Johns Hopkins University Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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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. Academia

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of highly educated people you work alongside.
    Lots of power behind the weight of the organization.
    Access to good resources as a staff member

    Cons

    They get mired in the same issues as other academic style workplaces. Which means committees, and meetings, and meetings about committees, and you report to the administrative/oversight committee from your committee. Then you don't get to implement your plan this year because it took too long to talk in committee about we will redo all this stuff next year. It can be frustrating.

    There's also a big focus on education as power, more degrees = more important

    Advice to Management

    Adjust the way you handle the structure. It's something where unless you go to your supervisor/the committee with half of your proposal already done you get shot down with whatever idea you have. It's disheartening at times and pushes the status quo.


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    Postdoc Experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great learning atmosphere. Lots of available core resources and collegial environment.

    Cons

    Poor location. Not a lot of local food options. Poor pay.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great Benefits, Questionable Management

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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 (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits at JHU are great and include things like tuition remission. My department was wonderful, very creative and forward-thinking. The mission of the University itself is noble and they are actively trying to give back to the community that surrounds it.

    Cons

    The University seems to be always in a financial pinch. Recent cuts resulted in widespread layoffs without regard to affected employee's transferable skills or other affiliations with the University. Management in different departments varies wildly and is not created equal. If you go for an interview, pay attention to the happiness factor of the people working in the department. Compensation is on the low end no matter where you are in the heirarchy (but benefits are great).

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of deciding where to cut costs. Sometimes you need people more than you need a new building. Be more transparent. Be more willing to shift funding priorities if it means retaining talent.

    Do a better job of choosing who gets promoted to management. Make sure they have the skills needed -- I've seen someone get promoted and assigned two staff to supervise just to support giving the person a raise, when the person had no management skills.


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    Resident Program Assistant

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    Former Employee - Resident Program Assistant in Lancaster, PA
    Former Employee - Resident Program Assistant in Lancaster, PA

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

    Pros

    Great work. A lot of down time. Office management. Every day was different.

    Cons

    Worked a lot of hours. 4 off days for the whole summer

    Advice to Management

    It was great


  6. Nurse

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University

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

    Pros

    great place to work here

    Cons

    nothing bad to say about this place


  7. Good place

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University

    Pros

    Nice work atmosphere and people

    Cons

    No cons about working here


  8. Good and Bad

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You get to work on top research problems with other smart folks.
    Students are smart, and it is pleasure to interact with them.
    Relatively easy access to various funding opportunities unique to JHU.

    Cons

    Location is inconvenient. Finding an ideal living accommodation around the campus
    is challenging, e.g., the area surrounding the campus can be "sketchy" sometimes
    while it continues to improve over the last few years.


  9. Academic Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    family oriented environment, diversified students

    Cons

    sometimes work overtime and pay is not quite decent.


  10. Good benefits, collaborative environment

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are great -- in addition to health benefits, Hopkins has several programs for life and career enhancement. Tuition remission available for some courses.
    Lots of talented scientists work there and opportunities for collaboration are numerous.

    Cons

    You are often expected to "sink or swim" -- that is, new scientists/grad students are expected to find their own way. The pressure to deliver grants is quite high.


  11. Want to keep people?

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    Current Employee - Research Specialist
    Current Employee - Research Specialist

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    For me the biggest reason is the location to my home. My wife and i purchased in the are so that we can walk to work each day. The health insurance is great, and there are other perks that make it a challenge to leave. Like the tuition discount they offer to employees

    Cons

    They don't pay as well as other places. Other Universities have a better pay scale, but this could be due to the fact that Hopkins has a big head about itself and it is a privilege to work here. That and they do offer other benefits as in tuition discounts

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good workers by offering high pay grades. People can max out and never receive more then a standard increase each year.



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