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Johns Hopkins University Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
353 Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very friendly environment and excellent work-life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Surrounded by very intelligent individuals, never bored (high work volume), great benefits (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • merit increases frequently capped at 2 % with no additional cost of living (in 6 reviews)

  • Bad neighborhood for the medical campus (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    For master students

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

    Pros

    Great professors and fellow students.
    Lots of great opportunities to get involved with large projects.

    Cons

    Education is more on the academia side, and may not be that competitive in job seeking.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good collegial environment for research and medicine; management often lacks business experience outside academia.

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    Former Employee - Senior Quality & Innovation Coach  in  Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Quality & Innovation Coach in Baltimore, MD

    Pros

    World-class research and practice for medicine and public health. There is no shortage of improvement projects to work on. Lots of pull for Lean Sigma assistance from many parts of the organization. Lean Sigma colleagues are a great team to work with. Internal customers are very appreciative of assistance.

    Cons

    Politics trump process innovation. Change is often squashed by those comfortable with their tenure in the academic side or their longevity growing up in the hospital side.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To executives (Sr. VP's and higher), pay attention to the employee feedback on your VP's, Sr. Directors and Directors. You may need to do some house-cleaning. This applies particularly to those leaders who have been at Hopkins a long time and moved around frequently within the organization. If you look at the reasons why, you may find those reasons are not always due to demonstrated competency.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Postdoctoral fellow

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

    Pros

    Great place for research if you're looking to move forward in your career. Great people to work with

    Cons

    No job security since many research positions are based on research grants.This could be different in medical school campus where some money comes from clinical revenue.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    JHU Engineering Postdocs

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

    Pros

    Postdoc experience is very dependent on the lab and advisor, so choose wisely. Pay is comparable or higher compared to other engineering-based postdocs. Also depends on the lab.

    Cons

    Postdoc hours could be very long and pay is not very reasonable considering industry options in engineering. Insurance is decent unless you have a family to cover in which case it can be as high as 11K.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great employer, generous benefits and PTO, employee centered work-life balance culture depending on department

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    Former Employee - IT Manager  in  Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Rockville, MD

    Pros

    The organization culture and structure empowers managers and supervisor who are employee centered to develop and promote a positive work-life balance.
    Benefits are above overall market standards
    Pay is relatively competitive

    Cons

    Tuition reimbursement benefits lagging behind other institutions in the Washington D.C market
    Lack of strong culture and structure to retain highly qualified home grown employers. Qualified and growth oriented employees come to look at institution as a stepping stone to better opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire career business leaders to head departments. Professors are ill qualified to make good business leaders. Professors should only head academic functions while career business leader be left to lead business units

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great place to work as a postdoc

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

    Pros

    As a postdoc you have extremely flexible work hours, the position is really results based rather than time based. You'll get the opportunity to work on cutting edge scientific research in your field. There is a postdoc association that has significantly improved the quality of life for postdocs over the past ten years, giving us benefits such as free access to the gym.

    Cons

    The pay is lower than an industry position, but generous compared to other university postdoc programs. As at every major academic institution, there is a large amount of bureaucracy to deal with. Additionally, working on the main campus it seemed that there was less interdepartmental collaboration than at other academic institutions where I have worked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More formal programs to prepare graduate students and postdocs for reality that more than half will end up working in positions in industry. Many skills valued by employers are not taught at all, and this is a disservice to the students that are being trained.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It is a very academic university. Situations vary from department to department, but in general the stress level is high

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

    Pros

    Easy to find high quality cooperators;
    The efficiency of staff is a bit low, but again, it varies from department to department;
    Facilities and experimental instruments are available for most cases.

    Cons

    The safety of the neighborhood is a concern, especially for medical campus;
    Professors who focus more on lecturing is not appreciated enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The work-life balance is not very good. This is also related to the funding pressure.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Fine employer, but limited opportunity.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Relatively simple, straightforward structure. The culture of the university is great, we are provided good opportunities regularly to better ourselves or to further compensation.

    Cons

    The pay is not exactly ideal, Often, the administration is not transparent in how they are running departments or in terms of the opportunities available.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Designer for Research Group

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    Current Employee - Graphic Designer
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer

    Pros

    Smart intelligent people to work with.

    Cons

    Their are some egos and maybe that's because it's Johns Hopkins.

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    Graduate student public health

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher  in  Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Baltimore, MD

    Pros

    Some of the most influential methodologists; able to learn most up-to-date statistical and epidemiological techniques. May have government funding available for PhD level research. Not difficult to collaborate with the best and brightest. If you're outgoing and know what you want, you can get a great education here and develop fantastic collaborations.

    Cons

    Strong emphasis on developing academic researchers to the exclusion of breadth of public health education. Incredibly competitive atmosphere-sometimes hard to reach professors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find out what students want from a curriculum.

    Recommends

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