YAI National Institute Reviews

Updated April 26, 2015
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  1. Medicaid Service Coordinator

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    Current Employee - MSC in New York, NY
    Current Employee - MSC in New York, NY

    I have been working at YAI National Institute

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Health Insurance as a single individual and Benny Perks.

    Cons

    Long Term and experienced staff are under under-appreciated. Unqualified employees grandfathered into management positions.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate and compensate your employees adequately and they will stick around longer.

  2. Helpful (1)

    A frustrating and disappointing system

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    Current Employee - Community Training Specialist
    Current Employee - Community Training Specialist

    I have been working at YAI National Institute

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The schedule is great. It is typically 8:15-3:30. On Fridays we can leave at 2:30 which is even better. Also, it helps having the opportunity to take clients to volunteer sites which beats sitting in an office all day.

    Cons

    It's a dirty job. Clients are typically not hygienic (which is understood because they have disabilities) but it takes time to adjust to the odors and germs (I've gotten sick frequently).
    The facility is not sanitized thoroughly.

    clients can become physically aggressive.

    In addition, staff tend to feel a lack of support from supervisors when we need additional assistance for clients who are showing warning signs of aggression.

    There is no growth in the company. Not many options at all if you want to get promoted.
    The salary is not high enough.

    Advice to Management

    I would advise that they provide more support to the staff. When there are concerns about specific clients and staff require additional assistance that the supervisors can specifically provide (since staff are responsible for multiple clients at once), it goes disregarded until something worse happens (I.e. Client becomes Physically aggressive).

  3. Helpful (2)

    Very rewarding, but expect unreasonably high workload and very little support.

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

    I worked at YAI National Institute

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with the individuals! They are fantastic.
    Free health insurance when working full-time
    Excellent trainings

    Cons

    $27K for DSP work is atrocious.
    Although the management is aware of under-staffing issues, there is still constant pressure and frequent reminders that if all responsibilities are not met staff will be fired effective immediately.
    NO RAISE ever.

    Advice to Management

    This section is pointless. Your egos are too inflated.

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  5. over work/under paid

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    Current Employee - Residential Counselor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Residential Counselor in New York, NY

    I have been working at YAI National Institute part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    the consumer makes you feel like accomplished something.

    Cons

    no direct leadership
    low pay
    no insurance
    no growth unless your kissing the supervisor
    the consumer at time can yell or attack you and nothing becomes of it

    Advice to Management

    pay your direct work a better salary they are the worker better

  6. good company poor admin. team

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    Current Employee - Office Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Office Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at YAI National Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The consumers make the job rewarding and fun to be at

    Cons

    admin. staff create an uneasy work environment and deal with financial set back terribly

    Advice to Management

    reconsider your staff work comfort and diminish the drama

  7. A great company that is full of politics.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YAI National Institute

    Pros

    Lots of training that help you perform your job well.

    Cons

    Understaffed so you have to do the work of 2 or 3 staff. Been working here for 4 years. No raises, low job opportunities, and staff are not treated well. This doesn't apply to the entire company but for the residence I work for. Pay rates should be higher for staff in behavioral houses. And raises should be given for performance.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees their part of the reason you are in the position your in.

  8. 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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Make training more bearable.

  9. Helpful (3)

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  10. Helpful (4)

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Helpful (1)

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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

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