Vera Institute Of Justice

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Vera Institute Of Justice Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
15 Reviews
3.9
15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Vera Institute Of Justice as an intern (less than an 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.  

    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.

  3.  

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Vera Institute Of Justice as an intern (less than an 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
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  5.  

    Vera is a casual working environment where smart people often collaborate to tackle policy issues big and small.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Vera Institute Of Justice

    Pros

    effectively blends academic research with technical assistant projects
    coworkers are personally and professionally interested in seeing you succeed

    Cons

    can have a lack of direction from overworked management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    establish a balance between the administrative aspects of management with ensuring that employees recognize and help to achieve bigger picture

    Recommends
  6.  

    good learning experience

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

    I worked at Vera Institute Of Justice as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good intelligent colleagues who work hard to make sure the intern's time is well spent. Great lunches when meeting with clients too

    Cons

    Technology is archaic and there is little interaction between colleagues working in the same pod

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest in new computers!

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vera Institute Of Justice full-time (more than an 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
  8.  

    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

  9.  

    Passionate Mission, few ops for growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to develop experience in social justice

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vera Institute Of Justice

    Pros

    - Excellent opportunities to work in both program development and research

    Cons

    - Employee morale is low at times due to perceived inadequate opportunities for career advancement especially for mid career professionals

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great mission and cause but cannot retain talent.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at Vera Institute Of Justice

    Pros

    Great place to gain exposure and work experience at an accelerated rate.
    Proud to know you are working to directly contribute to help the projects and centers prosper.
    Working with highly educated and experienced Program directors and Project Managers (Ph.D's, Lawyers, Prosecutors, experienced professionals)

    Cons

    Lack of mentorship in certain departments.
    Lack of rention of passionate employees.
    Work politics ( at least in my department.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on retention of talent and contributors.
    Focus more on finding qualified individuals to manage.
    More practical approach to resources, project completion, performance reviews.

    Recommends

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