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A stable place with a great variety of technical work

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Current Employee - Senior Professional Staff I  in  Laurel, MD
Current Employee - Senior Professional Staff I in Laurel, MD

I have been working at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

I feel very stable here, and I sleep well knowing that if my current project isn't a good fit, it's very likely I can find something that fits my needs and future goals. Technical employees are encouraged, but not forced, to take on leadership and management roles. Recently, APL has pushed for more innovation by providing actual funding for ideas and building a "maker space" lab to help build more of an innovation-oriented community. Job stability is very high.

Cons

As with any large company, you have to put up with irritating policies: for example, buying software, even the smallest productivity-enhancing tool, takes way more effort and time than you'd expect (government regulations, apparently?). Your computer will feel like it's four years old even when it's fresh out-of-the-box because of the security-related stuff on it - fine if you're a PowerPoint jockey, but terrible if you need to do anything that requires more horsepower.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Continue to trust your scientists technical people and keep up the innovation efforts.

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Other Reviews for Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place for older Software Engineers who want to stay technical

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Laurel, MD
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Laurel, MD

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    - lots of opportunities are provided to keep learning and apply new technology

    - innovation and collaboration are encouraged

    - experience is valued and achievement is recognized

    - highly ethical work environment is provided, age discrimination is not tolerated

    - good pay, good benefits, nice offices, lots of flexibility in work arrangements

    Cons

    - can be an impersonal and bureaucratic workplace, depending on the group

    - sponsors often require strict program oversight which leads to tedious planning, tracking, and reporting requirements

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    JHU APL offers good benefits with moderate pay

    Current Employee - Senior Professional Staff II  in  Laurel, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Professional Staff II in Laurel, MD

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good Benefits. Culturally diverse. Good location between Baltimore and DC

    Cons

    Pay raises frequently dependent on who you know not what you know. Some discrimination against older workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many line managers are technically qualified but do not have the right traits for management

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