YMCA of Waterbury - Camp Counselor (Former Employee) – Watertown, CT – July 28, 2016
A typical day at work consisted of having fun, having a positive attitude, and spending the day outside entertaining the children with various outdoor activities. Through the days I learned that children get bored very easily and you must stay on your toes and keep them going to give them the best experience. I also learned to work well in a group with other co-workers and to use my resources to figure out things to do on down time. The managers were very strict seeing that we were responsible for peoples' children, yet also very positive and encouraging to be the best we could be. The hardest part of the job was having to learn to manage children in disagreements or negative comments towards one another. The most enjoyable part of the job was seeing the children interact with one another, and having a great time at their outdoor camp.
A typical day for the YMCA was a 7-8 hour shift with children doing fun activities and enjoying building them up to go into the right direction. I learned that if leadership is not doing their job correctly, it truly does effect staff. As far as management, I just wish I was blessed with better leadership. There wasn't a day that went by that they didn't make an "mistake" and find a way to blame it on their employees. My co-workers weren't half bad; but they didn't make the job any easier. The hardest part of the job for was trying to meet our goals feeling as though I was the only one trying to work to achieve it. My most enjoyable part of the job was spending time with sweetest, funniest, children in the world.
Site Coordinator (Current Employee) – San Francisco, CA – July 26, 2016
I love working for the YMCA of San Francisco. The organization as a whole really strives for youth empowerment. I've seen generations and generations of Y kids go through the Y and end up working as staff. Specifically speaking about the branch I work at Chinatown, you really get a sense of community there. Its a community not just comprised of the staff that work there, but also the community members. Its a great example of how one organization was introduced and how the community transformed it to be what it is today. The Y provides families who otherwise would not have the opportunities to have their kids learn, ballet, karate, art, swimming and camping.
You're rewarded by all the lives you affect just with a simple smile and welcome.
Non-Profit, the pay, its not competitive but you love what you do.
Referral and Resource Network Manager (Current Employee) – Nashville, TN – July 25, 2016
This is a great organization that stands behinds its mission. They truly understand the work life balance which is reflected in the flexible nature of the management. The employees are wonderful and supportive.
Lead Teacher (Former Employee) – Missoula, MT – July 24, 2016
A typical day at the YMCA was doing the work of two lead teachers and constantly working overtime. Low staff morale and high turnover contributed greatly to the "us vs. them" mentality of separate classrooms and staff bullying other staff. I worked under 3 directors in 4 months of employment. The YMCA organization did not provide training for my position, merely shared propaganda about their services. I did not feel that my concerns were heard or supported by upper level management. Working an average of 45-50 hours (just above minimum wage) per week did not earn me insurance, as you have to work full-time for 6 months. After the first 6 months the only benefit employees receive is a $25 stipend, referred to as "insurance."
Personal Trainer/ Outreach Site Supervisor (Former Employee) – Omaha, NE 68107 – July 22, 2016
No room for advancement. The company downsized and had been planning on doing so for over a year but only gave the employees 4 weeks notice of the change. Nobody was able to start looking and prepare for the lifestyle change. The management & CEO was NO good. They were only concerned about sales & raising money to look good on paper.
I thoroughly enjoyed working with the clients at the Family YMCA
Adaptive Aquatics Instructor (Former Employee) – Augusta, GA – July 21, 2016
The interaction with the clients in the Adaptive Aquatics Program make the job worth doing. This is especially true as the individuals in the program make improvements. Thanks to a knowledgeable supervisor, I learned about the benefits of working out in the water.