YMCA Reviews

Updated 25 August, 2014
Updated 25 August, 2014
1,321 Reviews

3.7
1,321 Reviews
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YMCA President and CEO Neil Nicoll
Neil Nicoll
319 Ratings

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 150 reviews)

  • Always enjoyed working around fellow facilitators and working with kids everyday (in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • The pay is not very competitive but it is non profit so this is to be expected (in 62 reviews)

  • There is no growth potential you will only go so far with only part time positions (in 51 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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 for less than a 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
  2.  

    Great community

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    Current Employee - Customer Service  in  Mississauga, ON
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Mississauga, ON

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

    Pros

    NIce coworks, friendly and positive environment.

    Cons

    When it gets busy, it was often understaffed so pubilic maynot enjoy our 100% services.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More flexible schedual will work better for public.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good part-time job anything else run!

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    Current Employee - Middle Management
    Current Employee - Middle Management

    I have been working at YMCA full-time

    Pros

    You get to meet a number of people, interact with those from different walks of life. Help people, and change their lives.

    Cons

    Senior Management at the main office don't understand why we're losing members at such a fast rate. Pay is horrible for the amount of work. Staff are over worked, unappreciated and feel simply like a number. Place is going down the tubes fast.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to those who are in direct delivery of your programs. There is a disconnect between those at the branch level and those at the main office thus resulting in members leaving. As the opinion of those staff who are the ears to the members and you might learn a thing or two.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Great Place to work!

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    Current Employee - Fitness Director  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Fitness Director in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, lots of challenges.

    Cons

    Overworked, it is a charity and they are constantly cutting corners and you never have a proper budget to do anything.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Playground Supervisor

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    Former Employee - Playground Supervisor  in  Bright, NB
    Former Employee - Playground Supervisor in Bright, NB

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

    Pros

    I worked as playground supervisor one summer. We had a lot of freedom with the position. We were encouraged to set up a theme for each week with related programming. It was a lot of fun and allowed for creativity.

    Cons

    It may have been helpful to offer some programming suggestions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Youth Leader

    Current Employee - Youth Leader
    Current Employee - Youth Leader

    I have been working at YMCA part-time

    Pros

    they encourage you try different areas

    Cons

    they often do not give many breaks

  8.  

    YMCA

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    Former Employee - Member Service Representative  in  London, ON
    Former Employee - Member Service Representative in London, ON

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

    Pros

    friendly staff, fair wages, flexible schedules

    Cons

    communication between departments needs improvement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    supervisors are a must

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Loved the staff but the supervisor was not organized enough to be running my area properly

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA

    Pros

    Amazing staff very friendly and easy to get along with. Loved being able to use the whole facility when not working (workout areas). Pay was good

    Cons

    Boss was not able to do her duty well nor was there a good planning of hours when people needed more

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure almost all hour requests are bing matched so there is not a lack of staff nor conflicts between management and workers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A good company with a strong team

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    Former Employee - Early Childhood Assistant  in  Etobicoke, ON
    Former Employee - Early Childhood Assistant in Etobicoke, ON

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    When 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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep offering the benefits and extra hours paid for over time work put in.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Positive work environment, organized management.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Edmonton, AB
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB

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

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    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, salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO Nick Parkinson is doing a fantastic job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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