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YMCA Reviews

Updated September 19, 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 222 reviews)

  • I was only part-time for a few months (in 217 reviews)

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  1. "Bad but a learning experience"

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    Former Employee - After School Counselor
    Former Employee - After School Counselor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work atmosphere Not employee friendly

    Cons

    Membership and Training that comes with the job

    Advice to Management

    Should be more employee friendly


  2. "Barely Part Time"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at YMCA part-time

    Pros

    Coworkers are friendly, the paperwork is simple, most of the kids are so sweet and will make it hard when you leave the company

    Cons

    Management needs to work on being friendly with less put downs, if you aren't buddies with management, you won't get many hours, minimum wage.

  3. "Would not recommend to work or have your children"

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    Former Employee - Site Director in The Woodlands, TX
    Former Employee - Site Director in The Woodlands, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at YMCA (More than a year)

    Pros

    I worked in the after-school program for a year and a half. The parents and children overall are amazing and very kind. You also get to work out for free.

    Cons

    You have to kiss up to even be considered for a promotion. The people who are promoted are NOT qualified. You can work, work, work and prove your worth and it'll still NOT be good enough. Supervisors are very unorganized and they'll find something wrong with someone (esp if you do not kiss up) and they'll try everything in their power to fire them or make them quit. Some coworkers of mine I would never allow children to be around. So much sex talk and very inappropriate. Also you are not paid enough for the work they demand you to do.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure the people you hire are qualified and are people persons. You should not promote someone based on favoritism. You'll never keep workers long enough if you do the previous mentioned and not raise the pay. Whatever system you have---throw it out and create a new one.


  4. "Almost everyone during a.m hours in membership are grossly overworked and underpaid .."

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Huntington, NY
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Huntington, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at YMCA as an intern

    Pros

    casual attire helps a bit to offset very low salary

    Cons

    Hire less managers!! Rediculously low salary for amount of constantly changing complicated work

    Advice to Management

    Regarding two "membership manager" Get a grip on reality grow up - you work for a non prifit - be nice ..or work for a place where a soul is optional. Also other nasty short lady not as young dark hair, works on weekends and early mornings. Please seek help through NA all inormation is kept confidential.


  5. "Great job for someone with no family at all."

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    Former Employee - Director in Chesapeake, VA
    Former Employee - Director in Chesapeake, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relationship building, easy promotion (turnover rate is very high), great benefits

    Cons

    Impossible to manage work/life balance (you will have no days off, ever), lack of team work, impossible quotas, expendable employee, obsolete equipment (everything is broken)

    Advice to Management

    TRAIN YOUR EMPLOYEES
    Stop drinking (yes alcohol) learn to delegate and micromanage, take responsibility


  6. "Poor Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elwood, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elwood, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Gym access. That is really about it . This is a poor facility with nothing to offer other than new treadmills .

    Cons

    Poor management, director rarely there, won't answer calls or texts , says he's "working from home" all the time .

    Advice to Management

    Need more experience


  7. "Eye opening experience. Ruins your impression of the Y."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Rockford, IL
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Rockford, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free membership, can't think of anything else but must fill to 20 words. Really the cons outweighs the pros. Get a job anywhere else but here.

    Cons

    Extremely low pay, expected to donate or harass others for donations, under qualified staff in high positions, cult like attitude, oppressive executive team

    Advice to Management

    Spend more to hire qualified individuals, listen to those qualified individuals, demote those unqualified and fire those that are oppressive.

  8. "This job is so replaced."

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    Former Employee - Site Director in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Site Director in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Working with youth's you hardly get board.

    Cons

    Very poor Management and way to many turn over's with new employee.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so personal about employees and rate them according to there work performance.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Customer Service Representative"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at YMCA part-time

    Pros

    You get to meet new people.

    Cons

    For a company that is supposed to help out the community, they fired me for helping out a person in need. I brought up a situation about a person in need to the higher-ups, and they fired me because they didn't want to get too involved with the person. Hypocrites.

    Advice to Management

    Have a heart.


  10. "No advancement ever, told to leave but my Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bear, DE
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bear, DE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at YMCA part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    very laid back, can only get fired if you steal or if you're higher up they'll fire you for not showing up to a meeting. Rarely get fired for being late. You can be a complete idiot and do this job.

    Cons

    People complain all the time about the dumbest things. No room to advancement anywhere past what they hire you for or if you know someone higher up you'll get a good position starting out. Pretty much on your own after training.

    Advice to Management

    Let go of the purse strings a little, you're losing great employees and getting idiots in return. Could have kept me, but no thanks.


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