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YMCA Reviews

Updated 2 March, 2015
Updated 2 March, 2015
1,746 Reviews
3.6
1,746 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.  

    I loved every moment of the day

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - YMCA Camp Counselor in Edmonton, AB
    Current Employee - YMCA Camp Counselor in Edmonton, AB

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

    Pros

    You get to work with great people and get to have fun doing it it's honestly amazing

    Cons

    Some kids never listen no matter and you have to learn to keep your temper

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just be responsible and take it seriously because after all it's a job and you still have to work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    great for new graduates

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programming in Sudbury, ON
    Current Employee - Programming in Sudbury, ON

    I have been working at YMCA

    Pros

    - Great support from direct supervisor and teammates
    - Good place to network with community members
    - Feels good to make a change and help families in need
    - Great for learning multiple areas - programming, staffing, supervision, mentoring, leadership, training, budget, etc.

    Cons

    - Low pay
    - Sometimes not given support through first few months - there wasn't much of a "training" session
    - Decisions were made top-down, sometimes it is not great for the whole team but good for the CEO

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    good good good good good good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in Calgary, AB

    I worked at YMCA part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    nice people nice people nice people nice people

    Cons

    nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep it up keep it up keep it up keep it up keep it up

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Pleasant time while it lasted.

    Current Employee - Front Desk Associate in Scarborough Township, ON
    Current Employee - Front Desk Associate in Scarborough Township, ON

    I have been working at YMCA

    Pros

    Lots to do
    get special benefits
    stay healthy/fit

    Cons

    Not many considering I worked for a short period of time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it more fun and interesting if possible

  6.  

    awesome

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Personal Trainer
    Current Employee - Personal Trainer

    I have been working at YMCA

    Pros

    working with the community and training them to be healthy

    Cons

    random hours.promotions are available but you have to push your self to prove them which is hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no room for personal growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    food counter

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    work for YMCA means help comunities

    Cons

    some conflicts between employes, because they are union and other not

  8.  

    The YMCA of Niagara is a great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Membership Host in Niagara Falls, ON
    Former Employee - Membership Host in Niagara Falls, ON

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    Working with people in the community was fantastic. It feels like a family. I had the opportunity to help a lot of people with financial assistance. People who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford memberships.

    Cons

    Working with a lot of younger people always has it's draw backs. There was always some type of drama, shirking shifts and irresponsibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward and praise the employees who are reliable and committed. Offer more full time positions and fewer part-time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Both rewarding and frustrating.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - YMCA Camp Counselor in Halifax, NS
    Former Employee - YMCA Camp Counselor in Halifax, NS

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    The work was inspiring and fulfilling. Lots of opportunities to learn and grow if you're willing to take them.

    Cons

    Not enough balance, general feeling of being under appreciated and expendable to the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your exployess, respect their contributions, pay them fairly. You'll experience much less turn over and much better results over all.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Customer Service Representative - GYM

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Markham, ON
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Markham, ON

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    Relaxed Environment
    Easy going
    Fair pay

    Cons

    Unorganized (so many new programs and events but information not passed along to all members)
    Good for part-time. Not career advancement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Great company but they need to learn how to treat their employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Before and After School Childcare Provider in Oakville, ON
    Current Employee - Before and After School Childcare Provider in Oakville, ON

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

    Pros

    Good salary - if your ECE/OCT qualified
    Fast-paced working environment
    A lot of opportunities for additional training and staff development

    Cons

    Awful at making staff feel appreciated
    Company is bad at backing up their staff
    Small salary increases
    Favoritism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make your staff feel wanted, needed and appreciated !!!

    Neutral Outlook

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