YMCA
3.5 of 5 1,079 reviews
www.ymca.net Chicago, IL 150 to 499 Employees

YMCA Reviews

Updated Apr 22, 2014
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3.5 1,079 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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Lifeguarding by the lake was great

Lifeguard (Former Employee)

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

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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Great place to work

Director (Current Employee)
Newcastle, Down, Northern Ireland

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

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

I have been working at YMCA as an intern for less than a year

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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Fine Place to Work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at YMCA part-time

ProsNice people to work with.

Nice to work for an organization that promotes health and wellness.

ConsIt's a non-profit so the pay is not the best.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Very dedicate organization concerned about their cause.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL (US)

I worked at YMCA as a contractor for more than 3 years

ProsButtoned up leadership. Clear strategic plan well-communicated to organization. Regular team events and meetings to keep morale up. Employees look to support one another.

ConsCan be resistant to new ways of doing things as most of staff spent most/all of career within organization. Management agenda can be overly ambitious. Some sacred cows deep within culture make it harder to some positive change.

Advice to Senior ManagementIdentify fewer top priorities and get those done well. Stay open-minded to new approaches.

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

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fun, exciting place to work and contribute to society.

Counselor (Former Employee)
Albany, NY (US)

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

Prosmeet lots of nice people.

Conslong work hours for little pay.

Advice to Senior Managementlisten to the little guy.

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

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Camp Counselor (Former Employee)
Viola, KS (US)

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

ProsGreat, fun environment. You basically get paid to play games, swim, and ride horses.

ConsSometimes there were difficult kids and parents to deal with.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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If your looking for a non-profit organization to work for that actually helps the community, this is the place for you

Service Center (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA (US)

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

Prosgreat place to work. upper management can get in the way of things but usually they just stay out of the way

ConsThe organization structure is a bit confusing and sometimes unclear

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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good atmosphere

Camp Counselor (Former Employee)
Navarre, FL (US)

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

Prosvery flexible schedule, friendly staff. This was my first job and I learned a great experience from there.

ConsMy job title was only summer term because I went off to college. To me there werent really any cons.

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

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Great place to work! Great people!

Front Desk Employee (Current Employee)
Rome, GA (US)

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

ProsManagement can be very flexible with your hours.
This job isn't very labor intensive.
Great work culture.
Free Gym Membership with employment.

ConsCan be very stressful.
A lot to learn regarding the various rules and operations for each department.
This position is always the person who people complain to so you have to have people skills.

Advice to Senior ManagementWork to make sure that all employees are fully trained before asking them to work in this position.

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

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