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Vera Institute Of Justice Reviews

Updated April 25, 2017
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Nicholas R. Turner
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  1. "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


  2. "Senior Program Associate"

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent exposure to high level execs or other decision makers, various writing experiences, really intelligent colleagues.

    Cons

    High turnover (at the time), and low retention of diverse candidates (at the time); there was also minimal opportunities for at work professional development. A lot of restructuring has happened under N. Turner so these issues may not be as significant as before.


  3. "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.


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  5. "Chaos and miserable office environment"

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

    I worked at Vera Institute Of Justice full-time

    Pros

    There are opportunities for movement in the organization since most positions have turned over at least once in the past three years.

    A great place with great opportunities - so long as you're one of the "in group."

    Cons

    Constant turnover at all levels - which has led to extremely low morale among most, apart from those in the in group. Management either doesn't notice or doesn't care.

    Almost every woman in a position of leadership in research has left after being passed over for promotion - or finding it unbearable after being promoted. Social environment that is a mix of snake pit and middle school. If you're not in the "in group," it's miserable.

    A fundraising video that had staff talk about their dreams. Their dreams. Seriously.

    IT systems would have been outdated in 2009.

    Advice to Management

    fewer "Ideas Festivals," more research


  6. "Great place to work"

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    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.


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    "Case Mgr"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Vera Institute Of Justice full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexibility in doing the needed work

    Cons

    Poor pay for the extremely difficult work done

    Advice to Management

    Employees you value should be paid their worth in order to keep a great team.


  8. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great as an internship; I really enjoyed it. Supervisor was very nice. Cannot speak to regular job experience, and I really only worked with one person. But I recommend it to students - also, it was a paid internship, which is great.

    Cons

    It would have been nice to work under and gotten to know better multiple people, but it makes sense logistically why that could have been difficult.


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    "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.


  10. "Field Counselor"

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

    Pros

    Supportive Staff Flexible Schedule great office space

    Cons

    Travel, and a lot of paperwork

    Advice to Management

    Allow more opportunities for senior line staff


  11. "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.


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