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Pay sucks and they dont care about the well being of their staff.

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I had to resign due to workplace harassment by upper management. Unhealthy work environment.

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Loved my job but coworkers made working there emotionally and physically unhealthy/unsafe. Resigned without notice out of fear of retaliation for reporting abuse

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The reason that I left the YMCA was I was not treated fairly by management. I'm not sure if it was partially because I am an older woman and they could hire college students for a lower wage. Most of my co-workers were friendly and supportive. The problem I had was with management. When asked if we could have a "holiday party" (as we had in the past) the CEO replied, "that's not in the budget". There were other issues, i.e. being treated like a second class citizen, probably because of my age.

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I am a volunteer soccer coach at the Shiawasee YMCA and while there are some issues with organization which really is a management issue, I still absolutely love coaching the kids.

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The organization was disorganized. There were people in positions that they had no business holding. Management spoke of doing it for the love of the job while collecting a nice paycheck that never trickled down to those actually doing the grunt work (I was not one of those but there were very qualified and hard working people doing very good work for little to no pay)

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I opened my own business. I loved working for the "Y"! I never would have quit but I was getting married and decided to go back to school to get my degree. And I would go back in a heartbeat for the right position and salary. It was the most satisfying place I have ever worked with a wonderful environment.

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Managers lied and their was poor communication and flexibility

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I am grateful the YMCA gave me an opportunity. However, I was an Assistant who often performed as an On Site Leadership role but not paid for it. I was left with 17 to 18 kids in am all alone. The kids were mostly good, but just one episode of bad behavior can be dangerous. This isn't worth the low wage. Also kids who tell their parents one thing and there isn't a witness or staff member to support you. This leads to some parents being disrespectful or downright confrontational over what should be a little thing. When I had my children I usually supported their caregivers and teachers first, but these parents often don't and assume people who watch their children aren't educated! If you are trusting us with your precious children shouldn't you respect us?!

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Low wages.... I couldn't afford to live in this economy even with public assistance.. No one should have to go through that!!!

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