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YAI National Institute Reviews

Updated March 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Amazing co-workers get to work with amazing people that we provide services to great benefits (in 12 reviews)

  • well they have good benefits, this job is not for everybody (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay for people doing tough work (in 16 reviews)

  • Ever-changing state edicts and money (yes, even for a "non-profit) are their concerns (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Good job"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YAI National Institute full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are great As a employee

    Cons

    Low pay for the amount of work that's done


  2. "Clinician"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at YAI National Institute full-time

    Pros

    Family friendly company, great clients, caring staff

    Cons

    Terrible management, no raises/room for promotion, some management takes credit for the work of those beneath them

    Advice to Management

    Put in the work and don't take credit for the work of others


  3. "Great Experience and Oppotunities, dealing with different clients and residences can take some getting used to."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Residential Counselor, Driver in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Residential Counselor, Driver in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at YAI National Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great experience caring to needs of clients at the residence.
    Opportunity to get into the medical field (certifications, distributing meds, pressure etc)
    Great communication with supervisors/boss

    Cons

    If a team member calls out, you have to stay and work the shift they missed.


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  5. "Great start"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Community Support Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Community Support Specialist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at YAI National Institute part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent trainings supportive supervisors benefits

    Cons

    Hard cases lots of travel

    Advice to Management

    Higher pay


  6. "Paraprofessional YAI"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Special Education Paraprofessional
    Current Employee - Special Education Paraprofessional
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at YAI National Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Warm enviornement
    Great staff

    Cons

    The Pay could be better


  7. "DSP"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YAI National Institute part-time

    Pros

    Working with individuals with disabilities.

    Cons

    Pay needs to be more for what is being done.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "So many responsibilities, so little pay"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - DSP in New York, NY
    Current Employee - DSP in New York, NY
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of the staff are friendly and it is rewarding to help others. Decent benefits and pretty flexible with scheduling and plenty of vacation and sick time.

    Cons

    For starters, the pay is extremely low for the amount of responsibility you have. You're basically responsible for every facet of a person's life. Ensuring their health and safety is only the start. You have to teach the most basic of life skills, and again, this is rewarding, but then management always wants more from you and there's no financial compensation. There are also major politics at play here. If you expect to move up in the agency make sure you suck up to the right people or you'll never be recognized for anything. Management is more than happy to tell you what you're doing wrong but seem to not notice when you go above and beyond. Aside from low level management the executives come across as being phony. Messaging to staff ones across in a pandering and patronizing manner. Veteran staff are spoken to like children when there are trainings or new messaging. It's very annoying. This field is going through major changes. It used to be great working here with consistent raises and great monetary incentives for performance. The incentives are greatly reduced or gone in some cases and raises happen quite infrequently.

    Advice to Management

    The staff here are adults, speak to them that way.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Community Training Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Community Training Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Community Training Specialist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at YAI National Institute full-time

    Pros

    The staff and supervisors are great. The culture amongst the staff is fantastic. The benefits are amazing with full medical dental and 4 weeks paid vacation. But wait there's a catch ⬇

    Cons

    To be honest, this job makes you think right away that you're making a difference. After a while you realize that the work you are doing doen't mean anything to yourself, to the consumers or to management. In the end its very draining and higher level management doesn't understand what this job does to your mind and body. I can speak for all staff by saying this position sucks the life right out of you. I would not recommend this position to anyone looking for a career change. This position is only for recent college grads looking to earn a living after college.

    Advice to Management

    The turnover rate is horrible. Management must see that right? Sadly they dont. This agency should at least pay its employees a livable wage (40K at least) instead of a laughable 32K. For 32K, I could work full time at McDonalds. I didn't go to schooland earn a 4 year degree to flip burgers and make fries!

    Respect your employees and give them a livable wage!

    Fact: most Community Training Specialists in YAI hate their job and wish they worked somewhere they felt respected.


  10. "assistant supervisor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at YAI National Institute full-time

    Pros

    agency cares about the people we support and staff
    alot of room to grow

    Cons

    i have no pros to write


  11. "YAI Residential Counselor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Residential Counselor in Hicksville, NY
    Former Employee - Residential Counselor in Hicksville, NY

    I worked at YAI National Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Gives you experience on your resume
    Benefits are okay
    The company as a whole genuinely cares about supporting people with disabilities

    Cons

    Unprofessional staff and supervisors
    A lot of the staff treat people poorly
    Salary sucks
    Little room for advancement and if you do it will be a mere $1-$2 raise.
    Not worth the pay for the amount of work that you do
    Most of the time they are under staffed from people quitting

    Advice to Management

    Need to be more professional
    Less gossip and trash talking



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