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YWCA Reviews

Updated February 19, 2015
Updated February 19, 2015
110 Reviews
3.0
110 Reviews
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Lorraine Cole
24 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clerk in Kalamazoo, MI
    Former Employee - Clerk in Kalamazoo, MI

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Company values should always their employees...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Volunteer Accounting Department

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Clinton, IA
    Former Intern - Intern in Clinton, IA

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

    Pros

    *insights in Quickbooks and finances of the YWCA

    Cons

    *less insight due to financial privacy restrictions
    * very paper-based; little to no technology used to facilitate workload

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Unrealistic Expectations

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, especially the 10% retirement after 2 years and rollover sick days. Some positive role models depending on who is your manager or director.

    Cons

    If you have the bad luck of getting the wrong manager, to work with, then you are SOL. Poor communication skills, lack of good people skills. Too concerned with numbers game and not the actual work and performance. A high turnover rate in particular departments makes you wonder why it is that way in the first place. Poor management and employee training skills, again in particular departments. Unrealistic expectations on employees, pressure and too many "meetings" and consultations, instead of just getting down to getting the work done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much office drama, spying and gossip. Take your time researching and hiring the right people before trying to grab the first person that comes along that you "think" is right for the job. Listen to your employees more, and let them contribute. Dont' pressure people into a yes or no, black or white type answer for everything. Treat people with more respect and stop the office gossip and heresay especially using that as an excuse to reprimand employees based on he said-she said type comments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Stressful work but fun loving co-workers.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YWCA

    Pros

    The best reasons to work here is seeing a company that is invested in helping clients over come their obstacles. They also have access to great trainings.

    Cons

    No raises in five years. Low salaries, that are not compatible with the area.

  6.  

    Most welcoming and open group I have ever worked with!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Community Engagement CJ in Seattle, WA
    Current Intern - 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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Great experience, not long term worthy.

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    • 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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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

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