YAI National Institute
3.5 of 5 42 reviews
www.yai.org New York, NY

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Updated Jul 9, 2014

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    nice and friendly assistants.

    Student Teacher's Assistant (Former Employee)
    Brooklyn, NY

    ProsBest 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.

    ConsSometimes 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementInstill mentorship program
    More involvement of direct care staff in communication, changes, etc

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Job for the Right Person

    DSP (Former Employee)

    ProsThey 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.

    ConsThe 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great opportunity

    Residential Assistant Supervisor (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsTraining 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.

    ConsDSP'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 Senior ManagementTraining must always be a priority

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company to work for

    Assistant Psychologist (Current Employee)
    Rockland, NY

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

    ConsThings can take a while to happen via upper management

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A place with a heart.

    Residential Supervisor (Former Employee)

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsMoving 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 Senior ManagementEvery 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good agency

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsProfessional environment, professional, competent staff

    Consnon profit- salaries reflect that

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

    Residential Supervisor (Former Employee)

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsSince 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Many years of experience, promoted two times

    Program Supervisor (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsCoworkers; mission; good vacation/sick time & benefits; training; very eager for you to pursue further education; very supportive of family & work life balance

    ConsLow salary for living in NYC; high Direct Service Personnel turnover; high workload; large gap in pay between executive staff and every other worker at the agency

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease find a way of decreasing the disparities between executive pay and everyone else who works at the agency; try not to place such a high workload on management and DSPs without increasing salary/benefits

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Place to work

    Residential Assistant Supervisor (Former Employee)

    ProsTeam environment. Great clients to work with. Great philosophies, although not always implemented.

    ConsCo workers who should not be in this field, unprofessional and unmotivated, a lot of uneducated from lower classes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFor lower turnover hire higher quality employees and higher salaries. People that are hired have 2 other jobs and are uneducated.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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