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Life Time Fitness Chanhassen Reviews

Updated October 14, 2017
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  • Long hours to establish an effective business and rapport with potential clients (in 101 reviews)

  • Upper management fails to understand how things operate in the cafe (in 69 reviews)

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  1. "review"

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    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in Chanhassen, MN
    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in Chanhassen, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Life Time Fitness (More than a year)

    Pros

    good most of the time

    Cons

    not fun all of the time

    Advice to Management

    be better


  2. "Doesn't Practice What They Preach"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chanhassen, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chanhassen, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Life Time Fitness full-time

    Pros

    Usually normal hours, free membership

    Cons

    Health plans don't cover spouses if they have health offered through their employer or ANY mental health care, treatment or diagnosis -- which is shameful for a company whose entire brand is built around supportin a healthy way of life.

    Advice to Management

    Follow the company's founding principles i action, not just lip service.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Keep your resume updated"

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    Former Employee - Information Technology in Chanhassen, MN
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Chanhassen, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Casual work environment, decent benefits, free health club membership

    Cons

    Clueless senior management, culture heavily focuses on appearance (especially women), expect knee jerk reactions to declining business that will result if restructuring of departments, or your position being outsourced.

    Advice to Management

    Employees with years of experience and business knowledge are worth much more than their salary/benefits cost on paper.


  4. Helpful (10)

    "Corporate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chanhassen, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chanhassen, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Life Time Fitness full-time

    Pros

    Life Time has everything necessary to be a brand that it's employees would tirelessly pour their heart and soul into. They stand for a 360° approach to healthy and proactive living. The CEO is a true visionary in regard to what the future-state of our lives will be in regard to health and fitness.

    They can pay well if you fight for it.

    On site gym, which makes for a great way to blow off some steam if you experience any of the following section.

    Cons

    CEO is an entrepreneur through and through, however, he is NOT a good or even adequate leader. He meddles in every aspect and level. He runs the company on fear and does not accept any idea that is not his own. He has also built a culture of cronyism and bureaucracy. After almost 5 years of working there I'm shocked it is able to function as it does.

    On numerous occasions I worked on projects that were directed by internal business owners that gave very little direction or constructive briefs. The project would run multiple, futile rounds based upon their current whim. When we would have it finalized it would come time to present to the CEO and the business owners would not present to the CEO or stand behind their direction. The CEO would then ask why things were done a specific way to which we really couldn't answer because as much as we asked for clear objective we were rarely afforded the luxury. And in turn the CEO would shutdown the whole project sending it back to the drawing board. Numerous cycles or this wasted time, energy and money has proven to be the crippling handicap of a potentially inspiring work environment.

    There is also: rampant misogyny, lack of career planning and transparency on how to successfully advance, HR is non-existent and even when complains are filed individuals are never held accountable and those filing complains are usually ostracized until they quit or are fired, Upper management is usually based upon who you know NOT how effective or productive you are which puts completely inept people in charge of multi-million dollar companies with little insight on how to perform on the most basic of levels.

    Technologically the company is 5 years behind and perpetually tries to reinvent the wheel instead of looking for and implementing efficiencies.

    For a Healthy Way of Life Company they have the WORST health coverage I have ever had in my 15 years as a professional.

    If the gym is open corporate is working, 5 holidays a year: Christmas Day, New Years Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day.

    Good luck getting more than 2 week PTO a year, and that includes your sick days.

    It's in Chanhassen, MN

    Advice to Management

    The CEO needs to step out of his leadership role and be the visionary that got his company to where it is. Stop meddling in the minutia of details that are insanely below the worth of your time.

    Start hiring upper management that is experienced and has a proven track record of success instead of hiring personal friends and acquaintances and appointing them to positions they have no right being in.

    Empower your employees to make the right decision, instead of injecting them with a fear.


  5. "Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Chanhassen, MN
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Chanhassen, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free Membership and Great Discounts

    Cons

    Not accepting of people who did not start their career in the club. Very immature leadership, more of a high school setting than a corporate setting. Very resistant to change or differing opinions or perspectives.

    Overall I liked my role, but very difficult group of people to work with.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Lack of Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chanhassen, MN
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chanhassen, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun coworkers. Free gym membership. Fun brands to work on.

    Cons

    No leadership. Decisions to increase profitability were turned down if CEO disagreed with direction. Resulted in unprofitable business.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your hires. Hire for the right position, don't just place someone because another quit. Sometimes you have to spend money to make money. Empower and incentivize your talent!


  7. "Personal Trainer"

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    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in Chanhassen, MN
    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in Chanhassen, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Life Time Fitness (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Large Client pool to work with and recruit. Nice facilities. Equipment is maintained.

    Cons

    Totally commission and draw. Poor managers who like pass leads for training to trainers who did not have their certifications.

    Advice to Management

    Review Draw system. The additional roles responsibilities that the company wants trainers to do on the floor requires at minimum a base salary that there is no idea that you are renting space for a draw as a contractor. Resort mentality for gyms is not going to be realistic in the future.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Not all that healthy for employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chanhassen, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chanhassen, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast pace environment where you will never get bored. Literally spent every minute of the day working, which for a fast paced and motivated individual is awesome. The hierarchy is pretty flat and you get great exposure to upper tier executives on a daily basis and feel like you actually have ownership in the companies overall direction.

    Cons

    Time away is literally non-existent. Well, it is, but be ready for a barrage of 600+ need to read emails when you return after a week vacation. Additionally, don't think twice about not staying close to your phone after work. Business leaders expect answers morning, noon, and night which will kill your life outside of work. To top it off, the benefits aren't that great. You get a membership at their middle tier clubs for free (nothing special), the discount for being fit on health care doesn't necessarily start right away (only test when the group policy is about to renew) so you are paying full freight like a fatty, and you get a whopping 10 days off a year for working yourself ragged....that INCLUDES your sick days! Not that healthy after all.

    Advice to Management

    Consider truly rewarding your employees for working super hard. Don't play favorites by placing an executive's significant other in a leadership role when they don't deserve it. Hire more smart people.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Company as a whole is good. Tech department is dysfunctional."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Chanhassen, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Chanhassen, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Life Time Fitness full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good salary at start, phone and internet reimbursement

    Cons

    No communication from management, minimal raises, gym membership is good if you live close to the gym where you work at (Chanhassen is platinum level but all the gyms towards the middle of minneapolis are a higher level. If you work at corporate you will be set as platinum.), minimal career development in tech area of corp., HR hiring process is a nightmare, impossible to get tech training (even at the <$100 level, was told 'no'). Please note that the "culture & Values" from below reflects those from the department level and not the company level.

    Advice to Management

    Share the direction of projects and tech in the company. Most communication involved "we took x amount of calls in the helpdesk this month". Would have been nice to see "These are the projects and the direction we are going in". Do exit interviews and follow up on the feedback. Hiring smart people with no management experience as managers is one thing but give them the tools to actually become good managers. With developers particularly if you aren't willing to give them training and projects that are interesting, you are going to loose them.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Poor management"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Chanhassen, MN
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Chanhassen, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Life Time Fitness as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexiable Schedule and work hours.

    Cons

    Dicatatorial management style. Managers don't value employee's opinions nor input. Not looking for knowledgeable employees, looking for people to "fall in line" (told that literally on a one-on-one)

    Advice to Management

    Learn to embrace change, learn how to handle opinions that differ from yours. Understand that you may not know everything.


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