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Pros
  • Great mission, great people and culture (in 11 reviews)

  • Great benefits, and staff care about people before work (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • If you don't have balance in your life any non profit work will eat your lunch (in 6 reviews)

  • The only con I would say is that it can be very time-consuming, especially if you do not set strict time limits and manage your time well (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Interning After College"

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    Former Employee - Staff Associate in Fredericksburg, VA
    Former Employee - Staff Associate in Fredericksburg, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great mission and purpose, leadership cares for employees, good first job after college

    Cons

    Difficult finding a work/life balance, compensation not equivalent to time and effort put in

    Advice to Management

    Find more ways to invest into employees


  2. "Great organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    YL is a great organization. It is a really intentional ministry that focuses on reaching lost kids.

    Cons

    Its really hard work. You have to fundraise and work long hours and weeks. You also don't get paid super well.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Know what you are getting into"

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    Current Employee - Mission Staff
    Current Employee - Mission Staff
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ministry work sharing the Gospel is always great!
    Work with kids
    Training once you become full-time
    Benefits are awesome compared to other companies

    Cons

    You have to be very entrepreneurial to succeed
    You are left to yourself without day-to-day support
    Lack of focus on minority and under-resourced communities
    Unfulfilled promise of full-time employment
    Work-life balance expectations are out of whack

    Advice to Management

    Work on employee development and care


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Area Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Young Life (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people in the organization are incredible. Have a sense of making a difference in the world.

    Cons

    Base salaries without a COLA are not competitive. The need to constantly raise money and grown in an organization that is supposed to be service orientated around helping the person right in front of you.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to take some of the fundraising burden of the field staff. Stop the focus on growth, we are not a business, but a ministry.


  5. "Depends where you are"

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    Current Employee - Area Director in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Area Director in Colorado Springs, CO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a lot of autonomy, and freedom to do what works, depending on where you are on staff.

    Cons

    Leadership at the top is extremely regressive, numbers-focused, and narrow. Opportunities for advancement are basically non-existent, unless you want to be a regional director (which is entirely administrative, no real hands-on work). Some regions have terrible leadership and everyone suffers.

    Advice to Management

    Seek out people doing cutting-edge ministry and give them a voice in the direction of the organization.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "You don’t want to know how the sausage is made"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Young Life full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great camp locations and great benefits (especially for a non-profit). Getting to see kids "birthed" each week was an amazing experience. Worked with some very creative people.

    Cons

    Ever heard the expression “You don’t want to know how the sausage is made”? Stay on the volunteer side of YL and you’ll keep your idealism. You’ll notice that very few of the reviews on this site related to the camping side of YL are positive. I worked full-time at more than one property and saw way too many unethical and self-serving financial decisions by managers as well as by field staff. It was an amazing place to be but when over 80% of my time & energy was spent dealing with “politics” and placating egos rather than taking care of guests/campers, I knew it was time to go.

    Advice to Management

    "Annual" performance reviews were rare at best. Implement some career pathing and don't use it like a carrot on a stick...I saw too many people follow false promises.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "VP of Camping"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people and excited about ministry

    Cons

    No coordinated improvement strategy. Very opinion based vs. fact based decision making. Poor support departments.

    Advice to Management

    Set a vision and include team in implementation strategies.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Property Staff"

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

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

    Pros

    Community is huge for property staff. I was lucky enough to have a very solid community at the property I was a part of. People are really there in order to see a change in high schoolers lives. No one is in it for the pay.

    Cons

    Can be very political. Some camping properties have management in place that lacks professionalism or management skills. Overall, upper management seems to be out of touch with what the mission is doing. Compensation is minimal.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of the "little guy". Even when it's entry level positions, those people deserve to have their voice heard.


  9. "Area Director"

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    Current Employee - Area Director in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Area Director in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Make your own hours.

    Cons

    Recruiting volunteer leaders in a 'non-pipeline'/non-college town is the worst.


  10. "Property Staff"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Young Life full-time

    Pros

    It's ministry, and it can be very rewarding. Benefits are good. Lots of good people to work with.

    Cons

    Can be very political. Some camping properties have management in place that lacks professionalism or management skills. Overall, upper management seems to be out of touch with what the mission is doing. Compensation is minimal. Results are prioritized above employee health.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff, no matter how new or young they are. Don't be afraid to restructure your management to ensure everyone's health. Take better care of your young employees.


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