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YMCA Reviews

Updated April 25, 2017
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  1. "YMCA Toyroom"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Daycare Attendant in Lafayette, IN
    Current Employee - Daycare Attendant in Lafayette, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best part of the job is the kids. I enjoyed getting to build relationships with each one. The hours are also very flexible at my location and allowed me to work around my class schedule.

    Cons

    There was a high turn over rate. People would either work for a few days and quit or they just would not show up to begin with. This made it hard some days when we were short-staffed.


  2. "Greatest employer"

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    Current Employee - Head Lifeguard in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Head Lifeguard in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The YMCA creates so many great opportunities that have help first-time employees and those who have been employed before.

    Cons

    Management sometimes doesn't help with the lower positions


  3. "Director of Operations"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Operations in Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Director of Operations in Portland, ME
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at YMCA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, opportunity for advancement, great mission, family oriented.

    Cons

    Funding, high turnover, lack of HR

    Advice to Management

    Better HR support, Better Marketing


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  5. "Fulfilling"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Virginia Beach, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Belief in the mission, teamwork is fostered

    Cons

    Hard to work there as a non-Christian


  6. "YMCA Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Mission-based organization - opportunities to contribute to community and develop your career.

    Cons

    The wages are lower than market rate for similar jobs.


  7. "YMCA"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Head Lifeguard in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Head Lifeguard in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Management and team spirit. Everybody that I know has enjoyed working there

    Cons

    unruly patrons and guests occasionally. Uneven flow of work, mainly due to weather conditions and crowd size.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on keeping on


  8. "Front desk Staff"

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    Current Employee - Front Desk Staff in Southington, CT
    Current Employee - Front Desk Staff in Southington, CT
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    I love the diversity of employees and members. I love that I come in and my day is never the same as the last its always different. The Y cares about not only there members but the care about there employees. There all about moving up in the Y, when a hire up position opens up before they go to the public they try to find people from inside first.

    Cons

    I hate that its very hard to work more than 20 hrs.


  9. "Great!"

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    Former Employee - Camp Counselor in Winston-Salem, NC
    Former Employee - Camp Counselor in Winston-Salem, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Loved working with the summer camps.

    Cons

    Long hours for minimum wage.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great for high school and college kids"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Torrance, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I think the YMCA was a great place to work if you are in high school/college. I spent 7 years working there, starting out as a front line staff, moving up into the office as an Office Assistant, and ending my career there as a Coordinator.

    It was great for when I was in college (or if I had started in high school) because my department was very flexible with my school schedule, always willing to accommodate to my hectic school schedule and wanting to have somewhat of a social life. I got to pick and choose the hours I worked in 6 week chunks, and was able to add or take off time if I wasn't able to commit to the 6 week chunk we were scheduled in.
    It's great for those just starting off in the work place, as you don't need a whole lot of experience as a lifeguard/swim instructor.
    I liked that I was able to move up when I was ready and able to, and they still accommodated to my schooling. As I was nearing the end of my college career, a supervisor/coordinator position was made available for me, and I was able to take it and further myself at the YMCA.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, not everything was perfect. I was working as an Office Assistant 2 years before I was given an actual job description to sign, which means I was working as an "Office Assistant" as a "front line staff" payrate. Then, I was not given a pay increase when I had to bump my hours down and they hired in two brand new office assistants at a higher payrate with way less experience than myself to replace me. I had to fight my director to get the equal pay. I then worked 2 years as a coordinator under the "office assistant" title and was still not paid as a coordinator until I was given yet another job description to sign.

    The YMCA is unfair in their pay. They pay all their staff so little and require so much out of us. They made us attend 8 meetings a years with 8 different trainings that our Director wasn't even trained in leading. Our training material was so outdated. They made the meetings mandatory, but if you missed one, or two, or all of them, you weren't always reprimanded for missing them. They don't treat all their staff equally, and there was clearly some favoritism, even if the Director disagreed.

    Advice to Management

    get your stuff together, start paying the staff better, and start treating them with respect. if you don't want such high turnover, why not start with treating all staff equally.


  11. "Swimming Instructor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Swim Teacher in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Swim Teacher in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Extremely rewarding as you watch those you teach become successful swimmers. Good relationships with co-workers. Friendly environment.

    Cons

    Not great pay. And few work hours per week unless you also lifeguard.


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