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YMCA Reviews

Updated 26 January, 2015
Updated 26 January, 2015
1,658 Reviews
3.6
1,658 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.  

    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

  2.  

    The YMCA of Niagara is a great place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  3.  

    Both rewarding and frustrating.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
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  5.  

    Customer Service Representative - GYM

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 an 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
  7.  

    Considerate, compassionate, care free employer, excellent with personal circumstances such health related concerns

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YMCA

    Pros

    Considerate, compassionate, care free employer, excellent with personal circumstances such health related concerns

    Cons

    Pay is below market value, no room for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay staff better, offer room for advancement and job development

  8.  

    Great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  9.  

    Fast-paced work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  10.  

    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.

  11.  

    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

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