YMCA Reviews

Updated 25 April, 2015
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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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  1. My experience was overall positive, which is why I stayed for so long. Teaching lessons, however, was such a pain.

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    Current Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in Montreal, QC
    Current Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in Montreal, QC

    I have been working at YMCA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Free YMCA membership
    -Decent working conditions
    -Pay was complicated but I never had a error with my paystub

    Cons

    -Low pay, very slow at getting raise
    -Teaching lessons was awful, should have a higher wage

    Advice to Management

    Keep trying new techniques, however make sure that it is very clear what the changes are. Some people have been working there a long time and are slow at the adjustments.

  2. Great Company, Uncaring Management

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    Current Employee - YMCA Member Services
    Current Employee - YMCA Member Services

    I have been working at YMCA part-time

    Pros

    Great Co-workers
    Friendly Place to work

    Cons

    Low Pay
    Upper Management cares only about numbers and money.
    Thankless Job
    No recognition and No Compensation

    Advice to Management

    Learn to appreciate workers more
    Recognition for good work goes a lot further than constant criticism.

  3. Membership and Sales

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at YMCA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You get to work with awesome staff

    Cons

    The hours can be long but you are never bored

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  5. exciting

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    Current Employee - Member Service Associate in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Member Service Associate in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at YMCA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly staff, membership included with job, ability to move up the ladder, faced paced

    Cons

    Different managers each day, long hours, or barely any hours,

  6. I loved every moment of the day

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    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

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

  7. great for new graduates

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    Current Employee - Programming in Sudbury, ON
    Current Employee - Programming in Sudbury, ON

    I have been working at YMCA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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

  8. Not what I expected.

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    Former Employee - RECE in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - RECE in Toronto, ON

    I worked at YMCA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent hourly pay, YMCA membership, children

    Cons

    Shift work, personal growth, training (lack of), no part-time benefits.

  9. good good good good good good

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    Former Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - YMCA Lifeguard in Calgary, AB

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    nice people nice people nice people nice people

    Cons

    nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing

    Advice to Management

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

  10. 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 Management

    Make it more fun and interesting if possible

  11. awesome

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    Current Employee - Personal Trainer
    Current Employee - Personal Trainer

    I have been working at YMCA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    no room for personal growth

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