Management consists of clueless gossips
Assistant Teacher (Current Employee) – PA – April 23, 2017
THE CULTURE IS THE WORST.
The YMCA that I work at rewards those who gossip and make fun of other employees, the children and their parents. If you don't participate in the gossip, you become an outcast. I am overly qualified (educated) for my position and have a few years of’ experience, but management constantly talks down to me as though I am unable to understand extremely simple directions and concepts. (Note to management: just because you feel the need to repeatedly give simple instructions in slow, dumbed down language doesn’t mean that I needed the instructions to begin with. I just listen politely because I have to since you’ve punished me before for interrupting when you were giving “lessons” on elementary school level concepts.) The environment at the Y where I work is so negative that some days, it is really hard to go in for fear of what insults or false accusations they'll make next. Thankfully, there is one coworker who doesn't talk down to me and helps make my job tolerable.
THE CHILDREN ARE THE BEST
The children are the best part of the job, of course. They are creative, silly, lovable, and eager to learn about the world around them. It brings me joy to see them laugh, play and learn.
I would assume that not all YMCAs have this kind of workplace culture, but the particular location where I work is terrible. Do not work here if you have a brain and tend to use it, because management will be highly offended.