Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    High Technology with a sense of mission

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff II
    Former Employee - Senior Staff II

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology with focus of serving the warfighter. As a non-profit, APL is not encumbered with quarterly stock positions. APL can afford to do the right thing. Management culture is one of valuing the staff and promoting career growth of the staff. A great place for young engineers straight out of college to begin their careers.

    Cons

    Does not provide an opportunity to have hands on manufacturing or production experience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Engineer Internship at APL

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Laurel, MD
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Laurel, MD

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Very interesting work and it's a great place to gain experience. Cool resources for employees like a Makerspace and a gym. Very smart people who are very helpful. The projects taught me a lot.

    Cons

    Not very much in terms of internship events, and it is very hard to find friends outside of your group. No social life. The salary is decent but not the best.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great Place to build technical skills

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    Current Employee - RF Engineer in Laurel, MD
    Current Employee - RF Engineer in Laurel, MD

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many managers really care. Opportunity to learn new things work on projects you want to. Many smart people. Amazing benefits.

    Cons

    No clear career path for early career employees. Not the best communication between projects and upper management. Small bonus potential.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give younger employees a more defined career path. Career options can be very confusing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Many interesting projects, stable employment outlook

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Staff II in Laurel, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Research Staff II in Laurel, MD

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Your job is very stable---people very rarely get fired or let go. The projects are interesting and the salary is competitive.

    Cons

    Everyone just gets a 2-3% raise each year, regardless of performance. That can be good if you are lazy, but frustrating if you are a strong performer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay for performance, not just for showing up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work!

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Laurel, MD
    Current Employee - Engineer in Laurel, MD

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Collaborative Environment, Focus on Innovation, Interesting Projects, Flexible Scheduling, Not for Profit

    Cons

    Highly Dependent on Government Contracts

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Many benefits but also heavy bureaucracy

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    Former Intern - Intern in Laurel, MD
    Former Intern - Intern in Laurel, MD

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The facilities are all very nice and there are many interesting projects. The campus offers a nice atmosphere and you can pursue a masters for free on campus.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy is quite difficult and it may takes months for simple processes like getting an ID. At times it seems that there is a lot of overlapping of duties from administrators and it is difficult to navigate. It seems the team I was on did not have enough work for everybody, i.e. there were too many people employed on a single project, so it was quite slow at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that there is enough work before hiring new employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    APL is a fantastic place to work!

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Laurel, MD
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Laurel, MD

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

    Pros

    Great technical projects, relatively easy to move between projects, very flexible schedule, good vacation and sick time, excellent retirement contribution, most staff members are easy to work with

    Cons

    Being a large organization and part of a university means a fair amount of bureaucracy, internal research and development efforts are political and seem decided before all submissions are adequately considered

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shake up the executive management team... many of those people have been in those positions for too many years

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Diverse place to work

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    Former Employee - Senior Professional Staff in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Professional Staff in Columbia, MD

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Timely research, collaborative research community, many opportunities to move around or up. Working at JHUAPL can be quite rewarding as projects and technologies often appear in national news stories. The Lab typically dos a good job seeking out expertise within the organization, and staff members are encouraged to stretch their wings

    Cons

    Funding is cyclical, and the whims of upper management are even worse. Bing primarily funded by the Department of Defense, the funding cycle can seem like extreme feast or famine. Making matters worse, is that the leadership seems to get bogged down in micromanagement at the most inopportune moments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency !

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great work environment

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    Former Intern - Intern in Laurel, MD
    Former Intern - Intern in Laurel, MD

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    I greatly enjoyed the people I worked with, as they were all bright individuals who wanted to succeed in their positions.

    Cons

    There is some bureaucracy, but given they do a lot of government work this is not too surprising.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider allowing interns to do more things together.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    I didn't know my dream job existed until I found APL

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    For someone that's primarily interested in doing deep technical work, this is the place to be. The technological breadth that APL offers is, to my knowledge, unmatched anywhere else.

    Cons

    Promotions can take a long time to get and often has more to do with years of service than impact of contributions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more progressive in rewarding good work with higher pay and faster promotions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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