YMCA
3.5 of 5 1,069 reviews
www.ymca.net Chicago, IL 150 to 499 Employees

YMCA Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014
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3.5 1,069 reviews

                             

86% Approve of the CEO

YMCA President and CEO Neil Nicoll

Neil Nicoll

(251 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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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 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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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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Fantastic mission at the Y and a great place to work

Director (Current Employee)
Raleigh, NC (US)

I have been working at YMCA full-time for more than 10 years

Pros- Variety of experience
- Great team atmosphere
- Loyal employees

Cons- Not a lot of career growth in some departments
- Salaries are lower, but great benefits

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

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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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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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Camp Counselor at YMCA

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at YMCA

ProsGreat summer position, it was fun to interact with the kids and see how much you impact them.

ConsDepending on supervisor the job may become stressful. Most of the time you are in the wrong whenever you deal with a kid because "the customer is always right".

Advice to Senior ManagementFind a supervisor that is understanding in what the children and counselor are going through.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Well Run, Good People

Lifeguard (Former Employee)
State College, PA (US)

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

ProsWorking at your neighborhood Y means you are working with members of your community, both as staff and as patrons. It is a very welcoming environment, and allows you to give a positive influence on the community.

ConsThe quality of the facilities can vary. I was fortunate to work in a Y that was very well maintained. Although, it is important to remember that the Y will never be comparable to some of the more lavish fitness centers, but it doesn't try to be.

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

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Great company to gain experience with while in College (and beyond)!

Assistant Site Coordinator (Former Employee)
Raleigh, NC (US)

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

Pros-Flexible hours and very meaningful work if you enjoy mentoring and tutoring grade school students.
-Good co-workers

Cons-Pay is not that high but is still a great opportunity to be developed by a reputable company.
-Hours are usually after school time.

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

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