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Johns Hopkins University Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
424 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great work life balance and being that I am still in school that is very important (in 15 reviews)

  • Surrounded by very intelligent individuals, never bored (high work volume), great benefits (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • You may see a maximum 2% increase which doesn't cover cost of living expenses increase (in 7 reviews)

  • Not much work/life balance in the culture (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible Management, Bad Working Environment

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University

    Pros

    Most of the junior staffers were very pleasant people to work with.

    Cons

    The challenge was not the content of the work. The organization is essentially an event organizing institution for the Korean government. The work is typical boring think tank work that does not translate beyond the walls of the office and has no implication on the real world. The real challenge is working with the higher level staff, who don't acknowledge or appreciate junior staffers. There is a lot of favoritism in play. Multiple staffers, including myself, have been discouraged by management to pursue a career path because of our gender (being women). Overall just a bad place to work and progress. Wouldn't recommend it to anyone looking to pursue a career in international affairs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rigorous organizational restructuring is very crucial if the institution wants to stay a bit relevant in the Korea policy community and salvage the last of its reputation. Additionally, perhaps by providing better benefits, staffers might overlook management and want to stay at work longer than a year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Advanced Academic Programs Online, Not Worth a Flimsy Degree

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Washington, DC

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University part-time

    Pros

    Few excellent faculty who gave great online instruction and can deliver an exceptional performance (20% in my department were legit) - Flexibility regarding time and mobility in online education – and that's about it

    Cons

    Very incompetent directors steal the show (aka 'riding the legacy train') and then abruptly leave JHU right in the middle of semesters - Faculty used to be open and more transparent to the student but now it feels very distant, even in their teaching practices, and this is already a remote program - Extremely flimsy MS degrees granted from a large named university (its definitely not a positive in industry and it can cause irreversible damage to your resume), the coursework is much lighter than it should be - No pressure applied by faculty but there is definitely dysfunction on JHU's end applied to an online graduate student - Some of the courses are downright subpar, even below community college level, and should be replaced - These same courses are taught by either very weak or very strong researchers who don't seem to like teaching but only enjoy taking the glory of adding JHU Faculty to their CV

    Most AAP programs have little entrance standards so your classmates are a very wide, unpredictable mixture from the super incompetent and clueless student to the exceptionally talented student, which hurts the talented folks because the mess is dragged into the program - The programs demonstrate a let anyone in the door attitude and it reflects in the student body, the poor performance and laziness of several students, it tampers with the seriousness of better quality, motivated students, and this large overlap will eventually tarnish AAP's reputation if left in place - Students range from the MDs at a private medical practice, to the gasoline attendant at your local block, to active Assistant & Associate Professors, to the international students living in other countries who find AAP programs too easy and leave, to highly experienced Project Managers in major US corporations, and to the guy who cuts the lawns of those same US corporations each week (it really doesn't matter folks, AAP will take them all) - To me, the admission standards at AAP seems like: 'if you have money to burn, come join us because we will easily ignite it for you, with very miniscule benefit to you in return' - horrible, damaging, and completely unacceptable to students/professionals at all levels

    Incredibly high turnover in faculty members that are not announced (anymore) – this leads to a "cheap educational" feeling from students who are spending hard earned money on education that is driven by most faculty whom do not take AAP serious enough and then run off with a JHU Faculty Member line item on their resume - I noticed several students transferring from one AAP program to the next AAP program, just in search for a better education - Thanks to JHU AAP, the final transcript has almost half-dozen different names under 'Advisor' because the previous people left the university over a short period of time - Now the graduates are viewed as indecisive, unstable, and unpredictable in regards to working under approved faculty, which is entirely not the case but it sure looks like it to outside companies, trust me

    Do not interact with the IT department here – very poor quality people and even higher turnover, they pretend to help you and then report back bloated responses - Managers are immature, unprofessional and dirty - Engineers will just point out obvious problems, bicker and complain but they won't actually solve them - You are better off going to a close friend who works in the IT industry for legitimate, honest technical assistance because AAP's IT is a disgrace to the system

    The coursework is entirely variable – its almost as if the faculty never talk to each other when building up courses in the programs - There is no cohesion between courses and no pattern to follow, as you are left with taking random courses per term - Its a large drawback for this method of education so be smart, stay away, and do not waste your money in online education here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most (definitely not all) of your people are a true disgrace to the education industry. You fill your programs with bloat, smear it around the globe to fish for your students, and siphon off their money with little educational return. Your programs need a substantial overhaul or need to be shutdown. Either fix your programs or dismiss the few great faculty members there, so they don't have to deal with this nonsense. Stop operating with dollar signs in your eyes and start generating higher quality online education for the next generations to come. You can start by removing the excessive names under 'Advisor' on our transcripts, thanks to the turbulent wake of faculty employment instability you are exhibiting

    Your programs coin the term fast food education and it is obvious

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Inexperienced manager, politics and hypocrisy

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good 401 k benefits and vacation time

    Cons

    Worked 50 hrs a week with no recognition , and got on the wrong side of office politics. Manager had little experience in management and was dependent on others to do his job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you see a manager is constantly having to let go and hire people for a position then perhaps the problem is not the employee but the actual manager.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Get mugged on the way to work? The "Hopkins Way" isn't working with present day professionals.

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    Current Employee - Director in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Director in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Able to work with a lot of interesting people with a variety of interests

    Cons

    The actual working environment leaves a lot to desire. There are 1/2 hour walks to your meetings through some rough neighborhoods - odds are that you'll get mugged on the way to a meeting or just going to work in the morning. The security guards there hit on students and are not very effective.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you hire professionals to come in and do a job that is outside the profession of medicine, then don't have a doctor try and manage these folks - it's a recipe for disaster. Doctors there are out of touch with professions outside of their fields because they have been so focused on their medical disciplines. They always claim "we do things the Hopkins way" which is also catching up with the school. The accreditation bodies are starting to take notice and pointing out serious deficiencies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very disappointing experience. I expected much more from this institution.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University full-time

    Pros

    They offer a great benefits package.

    Cons

    Upper leadership positions are highly politically charged.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Dissappointing

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University

    Pros

    Great location, good benefits, great reputation

    Cons

    Negative attitude and atmosphere among personnel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to work on teamwork

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A great place to be from, but not a great place to be

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University

    Pros

    The benefits are good. The amount of health insurance, dental and vision options is great, plus they give you a stipend to buy these options.

    Cons

    Hopkins is set on underpaying its hardest workers just because they are Hopkins. The management is terrible. There is no security as everything depends on grants and PIs often overspend, leading to constant layoffs. Hopkins is a great place to be from, but not a great place to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees what they're worth!! Don't hold benefits over their head. I am leaving because my management does not appreciate me and I can make more money elsewhere. I will not work for Hopkins, just because of their name.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Not a great experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University

    Pros

    good research equipment, great locale, very good in the Biological and medical sciences field. Has really good facilities

    Cons

    terrible people, too self centered, dont care anything about others, survival of the fittest, and some of them are pretty dumb

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    respect people and improve other areas. Do NOT just concentrate on Biology if you want to become good at other things

    Disapproves of CEO

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