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Updated September 24, 2017
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  • It is a non-profit so the advantages that you would have with a cooperation you do not have with a YMCA (in 224 reviews)

  • I was only part-time for a few months (in 221 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at YMCA part-time

    Pros

    Many opportunities to advance, and management are very open to criticisms form staff

    Cons

    Some of the guests can be very difficult to deal with


  2. "YMCA Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA part-time

    Pros

    Decent place to work. Guarding ws straight forward and lots of safety breaks

    Cons

    The pay is lower than other pools, but there are always hours available and people who want you to cover their sifts

  3. "If you like kids...This is it!"

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    Former Employee - Site Leader in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Site Leader in Tacoma, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some kids and their families were a blessing to meet and get to know. This place really confirms if you love to work with children or not. Many staff work hard alongside you to keep kids safe, and you get to experience what it's like at other sites.

    Cons

    Individual kids could disturb the program and can be tiresome watching all the kids when you have one or two more staff with you. Wish the pay was higher since it's part time before and after school.

    Advice to Management

    Would be nice to have more staff, but understanding that it also depends on the season. Wish there were full time positions for child care.


  4. "ILC ESL Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA part-time

    Pros

    Great staff, great students, great building

    Cons

    There aren't really any cons.


  5. "Camp Counselor"

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    Former Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working for the YMCA was a fantastic experience. I worked for an outdoor camp facility. The entire staff really cares for each other, and works as a team to make any improvements necessary so that the campers are given the best experience possible. If any staff member had a complaint or suggestion, the idea was taken into full consideration by our superiors. I felt as though all the staff were like a family.

    Cons

    Since my camp was at an outdoor facility and not based at an actual YMCA building, I felt like the main branch pushed us and our needs aside a lot of times. For example, we were not given new equipment very often, or the money to make our equipment better. Therefore the staff had to work with what we were given to make the best experience possible for the kids. Also, many of us felt like the pay was low for the amount of time and extra work all of us put in to make sure that camp ran as smoothly as possible each day.

    Advice to Management

    I would recommend that management makes sure all the smaller camps still have the equipment needed. Families pay a lot of money to send their children to these summer camps and it makes it a lot easier for counselors to do their best work possible when they have proper, newer equipment. The counselors work to make sure that the kids and parents are happy with their time at camp, and it is much easier to do that with proper, new equipment.


  6. "great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at YMCA full-time

    Pros

    work with kids. fast paced

    Cons

    kids can be annoying sometimes


  7. "Never the same"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Fanily Programs Director in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Assistant Fanily Programs Director in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with children, members and other people who want to make a difference. Helping people of all walks of life, income levels, and demographics.

    Cons

    Policies and management are always changing. Positions rely on member retention and many issues relating to that are in the hands of the association office.

    Advice to Management

    Better feedback and training for employees, better pay

  8. "So much fun, poor pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You get to work with kids

    Cons

    You're overworked and paused very little


  9. "YMCA after school program facilitator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Make a direct difference in your community while building valuable skills.

    Cons

    Poor hours available due to nature of the job.


  10. "Excellent Company"

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

    I worked at YMCA full-time

    Pros

    Flexible, training, management support and benefits.

    Cons

    The salary should be higher.


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