YMCA Reviews

Updated 29 September, 2014
Updated 29 September, 2014
1,412 Reviews
3.6
1,412 Reviews
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YMCA President and CEO Neil Nicoll
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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 164 reviews)

  • Always enjoyed working around fellow facilitators and working with kids everyday (in 38 reviews)


Cons
  • The pay is not very competitive but it is non profit so this is to be expected (in 70 reviews)

  • There is no growth potential you will only go so far with only part time positions (in 62 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

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

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Coordinator  in  Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Maintenance Coordinator in Edmonton, AB

    I worked at YMCA full-time for more than a 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
  2.  

    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 for 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
  3.  

    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 for 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
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  5.  

    Great starting position

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    Former Employee - After School Assistant  in  Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - After School Assistant in Vancouver, BC

    I worked at YMCA part-time for more than a 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
  6.  

    Experience doesn't pay

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    Current Employee - Maintenance  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Maintenance in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at YMCA full-time for 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
  7.  

    Great Org

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YMCA part-time

    Pros

    + Get to work with the community
    + Gym benefits
    + Commuity oriented professionals

    Cons

    - Conpensation is low, but that's just working in the non-profit field
    - A little difficult to move up

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Encouraging environment to build your skills

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    Former Employee - Community Outreach  in  Prince George, BC
    Former Employee - Community Outreach in Prince George, BC

    I worked at YMCA as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - Knowledgeable and supportive staff
    - Room for personal growth
    - Non-profit atmosphere is genuine and caring
    - Fun
    - Allowed everyone to have input in policies and processes

    Cons

    - Communication between departments was not always the best
    - Internal cliques

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement the suggestions put forth by team members

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great workplace for young people

    Current Employee - Contact Agent  in  Brampton, ON
    Current Employee - Contact Agent in Brampton, ON

    I have been working at YMCA as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    co-workers are friendly. My supervisor is really patient and nice.

    Cons

    Really really busy, and some customers are rude.

  10.  

    Great organization

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    Former Employee - Digital Marketing Intern  in  Oakville, ON
    Former Employee - Digital Marketing Intern in Oakville, ON

    I worked at YMCA as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    - Great people
    - Supportive culture
    - Work-life balance
    - Free access to facilities as an employee (gym, select change rooms etc.)

    Cons

    - Long-term employees can be set in their ways
    - Need to push for change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be supportive and LISTEN to the people that want change and want to move this organization forward. You cannot be set in your old ways.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Lead a more productive and fulfulling life with Sudbury YMCA Employment and Newcomer Services

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    Current Employee - Employment Placement Consultant  in  Sudbury, ON
    Current Employee - Employment Placement Consultant in Sudbury, ON

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

    Pros

    YMCA Sudbury lives and breathes it's core values: caring, excellence, honesty, respect, and responsibility. The organization has an excellent reputation in the community and so it's easy to take pride in working for this company.

    YMCA, in this era of contractual employees, does its best to hire people full-time, especially if they have successfully completed their contract.

    YMCA strongly believes in professional development and many opportunities are available throughout the year.

    There are occasions to interact with many executives, whether it's the local CEO or General Manager or the President and CEO at the National Level which helps with feeling connected to the organization and provides a better understanding of the corporate agenda.

    Cons

    As with any non-profit/charitable organization, employees are often expected to do more with less.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When there is feedback to provide, management's doors are always open so no need to express anything here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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