YMCA Reviews

Updated 23 September 2014
Updated 23 September 2014
1,384 Reviews
3.6
1,384 Reviews
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YMCA President and CEO Neil Nicoll
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338 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • One of the best perks of working at the YMCA was the fact that employees are entitled to a free gym membership (in 150 reviews)

  • Always enjoyed working around fellow facilitators and working with kids everyday (in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • The pay is not very competitive but it is non profit so this is to be expected (in 62 reviews)

  • There is no growth potential you will only go so far with only part time positions (in 51 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Employer of Choice

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Melbourne
    Current Employee - Manager in Melbourne

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

    Pros

    They are great people and really care about what they do; and you.

    Cons

    There is so much choice; what to do?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen, listen, listen

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    it was a good first job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Coach  in  Paso Robles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Coach in Paso Robles, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    working with kids is the best and it really works around school schedules.

    Cons

    the amount of hours are horrible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get involved

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Overall it was a generally good experience.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Coach  in  Easton, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Coach in Easton, PA (US)

    I worked at YMCA as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Working with children was a very positive experience and it helped me develop more skills and patience so that in future jobs I would be able to work with kids even more proficiently.

    Cons

    Some of the dynamics of the work place environment felt more like an office where it needed to feel more family friendly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help and work with your employees and try to allocate funds so that all programs receive the proper and necessary funding and not just what may seem right.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A fantastic organization, with many opportunities

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

    I have been working at YMCA as an intern for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The YMCA really cares about the community and its members.
    Employees can really gain a sense of the Y's core values, and develop themselves personally.
    Great benefits

    Cons

    Surely the pay isn't the best, but it is to be expected in the non-profit industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train employees on company values. There are a lot of lessons to be learned from the core values

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    knowledge

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Services Coordinator  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Client Services Coordinator in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at YMCA full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    people and benefits are good

    Cons

    job specifics are a bit much they want you to do everyone's job along with your job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    appreciate your employee's

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Lifeguarding, short hours, but awful pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - YMCA Lifeguard  in  Rock Hill, SC (US)
    Current Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in Rock Hill, SC (US)

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

    Pros

    The work is pretty brainless, all you have to do is sit in a chair and watch people swim. The shifts are only 4-5 hours which is great if you're a college student. The people who work for the Y are great and you really feel like you're part of a community.

    Cons

    You work minimum wage and they will reduce your paycheck if you work over a certain number of hours a week. I haven't gotten a raise in 5 years. Despite the short shifts, lifeguarding gets really boring after awhile.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be aware of those who have been with the company for a long time and compensate them as such.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    YMCA IS AWESOME.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA as a contractor

    Pros

    The experience is entirely unforgettable.

    Cons

    You spend your money on beer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Exit interviews would be nice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great experience!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Wellness Coach  in  Hampton, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Wellness Coach in Hampton, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    Family environment
    positive energy
    able to balance social life and school
    friendly staff

    Cons

    The pay was average (not that i expected much)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good Experience

    Former Employee - Summer Camp Counselor  in  Newnan, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in Newnan, GA (US)

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

    Pros

    willing to work around your schedule, understanding, can work out for free

    Cons

    poor organization skills, not informative, lack of communication, compensation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better organization and communication with other YMCA's

  11.  

    Personally rewarding at every step

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Apex, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Apex, NC (US)

    I worked at YMCA part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great community, coworkers, and programs.

    Cons

    I love every part of the Y and cannot think of anything that is a con.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice for management because they are great

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