YMCA
3.5 of 5 1,079 reviews
www.ymca.net Chicago, IL 150 to 499 Employees

YMCA Reviews

Updated Apr 22, 2014
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3.5 1,079 reviews

                             

86% Approve of the CEO

YMCA President and CEO Neil Nicoll

Neil Nicoll

(253 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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Very good

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at YMCA full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat hours
Fun people to work with
Great experience and mentoring

ConsAlways on call
Taking a vacation means coming back to a lot of work

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Awesome place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at YMCA

ProsA sense of belonging to a team that works together

ConsMembers will notice you when you work out

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Amazing experience, frustrating management.

Summer Camp Counselor (Former Employee)
Kitchener, ON

I worked at YMCA as a contractor for less than a year

ProsOpportunity to be outdoors.
Get to work with children playing games and teaching outdoor skills.
Watersports.

ConsManagement was frustrating and unhelpful.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more fun with employees, and more forgiving. The camps should be a fun and safe environment for everyone.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Pleasant YMCA of Vancouver

Before and AFter School Care Assistant (Former Employee)
Vancouver, BC

I worked at YMCA part-time for more than 3 years

ProsOverall good training, and support. The amount of work is fair. Good place to gain work experience.

ConsBecause the company is non-profit pay is low and also typically not a lot of opportunities to advance to different positions.

Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease pay,

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Excellent and fabulous place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsGreat collaborative team and excellent company with great service to community. Company really values families and community..

ConsLittle advancement opportunity and salary ok compared to big market players but it's understandable being a non-profit company

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

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Camp Counselor Job

Summer Camp Counselor (Current Employee)
Milton, ON

I have been working at YMCA as a contractor for less than a year

Pros-outdoors, which means lots of sun, swim time and nature. It also helps maintain a healthy lifestyle as there's lots of running and walking up and down ski hills (at the Kelso Conservation location)
-great staff
-a lot of fun
-doesn't feel like a job

Cons-low pay
-hard to communicate with people working at corporate

Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate more!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Lack of long term plan has driven away its best employees

Director (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON

I worked at YMCA full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat work/life balance available. Non-salary benefits better than at most companies. Many opportunities for professional training available to senior staff. Easy work for interested part-time staff.

ConsSalary is quite low even for senior positions (managers and directors) relative to the job requirements and duties performed. Very little opportunity for career advancement due to the limited full time and senior positions available. Huge loss of highly educated and experienced staff since 2011 due to layoffs and turnover. Lack of resources (financial and human) to work well.

Advice to Senior ManagementNo long term vision for revenue growth at the head office. Layoffs are decided by senior VPs who have never had contact with the staff they are letting go. Company is not competitive in the market. Company tries to be everything to everyone -- There is no focus on its core competencies and thus resources (financial and human) are consistently stretched too thin.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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YMCA is a great place to work

Manager, Association Advancement and Philanthropy (Current Employee)
Barrie, ON

I have been working at YMCA full-time for more than 3 years

Pros- appreciation of life/work balance includes flexible work hours to accomodate family needs
- great opportunity to grow, learn, develop and move to other positions within the organization
- as a charity has a great mission that they focus on strongly, they pay attention to being efficient and the staff to their jobs to the best of their ability, not a lot of lazy folks here

Cons- charity work means that there is always more to do than there is time to do it, it can get stressful here with lots of opportunities to pursue

Advice to Senior Management- find a way to thank/recognize employees hard work publicly

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

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A stepping stone job

Swimming Instructor/Lifeguard (Former Employee)
Surrey, BC

I worked at YMCA part-time for more than 5 years

ProsNothing beats playing with kids

ConsExtremely poor pay. Mismanagement of finances to the point where the assumed role as a charitable institution ought to be questioned.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay your employees better and stop spending frivolously on things that are unneeded.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Co-Workers, Frustrating Beuraucracy

Youth Worker (Current Employee)
Montreal, QC

I have been working at YMCA part-time for more than 3 years

ProsGot to work with many troubled teens, help many of them turn their lives around
Had a great team that I could always trust
Great free access to facilities during off-hours
A lot of cross-departmental support

ConsLots and LOTS of red-tape when attempting to deal with unique situations.
Culture of "males victims of domestic violence probably deserve it."
Not much room for advancement.

Advice to Senior ManagementDitch the Female Empowerment/Feminist handbooks and focus more on gender equality and gender-neutral services.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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