YAI National Institute Reviews

Updated June 17, 2015
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Stephen E. Freeman
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Pros
  • Personal growth wise, you may find this to be a good experience if you are depressed or unsure of yourself (in 2 reviews)

  • When you have a good team, the work is easier (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • non profit- salaries reflect that (in 4 reviews)

  • The pay is low, if you do not have a degree then as full time salary is 24,000 a year and 27,000 with a Bachelors (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Senior Coordinator

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Coordinator
    Current Employee - Senior Coordinator

    I have been working at YAI National Institute full-time (More than 10 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Agency has great programs and direct line staff are truly committed to supporting the individuals we serve. Great healthcare benefits. Generous vacation and sick pay. Well maintained offices. An employee can have a terrific experience depending on the department and to whom one reports.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for advancement and pay increases. Lack of solid, transparent strategic and succession plans. Agency favors longevity significantly more than performance and merit which has led to the promotion of marginal leaders. Agency also tends to favor and protect male employees. Current problems with executive leadership turnover and conflict among current leaders has led to a general sense of instability at certain levels of the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Establish strong, transparent strategic and succession plans. Engage the worthy mid level managers in succession plan. Weed out the marginal employees and promote and provide significant salary increases to the truly effective and productive managers. We are the people who can lead the agency into the future.


  2. DSP

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bayside, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bayside, NY

    I worked at YAI National Institute part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Working clients with disabilities is one of the rewarding experiences one have. They are warm and appreciative most the time. You can feel that you are making a difference and bring joy to someone else.

    Cons

    The employees work hard for the pay. The agency does not rewards its employees with a living wages, therefore the turn over is very high.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your worker a comparable wage for their services.


  3. Family Support Specialist

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YAI National Institute

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    staff development and trainings helpful, supportive supervisors

    Cons

    underpaid, overworked. Not many vacation/sick days and it was difficult to even take a sick day


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great agency to work with

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YAI National Institute

    Pros

    Enjoyable experience working with individuals with disabilities. It gives you a whole new perspective of the word "disability".

    Cons

    The agency requires too much of its employees for the salary it pays. I was doing a housekeeper, a nurse, and social worker's job for $12 per hour.

    Advice to Management

    Need to increase salary


  6. DSP Floater

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bronx, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bronx, NY

    I have been working at YAI National Institute

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Positive company culture
    Great training
    Room for growth

    Cons

    low pay
    can be stressful


  7. They offer a good amount of overtime.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - DSP in New York, NY
    Current Employee - DSP in New York, NY

    I have been working at YAI National Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    great benefits, helping others,

    Cons

    Staffing could be better, lack of supervision unless the pressure is on management.

    Advice to Management

    Remember where you came from.


  8. Worked for 10 years at Central Office

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

    I worked at YAI National Institute full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good hourly rate in salary, but still not a living wage for NYC. Formed some great relationships with co-workers.

    Cons

    Located all the way on the 10th Ave, make sure you have 15 minutes to walk from your train station on 34th St. Dept was an absolute stickler about being at your desk at 9AM, which made no sense since you always stayed as late as needed to make sure that your work was completed.

    Advice to Management

    If your employees excel at their positions, flextime should be offered as an option.


  9. Intern- Social Work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YAI National Institute

    Pros

    Helping those in need, strong programs to support those with developmental disabilities

    Cons

    Unsupported supervision and unmotivated staff


  10. Great

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - AM DSP in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - AM DSP in Brooklyn, NY

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits central office helps you out a lot..Make them your best friend. You can keep a detail record of what you do through out the day to back you up.

    Cons

    Some of the middle age Caribbean people & some supervisors Just need a course on how to speak to employees so it wouldn't be a high turn over rate. You get fired if you are not on point with medication or residents.

    Advice to Management

    The CEO were documented Thieves so please consider how you speak to your employees.


  11. Okay for getting by

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Behavior Science Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Behavior Science Specialist in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    -ability to work more, to get paid more
    -working hands on with adults that need and value your assistance
    -learn new skills on the job. They do pay you to learn and develop
    -the ladder isn't completely impossible to find
    -somewhat flexible hours if you work with a good team of people

    Cons

    -history of ignoring up employees that used sex for promotions
    -slow with new ideas to make company innovative
    -if you work at a house with an incompetent manager-- you will not see change or development
    -low salary for NYC survival

    Advice to Management

    -find a way to rotate employees, or allow accessibility to various departments without having to beg/play politics for your next promotion



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