YAI National Institute Reviews

Updated March 26, 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. Under payed, over worked

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YAI National Institute

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YAI National Institute

    Pros

    Mission driven culture, Great place to work.

    Cons

    Difficult financial environment for all non-profits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide training and keep investing in your employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 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 a 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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    Job in the corporate office was the worst decision of my career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YAI National Institute full-time

    Pros

    The mission statement of the organization is terrific and the work that the Direct Service Professionals do out in the field is fantastic. I cannot praise them enough.

    Cons

    My job was in the corporate office (for 2+ years) and it was such a disappointment professionally and caused me such high levels of anxiety on a personal level. Management in corporate has no clue what they are doing. Most of the senior staff have been there for 20+ years, and everyone is afraid of change or to impliment new policies. There is little room for growth because no one senior leaves, and the senior team does not recognize young or new talent and look to encourage ideas by promoting. I have never felt so little support from a boss..... although he was quick to take credit for my good ideas whenever the CEO was present. And because the senior team manages so poorly, it causes employees at the lower level to become competitive with one another -- trying to get "mom and dad's" approval. This fosters an ugly work enviornment among "team" members. And don't even get me started on the salary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    No room for advancement of you are not a "yes man." Management picks favorites for promotions.

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    Current Employee - Speech Language Pathologist in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Speech Language Pathologist in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at YAI National Institute full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers in general are friendly.

    Cons

    Poor salary. No raises. Management inept.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to people with experience and brains. Drop your own egos in the wastebasket.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful

    No room for growth

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at YAI National Institute

    Pros

    Lots of time off. People stay in their positions forever.

    Cons

    Management is led by educators and social workers with little to no management aptitude.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Very rewarding, but expect unreasonably high workload and very little support.

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    Former Employee - DSP in New York, NY
    Former Employee - DSP in New York, NY

    I worked at YAI National Institute

    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 ManagementAdvice

    This section is pointless. Your egos are too inflated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. over work/under paid

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 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 a 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
  11. A great company that is full of politics.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YAI National Institute

    Pros

    Lots of training that help you perform your job well.

    Cons

    Understaffed so you have to do the work of 2 or 3 staff. Been working here for 4 years. No raises, low job opportunities, and staff are not treated well. This doesn't apply to the entire company but for the residence I work for. Pay rates should be higher for staff in behavioral houses. And raises should be given for performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees their part of the reason you are in the position your in.

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