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Former Employee - Financial Administrator  in  Baltimore, MD
Former Employee - Financial Administrator in Baltimore, MD

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

Pros

Good quality of life accross the board.

Cons

Should focus more on and reward performance.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Empower your people.

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  1.  

    Good Organization to have on your CV; but employees ARE NOT treated well

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Laurel, MD
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Laurel, MD

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    > Great Organization to have on your resume
    > Food in Cafeteria is good
    > Some Programs and Projects are the best work you will ever do
    > Some of your colleagues are the most amazing people you will ever meet
    > Some of the work is unparallelled in opportunity, assuming funding doesn't get cut

    Cons

    > Unequal Treatment of Employees
    > Little to no Mentorship, for new employees, even if requested
    > No emphasis on re-education or additional training if current job may not be the best fit
    > Management seems to only be looking out for themselves, and not helping you grow your career
    > Department Placement may be wrong fit
    > Many in Management would rather be doing research or engineering
    > Lots of Micromanagement by new managers
    > Work is dependent on US Government funding and programs may be cut at any moment
    > No emphasis on work-life balance
    > NO INTERNAL EFFORTS MADE TO HELP RELOCATE EMPLOYEE FROM ONE DEPARTMENT TO ANOTHER IF WORK IS LACKING.
    > Huge need for INTERNAL HR to work on making sure each employee is working in the correct job, and if not, to help them move around the lab with ease to a department and program/project that may better suit their expertise, no matter how skilled or experienced they are at their job.
    > More assessments of each employee's skill set on a yearly basis to better match them to work within APL if they are rolling on or off projects within the department in which they are originally hired into to see if they could better fill needs outside of their department and be easily transferred between programs, without the need to go through so many issues and red tape to find the right job.
    > BETTER MANAGEMENT TRAINING TO PUT EMPHASIS ON CAREER GROWTH

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Emphasis on RETAINING employees keep skilled engineers and scientists if job is cut due to BRAC, or other DoD or NASA budget cuts.

    Train new managers, including those who are reluctantly taking the job due to a promotion in the department and groups that they work. My personal manager had little work for me to do, and the group leader was retiring soon. They did not work hard enough to try to find me new work and left me suffering until I was "expelled" from APL. BAD MANAGEMENT PRACTICES AND NO EMPHASIS ON HELPING AN EMPLOYEE (who is mid-career) TO BETTER THEIR SKILLS AND RETRAIN TO DO A BETTER JOB WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT THEY ARE WORKING. VERY LITTLE OPPORTUNITY FOR NEW JOB GROWTH.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

    Pros

    Benefits, Hopkins reputation, stability, interesting lists

    Cons

    Not very forward-thinking; very few opportunities for job growth

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