YAI National Institute

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YAI National Institute Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
47 Reviews
3.4
47 Reviews
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Stephen E. Freeman
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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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative 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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  5.  

    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 for more than a 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
  6.  

    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 for 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
  7.  

    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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 for more than 8 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    medical direct servce profeshional

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    Current Employee - Medical DSP  in  Queens Village, NY
    Current Employee - Medical DSP in Queens Village, NY

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

    Pros

    lots of trinings to teach you everything you need to know

    Cons

    the pay is kinda low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    friendly

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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