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YAI National Institute Reviews

Updated January 31, 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. 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.


  2. "YAI Residential Counselor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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


  3. "No advancement"

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    Former Employee - Community Training Specialist in Bayside, NY
    Former Employee - Community Training Specialist in Bayside, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generous with vacation/sick time and insurance benefits; some great co-workers who truly care about helping the individuals in our care. Good work/life balance; rarely do you have to bring any work home.

    Cons

    Management did not care about the staff. They cared only about holding on to their own positions or getting themselves promoted. They said all the right things, but rarely did they back up their words with actions. Starting pay was very low, raises were minimal. There was a lot of blatant favoritism--if you sucked up enough to the higher-ups, things were easier for you. There is constant turnover and as a result, the places are always understaffed.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees put in an enormous amount of effort to keep the programs running as well as it can. Please acknowledge that by promoting those who deserve it, not those who you happen to favor. Give raises and bonuses. Management should be helping to make the job easier, not even more difficult than it already is. You are losing a lot of talented, hardworking people.


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  5. "DSP"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at YAI National Institute full-time

    Pros

    You build great relationships with staff and individuals/consumers

    Cons

    Pay too little. too many hours

    Advice to Management

    Don take so long to hire within


  6. "Cts Brentwood"

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    Former Employee - Community Training Specialist in Brentwood, NY
    Former Employee - Community Training Specialist in Brentwood, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at YAI National Institute full-time

    Pros

    Excellent trainings. Excellent group of consumers. Good hours. Good benefits. Decent pay. Reimbursement for travel. Fun work and outings in the community.

    Cons

    Unorganized, short staffed, managers play favorites, place was kind of like being in high school with all the "cliques" between staff and lower management. Staff and supervisors would talk behind each other's back infront of consumers and then consumers would repeat it and staff would penalize them. "Too many chiefs and not enough indians". Everyone had a title! Senior supervisor, supervisor, asst sup, senior staff...you had so many bosses and none communicated with each other and no two people did things the same way so you were always being told the opposite thing to do.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with staff and each other. Stop playing favorites. Your big thing is "you least preferred individual shouldn't know they are least preferred and your most preferred shouldn't know either". Maybe apply that to your staff.


  7. "Current employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good opportunities for advancement, great clients and families

    Cons

    Toxic work environment, everyone is burnt out/quitting, low wages


  8. "dsp"

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    Current Employee - Direct Service Provider in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Direct Service Provider in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    you help change people life

    Cons

    the pay is no good

    Advice to Management

    appreciate your staff


  9. "Salary"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YAI National Institute full-time

    Pros

    Tons of learning opportunities, diverse staff, great school schedule, and fun atmosphere. Do a great job of helping the special needs community.

    Cons

    Minimum wage is not enough compensation for the job of a paraprofessional. They also don't pay you if there's no school, you get no benefits, and no opportunities for a raise. Promotion to teacher assistant goes by seniority, not hard work.


  10. "Negative Experience at YAI"

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    Former Employee - DSP in Little Neck, NY
    Former Employee - DSP in Little Neck, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    They provide you with several training opportunities AT CORPORATE, keep that in mind.

    Interview process is meant to weed people out, and learn where you can be placed.

    Cons

    In relation to the in-house trainings negative reviews all around. There were several times i requested the in house trainings that were vital to my position becoming permanent where i was met with excuses, and non compliance.

    Management and supervisors are unaware as to the houses functioning. There was an instance where i stated that an employee had fallen asleep and was told to keep quiet and not tell the supervisor of the house. It seems as if the DSP's are the ones that run the house while the manager is there for show and to attend meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Keep an eye on "Medication time" as those that were qualified took the opportunity to sit and lounge in the room where all the medications were, i once walked in and employees were looking at pictures of penises from grinder, and the individuals on the home had to wait even longer for their medications.


  11. "Medicaid Service Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - MSC in New York, NY
    Current Employee - MSC in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Health Insurance as a single individual and Benny Perks.

    Cons

    Long Term and experienced staff are under under-appreciated. Unqualified employees grandfathered into management positions.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate and compensate your employees adequately and they will stick around longer.



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