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Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

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Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Excellent Place to Work

    Nov 30, 2021 - Engineer in Laurel, MD
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great pay, opportunities for career development

    Cons

    None to note, love my job

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great Place to Work

    Jan 20, 2022 - Technical Intern 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Amazing place to learn and innovate.

    Cons

    Hard to transition between groups.

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  2. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Motivated by Knowledge

    Dec 18, 2021 - Engineer II in Laurel, MD
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Since APL a University Affiliated Research Center, it's not for profit. This place is motivated by Science and Learning, NOT profits. They really care about supporting you to be the best you can, via pursuing more education, leadership roles, lisetning to new ideas, exposing you to more work experience ,etc. Compared to other giant organizations in the defense industry, it's way easier to move around and do different work or do different things, because they want you doing work that you are motivated to do so that we all can get the best results. There exists a whole structure for any employee to come up with brand new ideas that APL will fund . And if you begin to show promising results they will continue to fund it even further. This place just fosters improvement all around. Diversity distribution in management positions reflects the diversity distribution throughout the rest of the organization The gyms on site are wayyy cheaper than any gym membership elsewhere. I'd highly recommend any engineer or scientist strongly consider working here.

    Cons

    Although every one here is incredibly friendly, it's very easy to be isolated. It may be related to my work specifically but there isnt a lot of very heavy team work involved in the tasks. You aren't working hand in hand with other people. Location is not ideal for younger crowds who may want to live in bigger metropolitan areas like DC/Bethesda/Silver Spring or Baltimore. Though its totally feasible if you're willing to make the 35 minute drive. Finally, this is an industry wide issue, and not specific to APL, but it is still dominated my predominantly caucasian males.

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