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Bally Total Fitness Reviews

Updated June 10, 2017
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  • Hours are switched up continuously,low pay and they don't value you,just the sales (in 9 reviews)

  • As all customer service related jobs, you'll always have to deal with very difficult people (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "The Best Job I ever had"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Towson, MD
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Towson, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Casual Dress, Telecommute, Great people to work with

    Cons

    The company is in the process of going out of business


  2. "Fun people, poor pay system"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in Westlake, OH
    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in Westlake, OH
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I enjoyed the dynamic job setting and challenge of dealing with a wide variety of clients.

    Cons

    Pay structure is such that a slow week can wipe out over half your income for the month.

    Advice to Management

    Even out the Personal Trainer pay structure so Trainers get paid for actual hours worked and not through some convoluted formula.

  3. "My experience with them was very nice"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Corporate Sales Area Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Corporate Sales Area Manager in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Promotions based on earning them. Started as a trainer, moved to club sales, moved to corporate sales, promoted to corp sales manager, relocated across the country to manage a 3 state territory. All top company execs were professiopnal and fair.

    Cons

    If you can't handle quota pressure this is not your deal. High pressure end of month closeouts are the norm. Hero on the 31st of yhe month, goat on the 1st of the next month. Some club mgrs were having trysts with their staff mambers... not good. Some ex employees gave 2 week notices and left on good terms, but were not eligible for rehire 5 years later. Don't know what that's about.

    Advice to Management

    You need stricter oversight with your club managers to cease the employee trysts.


  4. "A Path With Bally"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - General Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - General Manager in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The fitness industry is dynamic & at times can be a lot of fun. Bally has historically paid their performers well.

    Cons

    Bally has fallen very far from where they once were as a 300 plus location brand.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your members, people & clubs, in that order.


  5. "Hit or miss"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Program Advisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Program Advisor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Commission plus hourly. Been able to use the gym for free . Opportunity to meet lot of people.

    Cons

    Dead end job. Sketchy business practices,Having to lie to customers . Unrealistic goals . For example a program advisor's job is not limited to selling membership. You are expected to sell everything from memberships to protein even personal training lesson.


  6. "Not hard work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Fitness Coach in Towson, MD
    Former Employee - Fitness Coach in Towson, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Easy , gym atmosphere, good people manager pay ok

    Cons

    Unrealistic schedule, annoying hire ups , high turnover

    Advice to Management

    paid better and your employees will stay longer


  7. "If you enjoy working people and helping them reach their goals, it is a great job."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in Newark, NJ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay bumps if you hit your "bumps", Can make your own hours as a personal trainer, good training seminars for trainers from corporate that you get paid for.

    Cons

    no room to move up what so ever.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees and invest in them because they are the ones who help you make your bonuses.

  8. "Managers do all the work and the uppers make the money"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Fitness Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Fitness Manager in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Honestly the only positive thing I can think of working for Bally was that you learn how to hustle at an incredible pace and multitask like no one else.

    Cons

    The hours they expect to to work are outrageous and compensation is very poor. No manager should have to work for $12 an hour. Upper management holds very high requirements and leaves you to del with their poor corporate decisions and keeps their hands clean of the dirty work. Hard work is never rewarded. As a former employee of 5 years, you keep getting promised more but in the end you realize it's never true. You'd think that a manage who takes two clubs out of the negative would be honored a raise.

    Advice to Management

    If you want your employees to work hard for you show them you care for them when they need something from you. It cannot be a one sided situation.


  9. "OK job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Child Care in Bowling Green, KY
    Former Employee - Child Care in Bowling Green, KY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bally Total Fitness part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great hours. Good people to work with most times. Can really balance work and life.

    Cons

    Not so good pay. There is nowhere to move up in the company. Dead end job. Only good for part time.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Little Neck, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Little Neck, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bally Total Fitness full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome team. Decent pay. Use of the gym

    Cons

    Rude people sometimes. Parking on rush hour.


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