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I was able to fit into the culture at the YMCA well. The managers were nice and very understanding. If a coworker had any problem they were able to take time out of their day to answer questions and concerns.
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Overall decent

Was easy to learn, very friendly environment, but can be very boring and cold at times. Extensive training process but license last for a few years which is great.
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  • Feeling of personal appreciation
  • Clear sense of purpose

Fun work place

Laid back, enjoy my work. Enjoy meeting new people daily and chatting with the regulars who come in. Very rewarding place to work. Highly recommended.
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nice place to work

directors are very understanding and willing to work around your schedule. other fellow lifeguards are nice and willing to help when needed.make sure to come in on time:)
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Productive and fun workplace

Great environment to work in. Was very hands on with my cooking. A typical day involved setting up the kitchen,preparing the food for all of the kids. I learned a lot of patience
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fun work

The dance department is slowly growing, and the work is very meaningful. Helping participants learn both dance and social skills is what makes me want to continue my work there.
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Good for job experience to find a new job. Not that good of a job to keep

My specific YMCA had horrible management. If you were sick, you couldn’t call out. If you came into work sick, you would get reprimanded for not calling out. The Aquatics Manager would always be sick more than half of the year, but when employees had literal fevers, they were forced to come into work if they couldn’t find someone to cover the shift. You’d either get scheduled way too little or way too much. Easy job, but draining work place. Bad experience overall.


Flexible for favorited employees


They have favorites when it comes to employees and they make it obvious
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Rewarding place to work.

What is the best part of working at the company?It is family friendly, which is great! Also working at the YMCA provides the opportunity to assist members of the community who come from diverse cultural & financial backgrounds & age groups. We get to see members learn, grow & thrive through the multitude of programs & fitness classes we offer.What is the most stressful part about working at the company?When technology decides to stop working properly. It can cause individuals to become impatient & sometimes rude.What is the work environment and culture like at the company?The individuals I work with are like a family, very friendly, supportive & always willing to stop up to cover shifts especially if you have a family emergency.What is a typical day like for you at the company?Busy interacting with members & non-members explaining various classes, available programs, answering questions or assisting with how to use weight or cardio machines. Also walking around to make sure the facility is clean and that we are providing a safe environment for those using our facilities.
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Productive and fun work place

It's a great place to work. The only con about being a trainer is the hours are dependent on your clients schedules. So you may have some large time slots to fill between clients. Otherwise I love working at the YMCA in Daleville. I enjoy talking to all of our clients and helping them reach their fitness goals.
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Great family work life

Great environment to work period. Not always the highest paying, but there is so much more to life than money. Great people and everyone aspires to help, to do more, and the staff and people care.


Training, and team work


Pay structure
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Not bad work. I worked there for a couple of months and everyone was nice and the job is simple. Most times managed to get a good break in. No issues with coworkers
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Unprofessional work environment.

I don’t recommend working here due to the quality of the employees and poor management and training. If you are someone who aligns with an unprofessional setting and feel it doesn’t affect you, then I’d recommend you to work here, otherwise no. It’s more so for young people to practice their skills in a childcare setting, not something to make a great career out of for someone who’s mature and strong willed. Good luck.


Meeting some good hearted people


Pay, professionalism, interpersonal skills, ethics, integrity.
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Paid nothing to handle everything

Working here as an after school child caretaker, there is no training, just a background check. Once you’re cleared, they throw you in and expect you to know how to handle situations you’ve never experienced before, ie a physical altercation between two children. You have to KNOW how to break it up, serve them the consequences, and talk to their parent, when again, NO TRAINING. You’re pressured into volunteering for events that aren’t even in your availability, and yes volunteer, not paid. A big aspect is trying to keep the kids calm and entertained after cramming them all into one room until their parents pick them up. I believe you’re also getting paid a little over minimum wage. So, if you’d like to be a second parent, a nurse, and a teacher all at once while being paid pennies an hour, go for it!
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Low pay

I loved the environment, loved the kids. My coworkers and site director were all friendly. I would have stayed at this position much longer if the pay was better.
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Overworked and Underpaid, Low hours and Zero Growth

There was absolutely no organization or support at this job, from beginning to end. I was coerced and tricked into teaching classes that I did not want to teach, then after consistently expressing how uncomfortable I was in a certain teaching environment, and being told I could switch to the part I was more comfortable with, my manager attempted to manipulate and gaslight me into doing it anyway. The instructor is made to do far more than what is in their job description and what they're being paid for (for example, having to come 30 minutes early to set up in time for a class, time which you are not paid for), and is given no help or support from basically anyone else. And to top it all off, I was not paid in a timely manner at all, in fact I had to ask repeatedly to even find out where my paychecks should be located and was never given a straight answer.


Free membership


Short breaks, boring, no room for growth, rude management, pushy owner, disorganized
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You get to spend time playing games with the children. You play games outside with them.You get to make connections with the children and their families.
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Poor Management

The management is I’ll informed, and employees are afraid of retaliation to report them. Decisions are made that go against processes, and fraudulent transactions were overlooked.
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It's a solid place to be! Always giving back to the community, plus there benefits/retirement plans are pretty good especially if you want to make a career serving the Y
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A typical work day is full of positive achievements

The most enjoyable day is when the children eyes light up when I teach something new. Ex: how to use scissors, how to take a deep breath when something is not going their way.


A good organization to work for.


Three hours only
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Great place to work!

I enjoy the memberships, coworkers and management. Schedule can be flexible. You can make the job more if you ask, like becoming an swim instructor, or working in daycare...


Atmosphere is pleasant everyone is friendly.


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Fun place to work

Fun place to work. Generally flexible hours and the other lifeguards are fun to work with. Free lifeguard classes and paid training was a definite plus.
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Based on 32,929 reviews

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3.9 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.1 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
3.3 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.6 out of 5 stars for Management
3.9 out of 5 stars for Culture

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38%say women are treated fairly and equally to men

50%would recommend to other women

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