YMCA
3.5 of 5 1,074 reviews
www.ymca.net Chicago, IL 150 to 499 Employees

YMCA Reviews

Updated Apr 19, 2014
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3.5 1,074 reviews

                             

86% Approve of the CEO

YMCA President and CEO Neil Nicoll

Neil Nicoll

(252 ratings)

70% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Free gym membership and access to fitness classes"
    in 126 reviews
  • "got to get experience working with kids, the faculty is always great and easy to work with"
    in 27 reviews
Cons:
  • "Not great pay because it is a non-profit organization, can be some limited hours"
    in 48 reviews
  • "Part-time staff will rarely make over minimum wage unless they're the head guard"
    in 43 reviews
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Camp Counselor

Camp Counselor (Former Employee)
Viola, KS (US)

I worked at YMCA full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat, fun environment. You basically get paid to play games, swim, and ride horses.

ConsSometimes there were difficult kids and parents to deal with.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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If your looking for a non-profit organization to work for that actually helps the community, this is the place for you

Service Center (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA (US)

I have been working at YMCA part-time for more than 3 years

Prosgreat place to work. upper management can get in the way of things but usually they just stay out of the way

ConsThe organization structure is a bit confusing and sometimes unclear

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Very organized and constantly changing for the better. Enjoyed working for YMCA.

Camp Counselor (Former Employee)
Decatur, IL (US)

I worked at YMCA part-time for less than a year

ProsVery organized, good to employees, and very good bosses. Once your foot is in the door you can work a number of different positions.

ConsThere aren't very many challenges working here except of course if you were to work with the kids. Kids can very rowdy and often need discipline but it's nothing anybody can't handle.

Advice to Senior ManagementNo advice at all.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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good atmosphere

Camp Counselor (Former Employee)
Navarre, FL (US)

I worked at YMCA part-time for less than a year

Prosvery flexible schedule, friendly staff. This was my first job and I learned a great experience from there.

ConsMy job title was only summer term because I went off to college. To me there werent really any cons.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to work! Great people!

Front Desk Employee (Current Employee)
Rome, GA (US)

I have been working at YMCA part-time for more than a year

ProsManagement can be very flexible with your hours.
This job isn't very labor intensive.
Great work culture.
Free Gym Membership with employment.

ConsCan be very stressful.
A lot to learn regarding the various rules and operations for each department.
This position is always the person who people complain to so you have to have people skills.

Advice to Senior ManagementWork to make sure that all employees are fully trained before asking them to work in this position.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great people, great environment--but low pay

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at YMCA

ProsLove the staff and members

ConsLow pay--training expensive and time consuming

Advice to Senior ManagementOffer training co-pay and/or incentives for long term employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Gym Attendant

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Saint Louis, MO (US)

I have been working at YMCA part-time for more than a year

ProsThe Y is a fun place to work at. Very flexible with hours and a good job for students. The Y is a perfect job for part-time.

ConsThe Y doesn't have money to pay employees, that why so many jobs get cut and equipment might not be up-to-date.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to what the members have to say about improvement.

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Great place to work and grow.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at YMCA part-time

ProsEveryone promotes the values of the YMCA and is easy to work with. The families and people there were the best part of my work experience.

ConsThe pay is low since the YMCA is a non-for-profit but developing kids' skills that they will have forever is well worth it.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Job to have while attending college or need a flexible schedule.

Children's Waiting Room Attendant (Current Employee)
Sacramento, CA (US)

I have been working at YMCA part-time for less than a year

ProsWorking at YMCA part-time as a college student really has its perk. Flexible shifts and friendly staff. Also free gym membership to local YMCA. The job is stress free so you have a chance to be creative, play, and interact.

ConsA bit tough to excel or advance. At times, the job can seem dull especially when you are looking for a job that pushes you or allows to you continuously learn something new.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Tutor

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at YMCA

ProsTeaching kids how to play different games. Showing them right from wrong. Keeping them safe at least a few hours a day from the streets.

ConsHaving to deal with the abused and the distance children. Very heart breaking and nerve wrecking

Advice to Senior ManagementExcellent job having a program for kids to be safe. .

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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