YWCA

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YWCA Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
96 Reviews
2.7
96 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.  

    YWCA Marketing Position

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN

    I worked at YWCA part-time (more than an 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place!

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    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

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    Good job, just not good pay

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    Current Employee - Childcare Provider in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Childcare Provider in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    -Paid Vacation
    -Paid Sick Leave
    -Four 10 hour days, with one day off a week

    Cons

    -LOW PAY
    -Haven't gotten a raise after working here for two and a half years
    -Drama with all the girls that work there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would encourage some incentive so the turnover rate isn't so high.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Toxic Work Culture

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    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
  6.  

    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!

  7.  

    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
  8.  

    For a 150+ year old organization, very disappointing to work here.

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Human Resources Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at YWCA

    Pros

    The retirement plan created by YWCA National is amazing! It's the best perk ever!

    Cons

    No room for growth. Pay is not equitable and job descriptions are not accurate to actual duties performed. Work culture is very poor; employees encouraged to, "play in your own sand box." Very little room for work/ life balance. You're pretty much on your own in regards to professional development. High rate of turnover/ revolving door. It looks good on paper to get your feet wet here, but everyone leaves for better opportunities within 3 years... get that 1 year of retirement pension while you can!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You might want to work on changing the work culture. The organization is great; the lack of organization is problematic. A positive outlook in the office could change the atmosphere dramatically. Good luck!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Absent management, angry employees, non-existent HR

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Good mission and this org could be something great again if people cared enough to make it great. It is a shame that such a long history can lead to this.

    Cons

    Leadership consistently fails to enforce structure, reward hard work and listen to employees. Middle management is poorly trained, unqualified to lead and unwilling to try. Junior employees have no guidance and are unprofessional. Unrealistic expectations and some people have way more work than others but aren't paid to match that, inconsistent HR practices and they try to hide information so instead employees whisper to each other. High turnover and only some employees are given vacation time paid out, none are encouraged to stay. Frequent screaming matches in the office and no accountability. CEO never present.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Honesty about pay, benefits, staff changes and leadership would go a long way to keep good employees. A women's organization should at minimum offer pregnancy benefits and flexible work for mothers or real leadership opportunities for young women to encourage them to grow in their careers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    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
  11.  

    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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