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YMCA Site Director Reviews

Updated February 13, 2017
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    "Site Director"

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    Former Employee - Site Director in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Site Director in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great experience, very rewarding and fun, free gym membership

    Cons

    non-competitive pay, consistent turnover with staff, required work outside of regular hours but had a limit to hours we could clock.

    Advice to Management

    I believe in the mission of the YMCA and overall programs are executed well. Competitive pay would go a long way in retaining good staff.


  2. "Mid-County YMCA - Childcare Worker"

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    Former Employee - Y-Club Site Director, Camp Counselor in Brentwood, MO
    Former Employee - Y-Club Site Director, Camp Counselor in Brentwood, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Suportive management
    Employee empowerment to solve issues

    Cons

    Little to none career advancement opportunties


  3. "Not so much"

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    Current Employee - AFTERSCHOOL SITE DIRECTOR in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - AFTERSCHOOL SITE DIRECTOR in Knoxville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed environment. They try to create a family atmosphere. You can express your belief freely

    Cons

    Not very consistent in procedures at the Metro/ Corporate level. Cover yourself. Keep notes document. CC people one level above your direct supervisor. Follow up on everything.

    Advice to Management

    Have procedures in place in the event of termination, in the event of theft, in the event of inappropriate staff behavior. Have a moral conduct code.


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  5. "Amazing mission"

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    Former Employee - School Site Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - School Site Director in San Jose, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    amazing environment, great people, awesome mission and community work, great training, I loved it.
    You change lives daily!

    Cons

    high stress level - school lock downs, CPS
    LOW pay for amount of work/stress
    emotional toll - working with underprivileged families
    unprofessional at times - didn't have a direct supervisor for about 3 months
    was left to figure things out on my own majority of the time

    Advice to Management

    you have a great thing going, but more emphasis and funding needs to reach after school programs. these people change lives daily and are much needed in our communities, treat them as so.


  6. "none"

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    Former Employee - Site Director in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Site Director in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at YMCA (More than a year)

    Pros

    no benefits, not enough team work from upper management

    Cons

    friendly staff, job placement was okay, great place if you like working with kids


  7. "School Aged Child Care Site Director"

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    Former Employee - School Site Director in Eau Claire, WI
    Former Employee - School Site Director in Eau Claire, WI
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed the kids I worked with. It was a good job for a college student as I worked before and after school. It was near campus.

    Cons

    The coordinator of this position seemed constantly overwhelmed by the number of schools we serviced. There was a lack of communication and lots of stress on her which lead to a tough work environment.

    Advice to Management

    More coordinators in large areas to support multiple schools' staff.


  8. "Site director"

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    Current Employee - School Site Director in Augusta, GA
    Current Employee - School Site Director in Augusta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Great kids. Extremely fun environment to work in if you love kids and love making and creating new things

    Cons

    What I didn't like too much about working here is the lack of direction and training that is required to run such a position. If something happens it's all on you to take the blame

    Advice to Management

    Better training to help with the job and better pay because $9 an hour is not enough money to live on especially as a director of any position


  9. "Site Director"

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    Current Employee - Site Director in Roy, WA
    Current Employee - Site Director in Roy, WA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good first job

    Cons

    Very unorganized, not a lot of clarity with job responsibilities.


  10. "Not enough management support"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Site Director in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Assistant Site Director in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Good summer job
    Some good workers
    Some good managers

    Cons

    Full time work during the school year can only be filled by those with a BA
    Not enough management to help with difficult situations
    The employees that do nothing get more praise than the ones that do the hard work

    Advice to Management

    Hire people with experience and give those a chance who are still going for their BA degree
    Appreciate the good staff that you have and not the ones who are useless


  11. "Not worth your time or apathy"

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    Former Employee - Site Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Site Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at YMCA part-time

    Pros

    Work with small children
    Visible impact of your efforts
    Free training for employees
    The rare field trip somewhere cool
    Free snacks
    Flexible scheduling

    Cons

    Low pay- barely more than burger flipping in this area
    Out of touch management- pays no attention to when employees are available for scheduling and commute distance
    Expectations to shill the 'product' at every opportunity or take "donations", proceeds for which never reach people on the bottom (i.e. those that actually deal w/ the kids)
    Top heavy organization- lots of chiefs and few one-feathers, all of which are part time w/ no benefits
    Broken, old, worn-out equipment (replacement is glacial)
    Coworkers that don't care at all ('just a paycheck' mentality) or are very disillusioned about values not embodied by management- they'll hire pretty much anyone off the street if they know a manager
    Long, boring, meetings irrelevant to the position
    Every meeting is mandatory
    Short staffed so job titles and duties irrelevant- we're all cogs in the great machine
    Curriculum is crap- pretty much give them busywork to do in groups and pray you don't have a riot.
    Outdated policies like "no electronics" though every kid is has them and the schools are now allowing them into the classroom (in a regulated way though, with site blockers, rules, etc around them).
    Program quality varies greatly location to location
    Some offices and sites are very political

    Advice to Management

    Spend more of that high-priced event lucre on your ground crew, you know, the ones that bring people in the door and take care of them? Anyone can sit in an office, where a suit, and act slick, but poorly paid people winging it every day is a recipe for high turnover, which you have. A fundamental shift in org structure is needed- remove the numerous redundancies and build from the bottom up.