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YMCA Reviews

Updated 17 December 2014
Updated 17 December 2014
1,591 Reviews
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1,591 Reviews
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Child Care Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA full-time

    Pros

    Great leaders. They want you to grow. They help you with more training. They care about you and family. Great benefits, great retirement, free membership, low cost youth sports, swim lessons, childcares.

    Cons

    Working in non-profits will never make you wealthy, you can't be in it for the money.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    great place to work either full time t or part time

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    Current Employee - Membership Service Representative in Newark, DE (US)
    Current Employee - Membership Service Representative in Newark, DE (US)

    I have been working at YMCA part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun energetic place to work

    Cons

    Pay is on the lower side but they offer great retirement benefit even if you are part time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more use of your part time staff. They deal with the members daily.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Well

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great mangment and working with children!

    Cons

    Some staff are very petty

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    screen better

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great experience!

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    Former Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in Grantham, NH (US)
    Former Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in Grantham, NH (US)

    I worked at YMCA as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked as a summer counselor through one of the YMCA camps and had a wonderful experience. I feel like I received a lot of support and learned so much.

    Cons

    It is a high burn job, because you're working with big groups of kids. However, it is totally worth it!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None at this time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Fantastic place to work, help others, and grow as a person.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Childcare Provider in East Greenbush, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Childcare Provider in East Greenbush, NY (US)

    I worked at YMCA part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The YMCA is a fantastic place to work. The employees are all friendly and passionate about helping others. I was able to take off work in advance for family events without any trouble. The YMCA provided for me an opportunity to grow as a person and discover my passion for teaching children.

    Cons

    The only disadvantages to working at the YMCA is the low compensation you receive and the lack of raises even after 9 years of employment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees love working for such a compassionate association. You may want to consider rewarding your employees for their hard work and time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Can be great, but very depended on leadership.

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    Current Employee - Member Service Director in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Member Service Director in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at YMCA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Often there is a commitment to staff development and and opportunity to have a great impact.

    Cons

    Depending on leadership and the size of the organization, those things can drop off the top of the priority list, and transparency is sometimes an issue. Diversity of leadership is not currently a high priority, and that can be tricky when the constituency you serve is so diverse.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to build your brand and take on additional leadership responsibility outside your normal duties.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA full-time

    Pros

    Many benefits including leadership development, 12% retirement, full benefits for FT, membership & tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    As in most non-profits, work long hours and wear many hats.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace the passion and talent of your staff and you see the benefits.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Flexible and Friendly

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in York, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in York, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, friendly coworkers, use of facilities and community activities

    Cons

    low pay, chaotic management, dirty building, no training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate and cooperate

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    One of the most rewarding experiences of my life

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    Former Employee - YMCA Lifeguard and Swim Instructor in Boulder, CO (US)
    Former Employee - YMCA Lifeguard and Swim Instructor in Boulder, CO (US)

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

    Pros

    I worked as a swim coach for the ymca and it was one of the most rewarding jobs to work with kids and teach them how to swim. The hours are flexible, and a great rotation schedule for the life gaurds.

    Cons

    The pay was terrible, slightly above mininum wage and the hours can start to feel long when you spend so much time in the sun.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train a team of lifeguards and swim instructors well enough to lower the quantity needed and then pay them more to guarantee they stay longer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work

    Current Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in Joshua, TX (US)
    Current Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in Joshua, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Good environment, great leadership, people really believe in the cause, they pay for all training

    Cons

    Pay is not as much as I would like for it to be. Especially for hours spent teaching swim lessons.

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