YAI National Institute

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YAI National Institute Reviews

Updated November 10, 2014
Updated November 10, 2014
55 Reviews
3.2
55 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.  

    Great Place to Get Experience; Different Schedules Available

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    Current Employee - Direct Service Professional in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Direct Service Professional in New York, NY

    I have been working at YAI National Institute (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is a great place to get experience working with adults who have developmental disabilities. I have worked in one of the residences as a per-diem for several years and have really enjoyed it. I have gotten to know the guys and to get a lot of training.

    Cons

    The only cons are the hourly wage and if the guys have behaviors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Place to Be, Not a forever job!

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    Current Employee - DSP Per Diem in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - DSP Per Diem in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at YAI National Institute part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy work, rewarding, good coworkers. The consumers are grateful for the services they receive.

    Cons

    I use this as a second job but could not survive in NYC on this alone. Many of my coworkers are students in school or looking at outside employment. Lots of coworkers take advantage of overtime at the different residences.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    good company poor admin. team

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    Current Employee - Office Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Office Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at YAI National Institute full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The consumers make the job rewarding and fun to be at

    Cons

    admin. staff create an uneasy work environment and deal with financial set back terribly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reconsider your staff work comfort and diminish the drama

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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

  7.  

    Supportive Non Profit with opportunities to grow

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Medicaid Service Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Medicaid Service Coordinator in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Training, Supportive Supervisors, Friendly Atmosphere, Room to Grow Professionally, Work/Life Balance

    Cons

    The only Con for me was salary

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Direct Support Professional in Levittown, NY
    Former Employee - Direct Support Professional in Levittown, NY

    I worked at YAI National Institute full-time (more than an 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
  9.  

    They will chew you up and spit you out with little regard or even a farewell!

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    Former Employee - Direct Service Provider in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
    Former Employee - Direct Service Provider in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

    I worked at YAI National Institute part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Some of the Consumers are pleasant to work with and will place a smile on your face. Some of the training provided is useful and informative.

    Cons

    Some of the Consumers should not be in the setting they are in and can cause stress for the consumers who are more manageable.
    Some staff members who have been there for a long time are not open to suggestions and like to micro manage, often listening in on conversations from the next room, insisting the consumers "know" when they clearly don't.
    Some staff members are on a power trip and deny consumers things such as coffee or a cookie simply because they can. HR will lye and mislead you. Supervisors wont answer your calls.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Over worked-under payed. Supervisors love to play favorites. My ex supervisor was so fake, it nauseated me. If you do not fit in with their ways then you are an outcast and they will get rid of you without a good bye. I was instructed to complete an application a specific way which caused me my job. After reaching out to the Supervisors on several occasions they never contacted me. I was left to fend for myself. I was very honest about a situation which may have resulted in my name being placed on a CPS list due to DV and yet I was still treated as if I did something wrong. I was never given the opportunity to defend myself as I was promised. It was an isolated incident, I did not hurt my children and I was acting in self defense. In addition I was not convicted and received an ACD. I do not have a criminal record. I also completed all necessary DV awareness and parenting classes. Yet, HR and my supervisor decided to label me violent and treated me like dirt.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    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
  11.  

    Cult like company

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    Former Employee - Residential Counselor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Residential Counselor in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Very knowledgeable about the field. The people I worked with are friendly but overworked.

    Cons

    Management is very strict and almost like a cult. There was a considerable amount a drama within the company and even co workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make training more bearable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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