Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

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A stable place with a great variety of technical work

Senior Professional Staff I (Current Employee) Laurel, MD

ProsI 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.

ConsAs 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 Senior ManagementContinue to trust your scientists technical people and keep up the innovation efforts.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place for older Software Engineers who want to stay technical

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) 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… Cons: - can be an impersonal and bureaucratic workplace, depending on the group - sponsors… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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    JHU APL offers good benefits with moderate pay

    Senior Professional Staff II (Current Employee) 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… Cons: Pay raises frequently dependent on who you know not what… Advice to Senior Management: Many line managers are technically qualified but do not have… More

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