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YAI National Institute Reviews

Updated July 13, 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. "Great job for recent grads."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Psychologist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Psychologist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team environment.
    Excellent Feedback
    Ability to learn transferable skills
    Excellent benefits

    Cons

    Room for advancement begins to bottleneck at a pay level that is not conducive to being a breadwinner.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.
    Succession Plan wisely


  2. Helpful (1)

    "My experiance at Y.A.I. has been great"

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    Current Employee - Family Service Specialist in Bronx, NY
    Current Employee - Family Service Specialist in Bronx, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible Scheduled, Ok pay , and also very understanding managers

    Cons

    Very hard to move around in the company

  3. Helpful (3)

    "providing services to the developmentally disabled has given me a sense of self worth and made me a better person"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Residential Assistant Supervisor in Ronkonkoma, NY
    Current Employee - Residential Assistant Supervisor in Ronkonkoma, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I can safely say that YAI NIPD is one of the leading organizations in its field.

    Cons

    as with all other organizations in this field non profit pay is below average for the amount of work done

    Advice to Management

    continue to strive to be pioneers in the field


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Best in the field for employees and clients"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Psychologist in Flushing, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Psychologist in Flushing, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Good benefits for full-time employees including free basic healthcare plan for the employee (upgrades available), medical "Benny" card to help pay for prescriptions and copays
    - For eligible direct-contact employees (including Direct Service Professionals), annual bonuses reward staff for specialized competencies such as Medication Administration certification. The company will train you for these competencies and then give you monetary rewards for using and re-certifying your knowledge each year.
    - Annual Staff Day celebration honors employees with lunch and monetary awards, including education scholarships and merit-based honor awards. If you're the type who goes above and beyond, people notice and encourage it with reward.
    - Can be flexible with your schedule if you have other responsibilities, such as college classes or family demands.
    - Frequent trainings, easily accessible resources, and helpful management ensure you can be confident about expectations and how to best perform.
    - Other companies refer to our training services, manuals, and information for teaching their employees

    Cons

    - Salaries in this field aren't the highest. Although you will be paid well within industry standards, you aren't likely to get rich quick.


  5. "great place to work to advance."

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    • 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.


  6. "medical direct servce profeshional"

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    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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "GOOD and BAD but extremely REWARDING"

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    Current Employee - DSP
    Current Employee - DSP
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.

  8. "Pretty cool entry level job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    No micromanagement, rewarding, and you meet great people.

    Cons

    Sucks if you don't have full time status, the pay and hours are slim, and so are the client options. No benefits if you are part-time.


  9. "assistant supervisor"

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    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


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

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • 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.


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