YAI National Institute

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YAI National Institute Reviews

Updated September 23, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014
52 Reviews
3.3
52 Reviews
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Stephen E. Freeman
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work is rarely taken home and vacation/sick time is generous (in 3 reviews)

  • Very good benefits, including four weeks vacation (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • as with all other organizations in this field non profit pay is below average for the amount of work done (in 4 reviews)

  • This can also be viewed positively, longevity is common place particularly in upper management (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Cult like company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Residential Counselor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Residential Counselor in New York, NY

    I worked at YAI National Institute full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very knowledgeable about the field. The people I worked with are friendly but overworked.

    Cons

    Management is very strict and almost like a cult. There was a considerable amount a drama within the company and even co workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make training more bearable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lots of responsibility, no advancement, inconsistent consequences

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at YAI National Institute full-time

    Pros

    They provide good services, for the most part, to the individuals they serve

    Cons

    Lot of staff are horrible at job and just don't care. No incentive to work hard / almost no consequences for being awful at job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more support to the people who consistently go above and beyond, and hold people who fail to meet minimum standards accountable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    IF YOU WANT THE LIFE SUCKED OUT OF YOU WITH MINIMAL PAY- WORK HERE!

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    Current Employee - Social Work in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Social Work in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at YAI National Institute full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The only pro is that they offer health care (for yourself only) at no cost to you- aside from copays. They offer the usual, sick days and vacation days as well. Good luck with getting your days off however, you may need to jump through hoops.

    Cons

    No room AT ALL for advancement. They would much rather hire from outside in then give qualified, long standing employees the opportunity to grow. Worked here for OVER 8 years!. The "open door" policy is misleading, prepare to be blocked or sabotaged by current supervisor from being appointed to higher positions. The pay is extremely low (even for non-profit standards), many unqualified/ no knowledge knowing supervisors (non- credentialed) who were placed in high positions due to being Grandfathered in. Nepotism at its best!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start appreciating your staff ( aside from the silly Staff Day parties- which has the exact same meal/ menu EVERY year). Hire staff with the proper credentials and demote the incompetent to positions where they belong, geesh! At least make a Master's Degree a minimum for program-clinic coordinators, or supervisors. How else would you expect them to supervise Graduate level and Licensed employees? I feel like i wasted my time here; moved onto bigger and better things. side note: Stephen Freeman is a nice guy, too bad my supervisor was such a horrible person.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for people not looking to do much in life

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    Current Employee - Respite/Afterschool
    Current Employee - Respite/Afterschool

    I have been working at YAI National Institute part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good for first time job, nice consumers,nice environment, throws some nice party's to show support for workers who been around for 5 years

    Cons

    Not to many opportunities, other agencies pay better and offer vacation time with pay and other benefits, treats employees who are more like friends better, supervisors aren't always doing their job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more opportunities for people who stay for more than a year or two. Paid vacation time, and more training for the supervisors. And more training for the workers themselves ever year I think we should have some training techniques on how to hang people with disabilities better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Ok Atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Program Supervisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Program Supervisor in New York, NY

    I worked at YAI National Institute full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good folks to work with

    Cons

    Can't think of too many cons

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Less than ideal

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at YAI National Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Self-satisfaction from working for an organization that does a good thing for society.
    - Good work/life balance

    Cons

    - horrible pay
    - no growth potential
    - company values tenure too much
    - talented staff leaves for reasons listed above

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tenure with the company does not mean a person is capable of handling a management position.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    YAI Should be a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at YAI National Institute

    Pros

    - Easy to get comfortable
    - Constant staff training
    - Professional at times
    - Working with like-minded people can be great
    - Many career driven people

    Cons

    - Advancement is non-existent
    - Working in group homes is extremely stressful
    - Due to the nature of the work, employees back stab each other frequently
    - Management does not care if you love the company, any problems and they pressure you to quit
    - Management ACTIVELY may prevent you from any room to maneuver
    - Write-ups can be used to instantly end chances for longevity or advancement
    - Staff members will literally fight you on the job
    - Management, especially upper management are drunk on their power

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many teachers pets and unofficial managers, ie: long-term employees that are treated like managers and given statues, yet curse/disrespect newer employees,saying things management would never be allowed to say.
    Don't screw over those who love the company for those who dont.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    In the meantime in between time..great for new grads or the unemployed stay for a year and LEAVE

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at YAI National Institute

    Pros

    -they hire great fun people (too bad they lose them)
    -They wont fire you since everyone quits
    -You get a good feeling knowing that YAI is important for families and people with disabilities

    Cons

    -CFO only likes and promotes men
    -NO Growth, they would rather hire from outside
    -ZERO SALARY INCREASES although upper management is getting paid way too high...always the excuse of "budget Cuts"
    -Sneaky management that will promote people in the department but wont annouce it or have the person keep it as a secret because 4 people within the same department who do more and have been working there just as long or longer have not seen one promotion or increase
    -Employees that sleep at their desk get recognition over the person who works

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You hire great people and do a very poor job at keeping them. FIX IT!

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    County of Rockland, don't expect excitement.

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    Former Employee - X in New City, NY
    Former Employee - X in New City, NY

    I worked at YAI National Institute

    Pros

    Work is rarely taken home and vacation/sick time is generous.

    Cons

    Don't look here if you want to stretch your brain. Too many staff workers with not enough to do. Inundated with nothing. No reward for hard work, just a slap on the back. Naturally, pay is low when compared to private industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut down on staff and reduce patronage hires.

    Doesn't Recommend

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