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YMCA Reviews

Updated 19 August 2014
Updated 19 August 2014
1,306 Reviews

3.7
1,306 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 150 reviews)

  • Always enjoyed working around fellow facilitators and working with kids everyday (in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • The pay is not very competitive but it is non profit so this is to be expected (in 62 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great job, low pay

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    Current Employee - Senior Counselor  in  Marlboro, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Counselor in Marlboro, NJ (US)

    Pros

    Working outdoors during the summer months is very nice. Also working with children through various activities is a rewarding job.

    Cons

    The pay is salary based which evens out to about 4 dollars an hour.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Fitness instructor at 2 area Y's

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Child watch, members, great supervisors

    Cons

    Low pay, not great support network

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Awesome community oriented work environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lifeguard and Swim Instructor  in  Berkeley, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Lifeguard and Swim Instructor in Berkeley, CA (US)

    Pros

    Family oriented. Healthy. Employees are entitled to free gym membership. Staff from all departments are genuinely interested in getting to know one another.

    Cons

    The only downside to working at the Downtown Berkeley YMCA is that parking is difficult given my local Y is so centrally located.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Group Fitness Instructor

    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    Pros

    Fun place to work, with a great staff and members.

    Cons

    The pay scale is below average.

  6.  

    Overall good experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fitness Specialist  in  Grand Rapids, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Fitness Specialist in Grand Rapids, MI (US)

    Pros

    Fun people to work with and a fun atmosphere.

    Cons

    not the greatest paying jobs. Hard to get full time hours. Limited to 25 hours a week.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    I enjoyed my time there

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Preschool Teacher  in  Papillion, NE (US)
    Current Employee - Preschool Teacher in Papillion, NE (US)

    Pros

    Flexible, supportive, and a good learning experience

    Cons

    Pay was not great but these were entry level part time positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lifeguard and Swim Instructor  in  San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Lifeguard and Swim Instructor in San Diego, CA (US)

    Pros

    It is a great place to learn core values to carry with you the rest of your life. The relaxed yet professional environment very much follows the y way.

    Cons

    The chain of command is a little fragmented and more definite positions of power should be made more evident.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be more organization and policies to make for more structure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Aquatics Director

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Aquatics Director  in  Quakertown, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Aquatics Director in Quakertown, PA (US)

    Pros

    Home/Work Balance. Caring enviroment. Supervisors listen to you.

    Cons

    Low Pay. Corporate Offices don't listen to the little people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Pros

    Working at the Ymca you learn about one-self. You learn that you can make a difference if you believe you can.

    Cons

    Somewhat unorganized at times. Should focus more time on emphasizing how important being organized really is.

  11.  

    Awesome place to work if you're in school

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Youth Development Specialist  in  The Woodlands, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Youth Development Specialist in The Woodlands, TX (US)

    Pros

    flexible schedule, team environment, laid-back atmosphere, community involvement, personal fulfillment, chances to work in different departments

    Cons

    few opportunities for advancement or significant pay raises

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create more opportunities for career advancement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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