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Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

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Laurel, MD
5001 to 10000 employees
1942
Nonprofit Organization
Aerospace & Defense
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year

Working at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is a university-affiliated research center (UARC). APL solves complex research, engineering, and analytical problems that present critical challenges to our nation.

Mission: APL provides critical contributions to critical challenges. Our scientists, engineers, and analysts serve as trusted advisors and technical experts to the government, ensuring the reliability of complex technologies that safeguard our nation’s security and advance the ... Read more

Company Updates

  • SubTech is considered the premier technical conference on submarine-related technologies. APL has been hosting SubTech since the inaugural symposium in 1988. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQeTQ

    29th SubTech Symposium Focuses on Undersea Challenges and Innovative Solutions

    Since its inception nearly three decades ago, the Submarine Technology Symposium - co-hosted by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and the Naval Submarine League - has served as a prime platform for collaboration, addressing technology challenges that affect the future of the undersea domain.

  • "With DART, we can show how to protect Earth from an asteroid strike" - APL's Andy Cheng, co-lead of DART. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQiQN

    NASA's First Asteroid Deflection Mission Enters Next Design Phase at Johns Hopkins APL

    The first-ever mission to demonstrate an asteroid deflection technique for planetary defense - the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), which is being designed and would be built and managed by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory - is moving from concept development to preliminary design phase, following NASA's approval on June 23.

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Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory – Why Work For Us?


Who We Are

The Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is a not-for-profit center for engineering and research and development. APL is a division of one of the world's premier research universities, Johns Hopkins University. As a University Affiliated Research Center, we serve as a liaison between government and industry—a trusted, impartial, and noncompetitive technical agent.  

What We Do

APL solves complex research, engineering, and analytical problems that present critical challenges to our nation. That's how we decide what work we will pursue, and it’s how we've chosen to benchmark our success. APL works on more than 600 programs serving the Navy, Air Force, Army, NASA, and numerous other government agencies. The expertise we bring includes highly qualified and technically diverse teams with hands-on operational knowledge of the military and security environments. 

APL promotes work-life balance, health and financial peace of mind, and life-long learning with our generous package of employee benefits. 

 

Flexibility to fit your schedule

Our staff members enjoy flexible working hours and, when possible, remote work. Paid time off is offered for major holidays, up to 7 sick days, and one personal day during the year. Paid vacation time off ranges from 15 to 25 days per year, based on staff level and years of service at APL. Paid leave is also available for births and adoptions, military obligations, jury duty, continuing education, and bereavement.


Education assistance for you and your family

APL encourages staff members to further their education. Our Part-Time Study Program pays tuition and fees for approved courses, through either prepayment or reimbursement, up to 18 credit hours per year. Dependent children of staff members (with at least 5 years of service at APL) are eligible for college tuition scholarship grants up to $10,500 per academic year. APL awards scholarships competitively on the basis of SAT/ACT scores and high school academic records.


The importance of a secure future

APL contributes up to 10.5% of staff members' pay to their retirement plans. This includes an APL contribution equal to 2.5% of pay, plus matching contributions of $2 for every $1 of staff member contributions, up to a maximum APL contribution of 8% of pay. Staff members become eligible for APL's contriubtions after one year of employment and are immediately 100% vested.


APL has you covered

APL offers medical, vision, prescription, and dental insurance to staff members and their families, including same-sex domestic partners. Staff members also enjoy life insurance, legal services, and disability benefit options.


For more information about APL's benefits, click here

College Internships at APL

Our summer internship program offers students practical work experience and an introduction to APL. Students spend the summer working with APL scientists and engineers, conducting research, developing leadership skills, and growing professionally.

This summer, more than 350 interns from 100+ colleges interned at APL. These interns ranged from freshmen to Ph.D. level, worked on projects across APL, and had the opportunity to network throughout the summer at seminars, social events, and workshops.

Typical internship assignments may include:

  • Software Design and Development
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Testing and Evaluation
  • Hardware Design
  • Data/Systems Design
  • Scientific Research


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The critical challenges addressed by APL require that we engage the best thoughts and minds available. An active diversity program ensures that we are sourcing the best talent, retaining the best talent, and placing the most talented staff members in positions of increasing responsibility. Additionally, the inclusive nature of diversity creates an environment where the unique experiences and backgrounds of staff members are the strength of APL.

“Diversity of ideas is key to the analytical, scientific approach that drives the success of much APL’s work,” says one APL supervisor. “Diversity of ideas comes from having a diverse population—diverse in ethnicity, gender, degrees, schools attended, employment history, and other individual differences.”

The Diversity Working Group

The Diversity Working Group (DWG) was established more than 10 years ago to define the actions needed from supervisors and managers to achieve the envisioned commitment to diversity. The DWG makes recommendations to the Laboratory’s Executive Council for approval and helps implement recommendations. Its role is to advise and assist all levels of management to ensure a truly diverse staff. 

Specifically, the role of the DWG is to:

“The concept of diversity is about understanding each other and exploring our differences in a positive environment.”

  • Review statistics on existing staff, recruitment, hiring, staff development, and attrition and monitor APL’s progress in reaching its diversity objectives
  • Develop and implement new programs and activities that help supervisors and managers carry out APL’s diversity objectives
  • Reach out to women and minorities to understand their points of view and encourage discussion on topics that impact the climate of APL
  • Interact with the Diversity Management and Employee Relations (DMER) Section, the Women and Minority Advisory Council (WMAC), and other Employee Resource Groups within APL.

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    APL has an incredible mission, is driven by excellence and hires many of the top technical staff in the nation. The Director has set a vision that is compelling and sets a high standard for performance. Staff are dedicated and willing to help. You can make your own career path based on your initiative and abilities.

    Cons

    Internal processes are slow to change. Everyone has to agree before something can change and that takes a lot of time.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to push for change and higher contributions by all.

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    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (Lauren, MN) in April 2017.

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    The person interviewer was very nice and really let the conversation flow instead of asking question after question. He was curious about my projects I've worked on and experiences. He wanted to know what role I played in these projects. What my interests are. What I want to be doing in 5 years. He also talked about the project they have for me and told me what gave rise to that project.

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    • Tell me about the project ____ that you have on your resume?   1 Answer
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Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Awards & Accolades

  • Maryland International Business Leadership Award, World Trade Center Institute, 2017
  • Top Entry Level Employer, CollegeGrad, 2017
  • Top Intern Employer, CollegeGrad, 2017
  • Top Supporter of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Career Communications Group, 2017
  • The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Healthcare, Fast Company Magazine, 2016
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