YAI National Institute

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YAI National Institute Reviews

Updated September 1, 2014
Updated September 1, 2014
47 Reviews
3.4
47 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Direct Support Professional  in  Levittown, NY
    Former Employee - Direct Support Professional in Levittown, NY

    I worked at YAI National Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Supportive staff
    You make a tangible difference in people's lives
    Learn great skills
    Good training
    Management cares
    Great benefits

    Cons

    Low pay
    Can be very intense/stressful depending where you work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your DSPs more and they will stick around longer

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    DSP

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    The experience with the consumers can be rewarding and discounts off some cell phone carriers

    Cons

    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. The job can be stressful at time with heavy workload.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    nice and friendly assistants.

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    Former Employee - Student Teacher's Assistant  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Student Teacher's Assistant in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at YAI National Institute part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Best to work here to impress an employer with diversity, especially retail or other day care services. Personal growth wise, you may find this to be a good experience if you are depressed or unsure of yourself.

    Cons

    Sometimes they cannot afford to pay you, work can be extended if a parent is late, a close watch of the children is a must to work here long term.

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company with a broad variety of services for the Developmental Disabilities population from birth to aging.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YAI National Institute full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits
    Rewarding Experiences
    Great Services
    Excellent, educated and well trained staff

    Cons

    Low wages
    Potential for Growth- hard, very limited opportunities
    Lot of paperwork for DSPs with little time to complete

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instill mentorship program
    More involvement of direct care staff in communication, changes, etc

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Job for the Right Person

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    Former Employee - DSP
    Former Employee - DSP

    I worked at YAI National Institute full-time

    Pros

    They treat their employees like gold, room for growth, very rewarding, great team atmosphere, excellent benefits, lots of available overtime, great amount of training and resources.

    Cons

    The pay isnt too great for the job and non stop asking to pick up shifts when you're already working 60+ hours.. can never pick up enough shifts for them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great opportunity

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

    I worked at YAI National Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Training sessions were AMAZING. There is quite a bit of responsibility given to those who are charged with the care and safety of amazing individuals. Hopefully the company will seek out the very best especially in TEMP agencies to provide the best care for our members of society.

    Cons

    DSP's have way too much responsibility. They are not RN's. This method of training may be effective in the short term, but the long term problems that will come about are not cost effective.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training must always be a priority

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company to work for

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    Current Employee - Assistant Psychologist  in  Rockland, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Psychologist in Rockland, NY

    I have been working at YAI National Institute full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good company to work for benefits including vacation time, health insurance, dental insurance, card that pays for copays and rx

    Cons

    Things can take a while to happen via upper management

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A place with a heart.

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    Former Employee - Residential Supervisor
    Former Employee - Residential Supervisor

    I worked at YAI National Institute full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The YAI culture is one where you can learn daily. Training is extensive and ongoing which provides opportunity for all employees to grow and remain strong in the work they deliver. You are supported and guided. I had a wonderful time during my employment with YAI. Staff and consumers hold a place in my heart still.

    Cons

    Moving beyond supervisor level often takes many years due to limited position availability. This can also be viewed positively, longevity is common place particularly in upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Every employee regardless of reason hired should experience (hours and culture) and train for a week at a residence. It is vastly different from the culture of non 24 hour departments. This would provide employees of the agency understanding of the extremely vital and challenging work that YAI was built on. Shared experience bridges departmental gaps, connects employees who would not have connected and enhances support given.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Good agency

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YAI National Institute

    Pros

    Professional environment, professional, competent staff

    Cons

    non profit- salaries reflect that

  11.  

    Although they don't pay very well, they have terrific Employee Recognition events and perks.

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    Former Employee - Residential Supervisor
    Former Employee - Residential Supervisor

    I worked at YAI National Institute full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The organization aims to promote inclusion, individuality, and independence among individuals with disabilities. When everybody follows the policies and procedures, it is an excellent place to work. Great employee recognition programs and rewards for outstanding and long-term staff.

    Cons

    Since this industry is notoriously low-paying, some of the employees they hire are of questionable moral character. However, if your Regional Coordinator is on the ball, they will quickly be recognized and dismissed.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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