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YMCA Reviews

Updated 24 November 2014
Updated 24 November 2014
1,543 Reviews
3.6
1,543 Reviews
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YMCA President and CEO Neil Nicoll
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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 182 reviews)

  • Always enjoyed working around fellow facilitators and working with kids everyday (in 45 reviews)


Cons
  • The pay is not very competitive but it is non profit so this is to be expected (in 81 reviews)

  • There is no growth potential you will only go so far with only part time positions (in 67 reviews)

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  1.  

    The pay was solid

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    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Hartford, CT (US)
    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Hartford, CT (US)

    I worked at YMCA part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Everyone was a pleasure to work with and they paid you for training. The hours were also pretty good. It was a stable job

    Cons

    It was difficult to find people to cover your shift for you, the pool was hot
    and steamy to work in. It was a kind of lonely job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great summer job for the proximity to the National Park, YMCA of the Rockies

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Estes Park, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Estes Park, CO (US)

    I worked at YMCA full-time

    Pros

    Working here for the summer was overall a great experience. I loved interacting with guests. Most are families with small children. They hire a lot of internationals, so you get to meet people and make friends with people from ALL OVER the world. Most of the guests LOVE the YMCA, as many grew up going there in their childhood summers. The pay is not great, but it's not too hard to get overtime in other departments if they are short staffed there. Because not a lot of people stay past the summer, I think that if I had stayed it would have been possible to work up to a higher position. The year-round staff are awesome.

    Cons

    The pay is not great and the staff dining room gets old quickly. They take a significant amount out of your paycheck for housing and you're rooming with 2 to 3 other people. However, most people don't work there for the pay. We worked there for the experience, for its closeness to the park, and for our love of the outdoors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is working to find a way to incentivize employees to stay longer. Currently, most people leave after the summer season and they need to find better perks to keep the good people that work there in the summer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Good Pay, OK Hours.

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    Former Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in Charlotte, NC (US)

    I worked at YMCA part-time

    Pros

    Good working hours and good part time pay.

    Cons

    Hours aren't always consistent and no overtime is provided.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider providing overtime for employees when they have to stay past their shift.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    YMCA Review

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    Former Employee - Lifeguard and Swim Instructor in Andover, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Lifeguard and Swim Instructor in Andover, MA (US)

    I worked at YMCA part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very flexible hours, considerate of student schedule. Good first job for a high school student. Wide age range on the staff

    Cons

    Difficult to get placed in a different swim instruction level - all new employees started with primary school age, overstaffed, no break room

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Hard work, okay pay.

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    Former Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in Bridgeport, CT (US)
    Former Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in Bridgeport, CT (US)

    I worked at YMCA part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It has okay pay, but gives you a lot of experience with working with children. It helps set you set up for other positions at other companies.

    Cons

    Very low pay for what you are doing. Promotions aren't really an option if you are just a camp counselor. Pay increases little after a year's work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    inspiring work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA

    Pros

    Employees work in a beautiful setting and there are now more training opportunities available. Work related to the mission is very rewarding.

    Cons

    Not much to say here. Weather in Estes Park is also difficult in the winter time and commuting is challenging.

    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Best Place in The World

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    Current Employee - Site Coordinator
    Current Employee - Site Coordinator

    I have been working at YMCA part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great bosses and directors, make you feel like you are not even working! Having fun, doing a great job

    Cons

    Not very much room for promotions or moving up in the Y. Mainly part time positions- important to keep note of.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Very good Non-profit organization to work for

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    Former Employee - Membership Staff in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Membership Staff in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at YMCA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Put a lot of time into training new workers and also help to support them. Very good Non-profit organization to work for. The Andrew and Walter Young Family YMCA really care about their employees

    Cons

    The only con that this non profit has is pay. The pay is low because the organization is membership base. Therefore, if members are not paying for their members fees, hours get count.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Def a summer job

    Former Employee - Lifeguard
    Former Employee - Lifeguard

    I worked at YMCA part-time

    Pros

    It's not bad if you're just trying to make some money for the summer.

    Cons

    Management can be here and there, but it is a bit of a family atmosphere depending on your location.

  11.  

    Great organization to be a part of if you enjoy being around people.

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    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in Dallas, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in Dallas, TX (US)

    I worked at YMCA part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, motivated staff, friendly members.

    Cons

    Behind the times in technology - a lot of the hours and tracking is still done manually - especially for personal training. Pay is poor - but that's what you'll find in a non-profit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Regular update emails or meetings would go a long way in improving communication among departments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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