employees with respect and professionalism. It will increase the moral within your staff and less turnover.

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  5. No value

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Former Employee in Hanover, PA
    Current Employee - Former Employee in Hanover, PA

    I have been working at YMCA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There was one pro, the Membership discount

    Cons

    Hanover YMCA does not value their employees in the least bit since the new CEO has taken over a few years ago.

    Advice to Management

    New CEO

  6. Not truely about the health and wellness of the community

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Coworkers and site director are understanding ( depending on location)

    Cons

    Never recieve supplies
    No communication between corporate and sites
    No room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees

  7. Helpful (2)

    Leave as soon as you can!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Not much to say here. You'll get a free membership but never want to workout here because the culture is that if you are here then you are on the clock.

    Cons

    -Congrats on the new job, you are now a second class citizen in the eyes of upper management.
    -Long Hours - Seriously, they do not care about you.
    -Expected to donate and fund raise. -Yeah your tiny check gets smaller
    -Under paid and over worked
    -Last minute requests are the only way they operate. -Oh sure, you're off in a half hour but I just have this one little 10hr project I need you to do. Oh and I'm staying too so it's ok that I do this to you daily.
    -No raises or bonuses. Instead you have three giant loops to jump through every year for a 3% cost of living adjustment (COLA). There is an internal audit (that changes yearly, as management isn't even sure what they should even be looking for), a fundraising goal for each branch (that is an insane amount, increases every year, and takes 6 months to fulfill with 4 phases), and of course a performance review (they only thing that should be part of the equation).
    -Lack of support. -No matter what happens, the member is always right. This is a great place to work if you enjoy being belittled and dismissed.
    -High turnover. - All the productive and smart ones leave! Four out of seven of my counterparts left for other employment in less than one year.
    -No holidays. -Ok, you get two holidays (Christmas and Easter) the Y is open all other days. Yes, you have to work them. No, you do not get holiday pay.

    Advice to Management

    Members are members, that is expected. However, the culture of showing compete disregard for your staff is so intrenched that it is expected. The message is clear, staff do not matter. Their work/life balance does not matter. This is absolutely absurd and shocking. Businesses do not survive this way. Put your employees first and they with put your customers first. Put your customers in front of your employees and you will get stunted growth, frustrated employees, and HIGH turnover. -Which IS what you have.

    Bottom line, this is a terrible place to work.

  8. I like the people I work with. However, minimum wage is not enough.

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    Current Employee - Teacher Assistance in East Windsor, NJ
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistance in East Windsor, NJ

    I have been working at YMCA part-time

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

    Pros

    Majority of coworkers are friendly and kind. The hours are flexible.

    Cons

    Terrible pay for the amount of work.

  9. Life with poor managment

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    Former Employee - Camp Counselor in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Camp Counselor in Richmond, VA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The children were wonderful and program has potential.

    Cons

    Boss was never there to supervise and when she was in she did a poor job.
    Many staff members' action would be considered emotionally and physically abusive towards the children.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure your supervisors are doing there job

  10. Helpful (1)

    Wellness Director

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Wellness Director in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Wellness Director in Richmond, VA

    I worked at YMCA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    somewhat flexible schedule, alot of great part-time staff

    Cons

    branch managers and directors are incompetent, ill equipped for management positions. Many managers were promoted to their positions because of their "brown nose" abilities, and not due to their qualifications or fit for the position.

    Advice to Management

    Work-life balance was non-existent at this association. If you intend to keep good, long-term staff, there needs to be more of a balance, and not simply a "we expect you to work at least 60 hours every week" mentality.
    Managers and Directors should be role models and mentors. They should not be passive aggressive, unqualified morons with self esteem issues whose only goal is to control everything in their surroundings.
    I have been a career YMCA employee. But, because of the awful experience I had at this particular association, I will most likely never work fr a YMCA again.

  11. The worst YMCA I have ever been

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Portland, ME
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Portland, ME

    I worked at YMCA part-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    None. I always try to look on the bright side of things but there literally are no bright spots

    Cons

    The major challenge of working here is that the management is at direct odds with the mission of the organization. Also low pay, low morale and the most outdated and antiquated facility imaginable. That coupled with the questionable activities that go on in the locker rooms makes this a terrible place to bring kids or anyone else

    Advice to Management

    Fir the CEO or whoever is in charge because that place is aweful

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