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YMCA Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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3.5 1,256 reviews

84% Approve of the CEO

YMCA President and CEO Neil Nicoll

Neil Nicoll

(298 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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 145 reviews)

  • fun working with kids, got along well with my coworkers, pretty simple(in 31 reviews)


Cons
  • The pay is not very competitive but it is non profit so this is to be expected(in 58 reviews)

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

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    Great and satisfying experience

    Ymca Shop Assistant (Former Employee) Chorley, England

    ProsGreat people, working environments and flexible hours on submission

    Consalways dealing with the public in store.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Fun

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSociable good hours good pay

    ConsNot profit office culture time off

    Advice to Senior ManagementNA

     

    great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPeople are very friendly to wokl with

    Consrequre a lot of travelling

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    Lifeguarding by the lake was great

    Lifeguard (Former Employee)

    ProsReally fun , friendly atmosphere, great campouts under the stars

    ConsIt's in the middle of nowhere, half an hour to the nearest town and not very picturesque. Not a huge amount to do on days off in Kansas. Other camps in Pennsylvania had far more options for weekend trips and relaxation, and allowed far more nights out, allowing more bonding off work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep building, try to create more for the older kids to enjoy other than just training to become a staff member.

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    Nice place, shame about the people

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe beach is pretty awesome, and there are a lot of activities which the kids do seem to really enjoy.

    ConsThe staff are treated horribly for the campers to have a good time. There's a bunch of things they don't tell you about before you arrive, like black widow spiders, poisonous snakes, a serious lack of sleep and time off, and picking up over two hundred dead fish from the bay. But whatever, gotta 'put your camp face on and remember to make sure the campers have a good time'. Wouldn't recommend working for these people, I'm pretty sure a lot of what goes on is against ACA regulations, and maybe even the law. Some of the people are awesome, and some are alright, but a lot of them are backstabbing, liars, and generally make the job more of a chore. It's a horrible job, don't be fooled by pretty adverts and promises.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest in the job description, don't 'forget' to include a lot of the extra things staff have to do.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work

    Director (Current Employee) Newcastle, Down, Northern Ireland

    ProsGreat opportunities to grow, explore your youth work practice and ask questions.

    If you ask questions and develop proactive plans you will be empowered by the CEO to make necessary changes.

    ConsSomewhat unorganized practice at all levels

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great staff, opportunities and facilities

    Fitness Instructor (Current Employee) Lincoln, England

    ProsStaff help to develop you as both a person and professional. Opportunities are offered to improve CV and skills base

    ConsLack of equipment to compete with other big gyms but this is a charity gym

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook to invest a little more in equipment for gym. Keep up the good work otherwise

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

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    Life changing experiences!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsYou get to make a difference in youths lives, no matter what there background is. You get to meet people from around the world. Flexible hours, easy to take time off if needed. Great support from upper management.

    ConsPromotions don't come as often as they should. Higher up staff can play favorites. High amount of work for low compensation.

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

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    Great company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat opportunity for internal growth

    ConsPay is not the greatest since it is a non profit

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

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    Great Cause

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFriendly staff, laid back environment, set schedules allowing for consistency and ease of scheduling things around work. Fun and interesting atmosphere are a plus as well.

    ConsSometimes organization is a little too laid back and things either don't get communicated, or they don't get communicated effectively. Disorganization can also lead to the need to have to "wing" certain activities which can be frustrating to both the employees and the members. The pay is low and you don't really receive any raises, so incentive to remain there long term is minimal if you're needing a higher income, but the missions and values of the company are admirable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider how decisions impact the staff as well as the members. It can sometimes feel as though management is only working to favor the members and not focusing on caring for the staff. Actions speak louder than words, and when you say you appreciate the staff and go on about how valuable we are, it doesn't seem very genuine when it isn't backed up back any action.

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