YMCA
3.5 of 5 1,064 reviews
www.ymca.net Chicago, IL 150 to 499 Employees

YMCA Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014
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3.5 1,064 reviews

                             

86% Approve of the CEO

YMCA President and CEO Neil Nicoll

Neil Nicoll

(249 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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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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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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Well Run, Good People

Lifeguard (Former Employee)
State College, PA (US)

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

ProsWorking at your neighborhood Y means you are working with members of your community, both as staff and as patrons. It is a very welcoming environment, and allows you to give a positive influence on the community.

ConsThe quality of the facilities can vary. I was fortunate to work in a Y that was very well maintained. Although, it is important to remember that the Y will never be comparable to some of the more lavish fitness centers, but it doesn't try to be.

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

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Great company to gain experience with while in College (and beyond)!

Assistant Site Coordinator (Former Employee)
Raleigh, NC (US)

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

Pros-Flexible hours and very meaningful work if you enjoy mentoring and tutoring grade school students.
-Good co-workers

Cons-Pay is not that high but is still a great opportunity to be developed by a reputable company.
-Hours are usually after school time.

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

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Aquatic Director

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at YMCA

ProsGreat mission retirement is great the work enviroment is good

ConsLong hours pay is ok

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