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Johns Hopkins University Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
424 Reviews
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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 23 reviews)


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

  • Not much work/life balance in the culture (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Advanced Academic Programs Online, Not Worth a Flimsy Degree

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Washington, DC

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University part-time

    Pros

    Few excellent faculty who gave great online instruction and can deliver an exceptional performance (20% in my department were legit) - Flexibility regarding time and mobility in online education – and that's about it

    Cons

    Very incompetent directors steal the show (aka 'riding the legacy train') and then abruptly leave JHU right in the middle of semesters - Faculty used to be open and more transparent to the student but now it feels very distant, even in their teaching practices, and this is already a remote program - Extremely flimsy MS degrees granted from a large named university (its definitely not a positive in industry and it can cause irreversible damage to your resume), the coursework is much lighter than it should be - No pressure applied by faculty but there is definitely dysfunction on JHU's end applied to an online graduate student - Some of the courses are downright subpar, even below community college level, and should be replaced - These same courses are taught by either very weak or very strong researchers who don't seem to like teaching but only enjoy taking the glory of adding JHU Faculty to their CV

    Most AAP programs have little entrance standards so your classmates are a very wide, unpredictable mixture from the super incompetent and clueless student to the exceptionally talented student, which hurts the talented folks because the mess is dragged into the program - The programs demonstrate a let anyone in the door attitude and it reflects in the student body, the poor performance and laziness of several students, it tampers with the seriousness of better quality, motivated students, and this large overlap will eventually tarnish AAP's reputation if left in place - Students range from the MDs at a private medical practice, to the gasoline attendant at your local block, to active Assistant & Associate Professors, to the international students living in other countries who find AAP programs too easy and leave, to highly experienced Project Managers in major US corporations, and to the guy who cuts the lawns of those same US corporations each week (it really doesn't matter folks, AAP will take them all) - To me, the admission standards at AAP seems like: 'if you have money to burn, come join us because we will easily ignite it for you, with very miniscule benefit to you in return' - horrible, damaging, and completely unacceptable to students/professionals at all levels

    Incredibly high turnover in faculty members that are not announced (anymore) – this leads to a "cheap educational" feeling from students who are spending hard earned money on education that is driven by most faculty whom do not take AAP serious enough and then run off with a JHU Faculty Member line item on their resume - I noticed several students transferring from one AAP program to the next AAP program, just in search for a better education - Thanks to JHU AAP, the final transcript has almost half-dozen different names under 'Advisor' because the previous people left the university over a short period of time - Now the graduates are viewed as indecisive, unstable, and unpredictable in regards to working under approved faculty, which is entirely not the case but it sure looks like it to outside companies, trust me

    Do not interact with the IT department here – very poor quality people and even higher turnover, they pretend to help you and then report back bloated responses - Managers are immature, unprofessional and dirty - Engineers will just point out obvious problems, bicker and complain but they won't actually solve them - You are better off going to a close friend who works in the IT industry for legitimate, honest technical assistance because AAP's IT is a disgrace to the system

    The coursework is entirely variable – its almost as if the faculty never talk to each other when building up courses in the programs - There is no cohesion between courses and no pattern to follow, as you are left with taking random courses per term - Its a large drawback for this method of education so be smart, stay away, and do not waste your money in online education here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most (definitely not all) of your people are a true disgrace to the education industry. You fill your programs with bloat, smear it around the globe to fish for your students, and siphon off their money with little educational return. Your programs need a substantial overhaul or need to be shutdown. Either fix your programs or dismiss the few great faculty members there, so they don't have to deal with this nonsense. Stop operating with dollar signs in your eyes and start generating higher quality online education for the next generations to come. You can start by removing the excessive names under 'Advisor' on our transcripts, thanks to the turbulent wake of faculty employment instability you are exhibiting

    Your programs coin the term fast food education and it is obvious

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Research Technologist

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

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

    Pros

    Access to top notch lecturers and experts in the field. Pride in being part of ground breaking research, and being able to work in labs that aren't worrying for grants.

    Cons

    Very very low pay, no work life balance, no such thing as overtime despite university policy requiring paid overtime. No extra benefits that you would find on a larger university or industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    Make the best of our experience at JHU

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst

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

    Pros

    Training and professional development opportunities. Education grant benefits for dependents.

    Cons

    low salaries
    Nepotism
    Inconsistency throughout divisions and departments

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Center for Talented Youth Summer Oppurtunity

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    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Easton, PA
    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Easton, PA

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

    Pros

    Solid pay/time ratio
    Allows for creative thinking

    Cons

    Management doesn't listen to you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Steady, stable job, with good benefits and decent work -- personnel a little unfriendly in a big impersonal setting

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    I like the stability. If the economy implodes, this place will still have jobs and money flowing through it. Lots of opportunity to move around if you don't like the department you are in. Benefits are great, and the people are fine to work with for the most part.

    Cons

    Politics. You rarely move up unless you know someone. Even when you work hard you get a measly 2% raise and a pat on the head. The people can be very unfriendly -- especially at the upper levels and if you are a minority. Parking costs way too much and is too far (hospital/med campus only -- Homewood is decent).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote people of color more often. Especially men of color. Lack of diversity at the upper echelons though many people of color at Hopkins could handle the top jobs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Research Assistant to Economics

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

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

    Pros

    Great University to get some research experience. Very easy going environment and smart people, yet challenge in some part.

    Cons

    Not really. The pay could be better. But consider it is an academic institute, pay is average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training would be nice.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    great training

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great learning and international crowd

    Cons

    Need to provide more career advice

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Outstanding place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, promotional opportunities, work life support, work environment, employer community commitment

    Cons

    Benefit costs, merit pay, retirement benefits, parking

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Comfortable work environment for research

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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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefit, no need to worry about equipment and sample resources. Everything for research of disease is available.

    Cons

    This is a place that having too much pressure for producing staff, you always need produce something.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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