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Vera Institute Of Justice Reviews

Updated October 9, 2017
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  1. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vera Institute Of Justice full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart people; great mission and recognized organization.

    Cons

    Board is distant and political; min advancement for women; lack of transparency; wage differences


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Case Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vera Institute Of Justice full-time

    Pros

    Experience to do field work, interdisciplinary team

    Cons

    No support from senior staff or management, unrealistic expectations

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees more and lessen the case load to retain employees.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Think twice"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vera Institute Of Justice (More than a year)

    Pros

    Vera does good, important work. Probably a better place to work if you're young in your career. Lots of very smart people, though most are not able to fulfill their potential. Note Michael Jacobsen has not been the CEO since August of 2013; current CEO is Nicholas Turner.

    Cons

    One of the most policed environments I've ever been in. Not much room for creativity or autonomy. Very insecure CEO who talks much but says little new or unique. There's a definite lack of diversity of opinion, which may also point to the CEO's insecurities. The funding is constantly precarious and the CEO has brought in only $25K since starting over two years ago, so I'm skeptical of his longevity potential. There's also a weird, celebrity-like worship of people who have been incarcerated (at least those who admit to it). It seems few that work at Vera have had real-world experience and exist in a safe, unchallenged ivory tower.

    Advice to Management

    I think new management is needed to resurrect Vera's reputation as a leader in the field.


  4. Helpful (8)

    "great mission, disappointing leadership"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vera Institute Of Justice full-time (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 Management

    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.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Uneven Workplace"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    They do fascinating work. Admin jobs there are very frustrating in part because of this - you see great things going on around you with which you don't get a chance or have time to help.

    Cons

    Everyone's overworked. Some people are underpaid. Some of management shouldn't be there (the manager I had was one of the worst bosses I've met, let alone worked with).

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Look them in the eye. Don't try to control everything. Live a life outside of work.


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