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Vera Institute Of Justice Reviews

Updated April 25, 2017
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  1. "Vera is a casual working environment where smart people often collaborate to tackle policy issues big and small."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    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 Management

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


  2. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Smart people who are passionate about the work.

    Cons

    Silos between centers, but they are working on that.


  3. "Senior Program Associate"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Program Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vera Institute Of Justice full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The work that Vera engages in is very satisfying. Worked with a wonderful team that was committed to making social justice a reality for all.

    Cons

    There was lIttle room to grow given that the directors of the programs I worked on were staying put. No upward growth.


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  5. "Research Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vera Institute Of Justice full-time

    Pros

    I love how engaged the entire office is with one another and each other's projects. I love how passionate fellow co workers are.

    Cons

    There aren't too many cons I can think of. I have far less check-ins with supervisors than I expected.


  6. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vera Institute Of Justice full-time

    Pros

    There is upward mobility -- several people have been promoted from within my department in the past year alone. There are clear expectations about what is expected from you and what constitutes success within a role. Good benefits and vacation and holiday time off is very good for a US nonprofit. HR is a supportive resource for everything from forms and transit questions to private coaching on how to approach conversations with department heads.

    Cons

    There is a certain degree of resistance to inter-departmental interaction, but that seems to be changing somewhat. The age and history of any institution like Vera means there will be a certain resistance to change from some long-term staff members, but overall, leadership is very forward-thinking and eager to embrace new techniques that are proven to be successful.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to embrace the reforming zeal of new staff members who are eager and equipped to improve existing systems.


  7. "Fellow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vera Institute Of Justice full-time

    Pros

    Truly mission-driven. Staff very passionate about their projects and interested in others' projects.

    Cons

    Rigid tracking of paid time off hours - little flexibility in this regard despite that salaried employees often work longer than 9-5 hours on a regular basis.


  8. "Vera good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vera Institute Of Justice full-time

    Pros

    Overall Vera is a good place to work

    Cons

    Vera needs better tea selection


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    "Great mission and cause but cannot retain talent."

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    Former Employee - Network Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends

    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 Management

    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.


  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
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vera Institute Of Justice full-time (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


  11. "Public Policy Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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


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