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Johns Hopkins University Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
368 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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    JHU Engineering Postdocs

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

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

    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

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University full-time for more than 3 years

    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

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

    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
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    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

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

    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
  6.  

    Fine employer, but limited opportunity.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University as a contractor

    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

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

    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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    Great benefits and nice atmosphere.

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    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Manager  in  Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Manager in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    Benefits, flexibility, working with smart people.

    Cons

    Once you reach a certain level, it is difficult to move up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great classes, research opportunities. Take very good care of their students/employees, always innovating and improving

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University

    Pros

    Good benefits, great community, motivated employees

    Cons

    Very competitive environment, can be a bit stressful at times.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    like the university a lot, good place to do a phd.

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    good place to do a phd degree. very nice professors and atomphese.

    Cons

    project can be very challenging and need a lot of time investment.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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