Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Reviews
Updated May 31, 2023
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- "The benefits are great and there seems to be a true emphasis on life/work balance." (in 132 reviews)
- "The people were great to work with and the projects you work on are all very interesting" (in 99 reviews)
- "Work life balance is great!" (in 49 reviews)
- "Good pay and potential for future employment" (in 35 reviews)
- "Great work environment." (in 31 reviews)
- "Management is out of touch with the individual employees." (in 32 reviews)
- "competitive salary and comunist philosophy toward pay raises." (in 23 reviews)
- "The pandemic has exposed the failure in leadership." (in 13 reviews)
- "Managers will actively work against your career." (in 13 reviews)
- "Lastly and most importantly, upper management is absolutely clueless when it comes to remote work." (in 8 reviews)
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- Current Employee, more than 5 years★★★★★Featured Review
THE ABSOLUTE BESTJan 3, 2023 - Project ManagerRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Second to none work family, workplace environment, critical/challenging work, job satisfaction, benefits
I would love to live closer to the Lab if my family wasn't already established in the Rockville area.
- Current Employee, more than 3 years★★★★★
Great place to workMay 13, 2023 - Administrative Assistant in Laurel, MDRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Friendly, collaborative place to work with lots of opportunities to learn and advance.
It is hard to get your foot in the door.Continue reading
- Former Employee, more than 3 years★★★★★
Limited Career AdvancementMay 31, 2023 - Anonymous EmployeeRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Benefits such as 401K and education are great.
I was an Operations Coordinator (OC) for AOS and was looking for future career advancement within the business side of APL. I was told by my supervisor and a senior AOS lead that it will be difficult to find the next step up as an OC. Some of the recommendations included switching departments or wait years to become a section supervisor or POM. Middle management took program managers' and project managers' needs and feedback on their OCs as bible and disregarded the OCs' requests for assistance. For example, the program/project managers will repeatedly ignore your emails, calls, inquiries but middle management will blame you for not trying "more". The lack of accountability and leadership displays from the top yet they blame lower-level employees for them. Overall: limited career advancement and poor treatment if you are not technical, pay is average, people GOSSIP, lack of remote work, and senior management do not show that they care.
- Current Employee, more than 8 years★★★★★
Depends on what you're looking forMar 12, 2023 - Software Engineer in Laurel, MDRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Very good work life balance, good benefits, nice perks, and good sense of job security. I value the highly flexible schedule. I feel like my salary is fairly competitive, and don't find myself stressed out with the amount of work I'm having to do most of the time. They seem to value having their employees continuing to learn, as is evidenced by the education benefits and large selection of training available (paid for by them).
After working here for over 8 years, I don't think I can really point to a project that I worked on that ultimately made a big impact anywhere. It can be very demotivating at times. At first I thought it was unique to the first group I worked for, but after being in several groups, I've come to accept that this is just how things are here. The management likes to assure us that we're doing very important work - it may be true for some projects, but I don't think I really agree with that assessment as a whole.Continue reading
- Current Employee, less than 1 year★★★★★
Great place to workMar 31, 2023 - Anonymous EmployeeRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Love it here. Interesting, impactful work, great people, the maker space is awesome, really supportive culture. It is easy to get too much work if you can’t say no when your plate is full, but you are allowed to say no/not right now. Benefits are really good, I’m really happy with the health care, retirement matching, short term disability paying out at 100% with no buy up, and being able to get a lot of life insurance without answering medical questions. Leave is pretty average. Salary is very competitive.
Only 7 payed holidays, one of which is the Friday after thanksgiving (which is nice since I get to keep that day of PTO I guess). Really weird that we don’t get all the holidays the government gets given how much work is for the government. Also only two weeks of paid parental leave, which is super weird to me since APL is really progressive/generous in most other benefits.
- Former Employee, more than 3 years★★★★★
good work is good bad work is bad...and there's a lot of bad workFeb 4, 2023 - Research ScientistRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Great people, low pressure, good pay and benefits. The good science is GREAT! (but I didn't work on that)
The waste here is INSANE. The good projects like the Pluto mission are amazing of course. But what people can't see from outside is the projects where the obvious only purpose is to waste piles and piles of government money with absolutely no real goals or purpose. The problem is not from the APL side, it goes all the way up to Congress, but it's still horrible to be part of. If you don't care, great! Lots of random tasks exist here for people to do who don't care about watching millions of tax dollars set on fire for no reason, and the working conditions are better than lots of places if that's your thing.Continue reading
- Current Employee, more than 5 years★★★★★
Manager's abuse powerMay 11, 2023 - Software Engineer in Laurel, MDRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
education benefit is great, use it and then leave as soon as you can
Managers will actively work against your career. They will also try to nitpick reasons to pay you less constantly. I've seen managers derail someone's work because their direct report was paid more than themselves. They will try to use passion as an indirect way to abuse your free time. If you're not careful, managers will take advantage of you, especially if you're a minority. Managers consistently root against minority employees by looking for performance faults. I don't recommend this workplace for anyone, as soon as I get my Master's I'm leaving.Continue reading
- Current Employee, more than 1 year★★★★★
Mostly goodMay 15, 2023 - Software Engineer in Laurel, MDRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
People are friendly and helpful for the most part.
Too much commuting. Not enough remote.Continue reading
- Former Employee, more than 5 years★★★★★
Great job if you don't want remoteMay 24, 2023 - Data AnalystRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Great compensation and benefits, commitment to the employees. Middle-management is really great.
No ability to work remotely in many areas.
- Current Employee★★★★★
Great PlaceMay 7, 2023 - Anonymous EmployeeRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Interesting work, good work life balance
Minimal telework options depending on projects
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Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory has an overall rating of 4.2 out of 5, based on over 1,085 reviews left anonymously by employees. 85% of employees would recommend working at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory to a friend and 78% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has been stable over the past 12 months.
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