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Johns Hopkins University Reviews

Updated May 7, 2017
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  • Sometimes it can be stressful to maintain a work-life balance (in 18 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Try to get your own funding before coming here. If not, go elsewhere."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University full-time

    Pros

    Exceptional Facilities. Brightest researchers and clinicians, Well-funded from the Federal Government

    Cons

    Postdoctoral training here is unsatisfactory and way behind other schools of similar standing. Although postdocs here are offered diverse options to expand their transferable skills, many are either not allowed to participate or are too afraid to even ask if they can participate. Although Hopkins is known for their exceptional faculty, many of them are leaving for better pay, a more collaborative environment, and greater respect from leadership. Entrepreneurship here should be stronger.

    Advice to Management

    Stop creating new administrative positions for the upper levels of leadership and focus on greater efficiency from the administrative offices that already exist. There are many overlapping educational programs that could be consolidated into one, which could more efficiently use the available educational funds.


  2. "Very interesting place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    meet fun people
    easy
    get a guard card
    cheap subsidized meals
    experience
    on a steady side, and good for side word

    Cons

    horrendous wages
    inflexibility for hours
    demanding
    incompetent management
    spotty scheduling
    high turnover

    Advice to Management

    Pleas get rid of tenured faculty who have lost the passion to work!!


  3. Helpful (2)

    "If hired, you will not advance if you are not white, no matter you abilities, skills or education."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits and perks are the same as for those at the rest of the university and that's pretty good.

    Cons

    Although not hostile, if you are not in a clique, you're never sure where you stand in the organization and are likely not to receive promotions. Pay is below average for technology professionals in this area - benefits help may balance the difference.

    Advice to Management

    When interviewing for positions, bring in people from outside of the division who are diverse in backgrounds, race and ethnicity, to serve on the search committee with the hiring manager. Make sure that candidate are rejected for the right reasons and make sure that the person(s) hired are best for the job and not just people you think will fit in. Pay more attention to people outside the cliques. They may just be your super stars


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Inefficiency and no long-term strategy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, steady work. The benefits are fair, and the health insurance is pretty good. 403(b) could be better, but not bad.

    Cons

    Work is tedious, especially for an organization that insists on hiring people with advanced degrees. Poor resource management leads to inefficiency. Strategy is reactionary rather than proactive.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great learning opportunity, low pay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    Lots of intelligent people, lots of opportunities

    Cons

    Low pay and grumpy associates


  7. "Dead End"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people who care about what they do

    Cons

    Management does not care about the employees

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people


  8. "No room for professional growth."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits; though this soon to change (in 2013).

    Cons

    No room for professional growth.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Advanced Academic Programs is a VERY Troubled Department"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Johns Hopkins University full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, great health benefits, tuition remission, generous dependent child tuition benefit, access to Johns Hopkins classes and degree programs

    Cons

    Decentralized (but still bureaucratic), low salaries compared to private industry, lack of transparency in management decisions, growing focus on the bottom line over quality education and research, high turnover, no raises.

    The department (Advanced Academic Programs) experienced a sudden leadership transition -- its dean unexpectedly resigned and was promptly replaced the next day. There was no information about how the replacement was selected.

    When it was determined that faculty and staff had discovered negative stories about the new dean on her previous employer's student newspaper website, that site was briefly blocked at AAP (and then restored).

    Although the department brought in a great deal of revenue, huge cuts were instituted because that revenue did not meet the parent school's projections. The parent school (Krieger School of Arts and Sciences) employees were granted a cost of living increase, but Advanced Academic Program's employees were not, despite also being employees of the parent school. AAP staff were told that this was because of our "poor performance," although the department still brought in more revenue to the parent school than all of the traditional academic departments.

    Longtime faculty resigned, the department's only HR manager was reassigned to the main campus (and then resigned), a senior administrative manager left for another school at Hopkins and every member of the marketing department and web team left AAP voluntarily in the course of several months and were replaced by temps. Full-time replacements were not hired. Rumors of job cuts abounded, and several employees were demoted or lost their jobs. Staff members who left have not been replaced -- and budget cuts have severely limited several academic programs (in some cases, the cuts made it so that only a handful of courses could be taught per semester).

    Faculty and staff have been reprimanded for informing students about the budget cuts and departures and there was a department-wide edict that students are not to be told when senior faculty or staff leave the program.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency regarding senior-level decisions, more staff involvement,


  10. "Mediocrity is Job Number One"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits package, but salaries are far too low to retain competent staff, at least in IT. The work environment is pleasant, and there are some good people to work with, and the campus environment is nice.

    Cons

    Senior management seem more interested in vendor kickbacks than maintaining reliable infrastructure or, god forbid, innovate. The Peter Principle is definitely at work here, and it shows. I once considered sending a fruit basket or flowers to a co-worker just because I was so delighted someone was actually competent at their job. Then I realized how crazy it is to be amazed by such an occurrence.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of these cozy (unethical?) vendor relationships, invest in innovation, show some real leadership, and actually start to take retaining competent staff seriously. JHU hemorrhages talent and replaces it with comfortable mediocrity.


  11. "Not a good experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Program Coordinator in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Research Program Coordinator in Baltimore, MD
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Famous, advanced institution
    - good benefits (insurances, tuition remission and other)
    - wide knowledge based
    - some good PIs interested in not only their career but also in your development
    - good coworkers if you are lucky to have them

    Cons

    - very stingy in case of salaries and raise, all the money goes for construction of new flashy buildings
    - many supervisors have habit of micromanaging and putting you to work for every millisecond during your work hours to the point of harassment and disgust, which is discouraging
    - administrative, payroll and HR department do not listen to your problems and are most of the time uninformed and not willing to help.
    - people play politics to go ahead with their ambitions
    - efforts are not only go unrewarded but also go unacknowledged
    - no flexible hours, had to seat through 9 to 5 sharp everyday regardless of work load

    Advice to Management

    Be considerate and respective of the employees not matter on what level post they are. Just not only Listen to the performance reviews but also ask for employees' feedback and think over it. Supervisors are not always right. Pay proper wages and don't play with our payrolls.


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