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Updated January 18, 2018
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  1. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "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.

  3. "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


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to develop experience in social justice"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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


  5. 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.


  6. "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


  7. Helpful (6)

    "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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.

  8. "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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Revolving door for junior level staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

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


  10. "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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