YMCA Reviews

Updated May 5, 2021

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3.9
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YMCA CEO Kevin Washington
Kevin Washington
1,927 Ratings
Pros
  • "good people, free gym membership(in 951 reviews)

  • "The YMCA provides a community work environment(in 490 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Non-profit organization means raises don't always happen every year(in 311 reviews)

  • "Long hours, limited opportunity for advancement(in 288 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to work!

      Apr 1, 2021 - Swim Instructor in Knoxville, TN
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      Pros

      It’s flexible hours, build your own schedule, and fun environment. THIS IS FOR THE DAVIS YMCA of East Tennessee

      Cons

      Sitting in water for more than 2 hours you’ll start to get cold.... there really are no cons. THIS IS FOR THE DAVIS YMCA of East Tennessee

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    2. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      This places takes good people and spits them out

      May 4, 2021 - Director 
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      Pros

      The people that work in the branches have the best hearts, work ethic and are incredibly innovative. If you’re new to management, this is a great place to get started and get a ton of experience. Many chances for promotion, but only because staff turnover is embarrassing. You get a ton of vacation time but as frowned on for using it and it often goes unused.

      Cons

      Senior leadership are not on the same page, there is no unified goal, staff turnover is abysmal, staff are severely underpaid while C suite make 6 figures to fight w each other, toxic work environment, work-life balance is not encouraged and non-existent, working over 40 hours is seen as a badge of honor.

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    3. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Poor leadership, overtly racist

      Apr 9, 2021 - Crisis Intervention Specialist in Seattle, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Benefits Organizational resources Employees committed to their work Lower level employees working to change organizational culture

      Cons

      Low salary White supremacy Offensive out of touch leadership No accountability for bad managers Unrealistic expectations of staff time and energy Not much inter-departmental collaboration

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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great Part-Time Job

      May 5, 2021 - YMCA Lifeguard in Ridgewood, NJ
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      Pros

      Flexible hours and a lot of opportunities to teach swim lessons, help coach, etc.

      Cons

      The pay could be higher, especially while teaching swim lessons.

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