Pros: annual pay increase of approx 2%.perks: lots of free tshirts and free parking
Cons: low pay, game plan always changing, no appreciation from management
The only relatively content employees seem to be the full time directors who enjoy a generous paid time off allowance. This is an organization that expects to hire qualified and capable individuals and then pay them peanuts. Most of the mid-level positions have been cut down to 29 hrs/week so they don't have to provide benefits of any kind, and then pay is slightly above minimum wage. It's gotten worse over the past year since all the individual YMCA branches have lost control over their own centers as Metro YMCA tries to compete with for-profit health and fitness centers by taking a a more corporate approach .
The only positive (for full time employees only) seems to be that when you walk out the door, you can shut off work completely - not check emails or answer calls, etc. I give management a low rating because they are so incredibly slow to respond to emails and phone calls, and often just let the ball drop on important issues.
They are now offering lower pay rates than they did several years ago, and are expecting instructors to buy into the increasing number of fee-based branded classes that require an out of pocket investment on the part of the instructors (again, for low pay).
The best part of working for a Y is the sense of community/ camaraderie among members, and the satisfaction that you are making a difference in people's lives. Great job for someone who is independently wealthy and doesn't need the income or benefits, but wants to give back to community.