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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. "The YMCA of Greater New York may employ great people but their Human Resources Department and their policies are FLAWED!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Camp Counselor in Huguenot, NY
    Former Employee - Camp Counselor in Huguenot, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    You'll meet great people, make new friends, and overall have a great job experience that is invaluable for any future employment and endeavors you wish to pursue.

    Cons

    The Human Resources Department take advantage of people desperately needing a job by disqualifying people who can't pass a drug test(urine analysis/ Hair Test) or miss the deadline by one day all because a person has important obligations like school and not being able to commute to a Lab Corp facility due to not having access to immediate transportation going to school upstate. While they do a good job enforcing policies, they do not do what is in the best interest of the organization. They take the power of hiring people away from potential supervisors. The truth is that working for an organization like the YMCA, everyone is fending for themselves. Even if you're the best employee in the world, they would not defend you from Human Resources even if they're being unreasonable. Making a person with short hair take the hair test to scan for drugs is not only discriminatory but it's their way of weeding out prospective employees. If you get disqualified from the drug test, you're not even allowed to reapply for the position you applied for at all.

    Advice to Management

    Disclose to job applicants that if they miss the deadline for a urinary analysis that he or she will be asked to do a hair test to check for drugs in the last 90 days. Don't use that policy as a way to disqualify applicants. It's unfair and counterproductive. Also, be open to the fact that people can change and abandon drugs so change your policies so that those who want to reapply to work for the organization can and not have to worry about prior drug abuses. Give all applicants a fair chance for employment by disclosing all policies to them and not leave anything out. One last thing is for everyone in the Human Resources Department to act more professional and don't refuse to give an explanation to people who demand to know why a particular decision was made in regards to a given situation. The Human Resources Department go against all of the core values that represent the YMCA such as Honesty, Responsibility, Respect, and Caring.


  2. "I regret working there"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA

    I have been working at YMCA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The pension contribution is really the only decent benefit they provide.

    Cons

    The pay is not good, and generally the organization is just poorly managed. There is always a budget crisis, which ends in layoffs or cutbacks in hours for hourly staff. If you are on salary they make you work long hours, and expect you to be there nights and weekends. Top management is often unprofessional. I found there to be a strong undercurrent of homophobia.

  3. "Unsatisfied working conditions in Oswego, New york"

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    Former Employee - Member Services Representative in Oswego, NY
    Former Employee - Member Services Representative in Oswego, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You do get free family membership for the volunteering the hours.

    Cons

    They dont want to hire you. They want you to keep volunteering until you quit volunteering. The customers treat you as if you dont exist. You are not an equal employee as a volunteer.

    Advice to Management

    You need to do a better job on the employees who mistreat the volunteers.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Lack of support. Poor leadership."

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    Current Employee - Assistant Teacher in White Bear Lake, Ramsey, MN
    Current Employee - Assistant Teacher in White Bear Lake, Ramsey, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good in theory. Free health club membership. Average benefits. Started out okay but quickly took a turn for the worse. Decent retirement plan after two years.

    Cons

    My experience working for the y as a child care teacher was incredibly disappointing. For a non profit that promotes caring, honesty, and respect I am shocked at the lack of support and appreciation and general respect I experienced. It was a work enviornment that fostered workplace bullying, protected poor performing employees, and avoided addressing problems at all cost. Probably the worst company I have worked for. I watched all the great employees quit and all the poor employees recieve protection. Glad to move on to a new employer and feel appreciated again.

    Advice to Management

    Start recognizing and tackling some of the issues that are crippling your child care program.


  5. "Looks better from the outside"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Wellness Instructor in Hamilton, OH
    Former Employee - Wellness Instructor in Hamilton, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Some of the members/co workers are friendly

    Cons

    Ridiculously low pay, poor management, no enforcement of member rules.

    Advice to Management

    Pay/retain workers better, actually ban members when they repeatedly violate the rules.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Definite lack of professional leadership"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Facilities Manager in Lancaster, PA
    Former Employee - Facilities Manager in Lancaster, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They offer a very generous vacation package and a flexible work schedule. It is great the varied people you get to know working there.

    Cons

    Low pay, geared toward young and cheap labor. They tend to get rid of the older, experienced workers and hire young workers. This disrupts the programs they have which then tend to fail.

    Advice to Management

    Retain the experienced workers to keep your programs going strong.


  7. "Good company bad management old fashioned"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sarasota, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sarasota, FL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at YMCA full-time

    Pros

    Retirement and benefits package, time off

    Cons

    Management makes bad decisions consistently

    Advice to Management

    Get more knowledgeable and current employees

  8. "A lot of ladoff"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Bookkeeper in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Bookkeeper in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    no reason to work there and waist your time unless you are a good ass kisser

    Cons

    best lad off ever, do not work for those people they don't appreciate your hard work


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Toxic Environment"

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    Current Employee - Director in Spokane, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Spokane, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at YMCA part-time

    Pros

    I have no positive words to share!

    Cons

    Absurdly low pay for extremely high expectations, almost nonexistant support for certain programs, high turnover of many dept., extremely bad attitudes @ YMCA all around, no pay increases due to inefficient money managing--some up to seven years, not reinvesting the money from largest providing program back into the program leaving those programs to pay their own way--by employee, expectations to provide personal monetary donations to the YMCA with what they pay workers, made to solicit donations from clients on the phone and in other forms, deaf ears whenever problem issues are brought up regarding sore lack of decent management, and so much more....

    Advice to Management

    Start providing an honest, reasonably competitive, supportive, flexible, professional work environment.


  10. "trash"

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    Former Employee - Counselor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Counselor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    this place is really trash

    Cons

    there are no pros to this place

    Advice to Management

    get a life


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