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YMCA Reviews

Updated 24 November 2014
Updated 24 November 2014
1,543 Reviews
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1,543 Reviews
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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.  

    Best job I've had so far

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Everyone is so friendly. Kids, parents, co workers are always on the same page and communication is amazing. I saw little problems with leadership whether it was camp, SACC, or sports classes. Hours we very flexible as well.

    Cons

    Pay isn't the best but the amount of fun and the things you take away from working in an YMCA environment sort of make up for that.

  2.  

    YMCA Inernship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sports Intern in Boulder, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Sports Intern in Boulder, CO (US)

    I worked at YMCA as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Really prepared myself as to what to expect in a job upon graduation from college. More confident about holding a position not only after graduation but at a YMCA.

    Cons

    Broad role in internship doing various jobs. Career focus never narrowed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep being friendly

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Positive

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    Friendly environment, great coworkers, get to meet a lot of new people

    Cons

    Dealing with difficult people sometimes

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  5.  

    Front desk staff

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Front Desk Attendant in Lincoln, NE (US)
    Current Employee - Front Desk Attendant in Lincoln, NE (US)

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

    Pros

    Very good with working with your schedule. Fun environment to work in. The front desk staff all feel like one big family and for the most part help each other out when it comes to covering shifts.

    Cons

    Don't get paid enough to deal with a lot of the stuff we have to deal with when directors are gone. Very poor communication from directors to front staff; so we look clueless about 80% of the time when people ask a question regarding an upcoming event.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think we need to have a bi-monthly meeting regarding simple computer systems, how to close, etc. Also, if directors are telling members they can come to the front desk and sign up for the event then it needs to be in the computer system so we don't have to deal with upset members because it is not in the computer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    I love working at the Y

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pool Manager in Frederick, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Pool Manager in Frederick, MD (US)

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

    Pros

    Awesome environment that I love so much

    Cons

    Not much porganization Its ok though

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Has it's ups and downs

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    Nice patrons.
    Clean facility.
    Free membership to the gym which is nice.

    Cons

    Rude front desk, talk behind others backs.
    Horrible pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Up the pay

  8.  

    It's good if you can get in the benefit circle.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They really do care about their members and helping out however possible.

    Cons

    There are a limited group that know the finances and they take full advantage. Many travel all the time at company expense but the facility never benefits from these trips. This is the group that also has great health benefits, meanwhile many full time employees have nothing. Also, they only use checks, no direct deposit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut down on the full time employees travelling everywhere, let other employees try and get benefits.

  9.  

    The pay was solid

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Hartford, CT (US)
    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Hartford, CT (US)

    I worked at YMCA part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Everyone was a pleasure to work with and they paid you for training. The hours were also pretty good. It was a stable job

    Cons

    It was difficult to find people to cover your shift for you, the pool was hot
    and steamy to work in. It was a kind of lonely job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Experience. Loved working there

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member Service Representative in South Palm Beach, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Member Service Representative in South Palm Beach, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    It is a fun job, and the bosses were pretty cool for the most part.

    Cons

    Sometimes members can be a pain. And the disorganization doesn't help.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better organization

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great summer job for the proximity to the National Park, YMCA of the Rockies

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Estes Park, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Estes Park, CO (US)

    I worked at YMCA full-time

    Pros

    Working here for the summer was overall a great experience. I loved interacting with guests. Most are families with small children. They hire a lot of internationals, so you get to meet people and make friends with people from ALL OVER the world. Most of the guests LOVE the YMCA, as many grew up going there in their childhood summers. The pay is not great, but it's not too hard to get overtime in other departments if they are short staffed there. Because not a lot of people stay past the summer, I think that if I had stayed it would have been possible to work up to a higher position. The year-round staff are awesome.

    Cons

    The pay is not great and the staff dining room gets old quickly. They take a significant amount out of your paycheck for housing and you're rooming with 2 to 3 other people. However, most people don't work there for the pay. We worked there for the experience, for its closeness to the park, and for our love of the outdoors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is working to find a way to incentivize employees to stay longer. Currently, most people leave after the summer season and they need to find better perks to keep the good people that work there in the summer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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