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Working for the YMCA is overall a fun experience. I started off as a volunteer and have been there ever since. The Y allows and encourages their employee to develop meaningful friendships with one another; I have made some of my best friends working through them! It also feels great to work for a non-profit whose main goal is to serve inner-city youth and help kids in general reach happy and healthy lives. I do wish, however, employees were better informed of their benefits. Information about employee benefits always seems to remain undisclosed. Even after incessant questioning.
Generally a super fun place to work! You make great memories and have super fun experiences in every department. Also, awesome that you get a free membership for working there. The only negative that I see is, at least at the YMCA I work at, they no longer offer 8-hour shifts or full time positions for entry level work. They used to, but now they just schedule people for 3-4 hours at a time.
As a first time job, I enjoy working at the YMCA. It is close to my house, has a good support system, and features many amazing benefits, even for a part-time worker! Though my branch had some management and financial problems, I am supported by my coworkers, and we have created a sort of family. After a year, I have determined that it is time for me to move on, and so I am resigning, but I'm grateful for the opportunity I had to work here, because it gave me the start I needed.