YMCA
3.5 of 5 1,068 reviews
www.ymca.net Chicago, IL 150 to 499 Employees

YMCA Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014
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3.5 1,068 reviews

                             

86% Approve of the CEO

YMCA President and CEO Neil Nicoll

Neil Nicoll

(250 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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Tutor

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at YMCA

ProsTeaching kids how to play different games. Showing them right from wrong. Keeping them safe at least a few hours a day from the streets.

ConsHaving to deal with the abused and the distance children. Very heart breaking and nerve wrecking

Advice to Senior ManagementExcellent job having a program for kids to be safe. .

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 people, great environment--but low pay

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at YMCA

ProsLove the staff and members

ConsLow pay--training expensive and time consuming

Advice to Senior ManagementOffer training co-pay and/or incentives for long term employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work and grow.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at YMCA part-time

ProsEveryone promotes the values of the YMCA and is easy to work with. The families and people there were the best part of my work experience.

ConsThe pay is low since the YMCA is a non-for-profit but developing kids' skills that they will have forever is well worth it.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Fantastic mission at the Y and a great place to work

Director (Current Employee)
Raleigh, NC (US)

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

Pros- Variety of experience
- Great team atmosphere
- Loyal employees

Cons- Not a lot of career growth in some departments
- Salaries are lower, but great benefits

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

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Gym Attendant

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Saint Louis, MO (US)

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

ProsThe Y is a fun place to work at. Very flexible with hours and a good job for students. The Y is a perfect job for part-time.

ConsThe Y doesn't have money to pay employees, that why so many jobs get cut and equipment might not be up-to-date.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to what the members have to say about improvement.

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Camp Counselor at YMCA

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at YMCA

ProsGreat summer position, it was fun to interact with the kids and see how much you impact them.

ConsDepending on supervisor the job may become stressful. Most of the time you are in the wrong whenever you deal with a kid because "the customer is always right".

Advice to Senior ManagementFind a supervisor that is understanding in what the children and counselor are going through.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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