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Updated January 20, 2018
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  • Non profit doesn't allow for state of the art facilities (in 238 reviews)

  • Only because I have to put a con when reviewing -part time staff only get a membership for themselves-not families (in 237 reviews)

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  1. "an amazing job to have working with children"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Childcare Worker in Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Childcare Worker in Bothell, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    the sense of community you get is truly special. The trust children put into you and the accomplishment you feel when they are more comfortable with you is amazing.

    Cons

    obviously working with children. Your schedule is usually very fixed so it is difficult changing it or finding time off.

    Advice to Management

    very fairly well. some issues with the lead teachers but that can always be fixed with communication


  2. "A special bond was formed at my time at the YMCA."

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    Former Employee - Camp Counselor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Camp Counselor in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at YMCA part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They are lenient if you need to call out and understanding of your personal life. Everyone cares about health so a nice atmosphere.

    Cons

    Average pay and no raise after working for a year while other co workers got the raise. Poor communication with management.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate

  3. "Front desk representative"

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    Current Employee - Front Desk in Barnwell, SC
    Current Employee - Front Desk in Barnwell, SC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at YMCA part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment. Great staff. Awesome director and manager. Great for the community. Everyone is nice. Laid back environment. Scheduling is awesome! If you need a day off, it more than often can happen.

    Cons

    It’s a part-time job, so not many hours are given. The pay is low but only because it’s a non-profit organization.


  4. "Lifeguard"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at YMCA part-time

    Pros

    Great people, solid morals throughout the organization.

    Cons

    Tough job, hours can be long.


  5. "Pretty enjoyable"

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    Former Employee - Counselor in Coppell, TX
    Former Employee - Counselor in Coppell, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at YMCA part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    If you like kids and teaching this work gives a a small scale taste of that, the hours were not too bad and was willing to work around school schedule, the pay was nice and my bosses were open and fun plus I actually learned from them

    Cons

    If you’re not good at improvising activities it isn’t really going to be fun for you, sometimes the rules only got enforced to certain employees or when an incident occurred, often didn’t feel organized but if you can manage to keep your kids calm and stay calm yourself then the experience is not terrible

    Advice to Management

    Follow through on the rules consistently for everyone


  6. "Great Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Accountant in Williamsport, PA
    Current Employee - Accountant in Williamsport, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at YMCA (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    flexible hours, friendly management and coworkers

    Cons

    no room for advancement, irregular raises/low pay


  7. "Branch manager"

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    Former Employee - Branch Manager in Lompoc, CA
    Former Employee - Branch Manager in Lompoc, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ymca has a wonderful retirement plan, free membership with employment and programs help families in the community

    Cons

    Very demanding hours due to being a non-profit, all positions have multiple job responsibilities

  8. "Swim Instructor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at YMCA part-time

    Pros

    Nice coworkers and was allowed to keep son in childwatch while working.

    Cons

    Need a time clock to punch out in the pool area- cold and annoying to have to keep punching out in between classes

    Advice to Management

    Make sure the lifeguards are paying attention.


  9. "child watch attendant"

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    Former Employee - Child Watch Associate in Greensboro, NC
    Former Employee - Child Watch Associate in Greensboro, NC
    Recommends

    I worked at YMCA part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    i loved working for the y.... i worked at a few and they were all ran by great people with a wonderful sense of community

    Cons

    not many full time positions available


  10. "Lifeguard/swim instructor at YMCA - great high school job"

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    Former Employee - Lifeguard and Swim Instructor in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Lifeguard and Swim Instructor in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at YMCA part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - great high school job
    - learn valuable life skills (rescue swimming, CPR, Oxygen Administration)
    - swim instructing is very rewarding
    - Good resume builder

    Cons

    - usually minimum wage or slightly above
    - can be held liable if you mess up (this is common for a lifeguarding position at any company)


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