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YAI National Institute Reviews

Updated March 25, 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 18 reviews)

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

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  1. "Rewarding"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - DSP in New York, NY
    Current Employee - DSP in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You learn as much from the clients as they do from you

    Cons

    Pay could be better. Shouldn't have to fight for hours. Management should be able to pick up the most shifts.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair


  2. "Fee for Service"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - LMSW Fee for Service Clinician in Bayside, NY
    Current Contractor - LMSW Fee for Service Clinician in Bayside, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very organized and people are great

    Cons

    Fee for Service position with no benefits


  3. "This is a great place"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Texas in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Texas in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They keep family in mind and have a great program to advance with schooling and always put their employees first

    Cons

    There is alot of overtime demanded with little to no increase in pay for 3 months to possibly two and a half years

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone equally with dignity and respect and more of your employees will stay around in the long run


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  5. "Recreational Counselor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recreational Counselor in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Recreational Counselor in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I wanted the opportunity to help individuals obtain the life skills that are so important.

    Cons

    The only downside is that i was only able to work 2 times per week

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice to management


  6. "Summer Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    YAI is an excellent organization which is committed to quality services for people with intellectual disabilities. The environment is supportive and positive, and management is engaged with the professional development of staff.

    Cons

    Because social services are under attack from government, the agency does not have the resources to pay as well as they might.


  7. "Great company that cares about their employees and their clients"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at YAI National Institute full-time

    Pros

    I had the pleasure of working at YAI as both a direct support professional in a Day Habilitation program as well as in the Human Resources Department. Your experience as an employee depends largely on the program/supervisor you're placed with, but the company truly does care about all of their employees and tries its hardest to retain and reward great staff members. Upper management also encourages staff members to pitch new ideas and then run with them, which is a rarity in other companies. This is a great starting place if you're considering a career in social services since many of the higher ups have advanced degrees and are very generous when it comes to providing mentorship, recommendations, and general career advice.

    Cons

    The salaries for entry-middle level staff members are extremely low (which is more a product of the sector than a decision made entirely by the company). Also, your experience can vary a large amount depending on the program/supervisor that you're placed with. It is also extremely hard to move up within the company since raises are minimal and people in managerial positions rarely leave (the latter is a huge pro if you're entering the organization at a senior level).

    Advice to Management

    It would be great if the company made more of an effort to recognize direct support professionals that would be great candidates to move up within the company and groom them for more senior positions.


  8. "assistant supervisor"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Supervisor in Garden City, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Supervisor in Garden City, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at YAI National Institute (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The training experience and working environment was spectacular!

    Cons

    The annual salary is too low

    Advice to Management

    increase the salary and staff will be committed to stay employed longer


  9. "medical direct servce profeshional"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Medical DSP in Queens Village, NY
    Current Employee - Medical DSP in Queens Village, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    lots of trinings to teach you everything you need to know

    Cons

    the pay is kinda low

    Advice to Management

    friendly


  10. "great place to work to advance."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Direct Service Provider in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Direct Service Provider in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at YAI National Institute part-time

    Pros

    you get to help people with disabilities.

    Cons

    very strict on rules, but understandable for having to take care of people with disabilities.


  11. "Amazing experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in New York, NY
    Current Intern - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at YAI National Institute as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Doing work that matters.
    Positive environment.

    Cons

    Some locations are difficult to get to.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the amazing work.


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