Johns Hopkins University Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. Graduate Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Baltimore, MD

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Intellectually stimulating environment, great resources, world class institution, challenging work with opportunities to really make an impact, remarkably nice faculty members

    Cons

    Constant pressure to succeed, work can be extremely difficult, science funding is getting cut, long hours in the laboratory, limited options outside of science/medicine

  2. PhD Biology Graduate Student

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    Former Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Baltimore, MD

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The largest advantage to a bio PhD at Hopkins over other graduate schools is the world-class hospital operating in the same complex. Collaboration between medical and research is easy to come by, as well as is access to patients and patient samples (following proper protocols, of course).

    Cons

    Hopkins has invested less in modernizing the graduate student experience than other graduate schools. Receiving a PhD is still fundamentally a medieval apprenticeship, with one mentor responsible for your entire livelihood and future - time until graduation, research opportunities, ability to attend national meetings, conferences, etc. While other graduate schools have modified the experience to put more autonomy in the hands of students, Hopkins has not.

    Advice to Management

    The Hopkins Biology PhD graduate program is currently under pressure from the NIH to decrease graduation times. The current strategy appears to put more pressure on the student to have more thesis committee meetings, etc. This strategy will fail, as currently ability to graduate is entirely in the hands of the mentor / PI. The onus for graduating students more quickly needs to fall on the faculty, not the students. I can guarantee you that the students already want to graduate as quickly as possible.

  3. Great work place for biomedical research

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Baltimore, MD

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Collaborative environment and great science and education

    Cons

    In BAltimore, Low salary and kind of small compared to Harvard

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  5. It's been a good experience I want a more challenging job.

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    Current Employee - Research Program Assistant II in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Research Program Assistant II in Baltimore, MD

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The are opportunities for professional development and the benefits are good.

    Cons

    The vacation time and parking rates. Parking rates are determined by the location where you work. If you want to use the tuition reimbursement/remission to get a post-baccalaureate certificate/degree you can only use it at the University.

  6. Great for your resume....not for your wallet

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    Current Employee - Senior Medical Office Coordinator in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Medical Office Coordinator in Baltimore, MD

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Name recognition, benefits, location, hours

    Cons

    salary not competitive, add'l duties constantly being added w/o compensation, no support for growth

    Advice to Management

    reach out to long term employees to see if they would like to be offered opportunities to grow

  7. Great flexibility and work environment

    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    - my P I has a laissez-faire attitude but with high expectations and is very helpful
    - great flexibility of working anywhere and wherever is convenient

    Cons

    - coworkers can be competitive and unhelpful, or have very busy schedules such that it is hard to stay on schedule

    Advice to Management

    - check up on each student individually and have some tangible way to monitor progress from each contributor
    - have students work on different projects

  8. Not a bad position

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Baltimore, MD

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -Telecommute when possible -Flexible Hours

    Cons

    -Low pay -Infrequent evaluations for performance raise

  9. At least I got the brand on my resume

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    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Beautiful campus (Homewood)
    Many idealistic students
    Idyllic brand
    No overtime
    Occasions and parties for with free food and booze
    Tuition reimbursement
    Some enthusiastic, hard-working co-workers

    Cons

    No employee-sponsored retirement contribution until two years of service
    Some maniacal professors prone to abusing staff
    Many staff just there for the paycheck
    Little opportunities for advancement
    SAP

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to help support staff feel supported and appreciated. Provide extra-departmental support. Don't rely on others in department because then systemic problems are never eliminated.

  10. A good place to do science

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very beautiful campus though a little bit small. Exceptional research environment -- I work in physics department, which has two Nobel prize laureate and bunch of world leading experts in separate fields.

    Cons

    Not very safe in surrounding area outside the campus. Not much fun here, the life is boring.

    Advice to Management

    If you devote yourself to pure scientific research, it'll be a perfect place to go

  11. Research abounds

    Current Intern - Undergraduate Researcher in Baltimore, MD
    Current Intern - Undergraduate Researcher in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University as an intern (more than a year)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's easy to find research opportunities here at Hopkins. If you do your homework and play your cards right, you can end up in a lab that you really want to be in.

    Cons

    As an undergrad, you have next to no power in the lab workspace. While this isn't generally an issue, sometimes other grad students in the space aren't the most savory people to be around.

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