YWCA Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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Lorraine Cole
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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. great environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YWCA

    Pros

    Great community, lives up to mission statement

    Cons

    Contract work - you know if you do it.

  2. Coordinator

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YWCA full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to know your work makes a difference in people's lives. Co-workers are the highest quality people. Diverse and open work environment. All are welcome. The organization lives the mission : eliminate racism and empower women and girls.

    Cons

    Can be difficult to grow within the organization. Some have done it, but it's not a clear path.

  3. Crisis Intern

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    Current Intern - Crisis
    Current Intern - Crisis

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -Very collaborative work environment. Someone is always willing to help you problem solve a problem.
    -The office staff are great at debriefing you after a hard day at work.
    -You learn a lot about social services and the court system through direct advocacy.

    Cons

    -If you don't like to learn through experience then this wouldn't be the job for you. Many times you are put into situations that you may not feel ready to do, but doing this only enhances your learning.
    -The staff is stretched way too thin. They don't have enough people to provide all the services we offer without the staff feeling overwhelmed or burnt out.

    Advice to Management

    -More staff to take the weight off of others. May create a lower burnout rate.

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  5. Program Director

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    Former Employee - Program Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Program Director in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, great mission, good salary. I thoroughly enjoyed my job. I was able to be innovative and I was actively helping my community.

    Cons

    Slow growth, stale staff, no support. Though we were allowed to seek innovation, it wasnt alsways supported by upper management. I was sometimes asked for unrealistic expectations as well.

  6. Good training. Worst part was being on call

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    Former Employee - Shelter Advocate in Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - Shelter Advocate in Buffalo, NY

    I worked at YWCA

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good insurance and time off

    Cons

    very small clicky groups. Some coworkers hard to warm up to.

    Advice to Management

    Need to improve on promoting from within

  7. Good place to start career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YWCA

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    love kids and the co teachers, good trainings

    Cons

    management/ directors need to support staff more, very low pay

  8. Great,OK,I don't know I'm just writing this

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    Current Employee - Dude in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Dude in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at YWCA

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

    Pros

    Caring, good with family time very flexible

    Cons

    Over worked, and under staffed. To much work for one man to do

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people

  9. Intern Experience

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    Former Intern - Intern in Bloomington, IL
    Former Intern - Intern in Bloomington, IL

    I worked at YWCA as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, very nice people and a few extrinsic rewards like potlucks that interns can take part of.

    Cons

    I enjoyed my time, but the work was repetitive due to the lack of technological advancements within the facility. Also was unpaid internship.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing to stay current with technology

  10. YWCA in Bergen County. A great organization filled with good people but lacking leadership

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    Former Employee - Senior Director
    Former Employee - Senior Director

    I worked at YWCA

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

    Pros

    A great organization with a tremendous mission but a total disconnect from the mission and the programs they run. Lack of national oversight and guidance hinders growth and profile in the community.

    Cons

    Lack of dedication to mission

    Advice to Management

    Refocus on what is in your mission - get away from the gym and swim - stop trying to be a YMCA.

  11. I learned that dealing with the public can be very challenging...even over whelming at times...

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    Former Employee - Clerk in Kalamazoo, MI
    Former Employee - Clerk in Kalamazoo, MI

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Getting to meet new clients every single day...what a diverse culture we live in...

    Cons

    Never knowing what your challenge might be for the oncoming day..."dealing with the public"...

    Advice to Management

    Company values should always their employees...

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