YMCA

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YMCA Reviews

Updated 17 December, 2014
Updated 17 December, 2014
1,593 Reviews
3.6
1,593 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.  

    Employment Resources Employment Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    people there are friendly. You can make a lot of friends and learn multi-culture there.

    Cons

    limited career development. you cannt get much useful working experience in my position.

  2.  

    Great experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Personal Trainer in Toronto, ON

    I worked at YMCA part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Great support from management
    -Lots of freedom/autonomy

    Cons

    - Low Pay
    - Not much promotional growth opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Increase pay and responsibility

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Fast-paced work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Employment and Services in Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - Employment and Services in Ottawa, ON

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

    Pros

    Excellent co-workers; you will enjoy working with them.

    Cons

    Little room for growth. considerable staff turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Exceptional workplace culture; friendly people; diverse and multicultural.
    A great place to start but little hope for personal growth. People are always concerned about the compensation comparing to the actual life style.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    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

  6.  

    great learning experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Child Care Assistant in Guelph, ON
    Former Employee - Child Care Assistant in Guelph, ON

    I worked at YMCA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great team. Great leaders. Training was really good.

    Cons

    Not always enough time for weekly planning

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Entry Level Position

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA full-time

    Pros

    Co-workers were great! Enjoyed coming into work everyday.

    Cons

    Not much opportunity for advancement. Pay is very basic.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    company has no value of their lower lever employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    if you are a new emigrant, good company to start.

    Cons

    company has no value of their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    to spend less money on their salaries and bonuses and increase the starting salary for lover lever of employment. It's the same as 10 years ago.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Summer Camp

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - YMCA Camp Counselor in Brampton, ON
    Current Employee - YMCA Camp Counselor in Brampton, ON

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

    Pros

    The kids are wonderful and the staff are very supportive. There is flexibility in our program plans so counselors can become very creative.

    Cons

    Some miscommunications here and there. No more than there is to be expected in a large camp like theirs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Counselor

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    Former Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in Toronto, ON

    I worked at YMCA as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The opportunity to work with great kids.
    Strong training

    Cons

    Not a lot of support during the day with flexible staffing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Not in it for the pay

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    Former Employee - Front Desk in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Front Desk in Vancouver, BC

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

    Pros

    - flexible schedule / easy to get a shift covered
    - work with amazing people, like family
    - leadership/management was supportive/fun/understanding, but that began to change shortly before I left.
    - free gym membership
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    Cons

    - became too sales focused
    - management/head office started to make poor choices/changes
    - applying for leadership/management positions as an internal employee sometimes worked against you...(saw a lot of internal employees apply for jobs that were the perfect fit for them and they didn't get hired. Part of the reasoning is because hiring for all positions is done through head office, not by centre.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Provide your great staff team with a worthy reason to stick around longer...recognition programs that AREN'T every 7 years, pay increase, training/workshop opportunities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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