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Equinox Fitness San Francisco Reviews

Updated October 22, 2017
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San Francisco, CA

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  • hard to maintain work-life balance at times (in 57 reviews)

  • No work/life balance - quality of environment depends on specific club (in 27 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Commit To It!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Equinox Fitness part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The training we receive it top-notch.
    There is a ton of oversight and scrutiny. Our client programs are routinely assessed to ensure they are based on sound scientific principles and good judgement.
    Opportunities to prosper and thrive if you are committed to the brand.
    My management team is committed to my success. Expectations are high and I am entirely supported.

    Cons

    If you are trying to do Equinox on the side, you will probably not get the most out of your time.
    Like any trainer job, you will have to pay your dues working crazy long hours. Stick with it though! You will be rewarded if you are consistent and dedicated.

    Advice to Management

    Don't mince words. Say what is needed to be said without all the safe corporate lingo. We can take it!


  2. "Current employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Equinox Fitness full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Free access to any Equinox location.

    Cons

    No paid vacations or PTOs. Must work all holidays.

    Advice to Management

    Reward and retain good employees for their job performance.

  3. "Don't Work Here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Brand Name is good on resume

    Cons

    The San Francisco Pine street gym is overly crowded, not clean, and it's about shuffling high volumes of people in and out. Often the gym is so crowded I can't find a spot to train my client and we have to wait a long time to use machines. Another time, a client brought up that a lot of towels were stained. I brought up this up but haven't seen the towels been replaced or bleached (many of them look gross). Also, I feel I was instructed to not find ways to work with members and help them out. An instructor bailed at the last minute and I wanted to inform the people sitting in the class without an instructor but was told not to worry about it because I don't work at the front desk. Another time a client wanted to cancel a personal training session because she had a sick Mom she had to take to the emergency room and I was told I couldn't cancel or move the session because it was less than 24 hours before session time and it would cause the Equinox to lose revenue.

    Advice to Management

    Care a bit more and don't overcrowd gyms


  4. "Stable yet demanding"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Membership Advisor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Membership Advisor in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Culture.
    Great Pay Structure.
    Job Stability- Every growing company with an expanding portfolio of clubs

    Cons

    hard to maintain work-life balance at times.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Membership Advisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Equinox Fitness full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free membership
    Great networking potential
    Generous 40% discount on items in the shop - Lululemon, khiels, Alo, etc.
    Good compensation structure

    Cons

    Excessive micromanagement
    Regular reviews that ignore achievements and highlight criticisms
    Burn and churn environment, highest precedent put on hitting sales quota - nothing else matters
    Extremely rigid guidelines, SOP's, their way or the highway - dance, monkey, dance
    Long hours: 12+ hours last three days of every month
    Very limited promotion opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Listen to what employees are saying, be honest on expectations when hiring


  6. "Market Street PT (San Francisco, CA)"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Equinox Fitness full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    *Strong investment in improving the quality of their personal trainers.
    *Overall higher wages for trainers compared to other chain-gyms, (which sounds great, as long as you ignore the percent takeaway from what is actually being charged for your time).

    Cons

    *A huge time investment for an awfully slow vacation accumulation and lack of benefits (honestly could just be the nature of the job though).
    *Doing the simple math to find out how much they are actually taking from what you are required to charge for PT sessions.

    Advice to Management

    Although this is difficult, given the nature of the industry/position; putting more effort into increasing team morale/at least starting off with some organized outside-of-work events may help with retention, especially for those just starting off with reason to flee.


  7. "Great stepping stone"

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    Current Employee - Esthetician in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Esthetician in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Equinox Fitness part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits, Gym Membership, encouragement from colleagues and staff, room for growth

    Cons

    Work/life balance, pay structure, communication

    Advice to Management

    Communicate thoroughly and consistently.

  8. "Great company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Membership Advisor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Membership Advisor in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great community, feel supported by management, they put their money where their mouth is and have integrity.

    Cons

    One-size-fits all markets in terms of promotions, salaries, etc

    Advice to Management

    What works in one market may not work in another; I understand that brand continuity is important, but market-specific modifications to promotions and/or wages can still be considered.


  9. "Pilates Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Pilates Instructor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Pilates Instructor in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Equinox Fitness part-time

    Pros

    A good place to start teaching if you can get past having to wear a uniform and taking a while to build clients.

    Cons

    Takes a while to build clients.

    Advice to Management

    Make benefits more available to part time employees.


  10. "Group Fitness Instructor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Yoga Teacher in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Yoga Teacher in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Equinox Fitness part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity for growth, good support, nice atmosphere, competitive pay

    Cons

    No health insurance for GFI's


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