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Updated June 26, 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 215 reviews)

  • I was only part-time for a few months (in 206 reviews)

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  1. "Great benefits, helping families"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at YMCA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, medical/dental/retirement contribution. Feel good about helping families and helping communities grow. Managers want to help you succeed.

    Cons

    Things either change too quickly, or don't change at all. Not a huge potential for growth depending on region and career goals.

    Advice to Management

    Take advise from employees before making huge changes, allow them to contribute to decision making.


  2. "Job was great - their scheduling left much to be desired."

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    Former Employee - Member Service Representative in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Member Service Representative in Oklahoma City, OK

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

    Pros

    Great for going to school
    Complementary membership

    Cons

    Employee turnover at the management level was just as high as at the associate level, so stability was not there. New management would have to be convinced not to schedule you during your class periods.

    Advice to Management

    Please go to using a universal scheduling software. It will help with so many unnecessary issues for your employees.


  3. "Cheer Coach"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coach in Venice, FL
    Current Employee - Coach in Venice, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get to work with kids ranging from 6 to 10 years old. Love teaching cheer as I am a current cheerleader in high school.

    Cons

    Does not ruffly tell me when to work

    Advice to Management

    Give out a list that tells what time the employee are working by posting on the wall in the back and texting it in a group chat so every one nose what to work even if they don't work over the school time but work during the summer time.


  4. "Director"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Freehold, NJ
    Former Employee - Director in Freehold, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at YMCA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice working with the members

    Cons

    Some managers will do anything to climb to the top.

    Advice to Management

    keep good people


  5. "Sales Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Torrance, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at YMCA (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people who care about the community

    Cons

    Terrible pay and no commission for a sales role - makes no sense.


  6. "Working at the YMCA"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Swim Teacher in Hyde Park, MA
    Current Employee - Swim Teacher in Hyde Park, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay was 11.75 with a 14 dollar increase when you do private lessons
    Nice staff
    Fun job

    Cons

    Kids don't listen
    Classes have more than four kids in it

    Advice to Management

    Make classes smaller


  7. "Good for High Schoolers"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Rockwall Belayer/Swim Instructor in Ellicott City, MD
    Current Employee - Rockwall Belayer/Swim Instructor in Ellicott City, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Laid back, many opportunities, above minimum wage, friendly enviroment

    Cons

    High turnover leads to confusion, unprofessional management,

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay if you want people to take their jobs seriously


  8. "Membership coordinator"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun, clean, kids, healthy, exercise

    Cons

    Not enough money to live on

    Advice to Management

    Pay living wage


  9. "Aquatic Fitness Instructor"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Aquatics Water Instructor in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Aquatics Water Instructor in Rochester, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at YMCA part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I really like the current Aquatic Manager at the Northwest Branch in Greece, NY.

    Cons

    The policy of getting certified is not as simple as it used to be and it's expensive leading to a shortage of available teachers and subs.

    Advice to Management

    Change the policy by blending together the two systems of hiring water fitness instructors to reflect the simplicity under the past Y certification system and the current AEA certification system.


  10. "Giving not receiving"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructor in Syracuse, NY
    Current Employee - Instructor in Syracuse, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Wonderful programs that help all ages engage in healthy lifestyle

    Cons

    Not enough hours to make a living. More for those looking for something rewarding to do!

    Advice to Management

    Management works hard to keep everything flowing great.


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