YMCA Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
1,459 Reviews
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    If you want to be overworked and underpaid this is the place for you.

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    Former Employee - Business Office in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Business Office in New York, NY

    I worked at YMCA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent Training Sessions
    Excellent staff outings

    Cons

    Long Hours
    Alot of work
    Management doesnt listen

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should listen to the bottom level employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Middle TN organization a tad hokey.

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    Former Employee - Human Resource Coordinator in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Human Resource Coordinator in Nashville, TN

    I worked at YMCA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Free gym membership. Some employees actually had a functioning mind and did work.

    Cons

    Very low pay. Glosses over threats. Doesn't protect it's employees. Majority of exempt employees show up at 9 AM and break from 11-1 for lunch. Raises given out based on personal bias.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    little money for a company that doesn't care about its employees

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    Former Employee - Assistant Teacher in Audubon, PA
    Former Employee - Assistant Teacher in Audubon, PA

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

    Pros

    Great first job if you are interested in working with children.

    Cons

    Low paying, company will lie to parents to cover up liabilities, company will lie to staff, make them work hours and not pay. poorly run. They will hire anyone just for the purpose of meeting ratio. They will stick anyone with those kids!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put the welfare of the children first

    Doesn't Recommend
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    "Never working at the YMCA again, completely unsafe "

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    Current Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in West Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in West Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    -general staff all around was nice
    -pretty flexible to work around school, home and other priorities
    -stable continuous hours
    -not bad pay for life guarding and swim instructing ($10.50-$12.50-ish)

    Cons

    A lot of unmentioned labor work that was unsanitary such as; cleaning dirty/used towels and clothes of the deck and locker rooms, picking up used feminine products, used toilet paper, hair clumps from the drain, etc. Very lax on the rules, all rules! like one time a child contaminated the pool with sickly fecal mater, and none of the senior management made people exit the pool to super chlorinate (which is a health code violation) but they also made all the younger staff vacuum it up.

    Their motto was " the member is always right" which is unsafe in the fact you are protecting people from drowning but you cant do it to the full potential because a member might not like the rule. They had staff that weren't actually certified correctly for the job,which is a total disregard for the safety of the staff and the members, it is kind of important to have qualified people watching to make sure no one drowns,

    Completely unsafe

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get people that are actually qualified to help a drowning victim

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Met some really cool people but no future in this company.

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    Former Employee - Wellness Coach in Kansas City, KS
    Former Employee - Wellness Coach in Kansas City, KS

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

    Pros

    Free membership
    Made new friends
    If you want a part time job no career advancement it's great

    Cons

    No room for advancement without a four year degree it doesn't matter how awesome or dedicated you are to your job. Directors only get fulltime and you have to have a four year to be a director. Lack of leadership and direction your kind of just thrown out to the wolves. No pay raises ever! Turnover rate is high they don't fight for their amazing employees. If you wanted to be managed and not have any guidance or future this job is perfect!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be leaders not managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Christian Values Not Demonstrated

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    Current Employee - Aquatics in Burlington, KY
    Current Employee - Aquatics in Burlington, KY

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

    Pros

    The work isn't difficult. They are very lenient with the times that you have to work. I could not show up to work for a week and still have my job next week. Good starting block as your first job.

    Cons

    Management is very poor. Our schedules were given to us the day before we had to work. They refused to pay me for hours that they scheduled me for. The YMCA messed up my biweekly paycheck multiple times. They scheduled many employees over 40 hours, but they didn't pay them overtime. They also restrict many positions to age.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Some of your best employees are under 21. You had future Scientist, Teachers, Engineers, and Leaders. Let them to the Pool Deck Supervisor or assistant management roles.
    2. Pay your employees and be fair. Act out the Christian values the you preach. Many of your younger employees make minimum wage and are trying to pay their way through college or buy their first car.
    3. When you cheat people out of money, your employees are not going to work nearly as hard. Many of your employees are intrinsically motivated; you take that away when aren't fair.
    4. Swim Lessons isn't worth working. You either need to implement a longer shift or better pay. A one hour shift making minimum is not long enough.
    5. HR needs to take a more active role.
    6. Reward your employees. Many employees end up leaving, because they don't feel appreciated. A simple "thank you" or a $5 gift card goes a long way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    SACC Aid

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    Former Employee - SACC Aid in Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - SACC Aid in Buffalo, NY

    I worked at YMCA part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    the hours and people worked with

    Cons

    was being harassed the upper staff did nothing managers will text u at odd hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    actually care about part time employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    no respect for employees

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    Current Employee - Ece in Brockville, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Ece in Brockville, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at YMCA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    none- it is a terrible place to work

    Cons

    treated terribly- no raises, unpaid overtime

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get some skills, understanding needed of the requirements of the programs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    it was good till i had to get some hip implants

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    Former Employee - Food Service in Granby, CO
    Former Employee - Food Service in Granby, CO

    I worked at YMCA full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    you get to work and live with people from all over the world

    Cons

    they dont seem to care if youre going thru stuff like surgeries, i had two hip implants and they refused to give me sit down work and didnt care i had to leave without an income and not being able to work or find another job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    they need to care more about whats happening to their employers instead of dumping them out the door just cause they had surgery, theres a disability act, they need to use it and shouldve given me sit down work instead of making it impossible for me to stay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Upper Management is the Devil

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Director in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Program Director in Orlando, FL

    I worked at YMCA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The members and co-workers were great

    Cons

    Upper management is out of touch and out of control

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You talk Christian Principles and then you treat your staff like dirt. Family/life balance is only for people who do not work for the YMCA. I have worked in other YMCA associations where the experience was wonderful, but the Central Florida association has a very well deserved horrible reputation. The "Fair 50" expectation of a minimum of 50 hour work week, management that does not practice what they preach, and never speak out about anything that is not 100% agreed by upper management or you will be run out the door. Only a "yes man" can survive at the Central Florida Y.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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