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YMCA Reviews

Updated May 27, 2017
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  1. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at YMCA (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great mission and wonderful people

    Cons

    Stressful at times and exhausting hours trying to get all the job done.


  2. "Lifeguard"

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    Current Employee - Lifeguard in Lynchburg, VA
    Current Employee - Lifeguard in Lynchburg, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free gym membership and good working community. The staff are generally positive and it's nice to have free access to the facility.

    Cons

    The pay is definitely non-profit and overtime is heavily discouraged. There are also fewer opportunities for advancement in the organization


  3. "Satisfaction depends on supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Program Leader in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Program Leader in Denver, CO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with kids in structured environment
    Easily work 40 hours (depending on camp location)
    Great summer job for college students
    Depending on your camp, you'll have the chance to easily step into a leadership role

    Cons

    I worked there for three summers, and wasn't until the third that I realized how unsupportive our camp's immediate supervisor was, often siding with parents before reviewing situations with us
    If you worked over 40 hours, supervisors didn't want you to write it down/pay for it
    Communication to staff from HQ (who weren't directors or unit leaders) was spotty at best

    Advice to Management

    Allow staff of all levels to complete progress reports of how they think camp/position is progressing—I never felt like I had a voice, but I could see some flaws and would have loved to provide solutions. I enjoyed my time, but there was definitely room for improvement.


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  5. "YMCA has ups and downs"

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    Current Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours and good community

    Cons

    Management is unorganized, often short staffed

    Advice to Management

    Hire more employees, get rid of incompetent coordinators, give incentive for lifeguards and other employees to stay (raises possibly?), make it easier to become full time (you guys need more hours worked but won't let employees work them), promote good employees


  6. "Child care associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at YMCA part-time

    Pros

    Easy job, nice people, good incentives, free membership

    Cons

    Pay is minimum, not too many hours for work


  7. "YMCA Afterschool Counselor"

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    Former Employee - Counselor in Waycross, GA
    Former Employee - Counselor in Waycross, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The job was very easy and the staff were very friendly. I loved working with my co-workers and even hung out with them from time to time. They're very flexible and I can't explain enough how fun it was to be with kids and learn from them as much as they learned from you. In addition, you get a free membership.

    Cons

    The only downside I could think of is the fact that they paid minimum wage.

    Advice to Management

    My advice would only be to give your workers opportunities to advance and receive higher pay.


  8. "Great People"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Teacher in Bellflower, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Teacher in Bellflower, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I work with some of the most dedicated and devoted to children people at any organization.

    Cons

    I wish we had more opportunities to increase our hours.

    Advice to Management

    Cross train employees to do any job in the organization. Provide more room for growth and development within the organization.


  9. "Aquatic fitness instructor"

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    Former Employee - Retired in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Retired in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at YMCA (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The facility was nice and most of the members were nice.

    Cons

    The pay wasn't that great. You were required certifications and were responsible for the cost.

    Advice to Management

    At the time, the branch manager could have been a little friendlier. He didn't practice what he suggested.


  10. "Flexible Hours"

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    Former Employee - Membership Services Representative in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Membership Services Representative in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers and management. Working alongside members wanting to achieve success. Very flexible schedule. Lots of room for advancement. Customer service experience.

    Cons

    Having to do member's dirty towel laundry. Even wearing sanitary gloves, this is a gross job handling someone's sweaty towels all day.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a 3rd party cleaning service for member's towels


  11. "Front Desk Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sandston, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sandston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work enviroment, friendly members, fitness membership

    Cons

    Low pay, full time expectations for part time workers


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