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.
Assistant Behavior Intervention Specialist (Current Employee) – Manhattan, NY – April 10, 2018
I was hired for Assistant Behavior Intervention Specialist. I'm part of management or so you would think. I did more dsp work then actually assisting management work. Not even properly paid for the work. When you find out you make only cents more then a dsp it's not worth it. When you find out you went to school got a BA and have to shower people along with pm hours instead of the am hours you thought you'd get it's not worth it. When your being interviewed ask questions like what are the hours like.. what does the job consist of. I felt more like dsp then management never felt comfortable telling people what to do as their supervisor. I out ranked people yet I allowed them to tell me what to do because it felt weird telling people what to do when I felt like on the same level as them when I wasn't supposed to be.
Community Training Specialist (Current Employee) – Bronx, NY – March 28, 2018
If the paay was higher more employees would stay around. You cannot live off this salary in NY. The amount of care the employees have for the clients is there but the amount of pay given by the company to its employees is lacking.
Assistant Manager (Former Employee) – New York, NY – March 23, 2018
When I first came to work for YAI I thought they were supportive and seemed to provide adequate training. However I came to learn how cut throat and vindictive the people that work there are. The management are venomous people and do not really care you there employees. The direct care many are petty and uneducated. The best experience I gained from this company was what type of job and work environment I never want to be involved in again. The day I left YAI felt like being released from a prison. It was really the worst place and people I have ever worked with.
Assistant Residential Supervisor (Former Employee) – New York, NY – January 12, 2018
YAI was the first social services company I worked for after receiving my bachelors in social work. It was a great introduction to the field. I was able to put all of the skills I learned during my program to use. The company trained me well, I had an incredible manager/supervisor and the staff I worked with was very friendly and fun to be around.
Direct Service Provider (Former Employee) – Brooklyn, NY – January 9, 2018
At first YAI started out as a place to help individuals with inellectual disbilities to further themselves and live a more full and enriching life. However, that is only attained under management who follow the same beliefs that YAI follow. Unfortunately, YAI is riddled with management who just do not care about the people the support. Theyre more concerned with numbers. Its sad really.