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Mediocrity is Job Number One

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD

I have been working at Johns Hopkins University

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Great benefits package, but salaries are far too low to retain competent staff, at least in IT. The work environment is pleasant, and there are some good people to work with, and the campus environment is nice.

Cons

Senior management seem more interested in vendor kickbacks than maintaining reliable infrastructure or, god forbid, innovate. The Peter Principle is definitely at work here, and it shows. I once considered sending a fruit basket or flowers to a co-worker just because I was so delighted someone was actually competent at their job. Then I realized how crazy it is to be amazed by such an occurrence.

Advice to Management

Get out of these cozy (unethical?) vendor relationships, invest in innovation, show some real leadership, and actually start to take retaining competent staff seriously. JHU hemorrhages talent and replaces it with comfortable mediocrity.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    JHU is a nice place to work and persue career growth, but they're not competitive with salaries

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist - HR Shared Services in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist - HR Shared Services in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    *JHU Culture *Access to education benefits for staff and their college age children *Discounts available to JHU employees (YMCA, Weight Watchers, Amusement Parks etc) *Benefits package *Excellent worklife program for working parents and for staff (Housebuying incentives, adoption assistance benefit, child care etc) *Ability to advance to other positions throughout the JHU network. JHU jobs website on any given day has at least 400 jobs opening posted and open to apply for. *Living Wage initiative for employees. Custodians average starting salary is about $11 per hour

    Cons

    * JHU Culture *University contribution to 403B program for support staff is 20 cents on the dollars *Poor training program in place to train employees on SAP (new HR/Payroll/Finance software program) introduced 5 years ago. Training class are available but exisiting employees and new hires aren't encouraged by the departments they work for to learn how to use SAP. JHU spent millions of dollars to purchase to this software. *Decentralized organization, which affects how the University operates and how policies are perceived and executed. *Salaries for support staff positions are not in line with private employers for the similar jobs. *New P3 Evaluation System for employees, which is being used by some departments (HR Shared Services) to ensure that employee's never receive more than an average rating for their review. Average reviews equate to less money in your paycheck. New system put into place in July 2011. Departments are required to use this system, but most aren't taking it seriously. *Favoritism - Who you know at JHU can help or hurt your career goals at Hopkins. Never burn any bridges because it is high probability that you will run into that person again during your climb up the career ladder. *Elistist Behavior on the department level regarding your educational background * Yearly Raises avearge 2% for support staff and Sr Staff and Upper Manager 4%-5%

    Advice to Management

    Encourage, inspire,motivate, respect and appreicate your employees and the work that they do, instead of belittling, encouraging favoritism, showing little loyalty to employees who are the foundation and back bone of the University. Univeristy needs to offer competitive salaries to attract quality employees and offer higher raises and incentives to long term employees who are leaving JHU to work for other employers. Long term empoyees take knowledge and experience with them out the door.


  2. Very Pleasant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Big Company therefore there is a very good scope of advancement after working here. Resume looks very good with such a big brand name to it.

    Cons

    In comparison to industry standards, the salary is very very low and basic. A professional can be stuck in his or her career.

    Advice to Management

    There should be a formal structure of management. The structural flow is very haphazard and there are many managers micromanaging every employee.


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