Johns Hopkins University Reviews

Updated May 17, 2015
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Johns Hopkins University President and Trustee Ronald J. Daniels
Ronald J. Daniels
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Pros
  • Very friendly environment and excellent work-life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • They offer a great benefits package (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • Some departments have a better work-life balance than others (in 7 reviews)

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

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  1. Let individual department management manager their employees

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The building for Public Health is beautiful

    Cons

    *No incentives for upper management - minimal annual increments

    *Inappropriate and unprofessional micro-management of support departments by Human Resources leadership

    Advice to Management

    Look at long-term HR staff for unacceptable oversight standards of individual departments


  2. Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good work/family balance. Campus is a nice work environment.

    Cons

    Zero emphasis placed on developing JHU employees. No training to keep employees' skills current. Zero emphasis placed on career opportunities. A union for senior staff members would be really helpful to employees. I have never seen an employee promoted from within when a management slot opens up.

    Advice to Management

    Conduct an employee satisfaction survey. Promotion from within.


  3. Helpful (1)

    No Senior Staff Support

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Research Specialist in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Research Specialist in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A diverse work environment. Education benefit is the real benefit here.

    Cons

    JHU administration does not support research employees and do not have any sort of retention plan in place when funding for positions is tight. Do not let the door hit you on the way out. Even senior staff are not valued.

    Advice to Management

    JHU needs to think about its policies regarding personnel. The institutional memory and experience that is lost every year through the lack of a mechanism to retain talent is staggeringly short sighted. JHU will not be able to return to #1 or hold that position again if it continues to flush its experienced people.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Benefits are average, work environments vary greatly.

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Having the Hopkins name on your resume can be a plus.

    Cons

    Pay is much lower than people assume. Parking is expensive at almost all locations.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Good Resume Line Item - no longer top 100 places to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits and training opportunities. Excellent vacation, holiday benefits; Work life balance easy to obtain, not much pressure on meeting deadlines as requirements creep is tolerated. Good resources, access to some of the latest technologies. Home use licenses for software to stay current.

    Cons

    1% raises for several years; insurance costs increasing at 2-5% YoY; Cutting back on other compensation (ISP, cell phone). Limited career path options. Few if any promotions. People tend to stay at that level were hired in at. No incentives for exceptional work - find a cure of Ebola, save a $1M a year in costs, or just show up and keep the lights on gets the same (no) reward. Inefficiencies in a lot of areas. Lot of manual processes.

    Advice to Management

    Shift some of the decision making away from HR. Is supposed to be there to serve employees, not the reverse. Fair doesn't mean it has to be the same same for everyone/every group. Need to differentiate positions and skills. Software engineer title applied to most doesn't account for differences in market for embedded software versus business application versus network personnel.


  7. Research Technologist Position

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Technologist in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Research Technologist in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You are surrounded by brilliant scientists who are passionate about what they do, and they are the leaders in their field. There are many learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Expectations are high and stressful even for entry level technicians. Supervisors are not understanding and even less helpful.

    Advice to Management

    I wish management was more understanding and supportive.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Ok place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University

    Pros

    flexibility, decent benefits, nice people

    Cons

    outrageously low salary, east baltimore is not a safe place

    Advice to Management

    If you want people to work for you - pay them!


  9. Helpful (1)

    Try to get your own funding before coming here. If not, go elsewhere.

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Exceptional Facilities. Brightest researchers and clinicians, Well-funded from the Federal Government

    Cons

    Postdoctoral training here is unsatisfactory and way behind other schools of similar standing. Although postdocs here are offered diverse options to expand their transferable skills, many are either not allowed to participate or are too afraid to even ask if they can participate. Although Hopkins is known for their exceptional faculty, many of them are leaving for better pay, a more collaborative environment, and greater respect from leadership. Entrepreneurship here should be stronger.

    Advice to Management

    Stop creating new administrative positions for the upper levels of leadership and focus on greater efficiency from the administrative offices that already exist. There are many overlapping educational programs that could be consolidated into one, which could more efficiently use the available educational funds.


  10. Very interesting place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    meet fun people
    easy
    get a guard card
    cheap subsidized meals
    experience
    on a steady side, and good for side word

    Cons

    horrendous wages
    inflexibility for hours
    demanding
    incompetent management
    spotty scheduling
    high turnover

    Advice to Management

    Pleas get rid of tenured faculty who have lost the passion to work!!


  11. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work if you want to be marginalized and not live up to your full potential and contribute to the world.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    None, unless you just want the Hopkins name on your CV, or you are able to play the political game, and fit in.

    Cons

    Under used, under valued, marginalized for being smarter than your boss, does not help morale and productivity. This is detrimental to our healthcare system as a whole.

    Advice to Management

    Minority employees need to be heard and allowed to contribute as much as they are capable of, that will benefit the world, rather than catering to the egos of those in power.



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