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YMCA Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
1,311 Reviews

3.7
1,311 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 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.  

    Great experience, terrible job.

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    Current Employee - Aquatics  in  Monroe, WA
    Current Employee - Aquatics in Monroe, WA

    Pros

    Great way to get to know your community and provide a positive influence on good people.

    Cons

    Horrible hours, pay and communications by middle management. Our facility and department had some of the highest satisfaction ratings in the country. Management keeps leading us on with promises of promotions and our 3% yearly raise eleven months of the year and then when the time comes they say its not in the budget. Five years of lies and dishonest tactics by middle and upper management have left a very sour taste in my mouth and concerns with upper leadership in this organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest and communicate. There is a huge divide and abuse of power. We see them sitting and chatting all day while we do the work and they reap the benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    They work you to death and make empty promises about moving up in the org.

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Director in Richmond, VA

    Pros

    Free gym membership and child care for FT employees. Great if you actually have a child, otherwise you just work for no money.

    Cons

    No work life balance, low pay, everyone is constantly stabbing eachother in the back. On call 24/7 (oh and they don't give you a phone even though they expect you to answer at 5am)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are trying to make a culture change, maybe you should look at yourselves first. Listen to the luckstone presentations and actually absorb them.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    They do not practice what they preach

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    If you hold your ground, you can set your own hours and keep a schedule that works for you.

    Cons

    Management is awful, from the bottom too the top. Salaries are low. They don't care about keeping there employes. Money is mismanaged. They pretend to be Christians.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They don't care. There's no point in trying to give them advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Lack of professionalism at all management levels

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lancaster, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lancaster, PA

    Pros

    The members are the best part of working for the YMCA. Building relationships, watching growth and development among the members is the reward for working at the Y. Of course, you do get a free membership if you can stand to workout where you work.

    Cons

    I am repeating verbatim from an earlier review (please forgive me, but it was most accurate). Low pay, geared toward young and cheap labor. They tend to get rid of the older, experienced workers and hire young workers. This disrupts the programs they have which then tend to fail.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value and respect the staff who manage to stay for more than a year. Those who run successful programs might just have a good idea what they are doing. Retain and reward successful employees. Stop allowing management to justify their existence with useless emails and meetings. The entire management staff could be cut in half and 80-90% of members would never know the difference. Monies saved could be put back into facility maintenance and paying for qualified and experienced staff.

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

    Former employee, great potential for the area, poor leadership all the way around.

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    Former Employee - Msr  in  Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Msr in Cleveland, OH

    Pros

    The community and members are perfect. Could not wish for better people.

    Cons

    The Cleveland association is just a mess. Seems to me they are worried more about the money they bring in for there own pay checks rather than for there branches, equipment and staff. Always quick to point the finger for something negative and quick to blame and fire, demote, or cut hours rather than to attempt to mediate the problem at the mature adult level. A new CEO and an entirely new director staff would be great! Don't get me started on executive directors and human resources. Def would not recommend anyone to apply within this association.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Def could use a entirely new management team. They are all really ridiculous.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    EEOC violations at their discretion, conveniently based on personal feelings, not a professional environment.

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    Current Employee - Wellness Coach  in  Sewickley, PA
    Current Employee - Wellness Coach in Sewickley, PA

    Pros

    The members of the Y are inspiring wonderful gracious people, such a blessing!

    Cons

    When your boss is a pathological liar it is all a con and senior management chooses to turn a blind eye to the situation.
    Discrimination
    Unsanitary work conditions, Black Mold, lack of regular housekeeping efforts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the blinders off, look around and see what your members see when they are on the floor stretching, participating in group exercise classes where the instructors have to mop the gym floor because they are embarrassed of the conditions of the facility, meet with your employees to get their point of view on what improvements could be made - they are in the trenches!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Nice place, shame about the people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The beach is pretty awesome, and there are a lot of activities which the kids do seem to really enjoy.

    Cons

    The staff are treated horribly for the campers to have a good time. There's a bunch of things they don't tell you about before you arrive, like black widow spiders, poisonous snakes, a serious lack of sleep and time off, and picking up over two hundred dead fish from the bay. But whatever, gotta 'put your camp face on and remember to make sure the campers have a good time'. Wouldn't recommend working for these people, I'm pretty sure a lot of what goes on is against ACA regulations, and maybe even the law. Some of the people are awesome, and some are alright, but a lot of them are backstabbing, liars, and generally make the job more of a chore. It's a horrible job, don't be fooled by pretty adverts and promises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest in the job description, don't 'forget' to include a lot of the extra things staff have to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Worst job ever!!!

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    Current Employee - After School Counselor  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - After School Counselor in Austin, TX

    Pros

    *Working with children
    * free membership
    * the very few training the ymca provides are paid and have food.

    Cons

    *making minimum wage the whole time
    * site director was rude(not all of are like that)
    *Minimal Training
    *site director not training me(telling me it was a waste of her time
    * lack of communication between supervisors and staff
    * No flexibility in the hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make sure the site directors are training the ALL the staff. and there is no lack of communication. the kids at my site were complaining about 1 mean counselor. have better salary then minimum wage

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    you deserve better

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    Current Employee - Summer Camp Counselor  in  Flushing, NY
    Current Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in Flushing, NY

    Pros

    Get to use the facilities for free, which include two pools, gym, basketball courts and squash courts.

    Cons

    Extremely low pay for the amount of work that is asked of you. The desire to avoid the YMCA getting into trouble leads to a lot of ridiculous rules and restrictions. People who are willing to work there generally fall into two categories: cool, intelligent, but just made a bad decision in working at the Y and leave soon after, or community college deadbeats that will do nothing but cause unnecessary trouble and gossip. Those people generally tend to progress to the top because those in management were also once like them.

    If you would like to try working for a camp, go anywhere but near this one. All other camps tend to pay more, and if they don't, at least they are in a better environment with better people, less unnecessary rules and hoops to jump through, and you will generally receive tips at the end of summer. To be honest, there is a certain demographic that puts their kids into Y camps in the city, and they aren't the type to tip or appreciate anything you've done all summer long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Step your game up. Stop acting like you're the most important people in the world and drop the condescending tones. You're camp coordinators for crying out loud.

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

    not the best working experience

    Former Employee - Cashier  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Cashier in New York, NY

    Pros

    coworkers are nice and chill

    Cons

    minimum pay = minimum effort. work for many years and did not get a raise at all

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