I cannot speak for all locations. I know two. The one in the poorest area with the fewest resources had the best environment! The one in the affluent area was the worst place I have ever worked! This is just a quick TLDR:
1. They do not pay you for days the school is closed. You have to use vacation, sick time, or not get paid unless it is a day like Christmas Day.
2. They "fire" you every summer and require that you go on unemployment and make 60% of your salary over the summer. They can just not hire you back in the fall.
3. THERE IS NO TRAINING!!! You are just expected to know everything.
4. It is all about policies! Only the small, weak minded work only in policies. And, policies will change every five seconds. It's whatever suits them in the moment.
5. You will be belittled and demeaned every time you make a mistake which will happen a lot without training.
6. The director is like an active grenade. You never know when she will explode. She enjoys accusing people of lying. Once, she accused me of lying 5 times in one conversation until she found something I didn't have proof of. So, if you want to work here, literally have proof of everything! EVERYTHING YOU DO HAS TO BE IN WRITING!! TAKE PICTURES OF THE TIME CLOCK!! YOU WILL BE ACCUSED OF LYING!!!
7. You cannot ask questions.
8. You cannot make jokes.
9. You have no opinion!
10. YOU ARE NOTHING TO THEM!
That is just my top ten. Be careful while reading the good ones. At PD Days, we are told to add positive reviews to sites. And, if we aren't willing to, we just need to keep our opinions to ourselves. - több...
I love working for YMCA. This is one of the best decisions that I have made. They are very organized, and the staff are nice. I love the environment that I am in. I enjoy coming to work everyday, and I love working with children.
Personally I believe that I was hired to terminate certain employees that they wanted to get rid of. I wasn't given any assistance on some of the duty that I was required to do even though I asked for help.
Typical work day included supervision of preschool children. I also began learning monthly state paperwork and training as a director. I held weekly teacher meetings and supervised staff when director was not in the building.
the hardest part of the job is that teacher has to struggle as soon they come in to work with other staff attendance and arriving on time, which make the day start difficult, since the teacher has to wonder who will be in the classroom working with the children. I learned how to get things done in minimum time frame, think quick and come up with solutions to benefit the students and staff in short time notices.
I took this part time position because at the time I needed to fulfill one my requirement in order to receive my permanent State Certification. I was there three hrs a day as a site director for an after school program.
Could’ve been better , could’ve been worse. There’s only so much room for growth at the YMCA. There’s a lot of people who are truly dedicated to the community and to the kids at their sites which makes it motivating for me to do better.
My experience with the Y was a typical day in child care, I was providing the children with activities that allowed them to explore and express themselves academiclally. I learned each child learned at a different level and the fun part of it all was hearing them brag when they learned to write a letter in their name or could remember their birthday. The hardest part of the job was meeting a 4 P.M. deadline when you receive an email at 2:30 P.M; The most enjoyable part of the job was working with the children.