YAI National Institute

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YAI National Institute Reviews

Updated October 12, 2014
Updated October 12, 2014
57 Reviews
3.2
57 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.  

    Worked for 10 years at Central Office

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    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

  3.  

    Great

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    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Okay for getting by

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Rewarding job with low pay

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    Current Employee - Employment Training Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Employment Training Specialist in New York, NY

    I have been working at YAI National Institute full-time

    Pros

    The individuals you work with sometimes make great strides which can be very rewarding. Getting comp time for working over time can be used to come in later or leave early from work.

    Cons

    Little pay sometimes can feel like you do some much more than you are compensated for. Hours as a job coach can vary based on clients schedule. Lack of overtime

  7.  

    medical records

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Upper management Mary Brady outstanding!

    Cons

    There are no real cons here.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great cause, clients and co-workers, inadequate compensation and advancement opportunities

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YAI National Institute full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -The cause is AMAZING! The clients are inspiring and life changing!
    -The services provided to consumers and families is top-notch.
    -Most of the employees are dedicated and forward thinking.
    -The organization is progressive and a leader in the industry.
    -Frequent opportunities to get more involved with the organization in various ways.
    -A lot of support if you have any ideas for improving services to clients or experience of employees.
    -A lot of vacation, sick and holiday time is given and management is very flexible when you need time off or to leave last minute.
    -Great initial and on-going training for employees.
    -Free health insurance.

    Cons

    -Not only are DSPs and CTSs not adequately compensated to begin with (even by non-profit standards) but they are not given raises. There are sporadic "bonuses" but you never know when or if you'll get one. Sometimes they take out taxes sometimes they don't. If they don't, once tax season comes around you could owe hundreds of dollars to the government and when you make so little in NYC to begin with you don't have a few hundred to spare.
    -Don't expect to get a formal review and then certain percentage raise.
    -Sometimes employees are offered temporary or per diem opportunities to make a little more money in the form of stipends. If you opt to perform the jobs for this minor stipend be prepared to chase management, sometimes for months, to get the stipend. Also, some stipends are not given until your anniversary date, if you're still there.
    -And sometimes you're just not paid the money they promised at all. Some advice...get EVERYTHING IN WRITING!
    -Virtually NO advancement.

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    A good place to learn about healthcare, leadership, and the special needs population. Take the knowledge and move on.

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    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 8 years)

    Pros

    In depth trainings, reasonable policies and procedures that provide a good structure when followed, career growth for those interested, good medical benefits, life insurance, Benny card, vacation time (4weeks) can be taken anytime after a year, 12 sick days a year, decent employee discounts( working advantage etc). When you have a good team, the work is easier.

    Cons

    The pay is barely livable, especially for NYC. Plenty of opportunities for OT but then you end up exhausted. Poor quality of staff, uneducated, unmotivated, and treat the work place like their home. The workload can be overwhelming especially when dealing with bad staff. Management is useless, they too are underpaid and don't support staff. Very unprofessional environment, alot of nonsense is tolerated and often encouraged. This is not a place to stay longer than 5 years, take the knowledge and move on. You will perform many tasks here, from custodian to nursing but will never be properly compensated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better salaries bring better staff, there shouldn't be such a disparity between upper management and everyone else's salary. Treat all employees with respect, meetings are peppered with insults about Dsp's intelligence and work ethics. Work will improve when dignity is brought to the work place, starting with attitudes then salary. If you respected your workers you wouldn't pay them as you do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    great company, great people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YAI National Institute

    Pros

    Great Work enviornment, great coworkers

    Cons

    not much room for advancement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Yai interview

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    Current Employee - Weekend Counselor in Bronx, NY
    Current Employee - Weekend Counselor in Bronx, NY

    I have been working at YAI National Institute part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Seems like a great company to work for.

    Cons

    Questions seemed unfair to someone with no experience working with DD population.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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