YAI National Institute Reviews

Updated April 8, 2015
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Stephen E. Freeman
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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. Helpful (1)

    GOOD and BAD but extremely REWARDING

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - DSP
    Current Employee - DSP

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This job has great benefits.
    Working with the individuals at YAI is rewarding in ways that your average place of employment could never give you. One thing that every staff member can agree with is that your heart will be touched and you will be proud to serve the individuals that live in the residents and or attend the day program.
    Great staff - feels like family.

    Cons

    Working as a DSP - can be challenging and exhausting in ways although very rewarding.
    You will never be a millionaire working for a non-profit agency no matter how hard you work.

    Advice to Management

    Overall I think that management listens when staff expresses their wants and needs.
    Unfortunately ever households {residents} is different so having a set pay-scale for DSP can seem unfair when ultimately so are more difficult to work than others.

  2. DSP Floater

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bronx, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bronx, NY

    I have been working at YAI National Institute

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Positive company culture
    Great training
    Room for growth

    Cons

    low pay
    can be stressful

  3. Helpful (1)

    good job for less than 3 years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - DSP in Bayside, NY
    Current Employee - DSP in Bayside, NY

    I have been working at YAI National Institute

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    resume builder, good supervision and training

    Cons

    limited growth, salary, poor communication of management,

    Advice to Management

    listen to your employees!

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  5. Helpful (1)

    A frustrating and disappointing system

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Community Training Specialist
    Current Employee - Community Training Specialist

    I have been working at YAI National Institute

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

    Pros

    The schedule is great. It is typically 8:15-3:30. On Fridays we can leave at 2:30 which is even better. Also, it helps having the opportunity to take clients to volunteer sites which beats sitting in an office all day.

    Cons

    It's a dirty job. Clients are typically not hygienic (which is understood because they have disabilities) but it takes time to adjust to the odors and germs (I've gotten sick frequently).
    The facility is not sanitized thoroughly.

    clients can become physically aggressive.

    In addition, staff tend to feel a lack of support from supervisors when we need additional assistance for clients who are showing warning signs of aggression.

    There is no growth in the company. Not many options at all if you want to get promoted.
    The salary is not high enough.

    Advice to Management

    I would advise that they provide more support to the staff. When there are concerns about specific clients and staff require additional assistance that the supervisors can specifically provide (since staff are responsible for multiple clients at once), it goes disregarded until something worse happens (I.e. Client becomes Physically aggressive).

  6. Helpful (2)

    Very rewarding, but expect unreasonably high workload and very little support.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - DSP in New York, NY
    Former Employee - DSP in New York, NY

    I worked at YAI National Institute

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with the individuals! They are fantastic.
    Free health insurance when working full-time
    Excellent trainings

    Cons

    $27K for DSP work is atrocious.
    Although the management is aware of under-staffing issues, there is still constant pressure and frequent reminders that if all responsibilities are not met staff will be fired effective immediately.
    NO RAISE ever.

    Advice to Management

    This section is pointless. Your egos are too inflated.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Great Cause

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YAI National Institute full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits and support system. Family oriented atmosphere.

    Cons

    not for Profit which means not enough money.

  8. They offer a good amount of overtime.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    great benefits, helping others,

    Cons

    Staffing could be better, lack of supervision unless the pressure is on management.

    Advice to Management

    Remember where you came from.

  9. over work/under paid

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Residential Counselor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Residential Counselor in New York, NY

    I have been working at YAI National Institute part-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    the consumer makes you feel like accomplished something.

    Cons

    no direct leadership
    low pay
    no insurance
    no growth unless your kissing the supervisor
    the consumer at time can yell or attack you and nothing becomes of it

    Advice to Management

    pay your direct work a better salary they are the worker better

  10. Under payed, over worked

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YAI National Institute

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Dealing with the families was much more eventfully

    Cons

    The administrators WILL throw you under the bus in a heart beat, especially if you don't belong to their "klick", supervisors definitly not professional, they yell and bang their fist to make sure you follow their commands, NO RAISE in 7 years, layoffs

  11. Helpful (1)

    Rewarding Work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at YAI National Institute full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Sense of team, ample vacation and holiday time, excellent not-for-profit work.

    Cons

    When you work for a not-for-profit, you trade a corporate salary for a true sense of doing "good" work.

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