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Review averages

  • 384 employees say

    Excellent (140)
    36.458333333333%
    Good (95)
    24.739583333333%
    Satisfactory (89)
    23.177083333333%
    Subpar (60)
    15.625%
    3.31
  • 2 applicants say

    Excellent (1)
    50%
    Good (1)
    50%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    4.17

Reviews for YMCA

Reviews - What employees say

3.31 Employees say
4.17 Applicants say

Company Culture

The moral is very low. Upper management and supervisors expect a lot from lean crews and they are expected to take on more with very little pay. They are in denial because they can't accept their own faults. Management no longer adhear to the core values that were encouraged by the great leaders before.

Support from management

None, again if you're not in the frat, or your supervisor isnt in. Your whole branch is screwed. That center will be put on the list for elimination.

Teamwork

It's not encourage. If You're not part of management's frat circle, You're not encouraged to become part of the team.

Freedom to work independently

Only if you agree to management's useless ideas. Most of the time it doesn't make sense.

Internal Communication

You're expected to just read management's minds. Supervisors dont relay messages from upper management until something bad happens.

Gender Equality

If you are an extroverted, intelligent, well spoken female you won't be hired. You have to be meek, and a yes man to be included.

Attitude towards older colleagues

Everyone is considered stupid except of the CEO and his frat club.

Career Development

Unless you're a white male, white skined or from Brazil your not encouraged to do anything.

Overall compensation for your work

It used to be pretty good when there was management who cared. Now it's the bare minimum. It's all about saving that dollar for management's bonus.

Office / Work Environment

Moral is low. You.go in do your work. It goes unappreciated and under valued.

Environmental Friendliness

They don't recycle anything. It's not encouraged. The only way things are recycled is when the child care site in the schools follow the school policies.

Work-Life Balance

Lower level employees are expected to work regardless of their personal lives.

Company Image

There are many dollars spent on advertisement. But the staff are not properly trained and therefore the programs suffer.

Job Security

The only job security is to be a part of the CEO's fraternity. Otherwise your on the hit list. There is no respect or appreciation for long termed employees.

Handicapped Accessibility

They do the requirements only because they don't want to be sued. They built special facilities to keep the special needs away from what they call the normal kids so they can feel good about themselves.

Workplace Safety

They follow the rules so they won't be sued.

Challenging Work

The challenging work is for the elite or for those deemed worthy but the Frat group. The rest are required to pick up the slack.

Inclusive / Diverse

There is no encouragement if you are a person if color. You have to be from a foreign country, mainly Brazil in order to get in. African Americans, American Hispanics and non Brazilian Hispanics, Asian and females of all races are excluded.

Suggestions for improvement

  • The board of directors need to wake up and see what's happening. They need to start at the top and clean house.

What I like about the company

It used to be a great family oriented place to work. People were appreciated, ideas were encouraged. You were treated with respect.

What I dislike about the company

It's stifling careerwise. The atmosphere makes you depressed, angry, frustrated and defeated. It's not worth the time and effort.

Company Culture
1.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
1.00
Freedom to work independently
1.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
1.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
1.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
1.00
Office / Work Environment
1.00
Environmental Friendliness
1.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Company Image
1.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
1.00
Workplace Safety
1.00
Challenging Work
1.00
Inclusive / Diverse
1.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered 401(k) Match is offered Paid time off is offered
  • Company
    YMCA of Greater Houston
  • City
    Houston
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Others

The following perks were offered to me

Health and wellness programs is offered

Company Culture

The company culture was multicultural and inclusive!

Support from management

I felt supported by management from day of hire through day of retirement! They were accessible at all times for me!

Teamwork

Teamwork was essential in the daily operating of the center. From faculty to management scheduling for adequate accommodations for our families.

Freedom to work independently

I was allowed to work independently, as a team leader and ask questions that were respectfully answered!

Internal Communication

Management, faculty & families constantly shared information through cell #'s, notes, e-mails, newsletters & verbal communication.

Gender Equality

Gender equality was evident at Boll YMCA because men, women and transgender employees worked side by side daily!

Attitude towards older colleagues

I happen to be one of the older employees at the center and I also had an assistant teacher older than myself! With the help of coffee, we ran circles around the youngest team members! I never felt ageism while working with anyone at Boll YMCA.

Career Development

Career development is encouraged by Lead Teachers, management & upper management! Through professional development trainings, team building meetings and sharing of available open positions in the company!

Overall compensation for your work

I can't be judgemental about the rate of pay at Boll YMCA because nationally teachers are under paid. I did receive one raise during my 2 1/2 years employed and It was greatly appreciated!

Office / Work Environment

We had to formulate a schedule for paperwork and share two computers. Yet, the office area was up-beat and full of healthy, intellectual, brainstorming!

Environmental Friendliness

Our center was clean, bright, welcoming and exciting ALL DAY due to the routines of each classroom! Plus, the planning of the teammates was displayed pridefully with Art, photos and documention boards that visually enhanced our center!

Work-Life Balance

Management was specific about the needs of the center and individual job descriptions outlined expectations.

Company Image

The YMCA historically is a family-oriented, health awareness environment! The image of the company is impeccable and our center is honoring that tradition through a first class child development center Monday-Friday from 6:00 am.-6:00 pm.!

Job Security

I could have remained a Lead Teacher for the duration of my career but I retired from the classroom with goals to lead others in another capacity! Fortunately, I always felt secure in my positions and was a Lead in both the preschool plus toddler department! I also was offered the position of Lead Teacher in the infant department too! I respectfully declined for a number of reasons.

Handicapped Accessibility

We did have handicap accessibility throughout the center! We also had a student that enrolled as a toddler in a cast from the waist down to his ankles. He was fully accommodated and excelled through the toddler program! He participated an all activities that he wanted to and staff assisted him with his special needs an any way necessary!

Workplace Safety

Our work place was safe, clean and well lit at early arrivals and evening departures! We also had professional development trainings that taught all staff about environmental safety, personal safety and safety of our students!

Challenging Work

When you enjoy what you do for a career, it doesn't feel like work! Unfortunately, life has challenging people and incidents that are inevitable. Addresing them promptly, politely and professionally usually solves most issues!

Inclusive / Diverse

I was excited about the diversity and inclusion of different economic statuses, races, religions and genders that existed at our center! We learned about each other and celebrated with activities throughout the year!

Suggestions for improvement

  • My most memorable suggestion was to ask upper management not to ask for individual donations publicly. It happened under a new leader and while others whispered, I spoke directly to the messenger respectfully about how donations should be handled privately!

What I like about the company

Everything and everyone at the Boll YMCA made me a better person! I'm a LEADER for LIFE and I'm cultivating future leaders from children through adulthood!

What I dislike about the company

I wish I could give EVERYONE A RAISE because the work that each individual does there is leading to enhancing our world!

Company Culture
5.00
Support from management
5.00
Teamwork
5.00
Freedom to work independently
5.00
Internal Communication
5.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
5.00
Career Development
5.00
Overall compensation for your work
5.00
Office / Work Environment
5.00
Environmental Friendliness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
5.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
5.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive / Diverse
5.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered Easy access to public transportation is offered 401(k) is offered Onsite daycare facility is offered Ability to work remotely is offered Desirable office location is offered Tuition assistance is offered Paid Parental Leave is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    YMCA Boll
  • City
    Detroit
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Not specified
  • Department
    Others

The following perks were offered to me

Health and wellness programs is offered Employee discounts is offered Employee events is offered Fitness center on site is offered
  • 08.Sep 2017
  • Employee

Company Culture

The culture is not as positive as you would expect from a Y. The VOS YMCA has continued over the past years to allow the financial stress to negatively effect the overall communication and interactions with front line staff from the association services and various levels of management.

Support from management

Although there used to some hard working leaders in the organization, they have since all left due to the emotional strain from the negative culture. Through my many years at the VOS YMCAs, the number one problem that reoccurs is the lack of support from the higher managers towards the middle management. The Y operates different than other competitors and so even a successful program director outside of the Y would still need to be trained on the uniqueness of the Y. Unfortunately, that guidance is not found as consistently as it should be for the success of the company.

Teamwork

From working there for over a decade, I had seen a great deal of turnover from all levels of the organization. My peers had always worked well together. However, it was not always the case with all of the levels in the organization. It was clear during stressful times who was in it for themselves opposed to the greater good of the team.

Freedom to work independently

Yes and no. As mentioned before with the lack of training and support, they expect you to know everything day one and make things happen like hit a budget (without even telling you your budget). There is a great deal of micromanaging when it comes to results but no support when it comes to getting to the results.

Internal Communication

Absolutely not. There's hardly any communication about anything really.

Gender Equality

I have seen male employees get paid more of similar positions than women. Additionally, they get away with more infractions than the female staff. Ironically, it was female supervisors who played favorites to the makes over the females...

Attitude towards older colleagues

Depending on the technology usage and their ability to catch on to programs/data bases.

Career Development

There's far too much turn over at the association level for them to pay attention to the lower level staff to grow the employees. If you are lucky to find a mentor, or if you seek out trainings yourself, then you will get career development.

Overall compensation for your work

Absolutely not. In most job descriptions you will find a sentence that says an employee is responsible to complete any general tasks given to them that was not outlined in detail above.
The VOS YMCA takes the sentence very seriously and will pile on additional duties and tasks well out of your job description even out of your department and not compensate you for it.

Environmental Friendliness

Back in the early 2000s there was programs in place, but as cut backs happened these items disappeared.

Work-Life Balance

It is all depending on the supervisor. My supervisor(s) (As I has several executives) was constantly expecting me to work 65+ hours a week as a salaried employee. Yet they took half days or worked well under 40.

Company Image

I was very proud to work for the YMCA as a brand, but not so thrilled to be at the VOS YMCA. Other associations have a better understanding for the mission. It is night and day compared to how these Ys are run.

Job Security

The one thing I know about the Y, is that everyone is replaceable. There is far too much turnover. Every few years they downsize, rehire, downsize again, rehire, repeat. I witnessed 3 complete cycles in my time at the Y. Their financial state and financial choices just keep getting them in trouble.

Workplace Safety

It is compliant, but they do not do a good job at teaching front line staff about the importance and ins and outs. A majority of front line staff are minors and young adults so training for them is very essential.

Challenging Work

I was always proud of my work. It may not always been challenging to do, but being able to help the community was fulfilling.

Inclusive / Diverse

The Y does, but the VOS YMCA is back and forth with this concept.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Don't let history repeat itself. There's a clear pattern to the financial hardship the association has experienced. Excessive employment of VPs and other positions during a brief financial upturn has continued to be the downfall. After hiring, the next round is layoffs, followed by stress and barely surviving to make ends meet. Then a little bit of success followed by more hiring and then leading more layoffs after we hired more than we can afford. The Y is supposed to be a place for the community but when there is constant turnover, there's constent changes in thought processes and programs and the Y can't focus on what's important - the community. If the VOS YMCA would just be patient and only rehire VPs sparingly, then the middle management can keep their jobs and do the footwork needed to be successful so that we can rehire more upper level management to assist in improvements.

What I like about the company

That there is many programs that harnessed my creativity. I always had something new to challenge me.

What I dislike about the company

The lack of support and training for program directors and management.

Company Culture
2.00
Support from management
2.00
Teamwork
3.00
Freedom to work independently
3.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
2.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
3.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
1.00
Office / Work Environment
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
2.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Company Image
4.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
3.00
Challenging Work
4.00
Inclusive / Diverse
2.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered 401(k) is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Southwest Valley Family YMCA
  • City
    Goodyear
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former job since 2017
  • Position
    C-Suite / Leadership
  • Department
    Others

The following perks were offered to me

Health and wellness programs is offered Employee discounts is offered Fitness center on site is offered

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Review averages

  • 384 employees say

    Excellent (140)
    36.458333333333%
    Good (95)
    24.739583333333%
    Satisfactory (89)
    23.177083333333%
    Subpar (60)
    15.625%
    3.31
  • 2 applicants say

    Excellent (1)
    50%
    Good (1)
    50%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    4.17

kununu score comparisons

YMCA
3.31
386 reviews

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3.29
84,529 reviews

kununu average
3.32
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