YWCA

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YWCA Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
102 Reviews
3.0
102 Reviews
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Lorraine Cole
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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
  • Salaries are not competitive within the non-profit circle (in 10 reviews)

  • Very low pay, gossipy environment, cliquey, disgruntled co-workers, absentee management (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Most welcoming and open group I have ever worked with!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Community Engagement CJ in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Community Engagement CJ in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at YWCA as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    While the work program I am involved in is strict, the office seems to be a bit more results focused than time focused. A relaxed, low-pressure environment that allows for growth and education. Not to say that working on Adopt A Family was 'low-pressure' by any means, but the overall daily life felt a fair amount of pressure to complete projects soon-ish. I love the office I am in as well as the building staff, everyone has been warm and wonderful to me since day one now going on month three. I hope to stay with them, but there may not be a permanent position for me past my 3 month program, at least not in my office or current role.

    Cons

    I am commuting from Shoreline to Downtown Seattle, so it is a bit of a ride on the bus both ways, taking about an hour average and two during a rush. Parking is expensive and limited. Get some comfortable walking shoes, because the hills are killer on your feet otherwise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more aggressive when tackling internal issues that may arise as they have the tendency to fester when left to stew. There is nothing nasty yet, but you never know until your hindsight is 20/20 and you are looking at a real problem instead of an unintended slight or user error.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Great place to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Flint, MI
    Current Employee - Director in Flint, MI

    I have been working at YWCA

    Pros

    Office culture is great, very flexible and understanding people to work with

    Cons

    A lot of transition with leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consistency is key.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great organization with a mission to support women and strengthen their confidence.

    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YWCA

    Pros

    When you see the difference the programs make in the lives of the recipients, you know you are helping to make this world a better place.

    Cons

    I appreciate the opportunity to volunteer for this organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Teacher at the YWCA

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

    I have been working at YWCA

    Pros

    Great company culture, friendly co-workers and caring management, wonderful students who go above and beyond what is expected of them.

    Cons

    As a teacher, there are not a lot of opportunities to grow or progress within the organization. There's the tendency to kind of stay at the position you're in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great experience, not long term worthy.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YWCA full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    -Many great co- workers that are motivated to make a change in their community
    -Rewarding work
    -Great opportunity to learn and network
    -Casual attire (almost always)
    -Develop your own work schedule (for my position at least) that allows you to go to doctor appointments and handle other responsibilities

    Cons

    -Little to no room for growth
    -Exceptionally low pay
    -Management is dissinterested in engagement of their employees
    -Organization values don't line up with the actions of many individuals and management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage and motivate employees. Try and develop a means to retain talent that wants to remain in the non-profit world.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Don't burnout

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal Advocate in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Legal Advocate in Madison, WI

    I worked at YWCA full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Feel good company, with personal growth, experience

    Cons

    lack of training, lack of direction, under paid,

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

    YWCA Marketing Position

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    • Wonderful co-workers
    • Great cause
    • Diversity
    • Many community connections and events

    Cons

    • Nonprofit usually doesn't lead to high pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours and caring employees. Nice to be able to do something good

    Cons

    Benefits not as good because most dollars go to the cause, and it can sometimes be stressful

  10.  

    Toxic Work Culture

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

    I worked at YWCA

    Pros

    Important mission. Good benefits, some nice people.

    Cons

    The leadership has favorites and it's known to all who work there. Nobody was happy working here except those within the leadership's clique who she brought over from her former workplace.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Intransigent, rigid

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YWCA

    Pros

    Good causes. Serves underserved populations.

    Cons

    Too driven by ideology. Unwilling to change based on experiencing client populations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open up!

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