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"Trying to do good, but politics gets in the way at every turn."

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Former Employee - Operations Director in Chicago, IL
Former Employee - Operations Director in Chicago, IL
Doesn't Recommend

Pros

Very good at offering opportunities for growth to employees. Free membership to all full time employees and their families to all YMCA membership centers in network. Many departments to choose from and you are able to network with other YMCA's across the country. This was very helpful and useful.

Cons

Very heavy on the politics. The YMCA of Metro Chicago is totally based on politics and it seeps into everyday work life. Who ever is in power is not to be questioned, if so, you will be terminated without cause. Many good people at the Y, but they are scared to say anything because the climate is one rife with politics and a strong "gotch er" mentality. This was a sobering life lesson for people like me who want to help others just for the sake of it.

Advice to Management

Remember why you first joined the movement, It was to do good and live by the YMCA's core values. You need to be true to yourself and not be so consumed with "who are you' throwing under the bus today' The YMCA is a good organization overall, don't let people who do not fully understand the message destroy it.

Other Employee Reviews for YMCA

  1. "It could have been better"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Free membership and great network opportunities

    Cons

    Odd hours and it is always open after snow storms.

    Advice to Management

    Be more considerate of the employees and the company needs


  2. "The kids are fun to work with, however there is no management or authority"

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    Current Employee - Childcare in Randolph, NJ
    Current Employee - Childcare in Randolph, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Kids fun ot work with. You get to assist in homework and see the developing in the kids all year long.

    Cons

    The management is poorly administered. There is only authority when someone is to blame or something goes wrong. There is much cadiness.

    Advice to Management

    Listen with open ears and try to advise in the lower employees because they are the ones eessentially with the kids.

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