This was my first job, the people there are amazing, the staff are amazing, the higher management are amazing. Great place to work if you are into that kind of work, if that is your field of study, then that is a great place to work and build. The pay could possibly be a bit better for the work you do, but it is a lot of fun. I wish I could go back just because of the amount of fun I had.
The Coronavirus pandemic has brought out the true colors of many companies and the YMCA of Rock River Valley has the darkest colors. While the full time corporate staff are sitting on their golden thrones, the part-time staff are the backbone of the company but corporate has decided to terminate ALL part-time staff during this crisis and is offering NO compensation or severance pay. Once the buildings open again we were also told their is NO guarantee you will get your job back.
This is a very corrupt organization, but I guess they are just following their 'good' christian values and beliefs.
Always wanting you to work extra hours for no pay. Or out of work hours for no pay to promote the YMCA. Not for profit. Not yours anyway. Staff very nasty and back stabbing. Tell lies to get you in trouble.
Working at the YMCA was very fun for the few months I was able to work. Sadly I had to take off due to living conditions on campus with the virus closing down my school. I loved working with the children and getting to know them each individually.
Has the potential for being a great company. Hopefully now after the save our y deal things are much better than prior. The day to day staff were all amazing and caring but management was horrrid and didnt value the employee. Advancement was always backwards. People who work hard got no reward while people who call off and come in late and are a hot mess getpromoted..
This was a very fun job because most days were had about 8 kids and it was fun to play games and play in their own worlds On days there are not any kids, the co worker and i puked just talk to pass time
I worked at the Ann Arbor YMCA for over 5 years. Every year I wanted an opportunity to go back and work there. The YMCA provided a healthy work environment and one that was open to a diverse community. There was always an opportunity to advance to another positive position, which made it a place that helped me develop my leadership skills for what I've done globally.
At the beginning everything was great, the culture, environment, people. Most of the staff were late teens to mid to late twenties, with two seventeen year olds who worked weekends. We then hired a bunch if high schoolers and immediately the dynamic changed, there were cliques, drama suddenly came up between the different shifts, people were promoted to different positions with no prior training or experience.
Managment then took over other departments and our department went from gym care to having birthday parties in the same locations as usual daily activities at the same time. Without being asked if you would like to do birthday parties we would suddenly be scheduled for parties when we were not hired nor told we were party staff.
People called out so short notice we would legally be over our ratio for paid program nights for hours at a time, having only two adults with over 35 children in a small room.
One of the only positives are the families, most of the children are angels who love and care for you. Parents are kind and truly are happy to see you. When I would be sick or on vacation the parents were just as excited as the kids were when I would come back.
Always a positive space. Everyone knows everyone because they are all friendly and social. Great place to have fun while working. If you are looking to do Child watch you need patience, kids do not always have good days.