Some co-workers can be immature and gossip. This makes you anxious prior to certain shifts, making you be cautious when working with them.
Aquatics is not valued in the YMCA by upper management, but your immediate supervisor and assistant managers are usually very nice.
The issue is with upper-level management who are out-of-touch with the bottom-line. They will not have your back under any circumstances and only seek to increase their bottom-line.
The shifts themselves are mediocre, they are very short and sometimes are spaced inefficiently. You may work an evening into a morning or vice versa. They are very inconsistent hours and this may not be ideal for certain individuals. Additionally, shift schedules are sent via phone instead of an online pdf making them difficult to read because they are formatted terribly. You also cannot anticipate when co-workers will call-off turning this part-time job into an essential, first-responder career because you never know when your phone will ring.
Unfortunately, most of these reasons are attributed to upper-level management's unequal distribution of workload onto my Aquatics supervisor. I empathize greatly with my supervisor and hope he/she either earns a raise or finds a better career. My supervisor is so kind and enjoys her job but is overworked and underpaid greatly.
These statements may not hold true at other locations. However, I do suggest you inquire to active, entry-level employees about workplace culture prior to accepting a position.
Gym membership, Flexibility with school work, outstanding aquatics director
Culture, Co-worker gossip, Upper level management, short shifts, inconsistent scheduling
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