Vera Institute Of Justice

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Vera Institute Of Justice Reviews

Updated 27 January 2015
Updated 27 January 2015
16 Reviews
3.9
16 Reviews
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  1.  

    It was your basic office job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vera Institute Of Justice

    Pros

    It was good pay, boring, not very demanding work, stay at home on friday's.

    Cons

    Very quite office, not much office culture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    good learning experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY (US)
    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Vera Institute Of Justice as an intern (less than a 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
  3.  

    Good company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC (US)

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

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vera Institute Of Justice full-time (more than a 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
  6.  

    Good people, frustrating environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Vera Institute Of Justice full-time

    Pros

    Compensation is fair and benefits are good. HR works hard to help employees balance health and life outside of work. My immediate co-workers were very pleasant, interesting people and easy to get along with.

    Cons

    Protocols and various procedures are cumbersome. This leads to a lot of tedious administrative work that feels like it could be streamlined if things were updated. The opportunities for advancement are limited and many people are overworked, again because there is an old-fashioned way of operating. Departments /programs are silos.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in updating and streamlining basic procedures, create more casual interactions between departments and programs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    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

  8.  

    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.

  9.  

    Revolving door for junior level staff

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

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

    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC (US)

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