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Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Reviews

Updated April 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance is impressive compared to other companies (in 22 reviews)

  • Great benefits - flexible hours - good staff resources (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • Matrix organization can be difficult to create a vertical career path (in 8 reviews)

  • There are layers and layers of management (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "general"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Private in Severna Park, MD
    Former Employee - Private in Severna Park, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great institution that does excellent work and research

    Cons

    The environment is like the 1950's for women - administrative and professional

    Advice to Management

    Need more opportunities for professional women


  2. "Great Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Associate Professional Staff II in Laurel, MD
    Current Employee - Associate Professional Staff II in Laurel, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Non-profit organization that does not require mandatory overtime. This practice makes work life balance and life less stressful. In comparison to other DoD companies, APL is more friendly, more accommodating to personal schedule, better 401k/403b benefits and a less pointer finger culture.

    Cons

    Negative/constructive feedback is rare. Everyone gets a good rating or better. Some senior professional employees complain of poor raises.

    Advice to Management

    APL is it's own organization. APL should not model itself after Google.


  3. "Software Developer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Development Lead in Laurel, MD
    Former Employee - Development Lead in Laurel, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay was good, benefits were great but seemed to be on a downward decline. Best perk was flex time. I could work as early or late as I wanted to and make up time missed anywhere in the 2 week pay period without taking vacation.

    Cons

    Not using the concept of a matrix organization correctly. 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

    Advice to Management

    Either matrix or don't. Don't make a matrix where the axes are not orthogonal. It makes for dysfunctional relationships and power struggles.


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  5. "Combat Systems Engineering"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in Poolesville, MD
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in Poolesville, MD

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

    Pros

    Provides excellent training for new college hires. APL is expert in the systematic approach for developing weapons systems. Can learn the complete engineering craft quickly.

    Cons

    Salaries may be somewhat lower.


  6. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Professional Staff II in Laurel, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Professional Staff II in Laurel, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work, excellent support, good leadership, competitive pay, excellent environment benefits.

    Cons

    A good bit of bureaucracy.


  7. "Positive Experience as Software dev intern"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Laurel, MD
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Laurel, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was the only intern in my group and was treated like any other member of the team. Very friendly people and nice workspaces

    Cons

    The only downside I can think of was that the could have been more open, but it was not too much of an impediment since most everyone kept their doors wide open.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving towards an agile workforce, the changes so far have been good and are only improving


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    "APL"

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    Current Employee - Web Developer in Laurel, MD
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Laurel, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice health benefits, WFH opportunities

    Cons

    Not the best compensation for software developers


  9. "great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Service Representative/Outside Print Coordinator in Sykesville, MD
    Former Employee - Service Representative/Outside Print Coordinator in Sykesville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    very diverse staff, working on projects with national - and international significance.

    Cons

    sometimes red tape gets in the way. procedures get in the way of creative solutions.

    Advice to Management

    find a way to support the creative members of the staff, without sacrificing procedures.


  10. "Sr Telecommunication Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to learn and work. Ability to work on a number of different solutions/technologies. Ability to move into leadership positions are encouraged.

    Cons

    If you do not have a degree, your chances for promotion are slim and limited.


  11. "Senior Professional Staff II"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Senior Professional Staff II in Laurel, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Professional Staff II in Laurel, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of interesting and varied work. Very intelligent work force. Lots of freedom to pursue work that you find personally interesting and fulfilling.

    Cons

    Very slow management and administration. Work can come in spurts. Lots of red tape because the work is with the government.

    Advice to Management

    Move much faster on basic admin. No reason why appointments or internal project approvals should take months.


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