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Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Washington DC 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. 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!


  2. 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

  3. 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.


  4. "Amazing Intern Experience"

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    Former Intern - Internship in Laurel, MD
    Former Intern - Internship in Laurel, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interns contributed real work, were challenged, and given lots of freedom to grow. Very nice perks like the design studio and plenty of talks to attend

    Cons

    I can't think of any!


  5. "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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Test and Evaluation Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Test and Evaluation Engineer in Laurel, MD
    Current Employee - Test and Evaluation 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 8 years)

    Pros

    Smartest people with whom I've ever had the pleasure of working.

    Cons

    Culture differs among business areas.


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Contracts Manager in Laurel, MD
    Former Employee - Contracts Manager in Laurel, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours and great environment

    Cons

    No cons to provide about APL

  8. "Management"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Laurel, MD
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Laurel, MD
    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

    Pro-actively seek new opportunities to create the next critical contribution.

    Cons

    Many management layers that "legislate" success down to lower layers, but do not really connect with the technical, administrative, or plant facility staff.

    Advice to Management

    Management by wandering around.


  9. "senior engineer 2"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer II in Laurel, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer II in Laurel, MD

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

    Pros

    intelligent, varied, hands on, interesting

    Cons

    writing, reviews, dental insurance, cinder block rooms


  10. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Laurel, MD
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Laurel, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Exciting work, great environment, great benefits and 401(k), learning environment

    Cons

    If you're not ambitious and self driven, you will likely have a harder time moving up in position

    Advice to Management

    Follow the example set by some of the other groups regarding recognizing great work and promoting cooperation and innovation (already being done, so keep it up).


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