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YMCA Reviews

Updated 17 December 2014
Updated 17 December 2014
1,595 Reviews
3.6
1,595 Reviews
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YMCA President and CEO Neil Nicoll
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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 182 reviews)

  • Always enjoyed working around fellow facilitators and working with kids everyday (in 45 reviews)


Cons
  • The pay is not very competitive but it is non profit so this is to be expected (in 81 reviews)

  • There is no growth potential you will only go so far with only part time positions (in 67 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA full-time

    Pros

    Great development opportunities, networking, training, and positive staff. Management is very compassionate and truly care about their employees and their community. The mission is represented in every role and the emotional paycheck is tremendous! Flexible family-friendly scheduling to manage work/life balance.

    Cons

    Staff tend to be young and inexperienced (but enthusiastic) and turnover is high due to low pay and/or exhaustion. Pay increases are rare, despite achievement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage workloads for exempt staff and pay rates carefully to avoid burnout.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great organization, important work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at YMCA part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very motivated, passionate employees. Everyone here is extremely committed to the work they are doing, which is very important for a nonprofit. Management is competent, friendly, and understanding, but still is dedicated to getting the most out of their employees and the organization. Great work environment, laid-back and positive in many ways. Employees work hard and are invested in their work. Plus, we get free food all the time from leftovers from conferences held at the office, which is a nice perk.

    Cons

    Sometimes smaller projects and tasks can get forgotten about or lost in the shuffle, but this does not happen too frequently. Some systems are a little outdated, which can be frustrating and counterproductive at times, but the organization is currently addressing these issues and rapidly updating many of these systems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the work environment. Try to keep up-to-date with modern business practices to empower your employees to maximize the organization's potential.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    The friendly staff and residents make it an excellent place to work.

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    Former Employee - Day Camp Counselor in Skaneateles, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Day Camp Counselor in Skaneateles, NY (US)

    I worked at YMCA part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A fun and relaxed setting, benefits including free access to the gym and pool facilities, and shortened hours on Sunday. This is especially a wonderful place to work in the summers as a college student.

    Cons

    There is little room for advancement, hiring opportunities are rarely available, and although I did not work as a life guard, I have heard from friends that it is difficult to get enough hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the prices of the summer day care program and become stricter on parent's who consistently show up hours late to pick up their children.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Fun place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Outdoor Education Instructor
    Current Employee - Outdoor Education Instructor

    I have been working at YMCA part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You get to be outside all the time
    Fun activities
    Enjoyable and friendly coworkers

    Cons

    Communication problems
    Needs to be established staff wide training methods

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All staff from different departments need to get the same training. There needs to be better planning and organization with camp activities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    The best job I ever had. I miss the y so much!

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    Current Employee - Preschool Teacher in Encinitas, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Preschool Teacher in Encinitas, CA (US)

    I have been working at YMCA

    Pros

    The people, management is responsible and respectful. The y has values and values their employees.

    Cons

    None! I really can't think of anything bad.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Camp Counselor

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    Former Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in Darien, CT (US)
    Former Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in Darien, CT (US)

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    Very open schedule
    Freedom to make your schedule
    easy hours
    casual environment

    Cons

    parents can be quite rude
    low pay for first year
    can be redundant

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I love working for the YMCA of Capital View!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at YMCA part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You get free training, easy in come up in rank and management is very caring and empathetic.

    Cons

    You don't get many hours and the pay is a little low.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    previous employment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    Awesome environment and positive staff equals life-long friendships. Excellent training!!

    Cons

    There are no cons or negative comments that I have

  10.  

    Loved working for the Y!

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    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Charlotte, NC (US)

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    I had a ton of fun as a lifeguard at the Y. Great friends, great schedule, and an easy job with decent pay compared to what was available for high school/college kids. Working aquatics is great and you get a free membership to a nice gym.

    Cons

    Other life guarding jobs paid better in the area, but I always stuck with the benefits of working at the y. Also sometimes the clients treated us terribly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Passionate people working for the community.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Membership in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Membership in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at YMCA

    Pros

    Great opportunity to make an impact in your community.

    Cons

    Finding enough funding to meet the needs of community programs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks for such an awesome opportunity to work with people who enjoy their jobs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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