YMCA Reviews

Updated 30 October, 2014
Updated 30 October, 2014
1,481 Reviews
3.6
1,481 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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 (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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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 (less than an 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
  11.  

    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 (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Really really busy, and some customers are rude.

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