YMCA
3.5 of 5 1,077 reviews
www.ymca.net Chicago, IL 150 to 499 Employees

YMCA Reviews

Updated Apr 22, 2014
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3.5 1,077 reviews

                             

86% Approve of the CEO

YMCA President and CEO Neil Nicoll

Neil Nicoll

(253 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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Great stepping stone

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at YMCA full-time

ProsI loved working with the kids and my coworkers, we all worked together for about 4 years so we knew each other quite well. The kids we get in our department (sports) are always eager to learn and behave really well compared to the other groups at camp. One of our camp directors was also very helpful.

ConsUnfortunately, nonprofit politics gets in the way of some people doing their job correctly. The other camp director was totally incompetent and loved playing favorites. I've been there for 6 years and I haven't seen such incompetency in a while.

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

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Wonderful Organization to work for

Child Care Director (Current Employee)
Pittsburgh, PA (US)

I have been working at YMCA full-time for more than a year

ProsFlexible schedule, great retirement, effective leadership

Conslow pay for Program Directors, too high of pay for Senior Management

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at YMCA

ProsWorked for them for 7 years and it's been wonderful!

ConsI have no cons to write

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Great people, great mission

Personal Trainer (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL (US)

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

Pros"Y" people are the best kind of people

ConsPolitics make it difficult for advancement unless you are one of the chosen ones

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Summer Camps

Camp Director (Current Employee)
Mission Viejo, CA (US)

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

ProsGet paid to play sports all day.

ConsAngry parents, Hot days, and Micromanaged

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great company to work for, very rewarding

Summer Camp Counselor (Former Employee)
Tampa, FL (US)

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

ProsThis is a very motivating company to work for. The job is very rewarding, especially working with children. At the Y we have the ability to make differences in lives daily.

ConsThe only challenge is the pay is not great. This is something you must know coming into the job. You get paid in reward of making a difference in the lives of others and little actual pay.

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

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One of the best jobs I have had.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at YMCA part-time

ProsA place that promotes health and well being. Teamwork and a wonderful staff always present to make each day a good day. Free gym membership and access to fitness classes. Fun to have as a part time position, very willing to work around a college or high school schedule.

ConsLower base pay because of the smaller budgets. Not a lot of opportunity to move up, especially in certain areas. Not easily made into a career.

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

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great job

Fitness Instructor (Current Employee)
Granby, CT (US)

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

ProsMake the world a better place

ConsThe amount of money received is minimal, so that is not so good. but other than that no complaints. I love my job

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

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Loved the Y

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at YMCA part-time for more than 3 years

ProsThe Y is Great Place to work and I loved the Free Membership. Learned many skills that helped my career, I miss working there.

ConsProfits came first. I also worked in two departments with two very different supervisors, one appreciated me and valued my opinion and ideas the other it was their way or the highway.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Truly a great place to work.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsThe friendly and family oriented atmosphere is a huge plus.

ConsThere really isn't a con to working here.

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

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