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YWCA Reviews

Updated September 15, 2017
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Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D
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Pros
  • Fantastic work/life balance, encouraged to leave on time and not take work home (in 8 reviews)

  • Great mission and community outreach (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, but that's expected in social work in general (in 19 reviews)

  • Stay away from this mediocre below average non profit (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Community Educator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very supportive, inclusive environment.

    Cons

    Competitive pay but it's still a non-profit and the budget varies every year.


  2. "Positive Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Front Desk Representative in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Front Desk Representative in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful coworkers and great way to get to know the community

    Cons

    Not the greatest hours weekdays

    Advice to Management

    No advice, keep on keeping on!

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Internal Issues"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    It feels really good to help other people, so interacting with clients was always a joy. Their family homeless shelter is one of the better options for struggling folks in the area.

    Cons

    The internal culture does NOT match their mission. Many upper level management are abusive to their staff and incompetent in their own position. They rely heavily on the underlings and take credit for their work.

    Advice to Management

    Replace your abusive staff members. Belittling, manipulating and verbally abusing your staff (which is mostly women) does not sound like "eliminating racism and empowering women" to me.


  4. "Positive experience with amazing people"

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    Former Employee - Head Start Teacher in Lubbock, TX
    Former Employee - Head Start Teacher in Lubbock, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I loved my job and I loved my preschool kids that I got to see every day. But the best part of this job was the team of teachers I got to work with. They made work fun, and they became friends of mine outside of work. I loved this work family!

    Cons

    I have a college degree and pay was definitely lacking. They will do anything to prevent giving you overtime, so you end up taking super long lunch breaks.


  5. "Dedication"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Dedicated front line workers to the mission

    Cons

    Still operates under a dominant mind culture set


  6. "Caveat"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at YWCA full-time

    Pros

    Mission Statement
    Make an impact to community

    Cons

    Tyrannical Executive Director and Ill-equipped Board

    Advice to Management

    You work for a non-profit, which champions women's empowerment, don't dis-empower your employees. Ego, narcissism and desire for power have no place in this organization.


  7. "Residential Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at YWCA full-time

    Pros

    Services the greater good of the Broome County community.

    Cons

    Struggles to provide health benefits for employees

  8. "Office Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Office Assistant Intern in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Office Assistant Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Meeting people from different cultures helps me understand the difference of
    opinions.
    Customer service is always challenging because you never know who you're
    going to meet and how you'll be able to help them.
    The daily sense of accomplishment I get from working makes it all worth it.

    Cons

    Language barriers can make it difficult when helping people fill out
    job applications, other forms etc..

    Advice to Management

    Hire me! I'd be proud to work at the Y.
    Compassion is my passion!


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great for beginners, but not for those seeking a long term career."

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    Current Employee - Specialist
    Current Employee - Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at YWCA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to gain valuable experience.

    Cons

    Promotion and pay increases are nonexistent., and there is a very high turnover rate.

    Advice to Management

    Treat and pay your employees well so that they will not find the need to find a new job a few months after you hire them.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Ok place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at YWCA full-time

    Pros

    Godd Schedules, pay isnt too bad

    Cons

    Management isnt there to help when it is needed


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