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Updated February 18, 2018
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Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Director Dr. Ralph Semmel
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Pros
  • The management supports work/life balance (in 31 reviews)

  • Great working environment and great benefits (in 27 reviews)

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

  • No Cons thus far, great place to work (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great work environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, surrounded by intelligent people who in my experience are more than happy to help each other succeed

    Cons

    I don't have much to say here


  2. "Likely best in industry in region"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Incredible benefits package (including 10.5% at 2:1 403(b) match and free JHU tuition)
    - Flexible scheduling and time usage
    - Great campus and work environment; management funnels a lot of money and effort into making it a pleasant and enjoyable place to work
    - Strong culture of personal improvement, mutual support, and setting individuals up to succeed; line and senior management both strongly support (in execution and financially) continuing education and moving employees around to where they're happiest and can contribute most
    - Individuals allowed to rise to the level of their ability and comfort

    Cons

    - Common for low line management positions to be occupied by the best\senior technical expert in their section rather than the best manager
    - Relatively high-stress environment -- individual and collective workload and performance expectations limit downtime, and while there's not generally direct pressure from management the needs of job\programs lean on employees to regularly put in long hours or otherwise subvert personal schedules\desires to push through tough spots or busy periods

  3. "Amazing environment, technically sound"

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

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

    Pros

    Rigorous environment; good engineers; smart co-workers; flexible, calm work schedule; education benefits including Masters and Doctoral degrees; really good retirement plan matching.

    Cons

    Housing costs in the area; pay is good enough but not great.


  4. "Excellent Work Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Laurel, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Laurel, MD
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to work on different programs and to learn from senior scientists with many years of experience. The management supports work/life balance.
    Diversity is celebrated at APL.

    Cons

    Staff that doesn’t carry their weight gets moved to other groups instead of being held accountable. It affects the morale.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Outstanding Institution"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    APL is an exceptional institution that stands apart from other UARCs and FFRDCs. APL does not compete with industry and serves as a trusted advisor to the DoD and the IC.

    Cons

    APL has a unique, but highly worthwhile, culture that requires patience to fully understand, especially when joining APL as a seasoned professional.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to emphasize growth among new hires and more junior employees. It is critically important to build for the future of APL.


  6. "Senior Professional Staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Laurel, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Laurel, MD
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Brilliant team members, interesting and challenging work.

    Cons

    Single customer in DoD, so little diversity.


  7. "Great community"

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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

    Education, technical investment, positive environment

    Cons

    If you don't like government contacting, this isn't for you

  8. "APL"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance and opportunities to grow

    Cons

    Base salary is not as high


  9. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Laurel, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Laurel, MD
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovative culture; flexible schedule; great people; interesting work

    Cons

    Staff are not as diverse as other similar organizations


  10. "Excellent Employer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Professional Staff
    Current Employee - Senior Professional Staff
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    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Lab has taken a proactive approach to embracing the future and encouraging innovative thinking by a variety of internal measures, programs, and competitions. They are committed to embracing hard challenges and are willing to train and mentor staff to aid that long term objective.

    Cons

    Some long days and tough challenges, but the environment is supportive.


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