Johns Hopkins University Reviews

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Johns Hopkins University President and Trustee Ronald J. Daniels
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Pros
  • Very friendly environment and excellent work-life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • They offer a great benefits package (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • Some departments have a better work-life balance than others (in 7 reviews)

  • You may see a maximum 2% increase which doesn't cover cost of living expenses increase (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Research assistant - graduate student

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    One of the best research universities, just to name a few: Excellent academic environment Open opportunities for every student Access to cutting edge technology Proficient in both fundamental and translational research

    Cons

    Health insurance for homewood students is not satisfactory Working in another campus (other than the home campus) could be a pain Very little social life for grad students Career center mostly focuses on undergrads

    Advice to Management

    More social events and career coaching for grads Better compensation More freedom in transiting between different campuses


  2. Great Benefits!

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

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Hopkins offers excellent benefits for full time staff

    Cons

    The culture seems a bit stiff, not very much communication with other people outside of the office (except the janitors! they are nice!)


  3. Clinic Coordinator

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    Current Employee - Clinic Coordinator in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Clinic Coordinator in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits: up to 44days of vacation and 90days of sick - accumulated annually until you reach max. 12 paid holidays. Tuition remission for self and children. affordable health plans and benefits.

    Cons

    Close to office parking is expensive in garage and is taken out of pay automatically. offsite parking is cheaper but need to rely on shuttle. Salary is not as competitive and not very flexible. Less than average pay for lots of work. You wear multiple hats. Too many political ladders to climb. There are many leaders/managers to answer too and change takes time.


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  5. Great place to grow, very flexible

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very flexible in terms of hours, oversight appropriate, not overbearing

    Cons

    Little direction, can be too loose in terms of structure

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes people are not held accountable... there was one freelancer who was doing the indesign work for us. He came into the office around 12 times while I was there during the summer, I ended up doing a lot of his work. Hold people accountable.


  6. Graduate Student Research Assistant

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    Former Employee - Communications Research Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Communications Research Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I had a very flexible schedule and could work hours when it was easy for me. As a student it worked out well as I could work when I had the time.

    Cons

    One of the major cons of working as a graduate research assistant was that my work was largely busy work. I was support staff.

    Advice to Management

    My boss was quite great and very helpful. She was always available to me if I had questions and never hesitated to help me.


  7. Radiology Assistance

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    Former Employee - Cardiovascular Technician in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Cardiovascular Technician in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University (More than a year)

    Pros

    You will learn a lot.

    Cons

    Some people are not friendly or a teamplayer.


  8. Public Health Postdoctoral Researcher

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great resources available, lots of high quality work being done, pretty much unlimited research support

    Cons

    Very big, can get lost in all that is going on, have to advocate for yourself


  9. The leadership is lacking and unwilling to collaborate or acknowledge there betters.

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    You are in a very collaborative environment where you can get people to do things for you across departments. You can speak with first rate scientists in other departments.

    Cons

    The Urology Department where I worked there are VERY few good papers coming out. People are very nice, but they are not good researchers. It is no wonder Urology brought Johns Hopkins down to the 3rd best hosipital from number 1. Also, I was laid off with only 2 months notice when my director knew my appointment would not be extended 1 year ahead of time.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with your employees. Yes, you are not very good researchers, however you can become better by relying more on the advice of your betters, there are many many national academy winners at Johns Hopkins. Talk to them.


  10. Great for learning

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    Current Contractor - Research Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Current Contractor - Research Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University as a contractor

    Pros

    Many interesting projects; you will work with a lot of people who are the best in their field

    Cons

    Low compensation; Low amounts of research staff leads to heavy workloads

    Advice to Management

    Increase compensation especially for those who are talented


  11. TA for graduate level courses

    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    High quality students, very knowledgeable professors

    Cons

    Courses are very short (8 weeks)

    Advice to Management

    TAs experience varies a lot by professor of course; providing additional independent (department or school wide) resources for TAs would be helpful. The ones already in place are useful.



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