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Johns Hopkins University Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
410 Reviews
3.9
410 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance and being that I am still in school that is very important (in 15 reviews)

  • Surrounded by very intelligent individuals, never bored (high work volume), great benefits (in 21 reviews)


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

  • Medical campus can seem very impersonal (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Inexperienced manager, politics and hypocrisy

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    Good 401 k benefits and vacation time

    Cons

    Worked 50 hrs a week with no recognition , and got on the wrong side of office politics. Manager had little experience in management and was dependent on others to do his job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you see a manager is constantly having to let go and hire people for a position then perhaps the problem is not the employee but the actual manager.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Get mugged on the way to work? The "Hopkins Way" isn't working with present day professionals.

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    Current Employee - Director in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Director in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Able to work with a lot of interesting people with a variety of interests

    Cons

    The actual working environment leaves a lot to desire. There are 1/2 hour walks to your meetings through some rough neighborhoods - odds are that you'll get mugged on the way to a meeting or just going to work in the morning. The security guards there hit on students and are not very effective.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you hire professionals to come in and do a job that is outside the profession of medicine, then don't have a doctor try and manage these folks - it's a recipe for disaster. Doctors there are out of touch with professions outside of their fields because they have been so focused on their medical disciplines. They always claim "we do things the Hopkins way" which is also catching up with the school. The accreditation bodies are starting to take notice and pointing out serious deficiencies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    BISWAL lab posdoctoral experience

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Absolutely NONE! None! None! None!

    Cons

    Many to ruin your career. You design the experiments, work very hard to finish a project and his pet "junior faculty" who have been with him for over 10 years, will take the first authorship. If an experiment does not work, you are made to repeat it 100 times and if it works for atleast once, that's enough to apply for his grants and publish his junior faculty's paper. No weekends, no vacation, no sick leaves and doesn't follow NIH guidelines for the minimum wage pay. Takes complete advantage of immigrants. A complete HELL HOLE.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Biswal lab has to shut down.

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very disappointing experience. I expected much more from this institution.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University full-time

    Pros

    They offer a great benefits package.

    Cons

    Upper leadership positions are highly politically charged.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Dissappointing

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University

    Pros

    Great location, good benefits, great reputation

    Cons

    Negative attitude and atmosphere among personnel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to work on teamwork

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A great place to be from, but not a great place to be

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

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University

    Pros

    The benefits are good. The amount of health insurance, dental and vision options is great, plus they give you a stipend to buy these options.

    Cons

    Hopkins is set on underpaying its hardest workers just because they are Hopkins. The management is terrible. There is no security as everything depends on grants and PIs often overspend, leading to constant layoffs. Hopkins is a great place to be from, but not a great place to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees what they're worth!! Don't hold benefits over their head. I am leaving because my management does not appreciate me and I can make more money elsewhere. I will not work for Hopkins, just because of their name.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Not a great experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University

    Pros

    good research equipment, great locale, very good in the Biological and medical sciences field. Has really good facilities

    Cons

    terrible people, too self centered, dont care anything about others, survival of the fittest, and some of them are pretty dumb

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    respect people and improve other areas. Do NOT just concentrate on Biology if you want to become good at other things

    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Benefits are average, work environments vary greatly.

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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Having the Hopkins name on your resume can be a plus.

    Cons

    Pay is much lower than people assume. Parking is expensive at almost all locations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Research Technologist Position

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    Former Employee - Research Technologist in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Research Technologist in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You are surrounded by brilliant scientists who are passionate about what they do, and they are the leaders in their field. There are many learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Expectations are high and stressful even for entry level technicians. Supervisors are not understanding and even less helpful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wish management was more understanding and supportive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Resume Line Item - no longer top 100 places to work

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and training opportunities. Excellent vacation, holiday benefits; Work life balance easy to obtain, not much pressure on meeting deadlines as requirements creep is tolerated. Good resources, access to some of the latest technologies. Home use licenses for software to stay current.

    Cons

    1% raises for several years; insurance costs increasing at 2-5% YoY; Cutting back on other compensation (ISP, cell phone). Limited career path options. Few if any promotions. People tend to stay at that level were hired in at. No incentives for exceptional work - find a cure of Ebola, save a $1M a year in costs, or just show up and keep the lights on gets the same (no) reward. Inefficiencies in a lot of areas. Lot of manual processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shift some of the decision making away from HR. Is supposed to be there to serve employees, not the reverse. Fair doesn't mean it has to be the same same for everyone/every group. Need to differentiate positions and skills. Software engineer title applied to most doesn't account for differences in market for embedded software versus business application versus network personnel.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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