Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

www.jhuapl.edu
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Great place - advancement opportunities but you have to search them out

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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 full-time (More than 10 years)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Mid year review and salary actions first few years. Great community. Lots of events.

Cons

Some projects can have very long hours which has caused some people to burn out - but other opportunities are usually available within the lab

Advice to Management

Talk with your staff more. They want to hear from you

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  1. Helpful (1)

    A good starter job

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    Former Employee - Associate Professional Staff I in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Associate Professional Staff I in Columbia, MD

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory full-time (More than 5 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay 100% for advance degrees. Great job to start a career with.

    Cons

    Advancement opportunities are low. Alot of family favoritism (environment based on who you know).


  2. 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 (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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