YWCA Reviews

Updated October 29, 2014
Updated October 29, 2014
85 Reviews
2.8
85 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent benefits, good work/life balance, the organization does good work in the community (in 3 reviews)

  • The agency offers services to victims of domestic violence, i (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Pay is low, especially early on (in 7 reviews)

  • Salaries are not competitive within the non-profit circle (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Fun and Positive but underpaid.

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    Former Employee - Recreation Counselor in Ridgewood, NJ
    Former Employee - Recreation Counselor in Ridgewood, NJ

    I worked at YWCA part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly environment, interacting with children and connecting with them. Some of the staff at the schools are very warm and inviting. Time off when school is closed. They are very flexible when it comes to scheduling and welcome college students.

    Cons

    They pay is okay but the hours are not fixed. My direct deposit did not go through even when provided a check. It takes 3 weeks to get your first paycheck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider paying employees for fixed hours especially recreation counselor who are there from 3-7.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Lifeguards/Teacher

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great staff, also works with college students schedules. As well as gives good reviews upon leaving.

    Cons

    Limited hours of operations. Also if wanting more hours than giving, hard to get given the number of people on staff. Also, the staff turnover was fairly high at times, thus possibly making you work more even if you didn't necessarily want the hours.

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    Blind management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YWCA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get to help people, comfortable office and building, benefits are good compared to other jobs.

    Cons

    Salary is so low most of my coworkers had second jobs. On call shifts are basically unpaid. You're paid for 7.5 hours but lunch breaks are basically unpaid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    I had a wonderful experience working at the YWCA. Employees were very helpful and friendly!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YWCA

    Pros

    The people combined with the culture did not make work feel like work. Balancing time between work and life was no issue for me. Since I worked part-time, I did not get many days off but my boss was supportive when I let her know in advance. The events were always fun to attend, the meetings were very informative.

    Cons

    Since this is a non-profit organization, compensation was not very high. Technology and computer systems could have used updating. Focus and direction of the company should be stressed more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management could have been more organized.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Underpaid, Aloof Management, Poor Environment for Employees

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    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Princeton, NJ

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

    Pros

    somewhat flexible on hours but can't count it
    location is nice in downtown princeton

    Cons

    Poor leadership that doesn't seem to know how to manage or lead. Compared to similar places, their pay is very low. Haven't given raises in years. Seem to hire at the last moment just to fill an opening and once in, there is no formal training program. Very few positions to move into. Seem to be cutting full timers and putting in all part timers. Who wants to work 4 hours day 5 days a week and incur commuting costs at just above minimum wage?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very rarely have seen them recognize staff efforts. Start treating employees with dignity and respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Wonderful people at the YWCA

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    Current Employee - Child Advocate in Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Child Advocate in Tacoma, WA

    I have been working at YWCA full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Ample opportunities for training. They really try to have everyone on the same page with their motto, and for all employees to be culturally competent.

    Cons

    Compensation was not satisfactory. Need more areas for growth within the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Since the YWCA is a stressful work environment dealing with traumatic situations I believe there needs to be more of a balance to create a more relaxing atmosphere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Women's Opportunity Center Intern

    Former Employee - Intern in Spokane, WA
    Former Employee - Intern in Spokane, WA

    I worked at YWCA as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly staff, clear goals, great communication. My internship was only a few months but I loved it and felt like I was part of the community.

    Cons

    I drove in from Cheney, so commuting for only a few hours of work a day after my classes was slightly undesirable but that is not a reflection on the YWCA. I wanted to work there. Also, it is housed in the same building as the YMCA and on the first day I thought I had gotten lost.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    I have been working at YWCA

    Pros

    Primary focus is on women's issues.

    Cons

    Men cannot work in the agency. The agency's culture with respect to women's issues is old fashion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to delegate

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Started off good, but ended terrible because of management and Co-workers

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    Former Employee - Student Mentor in Plainfield, NJ
    Former Employee - Student Mentor in Plainfield, NJ

    I worked at YWCA part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good opportunity to teach and help kids, and input positive effects in their lives.

    Cons

    Terrible Co-workers and bad management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    wonderful

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    Former Employee - Preschool Teacher Aide in Elmira, NY
    Former Employee - Preschool Teacher Aide in Elmira, NY

    I worked at YWCA part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    working with children and great teachers and staff, if a program or job became unavailable then they would find a position for me in another program in the company

    Cons

    Only that I had to leave due to medical and personal reasons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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