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Washington Athletic Club Overview

Seattle, WA
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Casual Restaurants
$25 to $50 million (USD) per year
We’ve been helping our members live better for 87 years. From modest beginnings, we’ve evolved into one of the nation’s premier city athletic clubs. Our commitment to providing the best private club experience available has won us eight consecutive ... Read more

Mission: To enrich the quality of life of our members.

Company Updates

    Congratulations to the Inn at the WAC, which recently won its sixth consecutive TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. With the award, the Inn remains on the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame.

    TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence honor hospitality businesses worldwide that deliver consistently great service. The designation is given to approximately 10 percent of total businesses on TripAdvisor.

    Being in the top 10 percent is a testament to the Inn at the WAC’s commitment to excellence. Book your next stay, and find out why we’re rated so highly.

  • Did you know the WAC has the lowest employee drive-alone rate in all of downtown Seattle? Just 4 percent of WAC employees drive alone to work. Club employees also have the highest transit use in all of downtown. We were celebrated for these milestones at Wednesday's Commute Seattle Commute Trip Reduction champions breakfast at the Westin. Senior Human Resources Generalist Angie Roper guides our commute reduction plan and accepted the awards from former governor Christine Gregoire. HR vice president Wendall Smith joined Angie at the breakfast.

    Keep up the great work, WAC team!

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Washington Athletic Club – Why Work For Us?

We’ve been helping our members live better for 87 years. From modest beginnings, we’ve evolved into one of the nation’s premier city athletic clubs. Our commitment to providing the best private club experience available has won us eight consecutive 5 Star Platinum Club of America awards.

Our Clubhouse, a Seattle historic landmark, stands as a testament to our history and our commitment to excellence. Inside, you’ll find the newest equipment and a modern approach to social and athletic living.

The Washington Athletic Club opened its doors on December 16, 1930. Since then it’s been a home away from home for Seattle’s who’s who in business, political and social circles.

Not long after the Club opened, the Great Depression hit the West Coast and the WAC was threatened with closing its doors. Noting its importance, civic leaders and community members pulled together and kept the Club viable.

In the 1940s the WAC reciprocated the community’s support with a huge mobilization of members who worked on behalf of the World War II effort. By the time the war ended, WAC members had contributed nearly nine years of working hours in support of the troops.

In the 1950s the WAC expanded its Clubhouse with a four-story addition. Less than 20 years later the Club expanded once again, adding another eight stories onto the 1955 addition.

Most recently the Club underwent an extensive remodel that added state-of-the-art fitness facilities, a day spa, and physical therapy services. The WAC’s Helene Madison Pool and Crystal Ballroom were also restored to their 1930s splendor.

Over the years the WAC’s membership roll has been proud to list Olympic athletes, politicians and community leaders. Helene Madison was the WAC’s first Olympic athlete, winning three gold medals in swimming at the 1932 games. Washington state Governor Albert Rosellini, newspaperman Royal Brougham, and founding member of Seafair and Northwest Hospital Roscoe “Torchy” Torrance are but a few other notable members.

The WAC provides jobs in a variety of departments, including athletics, hotel, and food and beverage operations. We seek individuals who are dedicated to being the best and willing to embrace the Club’s five core values: leadership, excellence, integrity, service, sensitivity.

WAC Benefits Include:

  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Employee wellness program
  • Vacation and sick leave
  • Club service discounts
  • Bus pass subsidy
  • Daily lunch
  • 401(k)
  • Fitness reimbursement
  • Employee assistance program


The WAC is proud to support many worthy local organizations and events that share the spirit of our mission, vision and values. Each year, the Board of Governors reviews and approves the Club’s charitable giving criteria. Recipients demonstrate an emphasis on amateur athletics and those pursuing a career in the culinary arts and hospitality industries.

See our schedule of partnership events.

Active community partnerships:

Advancing Athletics

  • 2018 Special Olympics USA Games
  • Special Olympics Washington
  • Seattle Storm
  • Seattle Reign FC
  • Seattle Seawolves
  • Boeing Classic
  • Morris Trophy Award (Top Pac-12 Linemen)
  • MA Sorensen & Rudy Scholz Collegiate Rugby Awards
  • Seattle Middle School Athletic Program
  • Seattle High School Scholar Athlete Award Program

Supporting Culinary & Hospitality Professionals

  • Washington Wine Commission
  • Washington Restaurant Association Education Foundation

Being a Good Neighbor

  • Forgotten Children’s Fund
  • Seafair
  • Seattle Police Foundation
  • United Way

Washington Athletic Club Reviews

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    I worked at Washington Athletic Club part-time (Less than a year)


    Everyone is friendly and excited about your goals and life.
    Free Lunch!


    Underutlze staff or technology for certain operations creating an imbalance of work, especially for the less used resources of the club

    Advice to Management

    Give more opportunities to help the overall club to places like the club shop. The downtime can be spent more effectively than waiting for members to stop by.

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Washington Athletic Club Interviews



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    Junior Systems Administrator Interview

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    I applied online. The process took 6 days. I interviewed at Washington Athletic Club (Seattle, WA) in April 2018.


    Received a response just a few days after submitting my resume, scheduled an interview for later that week. Everyone I spoke to was friendly and helpful, and the interviewers were willing to answer all my questions and seemed willing to work with me on requirements I had.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you troubleshoot a user not being able to print?   2 Answers
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Washington Athletic Club Awards & Accolades

  • 5 Star Platinum Club of America, Platinum Clubs of America, 2016
  • Health and Wellness Program of the Year, North American Association of Club Athletic Directors, 2016
  • Wine Program's Award of Merit, Club Managers Association of America, 2016
  • Gold Award, Summit International Creative Awards, 2016
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