YMCA of Greater Vancouver
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Mission driven workplace with gritty workforce

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This organization is filled with amazing humans who are underpaid and overworked, but continue fighting the good fight because they align with the Y's mission and values.
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Don’t be fooled like so many before you

They will treat you the same way they treated the last person that held your role. You will learn all about minimum employment requirements, minimum health & safety requirements and what minimum management support looks and feels like. The hundreds of employees let go during the pandemic would suggest that the executive team take the YMCA’s nations leadership program as they clearly need a refresher on how to do the right thing, put people first or lead by example. They should have resigned due to their failure to lead and follow their own values but politically charged dictators rarely hold themselves accountable. There are so many other better places to work - keep looking.

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None we can think of

Cons

Too many to list
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Stressful and management is never around for support

Worked at the Y for about 4 years as an ECE then worked my way up as a Team Lead. The first few years were fun and I met a few people I still keep in touch with. The first Supervisor I had was really supportive and my Manager at the time was too. Things started to fall apart and my Supervisor left, my Manager went on a leave and I left to go to another centre in a leadership role. It was exciting at first but management expects you to do EVERYTHING as a Team Lead - work on the floor, do the admin work, etc. Management only comes around when it's convenient for them. I barely received any support in my new role and became burnt out. Work-life balance was non-existent. Everyone I know that still works there is burnt out and unimpressed with management. So glad I left and now at a job that I don't lose sleep over.

Pros

Professional development opportunities

Cons

where do i start
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I had a great experience with YMCA Childcare

I had to leave YMCA GV because the family and I need to relocate. If not, I would have stayed with them until retirement. As an Early Childhood Educator I felt valued, there were enough trainings for growth of your skills, pay is higher that average, I did not get burned out working 7 hours plus an hour break. YMCA GV child care work culture is encouraging. I hope the next YMCA I am going to is the same.
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A fairly decent place to work

A friendly, safe, and positive environment. Overall I would recommend working for the Y. Good opportunities for advancement, benefits, and everyone is super nice.
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I was an intern there

I learned a lot in YMCA and the staff there is so supportive and nice. if I have difficulty in doing anything they will guide me through again in the process.
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A Place Where Your Work Matters

The YMCA of Greater Vancouver does amazing work to engage and promote healthier, more connected communities. You know that your efforts are helping others reach their potential. The Y is a charity with a positive work culture (flexible and understanding) and puts people first. Coworkers are all super friendly and management listens to my thoughts and opinions. Various opportunities for professional development and innovation programs. Great place to work if supporting the community is something you value.

Pros

YMCA Membership, Flexible Work Balance, Leader Development and Innovation Programs
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Toxic Enviroment - Politically Charged

Years of experience in Recreation, this without a doubt is the most politically charged and toxic environment. No team atmosphere. Despite being billed as a non-profit organization, do not be fooled! The YMCA is 100% profit driven, from their budget expectation to the expectation that staff who are paid below industry standards give back a portion of their pay cheque to the "strong kids" program. Less than 3% of retrieved payroll funding goes towards the program. If an employee, volunteer or member do not supply a donation, they are either hounded relentlessly, or seen as not a team player. Senior Management is disengaged, and unaware of the goings on at the center level, inexperience and a code of apathy prevent or make change challenging and delayed. Members are not a priority, continual cost cutting measures to ensure that the development of future sites are funded. Membership managers are not in compliance to access and diversity, nor the understanding and assisting of mental health issues and the importance of community involvement. Great Job, if you have a low skill set and are not looking for advancement or to have an impact on change. Looking to leave or have an impact on the community, seek out employment at one of the greater vancouver community associations, or city opportunities.
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As a substitute I could choose my work schedule

I worked as an ECEA substitute, which meant that i went to work at different locations where there was a need for staff. This gave me a great chance to learn from different branches of YMCA daycare, it gave me great learning experience from varied staff, children and daycare set up. Some locations had great staff and they guided me very well, some didn't but no complains.
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Slave Labour

Worked for two summers as a day camp leader a year ago when I was 16/17. I was responsible for up to 10 kids and got paid a dollar more than minimum wage. I was expected to stay overnight every Thursday with no pay and no breaks (I started work at 7am on Thursday and finished at 4pm Friday). The kids have all kinds of issues and I had very little training to deal with all of them. Management is young, inexperienced and probably underpaid.
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Growth opportunity

They reward hard workers with more work and the more you say yes the faster you get promoted. Able to work your way through many positions if you’re willing to put in the work. Kind of poor work/life balance because of that though. Senior managers never come around other than when there’s a problem. You can do the same job at the City for 3x the salary.
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Stressful but fun

A very varied role. Doing everything from leader and managing outdoor activity safety, site maintenance and hosting events such as weddings or conferences to basic cleaning and organising. Working at a camp isn't all fun, you're usually expected to work hours longer than most jobs or more days than most jobs, however you get to gain a lot of skills. It helps you develop problem solving skills as well as gives you a lot of experience working both as a team and independently. You get to meet and work with new people in new environments as well as being an important part of child development and creating memories for countless participants of all ages.
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Fun Workplace

> Fun environment: you have a list of activities to help you plan your day or you can incorporate your own acitivities > Got to be on your toes > Quick thinking > Rewarding
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Good work place environment with gym

It's a diverse organization, with a good work place environment. The management are very helpful and supportive. They treat their staff with respect. I learned a lot in this organization not only Technical or general office work but also by nurturing the vulnerable children and adults.

Pros

Free membership to use the facilities

Cons

None that I'm aware of
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Honest Review

Working here only makes me feels like a salesman not a trainer. Management only cares about hitting the sales goal for training packages, employees and clients are not the priority. If you don't hit the sales goal manager will be constantly trash talking and assuming you're doing a bad job as a trainer or not doing anything at all. Also they expect you to stay in the gym and work without pay to get more clients even if you don't have any shifts. Management does not allow employees to take breaks if they are working alone. Generally, speaking the organization is internally corrupt and does not provide any employee training, instead they will throw you in.
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Great culture and opportunity to do meaningful work (but for low pay)

Wonderful inclusive, fun culture, interesting work. Employees are expected to fundraise for the Strong Kids Campaign. Salaries are below average and not competitive, benefits are pretty good. Free use of fitness facilities is great!

Pros

Great culture, free use of fitness facilities, good work-life balance, flexibility to sometimes work from home

Cons

Poor salary, poor management at senior levels
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Great experience at Youth Bootcamp, wonderful instructors and workshops

I attended the youth employment bootcamp for 4 weeks, and am now looking for a work placement (second part of a two part program). It's been a wonderful, intense, educational 4 weeks of constant learning. Would highly recommend the program to any young person feeling unsure or lost either at work or in finding work.

Pros

Plenty of breaks, great professional and personal support system

Cons

Only minimum wage pay for the 4 weeks, but the pros far out-weigh this small con.
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Love the cause, not the way its done

Love working with the kids and helping shape them into great human beings. That being said there is too much red tape and the management are just concerned with their licensing which is good, but it takes away from the true mission and that is to care for the kids. less paper work and more streamlining is needed. The pay is pretty low as well, so high turnover

Pros

Lovely working with amazing kids

Cons

management
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Work life is good

YMCA is nice to work at. They have monthly birthday cake for everyone who has birthdays for the month. The environment is also very chill and flexible.

Pros

stress free

Cons

not much team building
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Mentally Tough Job with a Great Support System

Honestly working with kids / parents / public is very stressful. It is demanding, you have to practice lots of conflict resolution and there is a large work load. But the people you work with, and the relationships you build with kids and parents make it so worth it. There is tons of opportunity for training, endless support from management and mistakes are viewed as learning opportunities. I would 10/10 recommend this job. I love everything the YMCA stands for and the people you get to work along side with are so friendly and open. But I would not recommend this job if you do not have tough skin, don't handle sudden change, constructive criticism or high emotions well (from adults and kids)

Pros

Benefits, Training Opportunities, Great Management, Opportunities to move up in company

Cons

Stressful, Very fast paced, Demanding, Conflict Resolution
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Amazing staff

The people I worked with were so sweet and the children were just amazing! I loved the workplace since all the managers and supervisors really took time out to become close to the staff. So much fun when building relationships with children! One of my favourite things were the energy everyone had and the love for water safety!!
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3.4

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3.5Work/Life Balance
2.8Salary/Benefits
3.0Job security/advancement
3.1Management
3.3Culture

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