Life Time Fitness

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Life Time Fitness Reviews

Updated 21 October 2014
Updated 21 October 2014
535 Reviews
2.9
535 Reviews
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Life Time Fitness Chairman, President, and CEO Bahram Akradi
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275 Ratings

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Pros
  • You get a free gym membership to a great facility and good benefits (in 49 reviews)

  • I loved having a free gym membership for myself and a deep discount for my spouse (in 42 reviews)


Cons
  • You will work long hours especially if you are a Personal Trainer (in 37 reviews)

  • Upper management isn't in touch with the problems within the club (in 29 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Overall a positive experience but must be self-directed and hungry to establish leads

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Personal Trainer in Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Personal Trainer in Saint Louis, MO (US)

    I have been working at Life Time Fitness full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Much higher price point than the average training facility.

    -If you work extremely hard (I might add that being a personal trainer might be better suited to single person), the dividends can be rewarding

    -Unlike many gyms, LTF offers between 19-22% commission on each sale you make on your own. Starting out, if you get just a little support from mgmt and generate your own business you can make upwards of $1,700-$2,000+ per paycheck

    -Pretty good medical and dental insurance as well as 401K 6% match

    -Ability to network with people who have alot of connections in the community

    -When you're doing well, you can pretty much come and go as you please

    Cons

    -In order to be very successful you must make an inordinate amount of sacrifices, including your work/ life balance

    -New trainers receive very little support from mgmt in the form of leads

    -A very salesy gym. LTF offers their own products which, as a PT, you're required to buy into and sell even though many of them are a gimmicky waste of money. But this is all part of the Lifetime "Results Based Culture" malarky. One of the reasons I left was because I never fully bought into these overpriced protein powers, dietary supplements and lab tests.

    -You'll start off the first few months with very reasonable goals. My advice to any new hire would be to not "overperform" because if you knock the ball out of the park repeatedly, management will anxiously raise your goal so that your obliged to hit #'s that can become urealistic and if you miss the mark a few times they'll put you on this nonsensical performance plan which outlines things you need to do or they'll release you.

    -Over time you realize that you're not getting out what you put in. I prospected thousands of dollars worth of training business in the 2 years and 4 months I was there but got next to nothing in return. The department heads take all the promising leads themselves and take them through the hyper salesy process, inducing them to buy crap they don't want or need.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more stock into personal trainers or "fitness professionals" who have proven themselves to be worthy of business by getting clients and retaining them. From a cost standpoint, it makes more sense as well because you won't need to waste money sending new people to certification somewhere and paying for they room and board for a week.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nice company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member Engagement Advisor
    Current Employee - Member Engagement Advisor

    I have been working at Life Time Fitness full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere to work in. Great members who truly care about their health so it makes it easy to help them in their pursuits. Free membership and they want and encourage you to work out on the clock.

    Cons

    Quota driven. Majority of your time is spent making phone calls to people who have been called many many times. Long hours minimum of 50 (10 hr days) and longer at the end of the month.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Life Time provides employees a great workplace full of opportunities for upward mobility. Complete offerings of benefits for full time employees.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Department Head in Dallas, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Department Head in Dallas, TX (US)

    I have been working at Life Time Fitness full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Promotions come from within, benefits, opportunity for financial growth.

    Cons

    Hours can be long, commission earnings are not for everyone.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great company that gives you TONS of personal fulfillment, but could afford to invest more $$ in employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - MSDH
    Former Employee - MSDH

    I worked at Life Time Fitness full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    STUNNING facilities, wonderful people, great core values, free daily dose of endorphins (people working out all around you, it's just in the air!), easy to transfer departments, or clubs, you get to build great relationships with staff and members, and you get to work out for free at any facility!!! You grow to want to spend more time there because of the people you work with and the positive vibes.

    Cons

    Vicious cycle: corporate expects rock star candidates, so you hire rock star candidates but can only pay them peanuts, so they leave, and you're left with the people that don't give a care, and you have to start the whole process over again. High turnover was my nightmare as a manager. I had a great GM, Regional and AD who supported MSDH's paying quality people higher wages based on talent and experience, which allowed for a longer term and more fulfilling employment relationship. Attrition shouldn't just fall on the MSDH, the retention bonus structure isn't realistic to achieve, so people start getting 'creative' with numbers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want quality people to stay long term, pay them a realistic wage, including your managers. Invest in them, and they'll invest in you! Stop allowing MEA's to turn and burn, make them more responsible for attrition, don't let it all fall on the MSDH.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Kids Activities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Kids Activities Team Member in Syosset, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Kids Activities Team Member in Syosset, NY (US)

    I worked at Life Time Fitness part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people and children are fantastic. I was exhausted at the end of the day but really had fun while at work.

    Cons

    You really need to love kids to work here. Often understaffed which means foregoing breaks. Also, if they feel that they are overstaffed (which they usually aren't) you will be sent home and only be paid for the time you worked (not your full shift)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rather than sending people home after they have planned their schedule around the times that they are given, you should use floating employees.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Member Services Team Member in Norcross, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Member Services Team Member in Norcross, GA (US)

    I worked at Life Time Fitness full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Free membership, getting to know the members which opens doors for new opportunities (side jobs,internships etc.), and scheduling with the supervisors to fit our schedule.

    Cons

    Upper management isn't in touch with the problems within the club. They aren't very transparent when there are major issues in the club when it comes to the actions of other team members.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop worrying about the bottom line so much!
    Let people work over 40 hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    The culture is very corporate and air tight.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Plano, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Plano, TX (US)

    I worked at Life Time Fitness part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The culture is organized and structured.

    Cons

    The people are trained to follow orders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for more employee discretion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great community of caring individuals, Excellent for stay at home moms who need to work part time and love kids

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN (US)

    I have been working at Life Time Fitness full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Childcare, convenient cafe, pools, salon all in one place

    Cons

    Sometimes you may be called upon to fill in if a team member does not show up, but management is quick to show recognition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More inservices to provide one on one talk with management and department heads.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Stressful, learning experience.

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Aquatics Supervisor in Florham Park, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Aquatics Supervisor in Florham Park, NJ (US)

    I have been working at Life Time Fitness part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I climbed the ladder pretty quickly and I was only in high school. Definitely have seen people go from hourly positions to full time.

    Cons

    Very stressful, very corporate, a lot expected of you and mostly young staff (i.e. high school/college students). Always felt like you were being watched with everything you did (always GMs/audits coming through)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of that constant "big brother" feeling and it would give more room for people to be creative and actually do their job (especially in less standard operable jobs like swim instruction/instructor positions).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Lifeguard

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Life Time Fitness

    Pros

    pretty easy job I think

    Cons

    can be boring I think

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