Young Life Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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  1. A World-Class Organization achieves its goals with excellence

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Area Director
    Former Employee - Area Director

    I worked at Young Life full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You will work with the best people you could ever hope to meet. The community of staff is incredible and impossible to find elsewhere. The leadership genuinely cares about the staff and wants them to succeed. Every day is different and you get the opportunity to do a lot of different things. You truly can make an impact in your community and for the kingdom of God.

    Cons

    The work-life balance can be awful, but that goes for any ministry. You have to be really intentional about your time. There isn't much room for growth once you become an Area Director. The pay structure is not the best and they really don't care well for staff when their area is in deficit. In many ways they throw you out there to fend for yourself and it can feel like you're on an island with little support. I think they want to help but sometimes don't know how.

    Advice to Management

    Care for your staff better. Your people are your most valuable resource and you should treat them that way.

  2. Special kind of work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Volunteer Leader in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Volunteer Leader in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Young Life part-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    While serving as a volunteer provides no compensation, the excitement and joy of working with kids and other leaders is rewarding enough. My job is basically to be a friend. Friendships are awesome. It's how you build great memories.

    Cons

    No pay as a volunteer (but that's not why we work here anyway). As far as a résumé goes, it's not the most useful "experience".

    Advice to Management

    Make the work/job experience resemble more of a real-time job as best as possible.

  3. Great people and inedible missions

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chef in Ramona, CA
    Current Employee - Chef in Ramona, CA

    I have been working at Young Life full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of interaction with very friendly people. You will make more friends in this job than you will anywhere and you will meet people from all over the world. They also have incredible benefits

    Cons

    long hours, upper management is completely out of touch with rest of the mission, low pay. Prepare to have your work life and home life merge

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of the entry level employees. They are truly the ones who make the organization work. They are the ones out there day in and day out. Stop creating position after position in the corporate side instead give some pay raises to people who really deserve it

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  5. Fun

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Young Life

    Pros

    I liked the people. They're nice

    Cons

    Poor organization with tasks at times

  6. A great company full of great people.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part-time Staff in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Part-time Staff in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Young Life part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Every employee is great. It's a great mission and everyone is on board with that.

    Cons

    Salary is small. Somewhat disorganized.

    Advice to Management

    Become a little more organized.

  7. Great Organization for right candidate

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

    I worked at Young Life as an intern

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    YL is great at training and teaching how to get a specific message across (gospel) to a specific audience (teens) under specific conditions (club). It's a formula that has worked for many, many years and they are successful at reaching young people all over the world.

    The people who are 'employed' at YL know they are taking on a missional position that requires that they raise a significant portion of their income each year through personal financial contributions.

    There is a vast network of positions and opportunities for advancement and leadership within this organization, once you are on staff.

    As a faith based non-profit, employees have a 'the door is always open' type of mentality, especially early on which can be difficult to balance work/life.

    Cons

    YL is not as good at training and encouraging the population of adult leaders who volunteer for their organization. While the vast majority of leaders are college aged or are hired right after college (while serving as volunteer leaders in college), they struggle to provide even basic training to adults who volunteer serve in leadership positions elsewhere in their ministry programs, such as Wyldlife, YoungLives or Capernum. They would benefit (as would the ministries they support) greatly from offering more training and support to new areas, Committees and leaders who are not on-staff. This gulf between staff & non-staff is only accentuated more by the YL culture, which focuses so highly on the young.

    YL needs to recognize that many of the organizations smaller branches of ministry rely heavily on the leadership and willingness to serve of adult volunteers who may not feel fully empowered, or equipped in their current culture.

    Advice to Management

    Offer online Leadership training to new adult leaders, that is typically offered to your college volunteers.
    Provide more integrated support of non-staff and staff by inclusion in local 'staff' meetings and outings.
    Provide support and encouragement to college aged leaders to ensure they are not sacrificing their educational responsibilities for their calling to YL.

  8. Not for everyone. One of the most rewarding experiences.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Hays, TX
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Hays, TX

    I worked at Young Life full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Management and leadership are the loneliest positions. YL creates environments that are established on relationships and dedication. Networking experiences are unmatched.

    Cons

    Salary is through donations which becomes very humbling.

    Advice to Management

    consult with your area directors on making each area unique.

  9. Best employer ever.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Volunteer Leader in Tallahassee, FL
    Current Employee - Volunteer Leader in Tallahassee, FL

    I have been working at Young Life full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Latitude in making decisions
    Free form management process

    Cons

    No pay
    Work Life balance- Work was life

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing you.

  10. Where's the accountability

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Area Administrator
    Former Employee - Area Administrator

    I worked at Young Life part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, fun activities, working for a great cause, flexible hours (but really you're working any of the 24 hours, not a 9-5)

    Cons

    To be honest, it was hard to come up with a list of pros due to my experience.
    Pay is extremely low for the amount of stress (and you don't expect a lot working in the non-profit world). There's a lack of solid structure and accountability when it came to financials. Why have the area administrator approve the AD's purchases? It's backwards to have the employee approve their boss's purchases.

    We had major issues in my area that were eventually taken care of, but the main response I kept getting from Colorado was,"We'll pray on this." Very slow to actually take action. It reminded me of the joke about the guy on his roof during a flood, he ended up drowning and by the time he got to Heaven he said to God,"I was waiting for you to provide!" And God said,"I sent you a warning, a boat, AND a helicopter!"

    Advice to Management

    Create an accountability system for financials, the decrease in pay doesn't work when your employees know how to fudge the system. If someone is buying alcohol and video games with their pcard, there needs to be repercussions.

    The board needs to have more power or be on par with the AD. If an AD has enough power to get rid of the board members, there's a problem.

  11. Young Life -- You were made for this

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

    I have been working at Young Life full-time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Supportive work culture, flexible schedule, meaningful work, great coworkers, It is fun to work here-great if you are a relational people person.

    Cons

    Fundraising a salary can be stressful, sometime a difficult to find a good work/life balance, It can be hard to afford to support a family on an Area DIrector's salary in many parts of the country

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