YMCA
3.5 of 5 1,077 reviews
www.ymca.net Chicago, IL 150 to 499 Employees

YMCA Reviews

Updated Apr 22, 2014
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3.5 1,077 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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A good company with a strong team

Early Childhood Assistant (Former Employee)
Etobicoke, ON

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

ProsDecent wages for the field. Friendly staff, great hours. Comfortable and welcoming work place.

ConsWhen working for a before and after school program you have to find a way to fill your day because you are working a split shift which can be tiring.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep offering the benefits and extra hours paid for over time work put in.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Positive work environment, organized management.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Edmonton, AB

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

ProsI make a difference in the community by improving people's lives. I feel better about working with people who want to make a positive impact on the world.

ConsSalary, salary, salary, salary, salary, salary, salary, salary, salary, salary, salary, salary, salary, salary, salary, salary, salary, salary, salary, salary, salary, salary, salary, salary, salary, salary, salary, salary.

Advice to Senior ManagementCEO Nick Parkinson is doing a fantastic job!

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

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Awesome

Lifeguard (Current Employee)
Calgary, AB

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

ProsFriendly culture, welcoming atmosphere, huge range of activities and classes to teach or participate in as an added-bonus in working there, health and fitness focus and bonuses are also excellent, great place to work. Also, fair and timely promotions.

ConsSometimes work is quite repetitive or you will meet difficult patrons, customer service dealings are sometimes challenging, cons can be found in any other company though really

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at YMCA

ProsRelaxed enviroment, friend staff and members

ConsNo clear direction for management

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Camp Counselor - How to have a great summer, but make terrible money

Camp Ki-Wa-Y Counselor (Former Employee)
Waterloo, ON

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

ProsSpend an entire summer playing outside!
Spend a summer with a bunch of other great young people like yourself.

ConsMade about 150$ per week, management treated you like you were completely replaceable, and not very kind to their staff.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Fun work but no advancement.

Summer Camp Counselor (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON

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

ProsGreat seasonal job for the summer and to get in shape.

Consbesides low wage, requires a lot of hours to work with kids.

Advice to Senior Managementdo a better job at fundraising and provide more opportunities within the organization.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work, as long as you don't mind being paid less than you deserve and being worked like a horse.

Site Director (Former Employee)
London, ON

I worked at YMCA as a contractor for more than 3 years

ProsAs someone who loves working with children, this was a great place to work. People who are self-motivated will really excel in their roles.
The Core Values are really executed well and we used them all the time with kids.

ConsPeople who are friends with managers get promotions. Management doesn't listen when employees complain. Day Camp pay is awful - not even minimum wage... When working 10+ hour days it's hard.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay your staff what they deserve and continue to emphasize the Core Values.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Fulfilling yet frustrating

Manager (Former Employee)
Moncton, NB

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

ProsCulture and values are fantastic, great working environment

ConsHR is poorly structured, too many diverse roles within each position and salaries very low

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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no respect for employees

ECE (Current Employee)
Brockville, ON

I have been working at YMCA full-time for more than 5 years

Prosnone- it is a terrible place to work

Constreated terribly- no raises, unpaid overtime

Advice to Senior Managementget some skills, understanding needed of the requirements of the programs

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

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Management all seem to have excessive chips on there shoulders, co-workers very unhappy.

Facilities Operator (Former Employee)
Edmonton, AB

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

ProsGreat employee access to facilities.

ConsLow pay , Poorly trained departmental management.

Advice to Senior ManagementI would recommend some leadership courses , also Intergrity ,respect, honesty is the company slogan but few manager display these.

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

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