Coordinator (Current Employee) – New York, NY 10001 – November 30, 2018
I loved the cutting edge advocacy, but if you were not included in the click you were out. There was lots of great things about the company, but on long island there was a click that did trump the overall advancement of the company. It would have been nice if the company gave enough time for the little care worker that has the love for the population more opportunity for advancement.
Housekeeping (Current Employee) – New York, NY – November 19, 2018
Overall I would have to say that the work environment was very fast pace. This type of job should be done by people who love working with people with disabilities and the management can make of break how enjoyable your job is.
Overnight Awake Residential Counselor (Current Employee) – Williston Park, NY – October 30, 2018
Its a starter job but can develop into a career if you want to learn and grow with the company. Each house is different, so management is different. however, YAI as a whole company is a place to start and educate yourself about the I/DD environment.
Direct Support Professional (Current Employee) – Hollis Hills, NY – September 30, 2018
Working at YAI is not entirely bad. If the company paied the employees more for the amount of time and effort we put into other people's lives and our own, it would be worth it. However, it is not. Depending on the resident, some of the persons we support are as rude as ever. Policies are contradicting, employees have no rights or no say and then are blamed for the person we support actions. Sometimes it's also your coworkers! However, working here is very flexible, which is great for continuing education as their can be free time.
Flexible, can do overtime
Contradicting policies, low pay, lack of team players.
Senior Direct Service Professional (Current Employee) – Bronx, NY – August 3, 2018
Loved working with the people I support, but management makes things difficult to work there. While working there, I went through three supervisors. It wasn't until the third came in and made things more difficult and I finally had enough and left. Workers were lazy and didn't want to work, supervisor made all the employees lives miserable, and three employees after me left as well, we all got transfers. Supervisor was ethically and morally wrong, witnessed abuse on numerous occasions and never reported it.
Software Engineer Intern (Current Employee) – New York, NY – August 2, 2018
As long as you do your work, everything is fine. I had good team members. The board presented what project they needed and their functionalities, and we were in charge to make it happen using open sources technologies.
DSP (Direct Support Professional) (Former Employee) – Brooklyn, NY – July 11, 2018
Only perk are that you get serveral training, management don’t really care for their workers. You are under paid and over worked. I will never recommend YAI to anyone. After you commit your year they fired you. It’s a revolving door so don’t get to comfortable there.
Direct-to-Support Professional (Current Employee) – Kew Gardens, NY – July 9, 2018
YAI DSP is very flexible for those who have a busy lifestyle. Depending on the house it can be very busy or relaxed. There's definitely some health concerns for those who are working for a long time but overall it's better than most big corporate entry jobs. The management depends on the person at the house, so it can depend on how the house can be run. The most enjoyable out of the job is the people we help and how we are able to bring them closer to having a happy life with us supporting them.
Overtime, many hours, meals are accommodating sometimes, benefits
Assistant Behavioral Intervention Specialist (Former Employee) – New York, NY – July 6, 2018
Like most social work agencies you are at the mercy of your supervisor who unfortunately may not be used to the responsibilities of your role. I would recommend holding your relationship with your supervsior above all else and besides that working with individuals was the easy part.
You may get an extremely easy job with an individual who needs little support.
You may have an incredibly difficult and easy job with an individual who needs lots of support, especially with toileting and other ADL skills
Senior Direct Service Professional (Former Employee) – Brentwood, NY – June 27, 2018
This job would be ideal for college students as it provides plenty of flexibility in scheduling depending on the department. If you work in a day has, you will typically be assigned anywhere from 3 to 5 individuals for the day. As a direct support professional, it is your responsibility to work on specific goals with each of your clients. At the end of the day you are also required to document in detail, the goals you worked on with each individual. the functioning level of each individual will vary and some may be behavioral but that is not usually the case.