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Johns Hopkins University Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 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.  

    Very educational

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Very pleasent place to work lot's of educational training available parking available very easy commute for DC MD and VA in the heart of the city

    Cons

    Challenges of working at SAIS is who or what department you would be working in

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    After wotking at Johns Hopkins University SAIS for 25 years management to a change not in the best direction for most employees.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible Management, Bad Working Environment

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University

    Pros

    Most of the junior staffers were very pleasant people to work with.

    Cons

    The challenge was not the content of the work. The organization is essentially an event organizing institution for the Korean government. The work is typical boring think tank work that does not translate beyond the walls of the office and has no implication on the real world. The real challenge is working with the higher level staff, who don't acknowledge or appreciate junior staffers. There is a lot of favoritism in play. Multiple staffers, including myself, have been discouraged by management to pursue a career path because of our gender (being women). Overall just a bad place to work and progress. Wouldn't recommend it to anyone looking to pursue a career in international affairs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rigorous organizational restructuring is very crucial if the institution wants to stay a bit relevant in the Korea policy community and salvage the last of its reputation. Additionally, perhaps by providing better benefits, staffers might overlook management and want to stay at work longer than a year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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 (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
  6.  

    Great place to Work

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Laurel, MD
    Current Employee - Engineer in Laurel, MD

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

    Pros

    You can't beat the benefits

    Cons

    Expensive area to live in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Good Company

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    You has the chance working with the most excellent professor throughout the country

    Cons

    I didn't get any full-time opportunity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is good

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Lab motto: Critical Contributions to Critical Challenges

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Laurel, MD
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Laurel, MD

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong sense of mission. Extremely competent staff. Strong benefits. Stable environment

    Cons

    Modest compensation. Current management in the Space Department is extremely toxic and vindictive
    Not a lot of advancement opportunities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I worked here as a summer intern, so ymmv.

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    Former Employee - Programmer in Laurel, MD
    Former Employee - Programmer in Laurel, MD

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Small teams make this place feel smaller than it is. Being government affiliated, you know what to expect in terms of pay and so on. The projects I got to work on were interesting and useful. The people there are smart and stimulating.

    Cons

    Once again, it is government affiliated, so you get the cons of that as well. They do have stringent hiring requirements as well, and the culture is a little stuffier, with an older, more conservative workforce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I didn't see much of the overall structure or other teams when I worked here, so I have none.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Advanced Academic Programs is a VERY Troubled Department

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, great health benefits, tuition remission, generous dependent child tuition benefit, access to Johns Hopkins classes and degree programs

    Cons

    Decentralized (but still bureaucratic), low salaries compared to private industry, lack of transparency in management decisions, growing focus on the bottom line over quality education and research, high turnover, no raises.

    The department (Advanced Academic Programs) experienced a sudden leadership transition -- its dean unexpectedly resigned and was promptly replaced the next day. There was no information about how the replacement was selected.

    When it was determined that faculty and staff had discovered negative stories about the new dean on her previous employer's student newspaper website, that site was briefly blocked at AAP (and then restored).

    Although the department brought in a great deal of revenue, huge cuts were instituted because that revenue did not meet the parent school's projections. The parent school (Krieger School of Arts and Sciences) employees were granted a cost of living increase, but Advanced Academic Program's employees were not, despite also being employees of the parent school. AAP staff were told that this was because of our "poor performance," although the department still brought in more revenue to the parent school than all of the traditional academic departments.

    Longtime faculty resigned, the department's only HR manager was reassigned to the main campus (and then resigned), a senior administrative manager left for another school at Hopkins and every member of the marketing department and web team left AAP voluntarily in the course of several months and were replaced by temps. Full-time replacements were not hired. Rumors of job cuts abounded, and several employees were demoted or lost their jobs. Staff members who left have not been replaced -- and budget cuts have severely limited several academic programs (in some cases, the cuts made it so that only a handful of courses could be taught per semester).

    Faculty and staff have been reprimanded for informing students about the budget cuts and departures and there was a department-wide edict that students are not to be told when senior faculty or staff leave the program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency regarding senior-level decisions, more staff involvement,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    JHU - great place to work

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    Former Employee - Junior Management Position in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Junior Management Position in Washington, DC

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University

    Pros

    Salary and benefits were excellent. Collegial atmosphere; relaxed. Senior management encouraged staff growth via training programs and/or free masters level programs.

    Cons

    The Senior management at SAIS are not supportive of their staff.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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