YMCA Reviews

Updated 19 September 2014
Updated 19 September 2014
1,380 Reviews
3.6
1,380 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 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.  

    Great experience, great focus on child development and family friendly clients.

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    Former Employee - Personal Trainer  in  Burlington Township, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in Burlington Township, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance is great considering the flexible hours as a trainer. Great people join the Y and they are willing to become personal training clients if you establish a good relationship with them,

    Cons

    A higher compensationwould make this place ideal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Benefits aren't as good as they could be.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    The YMCA is good to work for.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    The YMCA provides a good environment for employees, giving sufficient training and friendly support with a family feel.

    Cons

    Although the environment is positive and engaging, the pay leaves a lot to be desired. It is minimum wage even after working an extended period of time.

  3.  

    Fun company to work for

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    Current Employee - Fitness Instructor  in  Niles, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Fitness Instructor in Niles, MI (US)

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

    Pros

    Friendly Staff, excellent class participation.

    Cons

    Limited bonuses and incentives. Limited resources for some classes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Once great but has been driven down by poor COO leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Indianapolis, IN (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN (US)

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

    Pros

    Flexibility of job, paid days off, addition sick leave balance (30 day max), 12% paid retirement. Additional 403b retirement options, flexible health savings account, CDA, 50% all programs, free family membership

    Cons

    Lack of raises to keep up with cost of living, micromanaged, inflexibility to grow especially with technology. No promotions, stretched resources by building instead of investing in current staff. Too much expansion, too soon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When will staff be promoted? Why are we locked into exact job descriptions from the last two decades? When will identifying talent and getting "the right person on the bus in the right seat" be a priority. What got us to the current standing will not get us to the next stage in city status and financial stability.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA part-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers, good work environment.

    Cons

    Not many cons here at the YMCA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to start a career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    Leadership is great to work for. They believe in work/life balance. Feel good about what you do.

    Cons

    Impossible to start a family on the low salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to pay to keep the best people if you want to take the ymca to that next level.

  8.  

    Great Place to Work With A Great Mission

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Charlotte, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    Great place to work with amazing core values being at the core of the company. You feel like you are changing the world every day no matter if you are front line staff or an a management position. Depending on your manager there are very good opportunies to grow in your career or stay stagnant in your current position.

    Cons

    Politics rule major management desicions, instead of the degree of work performed. Time off is rare to none as you are constantly on call in a management position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the mission in the front of all hiring descions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    The Y is a very fun place to work at and you get to be outside all day!

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    Former Employee - YMCA Camp Counselor  in  Berwyn, PA (US)
    Former Employee - YMCA Camp Counselor in Berwyn, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    Working outside all day, great co-workers. Make a difference in children's lives and you get to help benefit the community.

    Cons

    The pay is low, but the Y is a non profit so it is understandable that it is hard to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    let the employees be a little more free in their appearance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Fun people, long hours, low pay.

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    Former Employee - YMCA Lifeguard  in  Shoreview, MN (US)
    Former Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in Shoreview, MN (US)

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

    Pros

    -People who work there are fun and easy to be around.
    -They are very good about maintaining a safe and friendly environment so major incidents rarely every happen.

    Cons

    -Expect to make slightly above minimum wage.
    -They are frequently understaffed in the summers and will try to push hours on you if that is the case.
    -They do not allow lifeguards to work full time aka over 40 hours a week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Considering giving the loyal guards some pay raises.

  11.  

    Not great

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Working with members, plus there are hard-working individuals at this YMCA who care about the mission.

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't give much guidance and is out of touch. The outlying branches were kind of left to fend for themselves.

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