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YMCA Reviews

Updated 20 November, 2014
Updated 20 November, 2014
1,540 Reviews
3.6
1,540 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 173 reviews)

  • Always enjoyed working around fellow facilitators and working with kids everyday (in 43 reviews)


Cons
  • The pay is not very competitive but it is non profit so this is to be expected (in 76 reviews)

  • There is no growth potential you will only go so far with only part time positions (in 64 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Camp Counselor - How to have a great summer, but make terrible money

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Camp Ki-Wa-Y Counselor in Waterloo, ON
    Former Employee - Camp Ki-Wa-Y Counselor in Waterloo, ON

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

    Pros

    Spend an entire summer playing outside!
    Spend a summer with a bunch of other great young people like yourself.

    Cons

    Made about 150$ per week, management treated you like you were completely replaceable, and not very kind to their staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Fun work but no advancement.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in Toronto, ON

    I worked at YMCA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great seasonal job for the summer and to get in shape.

    Cons

    besides low wage, requires a lot of hours to work with kids.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do a better job at fundraising and provide more opportunities within the organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work, as long as you don't mind being paid less than you deserve and being worked like a horse.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Site Director in London, ON
    Former Employee - Site Director in London, ON

    I worked at YMCA as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    As someone who loves working with children, this was a great place to work. People who are self-motivated will really excel in their roles.
    The Core Values are really executed well and we used them all the time with kids.

    Cons

    People who are friends with managers get promotions. Management doesn't listen when employees complain. Day Camp pay is awful - not even minimum wage... When working 10+ hour days it's hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your staff what they deserve and continue to emphasize the Core Values.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Fulfilling yet frustrating

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Moncton, NB
    Former Employee - Manager in Moncton, NB

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

    Pros

    Culture and values are fantastic, great working environment

    Cons

    HR is poorly structured, too many diverse roles within each position and salaries very low

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    no respect for employees

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    Current Employee - Ece in Brockville, ON
    Current Employee - Ece in Brockville, ON

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

    Pros

    none- it is a terrible place to work

    Cons

    treated terribly- no raises, unpaid overtime

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get some skills, understanding needed of the requirements of the programs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Management all seem to have excessive chips on there shoulders, co-workers very unhappy.

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    Former Employee - Facilities Operator in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Facilities Operator in Edmonton, AB

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

    Pros

    Great employee access to facilities.

    Cons

    Low pay , Poorly trained departmental management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would recommend some leadership courses , also Intergrity ,respect, honesty is the company slogan but few manager display these.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    It is a satisfying feeling to give back to the community.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Maintenance Coordinator in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Maintenance Coordinator in Edmonton, AB

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

    Pros

    people and learning other perspectives about society

    Cons

    The major drawback is salary, but I was not there for that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire within your community.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great employer, felt valued, offered opportunities and developed. Felt like I was making a difference.

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    Current Employee - Administration
    Current Employee - Administration

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

    Pros

    Work for an organization with integrity. Feel like you make a difference.

    Cons

    Smaller sized organization - limited growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to grow the organization and invest in people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Great starting position

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - After School Assistant in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - After School Assistant in Vancouver, BC

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

    Pros

    You're working for a good cause (in my case, I helped busy working parents with childcare)
    Friendly coworkers
    Free membership to YMCA Facility

    Cons

    Low paying job leads to high turn over
    Poor hours (for the school care assistant, hours are from 7:30 - 9 and 2:30 - 6)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide better hours for morning daycare or better pay

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Experience doesn't pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Maintenance in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    Diverse work environment, equal opportunity employer

    Cons

    No matter how much experience you have they start you at the bottom of the pay scale.

    Doesn't Recommend

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