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  • Sometimes it can be stressful to maintain a work-life balance (in 21 reviews)

  • Low salary compared to competitors (in 34 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Laurel, MD
    Current Employee - Engineer in Laurel, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You can't beat the benefits

    Cons

    Expensive area to live in.


  2. "Vascular technologist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Laurel, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Laurel, MD
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    top notch physicians and learning opportunities

    Cons

    employee turnover very high. Constant change of administration and policies.

    Advice to Management

    Value hard working skilled employess

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Sr. Professional Staff"

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

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Exceptional IT infrastructure to support Intelligent people, applying advanced science, engineering, and technology to challenges that demand systems thinking.

    Cons

    Myopic management, stovepipe organizational structures, outdated, nepotistic staffing policies, and minimal effective leadership training limit staff development and management capability, despite genuine change efforts and technical capability.

    Advice to Management

    Critical thinking is not the same as critical reflection. Management should continuously question basic underlying assumptions to reveal unfounded biases, discrimination, and areas for growth in their leadership capability.


  4. "I worked here as a summer intern, so ymmv."

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    Former Intern - Programmer in Laurel, MD
    Former Intern - Programmer in Laurel, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small teams make this place feel smaller than it is. Being government affiliated, you know what to expect in terms of pay and so on. The projects I got to work on were interesting and useful. The people there are smart and stimulating.

    Cons

    Once again, it is government affiliated, so you get the cons of that as well. They do have stringent hiring requirements as well, and the culture is a little stuffier, with an older, more conservative workforce.

    Advice to Management

    I didn't see much of the overall structure or other teams when I worked here, so I have none.


  5. "Lab motto: Critical Contributions to Critical Challenges"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Laurel, MD
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Laurel, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong sense of mission. Extremely competent staff. Strong benefits. Stable environment

    Cons

    Modest compensation. Current management in the Space Department is extremely toxic and vindictive
    Not a lot of advancement opportunities


  6. "JHU/APL - a great place for the technically oriented."

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    Current Employee - Deputy Program Manager in Laurel, MD
    Current Employee - Deputy Program Manager in Laurel, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Quality personnel, quality tasks, great environment. These comments relate to the Applied Physics Laboratory, since the system wouldn't let me cull it out.

    Cons

    There's an academic reluctance to reward excellence, and a similar lack of backbone to hammer the non-performers. Luckily most folks are fantastic and this isn't a huge problem. There is also a reluctance to break out of the traditional focus areas and engage in new, possibly more challenging tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of your offices and lead. Walk around. Talk to people. Give the young engineers room to run and encourage them to be creative.


  7. "Flex hours makes this place an excellent work environment"

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    Current Employee - Senior Professional Staff II in Laurel, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Professional Staff II in Laurel, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    (a) Flexible work hours
    (b) If you are lucky you may be working on a very technically challenging project which may lead to several publications
    (c) Wealth of subject matter experts makes this place a top notch research institute.

    Cons

    It is my impression that salaries are low with respect to other industrial R&D institutes.

    Advice to Management

    Employee compensation should be comparable or better than peer organizations.

  8. "JHU is an awesome environment to find work fullfillment and life balance."

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Laurel, MD
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Laurel, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management puts employees first - this spans the spectrum from work/life balance to career growth. The work at JHU is challenging and fulfilling - we make contributions that positively impact the state of our country and employees are proud to be a part of that. There is a real team environment and a lot less of the politics than are seen at other companies. Working for a non-profit is much less stressful than for-profit consulting.

    Cons

    The hiring process is broken so bringing on other good individuals is a frustrating process that takes patience on both ends. A lot of business process and systems are homegrown and can be difficult to wade through.

    Advice to Management

    There are better bsuiness process and system options out there in industry that could be adopted to improve information flow within the organization.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "A great place for techies"

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff in Laurel, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Staff in Laurel, MD
    Recommends

    Pros

    The environment is a nice mix of academic and industrial; we get to do innovative new thinking and apply it to the real world. It is an unusually egalitarian culture. Technical staff have a large degree of autonomy in selecting what they work on.

    Cons

    Individual staff members bear significant responsibility for bringing in new grants and contracts. You can work on whatever you want, but you have to find the money for it. Lack of graduate students (for cheap labor) sometimes hampers our competitiveness.

    Advice to Management

    Change the incentive structure for program management to avoid fights over who gets credit for new programs.


  10. "Johns Hopkins is a good place to make a difference"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Laurel, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Laurel, MD
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are a variety of opportunities within the university system. At APL, they offer a wide spectrum of industry work for the US government. Their goal is to make critical contributions to the nation, so the work is typically on the leading edge of the applied sciences.

    Cons

    At APL, there is a strong push to be relevant but practical when it comes to solutions. The risks taken must be balanced with the ability to make an impact in the short term. The most notable issue is their deep reliance and strong interest in classical systems engineering and linear innovation paths.

    Advice to Management

    The management culture at APL needs to move beyond its reliance on deep hierarchical structures and power centers. There seems to be too much of a reflection of the military organizations we are trying to help. As an organization of creative and talented people, there needs to be a push for the expectation of maturity in individual performers that requires less supervision and leads to more freedom to excel.


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