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Updated May 28, 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 210 reviews)

  • I was only part-time for a few months (in 202 reviews)

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  1. "YMCA Horrible Pay and Raises"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Reduced membership,free daycare,reduced program fees.Honeslty that is it.

    Cons

    They have the worst pay and the worst raises less then $0.25 a year even with a college degree. They gave $0.17 raises. Never had any money in the budget for improvements for the facility.Did not care what the employee's had to say only what they members thought. Very low morale. No ladder to climb barely and if you do they will salary you at a low pay and then work you a million hours a week. Nothing at Christmas not even a card. I could go on and on.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees better. Your raises need to keep up with inflation. Show them more respect.


  2. "Don't work for the YMCA unless you are a high school student and want to make very little extra money."

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    Former Employee - Instructor in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Instructor in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Very little reasons to work for the YMCA. For me the main one was flexibility and little hours.

    Cons

    No communication whatsoever. Everyone is pretty much on their own. The only people they hire are unreliable 16- 18yr olds who call in sick all of the time. The facility is extremely old and even though the gentleman that works in maintenance does the best job he is given very little to work with as far as money for repair supplies and support. The management is a joke. All they do is sit around in the office talking on the phone which always appears to be personal calls and gossiping about the rest of the employees that are under them.

    Advice to Management

    COMMUNICATE!!!


  3. "Dont even think about a raise"

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    Current Employee - Lifeguard
    Current Employee - Lifeguard
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxing job, easy, get to meet many interesting people, they work around your schedule, work out for free, hard to get fired

    Cons

    If your parent or friends arent on the board of directors, or your not in good with upper managment you will always get the short end of the stick. It is so unorganized its not even funny. The front desk has no way of knowing who has paid their dues and who hasent, the accountant does not keep the computer up to date. You get no raises so forget about it. Managment where I work does not like face-to-face interaction, if they have a complaint they stuff it in with your check.

    Advice to Management

    give us a reason to stay motivated, give us raise and recognition


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  5. "not great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brockton, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brockton, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    it is good to work with teenagers,

    Cons

    it does not pay much

    Advice to Management

    the people i work with are very unprofessional


  6. "I would have to say pretty horrible."

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    Current Employee - Property Maintenance in Murfreesboro, TN
    Current Employee - Property Maintenance in Murfreesboro, TN
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    I would have to say the one pro would be free membership you get and the discounted price on certain things.

    Cons

    Upper Managment contains to many chiefs but not enough indians. When your supervisor is gone for the day other management likes to bully you around. Management likes to hide behind the title. Depending on who your buddy buddy with you can get raises. When at the all staff meeting you were told by the top dog that if one person gets a raise we all get a raise.Last but not least...Birds of a feather flock together.

    Advice to Management

    Quit hiding behind your title. Also dont bully the employees. Dont make your employees feel like they have a target on their back just because you cant pull your end of the slack.


  7. "Trying to do good, but politics gets in the way at every turn."

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    Former Employee - Operations Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Operations Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Very good at offering opportunities for growth to employees. Free membership to all full time employees and their families to all YMCA membership centers in network. Many departments to choose from and you are able to network with other YMCA's across the country. This was very helpful and useful.

    Cons

    Very heavy on the politics. The YMCA of Metro Chicago is totally based on politics and it seeps into everyday work life. Who ever is in power is not to be questioned, if so, you will be terminated without cause. Many good people at the Y, but they are scared to say anything because the climate is one rife with politics and a strong "gotch er" mentality. This was a sobering life lesson for people like me who want to help others just for the sake of it.

    Advice to Management

    Remember why you first joined the movement, It was to do good and live by the YMCA's core values. You need to be true to yourself and not be so consumed with "who are you' throwing under the bus today' The YMCA is a good organization overall, don't let people who do not fully understand the message destroy it.


  8. "No Loyalty from the Y after working there for 10 years"

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    Former Employee - Fitness Instructor in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Fitness Instructor in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Ease of commute to work. Access to gym facilities

    Cons

    Management are complacent and never changes. They do not earn much and have no where to go so they have a bad attitude. None of them would survive in the corporate world. I have taught there for 10 years but it is of no consequence to them.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with the times and other gyms


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Supervisor was awful. Easy to get hours."

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    Former Employee - Swim Instructor in Mount Laurel, NJ
    Former Employee - Swim Instructor in Mount Laurel, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free Gym membership is a big plus

    Cons

    Supervisors were awful about returning messages!

    Advice to Management

    Hire competent supervisors.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "terrible work/life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The YMCA gives back to the community in diverse ways, and often encourages employees to assist with volunteering within the organization.

    Cons

    The senior management doesn't respect personal lives, and expects their employees to essentially do their jobs for them. The promotions are generally given to "diverse" candidates versus people who deserve them. Long days are often necessary, and salary employees often end up making less than minimum wage when their wages are broken down by the hour.


  11. "This branch is poorly oragnized & has had high staff turnover especially in lower management jobs childcare program."

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    Current Employee - Childcare
    Current Employee - Childcare
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The free membership is nice IF you have the time when you aren't working or too exhausted to use it. I love the families & children I work with. I am thankful to have a job with the economy the way it is. It is a good place for High school & college students to get experience & a good second job. But a difficult place to advance as a career.

    Cons

    Staffing has been very inconsistent in the few months I have been there. Employees are not adequately compensated for their education & experience in their field of work. The position hours & title was misrepresented in the interview. The supervisors & management are not receptive to new ideas or changes in ways of getting the job done. Sr. Program director micromanages her pet program. Promotability is nearly impossible with so many trying to get a foot in the door for promotion within so not much has changed since I last worked for the Y many years ago

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at branches having high staff turnover, you are losing $$$ in training people & then they leave in 90 days or less. Even though some staff have been in their positions many years they are the ones who are chasing off the good newly hired staff & Sr. Management doesnt see it this way. The new Color Branding uniforms make most staff look dumpy & non professional since it's Ok to wear the shirts with sweats!


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