Vera Institute Of Justice

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Vera Institute Of Justice Reviews

Updated July 21, 2014
Updated July 21, 2014
14 Reviews
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14 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good company to work for

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Vera Institute Of Justice as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Everyone was nice and helpful

    Cons

    There wasn't as much collaborating, or as much of a sense of community as I was hoping for, people mostly stayed at their desks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work a little harder and creating a fun and happy office culture

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Vera is a great organization but, as others have said, provides little room for upward mobility.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vera Institute Of Justice full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People are passionate about the work and friendly. Organization offers great benefits and respects work/life balance. The reputation and networking opportunities presented are invaluable.

    Cons

    Lack of upward mobility and minimal salary increases. Navigating across the matrix of centers can be difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More open discussion about difficult topics within the organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good people, frustrating environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Vera Institute Of Justice full-time

    Pros

    Compensation is fair and benefits are good. HR works hard to help employees balance health and life outside of work. My immediate co-workers were very pleasant, interesting people and easy to get along with.

    Cons

    Protocols and various procedures are cumbersome. This leads to a lot of tedious administrative work that feels like it could be streamlined if things were updated. The opportunities for advancement are limited and many people are overworked, again because there is an old-fashioned way of operating. Departments /programs are silos.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in updating and streamlining basic procedures, create more casual interactions between departments and programs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Public Policy Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vera Institute Of Justice

    Pros

    Amazing organization doing very important work, very professional and fun perks to the internship like going to the Hill on Vera's behlaf

    Cons

    Not always a lot of work for the interns, and not very well structured internship opportunities

  6.  

    Great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vera Institute Of Justice

    Pros

    Smart people who are passionate about the work.

    Cons

    Silos between centers, but they are working on that.

  7.  

    Revolving door for junior level staff

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vera Institute Of Justice full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great peers. Collegial environment. Laid back with the hours. Less non-profit and more non-profit consulting culture/ environment.

    Cons

    Extremely low pay for entry-level, junior-level employees. Senior level people get it so good they never want to leave, so it is pretty much a revolving door for anyone who does not direct a program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Here's a thought: Promote within. Invest in your employees. Keep them engaged.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great internship that not only provided useful connections, but also job opportunities.

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Vera Institute Of Justice as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Given real work and real projects to work on
    Friendly staff
    Attentive to your needs and career goals

    Cons

    Unpaid, but that's what happens with non profits

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Okay place to work, but there are a lot of limits to working there

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Associate  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Program Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Vera Institute Of Justice full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of smart and talented people are drawn to Vera. It also hosts lots of interesting programs and projects. Salaries for the nonprofit world tend to be high.

    Cons

    Lots of limits to career advancement. You basically learn what you have to after 1-2 years and then can't move up because it would mean taking your supervisor's job. Since they are well paid and it's a flexible work place they never really leave. My supervisor had less education and like 2 years more experience but had a supervisory title and made like 20 k more than I did. This is pretty common at Vera and people tend to leave when they realize this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think you need to think about why so many people leave so quickly. You should also look at how much current supervisors are adding to the team. Are they in that position just because or are they actually contributing something? Also, for being so innovative, most of the upper management is white.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Passionate Mission, few ops for growth

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Vera Institute Of Justice full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Wonderful, smart and passionate colleagues, a good push for evidence based solutions.
    Good benefits including paid leave.
    Good balance with work and life.

    Cons

    Few opportunities for growth,
    Even though we are under the same mission we tend to work on silos

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    great mission, disappointing leadership

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    Former Employee - Research Associate  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Vera Institute Of Justice full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Vera is a progressive organization with a lot of smart and committed staff. Staff are exposed to different researchers, speakers, and leaders in the criminal justice field through different talks hosted by the Institute.

    Cons

    Poor management. Limited growth potential. Unnecessarily hierarchical. Vera's centers and programs operate in silos and could benefit from greater collaboration and cross-pollination. Certain senior research staff do not know what they are doing and there is no research director (and hasn't been one for years) or any qualified researcher with whom the staff can raise research concerns. Even when concerns are raised, they not addressed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My best advice to management is to respect your staff. You hire a lot of smart, ambitious, and dedicated professionals but are not honest about the lack of potential for growth. If you don't mind having an incredibly high turnover then why not tell staff before they are hired that there is limited growth potential and that they shouldn't expect to stay more than two years or less? For an "innovative" organization you would be surprised by how bored most of your over qualified staff are on a day-to-day basis. Mid-level staff are punished for trying to do more to further the cause or mission of their program rather than encouraged and valued for their work. With better leadership you could be doing A LOT more with the money you receive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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