Johns Hopkins University
3.9 of 5 316 reviews
www.jhu.edu Baltimore, MD 5000+ Employees

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The overall experience at the University has been satisfactory; however, there have been bumps in the road.

PhD Student (Life Sciences) (Current Employee)
Baltimore, MD

ProsThe academic environment is rich in knowledge and resources. Despite common opinion, Baltimore can be a comfortable (safe and affordable) city to pursue graduate work. The phd student stipend is similar to other graduate programs. However, since Baltimore is an affordable city, the stipend goes far compared to similar programs in NYC, Philadelphia, San Francisco, LA, etc.

ConsEverywhere you go, you can find bad apples in the bunch. There are some professors (and students) who are full of themselves and are not always a pleasure to work with.

As a black graduate student, the experience has been isolating and there is not much of an administrative effort to address minority student issues. In addition, there are very little protections in place for graduate students/post-docs abused by their "advisors" (including advisors who yell at and bully their students into submission, foreign students/post-docs (and possibly Americans) working 100+ hr weeks from demanding professors who pay them less than NIH guidelines or nothing).

Finally, the University is politically and administratively segregated into various schools. This separation makes students (and possibly faculty) feel very confined within their own school and limits the ability to collaborate and connect outside of one's school. This separation leads to very different experiences depending on where you are in the University or School. Even within a Department, students can have very different experiences depending on which lab you choose to join.

Advice to Senior ManagementPut in place a system where students/post-docs feel comfortable reporting their advisor's unprofessional (and in some cases illegal) activities. Recruit, hire and retain more minority FACULTY (TENURE TRACK PROFESSORS NOT RESEARCH ASSOCIATES). Tear down the walls and make the University one cohesive unit.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Pros: Chance to learn a lot from very qualified people. Flexible… Cons: Benefits are great but the salaries are much lower than… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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    An excellent experience.

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    I worked at Johns Hopkins University full-time for more than a year


    Pros: A well run university, which respects it's faculty, staff and students. Individual contributions are welcomed and… Cons: It is a necessarily bureaucratic organization, so there is a certain way… Advice to Senior Management: Keep up the good work!! Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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