- Gateway Region YMCA24.Mar 2019
The team I work with have made it apparent they are not inclusive of to differences in beliefs especially around politics and lifestyle ideologies. There is also an expectation of being available 24/7
Support from management
Often times direction is vague and goals are mathematically impossible to make.
While this is encouraged, most staff only have side conversations with trusted peers
Freedom to work independently
In my department focus groups and committees are mandatory but on most often the same decisions they come up with are cast aside in favor of tjose cx already made by Upper leadership making the committees and groups feel useless
This is dependent on location and department. Communication is often ambivalent
Mostly true in my experience
Attitude towards older colleagues
This has been a shift and the majority of advancement opportunities recently has been for the younger staff while many seasoned staff have been given slim options and asked to leave
Advancement is possible and new opportunities are often created. This is something we do well.
Overall compensation for your work
When considering the weekends and special events as well as the phone calls and texts that require immediate attention after hours and on weekends this is not true. The only increases given for performance are not even adequate for cost of living increases. 2% is usual, but th jen you are asked to give back more to the annual financial assistance campaigne
Inspections are conducted in house on a regular basis
Some locations are better than others at this. More consistency is needed and should be monitored by senior leadership
After being the subject of a pile on in a recent staff meeting and some questionable relationships formed on the national level I have cx seen firsthand that our proclamation of being for the all only applies if you fall into a specific political/lifestyle ideology
The fitness equipment is a huge attraction for many but is not easily accessible overall to special needs. We could replace with a line that is, but prefer to keep a contract with a different manufacturer
Locations do things in the name of mission while ignoring risks that could cause issues in the future
Wages are not up to I dusty standard for many positions making it difficult to hire quality personnel. New full time staff are hired in at acreage very close to tenured staff which us demoralizing. Juggling space for new initiatives is challenging with so many focus areas.
Inclusive / Diverse
Superficially yes but only in favor of creating a cosmetically pleasing balance.
Suggestions for improvement
- Make positions uniform across the board. Examine areas we should focus on we can excel in. Respect that people have a life outside of work. Discontinue using a 2% increase as a Performance review increase.
What I like about the company
Lots of training that can be used in any career path. Ability to fit fitness into lunch breaks. Easy to make friends with other staff and members across the locations. Had opportunities to travel associated with fitness equipment and programming companies
What I dislike about the company
Expectations for same position differ from location to location. We try to be everything for everyone making us mediocre at most things. Low wages for expectations of positions particularly when some locations have many more requirements of the same position. Asking to give more annually to campaign negating any increases received. Expectations that everyone adhere to the same beliefs
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyGateway Region YMCA
- CitySt. Louis
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Current employee