Johns Hopkins University
3.9 of 5 317 reviews
www.jhu.edu Baltimore, MD 5000+ Employees

Johns Hopkins University Reviews

Updated Mar 14, 2014
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3.9 317 reviews

                             

86% Approve of the CEO

Johns Hopkins University President and Trustee Ronald J. Daniels

Ronald J. Daniels

(113 ratings)

82% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Mediocrity is Job Number One

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Baltimore, MD

    ProsGreat benefits package, but salaries are far too low to retain competent staff, at least in IT. The work environment is pleasant, and there are some good people to work with, and the campus environment is nice.

    ConsSenior management seem more interested in vendor kickbacks than maintaining reliable infrastructure or, god forbid, innovate. The Peter Principle is definitely at work here, and it shows. I once considered sending a fruit basket or flowers to a co-worker just because I was so delighted someone was actually competent at their job. Then I realized how crazy it is to be amazed by such an occurrence.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet out of these cozy (unethical?) vendor relationships, invest in innovation, show some real leadership, and actually start to take retaining competent staff seriously. JHU hemorrhages talent and replaces it with comfortable mediocrity.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a good experience

    Research Program Coordinator (Former Employee)
    Baltimore, MD

    Pros- Famous, advanced institution
    - good benefits (insurances, tuition remission and other)
    - wide knowledge based
    - some good PIs interested in not only their career but also in your development
    - good coworkers if you are lucky to have them

    Cons- very stingy in case of salaries and raise, all the money goes for construction of new flashy buildings
    - many supervisors have habit of micromanaging and putting you to work for every millisecond during your work hours to the point of harassment and disgust, which is discouraging
    - administrative, payroll and HR department do not listen to your problems and are most of the time uninformed and not willing to help.
    - people play politics to go ahead with their ambitions
    - efforts are not only go unrewarded but also go unacknowledged
    - no flexible hours, had to seat through 9 to 5 sharp everyday regardless of work load

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe considerate and respective of the employees not matter on what level post they are. Just not only Listen to the performance reviews but also ask for employees' feedback and think over it. Supervisors are not always right. Pay proper wages and don't play with our payrolls.

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    Prestigious place to work, but not the best place for a software engineer.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Baltimore, MD

    ProsHopkins is a very prestigious place to work. They offer great benefits including a compressive insurance and tuition reimbursement to Johns Hopkins University.

    ConsAlthough it is a prestigious place to work, for someone with an advanced technical degree, your opportunities are limited. Tuition reimbursement to Johns Hopkins University only counts if you can get into the university.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would recommend that management team takes some project management courses, to improve time estimation skills and personnel management.

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    Hopkins.....meh

    Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
    Baltimore, MD

    ProsGreat Benefits, training, tuition reimburesment. lots of different opportunites to move into throughout the same institution. lots of opportunities to network with other people in different fields and make lots of connections. Lots of young people and students work there so its fun making friends there.

    Conspoor management, lack of guidance, horrible parking in the city. My manager was rarely ever there and would never give any guidance or assist in getting you on the right track. She would never confront you if you did something wrong but she would let it build until things go way wrong then fire you.

    Advice to Senior Managementfocus on your team and building a strong one

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    APL is a good place to work if you want something stable and consistent but with mediocre salaries

    Senior Professional Staff I (Current Employee)
    Laurel, MD

    ProsAPL is a very stable organization with a very laid-back atmosphere. The retirement benefits are very good (403b), one can take off for vacation with little notice, 3+ weeks of vacation per year, flexible hours and tele-commuting possible.

    ConsIt is a very bipolar place - either you are a technical worker and not recognized or you are in management and run with the big boys. Only realistic way to move up is to go into management. Unfortunately a lot of the people in management should not be there as they are not very good at it. Salary is only so-so. Raises at end of year rarely meet inflation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to be more in focus with those actually doing the technical work. Too often my supervisor has no clue what I am doing. And those management folks above him are even more clueless.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    APL was once a great place to work... no more.

    Assistant Branch Supervisor (Current Employee)
    Laurel, MD

    ProsThere are some opportunities to work on revolutionary projects in a variety of areas.

    ConsManagement has lost focus on the mission and vision, while attempting to build modern looking facilities and increase fee for the parent university. When the staff size cap was removed, APL stopped being selective about work that it accepted due to the need to maintain large numbers of staff. The steady influx of new staff has destroyed the culture, loyalty, and in many ways, the professionalism of the lab. This is happening in an environment where unqualified people are being accelerated into line management positions before they are ready or experienced for all the wrong reasons. The overall organizational focus on technical excellence has been lost in recent years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop attempting to turn APL into another LM or Raytheon...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Low stress work environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPeople are nice; deadlines are flexible; tuition reimbursement for dependents is great reason for working here.

    ConsLow pay; no oppurtunity for advancement; no bonuses; pay raises are miniscule.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay scale should be similar to other schools in the area.

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    Lots of smart people, no interest in investing in staff

    Analyst (Former Employee)

    ProsReputation, good salaries, and reputation

    Consbenefits are subpar for a university, no support for staff

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter training for staff, ask staff for input on changes to business processes that resulted from SAP

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    good but discouraging

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgreat reputation, especially in the fields of medicine and public health. excellent resources. great place to be for research

    Consvery few companies come to on-campus recruitment and since we're competing with other North-East schools we get shafted in the recruiting process

    Advice to Senior Managementget more companies to recruit on campus!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Facility Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsBenefits of vacation and sick leave. Professional resources

    ConsUnprofessional staff to include upper management. Upper management does not take an interest in employee/staffing conflicts. They seem to create a mountain out a hill but do not react when an actually crisis arises that endangers the health, safety, and well-being of other employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen more to your employees. Please do not wait until someone is hurt to take action.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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