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Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Reviews

Updated December 4, 2017
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Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Director Dr. Ralph Semmel
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Pros
  • Work life balance is impressive compared to other companies (in 27 reviews)

  • Great benefits, flexible work schedule, and freedom to pursue several different technical work areas (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • Not using the concept of a matrix organization correctly (in 9 reviews)

  • At least in AMDS the line management tries to focus on project management tasks more than they should and doesn't spend enough time focusing on staff (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great place for new college grad"

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    Current Employee - Associate Professional Staff II
    Current Employee - Associate Professional Staff II

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexible work schedule, and freedom to pursue several different technical work areas

    Cons

    'Silos' between groups/departments in the lab - sometimes hard to connect with other groups


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Critical contribution to critical challenges"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Laurel, MD
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Laurel, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work environment and schedule, incredible company culture, amazing coworkers, fascinating problems to solve

    Cons

    It can sometimes seem like you're never going to learn enough since people stay there for so long you're always the young one of the bunch

    Advice to Management

    Keep trying to support flexibility and agility!

  3. Helpful (2)

    "You get what you put in"

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    Current Employee - Health Systems Engineer in Laurel, MD
    Current Employee - Health Systems Engineer in Laurel, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - You get what you put in to the Lab. If you want to be a high-achiever, there are infinite opportunities to succeed at the Lab. On the other hand, if you want to work 9-5 and go home, the Lab has space and room for that.
    - campus environment and feel for those of you who succeed in academic environments; tons of funding for personal research
    - very intelligent staff working on extremely innovative projects and technology

    Cons

    - Matrix organization you have to navigate
    - at ~7000 people, it's a rather large company, so be able to navigate a somewhat 'corporate' culture
    - a little traditional company culture because it's a cushy job

    Advice to Management

    - foster innovation
    - take insights from other innovate companies
    - welcome the new while affirming the old


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Laurel, MD
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Laurel, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The work atmosphere is great, the work life balance is great. APL Really cares about their employees

    Cons

    It can be hard to get some changes pushed through, might find yourself doing the same thing for a year or two

    Advice to Management

    Doing a great job. I looked at other places to work, but this is the best place to work in the region.


  5. "Overall a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Very supportive of employees, good mentoring program, good networking, prioritizes lifelong learning

    Cons

    Usually on multiple tasks at the same time, funding can often change so you might work on projects not interesting to you


  6. "JHU APL"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexible schedule, especially good for young people, when you get a bit older, not so great

    Cons

    When you get a bit older, not so great (few opportunities)


  7. "Sleepy Hollow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Nice people, low stress, you can end your career here when you are tired and worn out.

    Cons

    No entrepreneurial spirit. Management and senior technical staff are happy to just keep working on the same old stuff. This place is a nursing home for engineers that no longer have any fire in their bellies, no intellectual curiosity. Physical working spaces were last upgraded during the Eisenhower administration.

    Advice to Management

    Stop breeding mediocrity. Stop adding senior people that contribute nothing to technical work, have no original thought.

  8. "Excellent benefits and a reliable human Resources department"

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    Former Employee - Network and Computer Systems Administrator in Laurel, MD
    Former Employee - Network and Computer Systems Administrator in Laurel, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits were off the charts. This is a great place to work, if I hadn’t moved I’d still be there!

    Cons

    Like any place, you have the occasional difficult employee but it’s not really a “con”. There wasn’t really any cons.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the awesome work.


  9. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    They let you pursue any project you want

    Cons

    If you're inexperienced it can be hard to feel useful on projects


  10. "engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    good benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    political environment that too often results in favoritism for advancement

    Advice to Management

    too many overhead functions driving up costs; no longer a nimble organization


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