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Updated April 26, 2017
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  • Sometimes it can be stressful to maintain a work-life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • Low pay and lack of advancement opportunitiees (in 28 reviews)

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  1. "Placeholder"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with highly motivated, talented people

    Cons

    Work with highly motivated competitive people

    Advice to Management

    Work on equity issues, especially for women.


  2. "It all depends on where you work"

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    Current Employee - Middle Management in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generous paid time off for senior staff or other staff with years of service, stimulating environment, great institution in many ways

    Cons

    Very hierarchical and bureaucratic in many places, people not always treated well, some leaders can be very critical and judgmental


  3. "so big you are lost in a sea of people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    benefits
    locations
    worldwide
    people are great (depending on who you work with)

    Cons

    low pay
    recruiting process is legnthy and poor communication
    you get pigeonholed into a position and feel stuck


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  5. "Postdocs are not students!"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    Healthcare is included for yourself

    Cons

    Healthcare for family is not included - you end up paying full price. Hopkins treats Postdocs as students when it suits them and as employees when it suits them better.

    Advice to Management

    Treat postdocs as the employees that they are.


  6. "Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice benefits, free training on the job. room for advancement. diversity. friendly.

    Cons

    Fast pace where there may be no downtime between projects.

    Advice to Management

    Offer to mentor your support staff


  7. "Lab Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    Good benefits ,401 k vacation time

    Cons

    pay is less but other benefits are good


  8. "Overall positive experience for undergrad"

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Undergraduate in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposure to a lot of applied experiences (research), access to a lot of knowledgable professors, very nice campus, cooperative students

    Cons

    Grade deflation, generally depressed student body, way too difficult, very high emphasis on graduate school as opposed to jobs, so career help is limited

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on mental health of students.


  9. "Good, but not great"

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    Former Employee - Research Data Analyst in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Research Data Analyst in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work place culture. Other staff members

    Cons

    Some PI's are awful, and pay is lacking


  10. "JHU - great potential, limiting managers"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    World class reputation, cutting-edge work, chance to make a difference

    Cons

    Aspirational versus actual view of reality by some managers; petty politics and in-fighting

    Advice to Management

    Empower all members of teams to contribute their ideas and receive recognition. Don't be afraid to innovate structures and processes.


  11. "Financial Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pretty standard financial analyst work, not rocket science. Great benefits. Awesome organization to have on my resume; Johns Hopkins is recognized all over the world.

    Cons

    Hired by a manager that I loved and looked up to. Fair, understanding, helpful, etc.. After she left there was no one to fill her spot and so someone else on our team (unqualified) was put into her role. No idea what he was doing. Frustrating to work for, spoke in circles, not helpful when I had questions or needed help with my work. Attitude was "Keep working on it, I'm sure you'll figure it out yourself!" Underappreciated. Management pretends to care but they don't. I stuck it out as long as I could under this new guy but threw in the towel and quit. Looking back, I wish that I had taken the time to look elsewhere within the organization for a new position/role. But at the time, I was certain that it would be the same no matter what location/department I worked for, within the organization. Recently (2 years later) I applied and interviewed for another Financial Analyst role within Johns Hopkins University (completely different location/department) and was pleasantly surprised at what a positive impression I have. Hoping that the negative experience 2 years ago was just within that team/department/location, I guess we'll see. (PS - JHU pays low, you have to decide for yourself if the benefits make up for it or not)

    Advice to Management

    Flexibility towards employees and appreciation can go a long way


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