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Updated Dec 3, 2021

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Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Director Dr. Ralph Semmel
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422 Ratings
Pros
  • "Research; Applied solutions; Benefits; Opportunities for growth; work/life balance; University affiliation(in 83 reviews)

  • "Flexible hours and great benefits(in 58 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Red Tape, less than government though(in 14 reviews)

  • "Requires a security clearance, Laurel is a bit away from Baltimore and DC(in 12 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Benefits

      Jun 28, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Laurel, MD
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great benefits. Freedom to work on a variety of projects.

      Cons

      Promotion and raise cycle is not clearly defined.

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Impossible to describe all of the great things

      Mar 28, 2021 - Associate Professional Staff I 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Completely flexible work schedule as long as you get your projects done (this might vary depending on what group you are in). Highly dynamic, lots of super interesting projects going on across the lab, with the majority of them being interdisciplinary. So many (8000+) interesting people as well, not to mention awesome maker spaces (and a new building just completed for the R&D group). Access to so many resources, travel the country, highly competitive base pay with great benefits and absolutely insane retirement match (10.5% of base salary after only one year of service!), they'll pay for your bachelors, masters AND PhD with a long list of schools and programs to choose from, they have clubs, activities, etc. etc. The lab director has huge approval. People unanimously love APL and it really shows. There have been many times I've been working on something with a few other people and the conversation turns to "all of the reasons we love APL." It's truly an honor to work here.

      Cons

      Parking can be tough. It's practically a meme over here (although there is construction for expanding it as I write this). It can be strange getting used to the pace of projects changing at first but you learn quick.

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      6 people found this review helpful
    3. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great for what it is

      Dec 3, 2021 - Software Engineer in Laurel, MD
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great benefits, flexible hours, encourages work-life balance

      Cons

      No large raises, inconsistent work, DoD work.

      1 person found this review helpful
    4. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Difficult place for mid-career staff

      Sep 1, 2021 - Associate Professional Staff II in Laurel, MD
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great benefits. The health insurance is good, as is the retirement matching, and they'll pay your tuition for a masters. I enjoyed the university-like feel with many clubs and employee groups, plus the maker space is amazing if you're into 3D printing, etc. This is a great place to start a career. There's lots of opportunities to learn, lots of technical brown bags and training funds. I feel that APL does make an effort towards diversity and inclusion. At least there are active organizations you can join, like Allies in the Workplace, African American Culture Club, Women in Technology, etc. Work-life balance is pretty good and hours are flexible-ish. There's not huge pressure to work past your 80 hours per two weeks in my experience.

      Cons

      It's extremely difficult to get promoted from associate to senior unless you have a very proactive manager who's working to get you promoted. Unless you are fresh out of school, I would not recommend APL unless you get hired as senior staff. Get ready to feel like you have to job search just to keep your job. Because of the nature of contract work, things are feast or famine. Scramble to find enough work to cover your timecard, or have more projects than any one person can reasonably handle. I have had colleagues have to take unpaid time off because there was simply no work for them. At least at consulting firms your time on the bench is paid! Pay is so-so, probably typical for government contract type work. You can definitely get paid more in private industry especially for certain engineering fields. As far as D&I, there is a lot of work to be done still, as women and people of color are still underrepresented especially the higher up you go. Finally, the fact that AOS insisted on bringing associate staff back to campus, despite the Delta surge, regardless of performance while WFH or family situation, was the final nail in the coffin to show where this organization's priorities are. Why on earth would I want to drive to another building so I can sit in front of a computer for 8 hours while wearing a mask when I can work from home instead?

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      11 people found this review helpful
    5. 4.0
      Current Employee

      It's good, but slow changing

      Sep 7, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great people and great benefits.

      Cons

      Really slow to change. caste system with how staff are categorized. antiquated systems and processes.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    6. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Great if you get on a good project

      Aug 24, 2021 - Software Engineer in Laurel, MD
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great benefits, some flexibility with hours, different types of work opportunities availble.

      Cons

      This place can either give you the best experience with a great group of people to work with, or it can be your worst nightmare depending on which project you get on.

      3 people found this review helpful
    7. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great place for retirement

      Sep 15, 2021 - Systems Engineer in Baltimore, MD
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great benefits including great 403b match

      Cons

      Low salary, low raise, limited bonus

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Awesome place to work!

      Jun 2, 2021 - Program Manager in Laurel, MD
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great place to work! Many great benefits and opportunities to move around within the company.

      Cons

      I really don't have any cons yet.

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    9. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Not a good experience

      May 16, 2021 - Scientist 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good pay and great benefits.

      Cons

      It is basically billable hours, so you need to constantly have projects or else you run the risk of not getting paid. There is often crazy up and down coverage in project hours, and often you will be working on projects that have nothing to do with your background because you have to get in your hours. Internal funding for research is available, but the process is rigged and non transparent. The environment is overly competitive.

      4 people found this review helpful
    10. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great Place to Work

      Jun 8, 2021 - Senior Hardware Engineer in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great benefits and cool work.

      Cons

      None. Great place to work.

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