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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 training, but that's about it."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great training..prepared me well for my career in the field

    Cons

    as a staff you do not always receive the support you need to be successful


  2. "Could do better"

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    Current Employee - Direct Support Professional (DSP) in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Direct Support Professional (DSP) in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at YAI National Institute part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours with a lot of opportunities to pick up more hours

    Cons

    - Favoritism
    - No raises unless promoted
    - You're not paid enough for what you do (UNDERPAID)!!!

  3. "Residential Counselor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YAI National Institute full-time

    Pros

    Pay is decent if you

    Cons

    Pay is not worth what they ask

    Advice to Management

    None


  4. "Horrible they will set you up"

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    Former Employee - DSP in Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - DSP in Bronx, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can be per diem as needed but not worth the hassle ! They will smack you with overtime but you'll pay for it later

    Cons

    Anyone can report you to the justice center even your own management if they don't like you or are trying to hide their own mistakes. If they call making an allegation, they will suspend you and contact nys justice center from there they keep paying you & then suddenly terminate you whether it's your fault or not. Leave you with no job, and feeling the worst for something you didn't do. I was found not guilty i worked for them 9 months and I got nothing but problems from this company and no support. Now i'm jobless and YAI can care less

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job at hiding your schemes and treat your employees better, the ones who work sometimes 80 hours a week just to make ends meet off the low wage.


  5. "Assistant Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at YAI National Institute full-time

    Pros

    Very fast pace environment, if you get a good team work could seem effortless

    Cons

    Could get mandated to do double shift in inclement weather such as blizzard


  6. "Ok overall could be better"

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    Current Employee - DSP
    Current Employee - DSP

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

    Pros

    You get good experience in taking care of people and you learn a lot about working with the disabled population, can be useful for direct care experience and learning about medications. Hours can be flexible for students or someone just looking for some extra money.

    Cons

    There is very little room for growth, staff can be very overworked, and generally everybody is very underpaid in this field. Can be a stressful job, it is definitely not for everyone and can be mentally exhausting at times as well.
    Overall I would say this is not the type of job I would make a career out of, but can be ok as apart time job.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Direct Service"

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    Former Employee - Direct Service Professional in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Direct Service Professional in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Options for overtime, good learning experience, lots of training opportunities to learn a variety of skills on company time such as CPR/First aid, AMAP, defensive driving, and bare-minimum ABA standards, free/affordable benefits

    Cons

    People in higher positions who shouldn't be there (based on popularity contest standards), higher up staff ignorant to actual ABA practices making the goals set for adults impractical, unsuccessful, and unappealing to the individual (especially true for BIS staff), terrible pay for the amount of work.

    Advice to Management

    Hire staff based on professionalism not based on a need for coverage, this way pay can equate to the job and promotions can be based on potential for improvement rather than social standards set by unqualified supervision.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Sinking Ship"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at YAI National Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great for opportunitiest who are able to talk the talk, but not walk the walk.

    Cons

    CEO fired stellar senior management that knew how to recruit and retain top talent in the field. Current management is more focused on saving their own skin than nurturing and retaining talent. Also, management focuses more on criticizing and finding faults of staff while failing to recognize when people go above and beyond to help people with disabilities and their families.

    Advice to Management

    -Current CEO is George Contos, former chairman of the board of trustees. Conflict?
    -Learn to actually care about the employees and their careers. Learn to foster their dreams and aspirations.


  9. "OK"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YAI National Institute full-time

    Pros

    Meeting amazing people
    Working with amazing people

    Cons

    Administration does not care about the work you do
    always want you to do more with less

    Advice to Management

    Treat your staff at the bottom with respect because we are the ones holding the company up. You're just the face


  10. "DSP"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YAI National Institute part-time

    Pros

    Decent for someone who just got into college.

    Cons

    Its cool if you're a college student, pay was about 12/hr, but it depends where in the company you work. The supervisor might suck. Lots of politics. Some backstabbing may occur.

    Advice to Management

    Step your game up. Ya dig.


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