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Gold's Gym Reviews

Updated June 27, 2017
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Pros
  • You get a free membership as well as 2nd for a friend or family member if you are a full time employee (in 100 reviews)

  • Fun work environment, good managers, got to interact with members frequently (in 32 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, can be boring at times (in 43 reviews)

  • little to no benefits, contract baced (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "Aerobic Instructor"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Aerobic Instructor in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Aerobic Instructor in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gold's Gym part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Inspiring / enriching the lives of the members. The ability to make your own schedule. You can work as little or as much as you want. Free membership. Discounts within the whole organization.

    Cons

    Recent changes in middle management has left employees confused and lost.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "General Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - General Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - General Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gold's Gym full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Golds gym is the authority of fitness, I truly believed that while working for the company. On paper, it stands for something and I was proud of that. I made a lot of money, grew professionally and personally and met some great people during my tenure with Golds.

    Cons

    My regional support team was/is very unethical and did not handle situations in a professional, lawful way. They played favorites and some individuals were racist, sexists and plain ignorant. This is not a company that supports forward thinking, live by the brand, young people. It's very unfortunate when success cannot be spread between everyone. Also, the new COO is taking the company down a dark, dark path and it's sad because again, I love Golds Gym. It's seems as if there is something going on (a possible sell) and it's not being communicated with the field.

    Advice to Management

    Be professional. Actually workout so you know what the company, that you work for, actually does for people. I think it's odd that majority of regional/corporate and even field management are over weight. Truly bring a standard to your company so people don't continue to look down on leadership. Stop discriminating against black people, against young people, against intelligent people that think for themselves...

  3. "General Mgr"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Manager in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - General Manager in Columbia, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gold's Gym full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Established Company over 50 in business

    Cons

    Low Pay Structure and need to change to market standard

    Advice to Management

    Change Compensation plan to fit industry standards


  4. "General Manager"

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    Current Employee - General in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - General in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gold's Gym full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Freedom as your own boss, social job, daytime hours, free membership

    Cons

    many hours, revolving door of staff members, many accounts to service, customer service and sales job in one

    Advice to Management

    take care of the employees that are willing to go the extra mile, most employees in gyms are a dime a dozen


  5. "They will squeeze you dry"

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    Former Employee - Front Desk in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Front Desk in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Gold's Gym full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun co-workers and people at the gym. If you enjoy fitness you get to be around people with the same interests all day.

    Cons

    Management does not care about your sanity in the least and will have you do as much work as they can. You will handle job duties enough for 3 people by yourself, for minimum wage. They always promote from outside, never ever from within.

    Advice to Management

    Either hire more people or pay better.


  6. "Decent workplace for group exercise instructor"

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    Current Employee - Group Exercise Instructor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Group Exercise Instructor in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Gold's Gym part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Supervisors are generally good to work for. Free membership for employee. Free membership for family member if you teach 2 or more classes per week. You are provided with free on-line training to help with your certification continuing education credits.

    Cons

    Pay is probably about the lowest in the area for instructors. You never get mentoring or performance feedback. If your classes are well attended, that's all that management cares about. Turnover among managers and supervisors is high. Pay raises are rare. Studio accommodations are generally mediocre. Cliques exist among instructors. You will likely not feel a lot of loyalty to or admiration for the company.

    Advice to Management

    If you truly want to have an excellent group exercise program, invest in your instructor staff and hire instructor coaches who will help with instructor development and create instructor camaraderie. Pay your instructors comparably to your competitors.


  7. "Front Desk"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Front Desk Associate in Culpeper, VA
    Former Employee - Front Desk Associate in Culpeper, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gold's Gym part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pretty easy.
    Get to meet a lot of people.
    Not much asked of you.
    You also get a free membership

    Cons

    There are multiple times where you're asked to do so little that you get extremely bored. If you work the night shift then good luck staying awake.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Loved it in the beginning"

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Hoover, AL
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Hoover, AL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gold's Gym full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    My Coworkers and employees keep me going. The hours are flexible, and you tend to meet quite a bit of people.

    Cons

    Job duties compared to the pay, the payroll team almost always messes up the checks, restructured the company and took away vital people that we received most of the information from, now we hardly receive info at all. Hard to know what is going on or what needs to be executed.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to those who serve on the front lines in the gyms. Give us the tools we need to grow and succeed.


  9. "Definitely the leading company when it comes to Fitness just not much room for long term growth"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Personal Trainer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Personal Trainer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Gold's Gym full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and decent money.

    Cons

    No career paths for long term growth

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. Helpful (1)

    "6 year Housekeeper"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Housekeeper in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Housekeeper in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gold's Gym part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule good for a high school or summer job. Good people to work and easy to work with. Free gym membership

    Cons

    No opportunity for advancement, not many raises. Bottom of the totem poll. Always get blamed for everything going wrong at the gym.


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