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Johns Hopkins University Reviews

Updated December 6, 2017
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  • Sometimes it can be stressful to maintain a work-life balance (in 22 reviews)

  • Low salary compared to competitors (in 34 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Look elsewhere if you want a career in clinical research"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Program Coordinator in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Research Program Coordinator in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Benefits - The benefits package as a whole is great, though the health insurance is more costly (and carries higher deductibles and out of pocket maximums) than those of other universities in the area.
    - PTO -- Employees start at 2 weeks. After 1 year, you get 15 days. After 7 years it jumps to 22 days. Senior employees automatically receive 22 days, I believe.
    - Sick time - 12 days per year is well above the standard
    - Hopkins pays for long-term disability.
    - 403(b) Vesting – Once eligible (a con below), JHU’s contribution is fully vested and placed automatically into an account, regardless of whether or not the employee contributes.
    - The "Name" -- having Hopkins on your resume never hurt anyone

    Cons

    - JHU grossly underpays its employees across the board -- my current salary is in the 6th percentile when compared to individuals at other institutions with comparable educations and years of experience. Management claims there is just “not enough money” to give their employees a fair, competitive wage.
    - JHU offers a job, not a career -- promotions are hard to come by, even for outstanding work. My colleagues and I were told that "HR" has made it "more difficult to promote" in recent years.
    - Retirement benefits unfairly treat those under 35, who arguably would benefit most from employer contributions given the additional years that money could compound. You have to be over 35 or an employee of Hopkins for at least 2 years to receive the employer "match". Hopkins also does not offer a Roth 403(b).
    - Pressure from senior leadership to open more clinical trials than the cancer center can manage. This "quantity over quality" approach leads to serious errors, employee burnout and high turnover.
    - Absent PIs -- Investigators open all of these trials but are rarely around. Even when they are, they do not have any interest in sitting down with the research team to review AEs and discuss the progress on their trials.
    - Lack of appreciation -- 99% of the clinical trial work is left to the study coordinators, research nurses, and NPs who get little recognition and appreciation. This could come in the form of wages or promotions, but even a simple “Thank you for all of the hard work you do” would suffice.
    - JHU is behind the times in terms of letting employees work from home. The HR website says work-life balance is important, but at a department level, it’s rare to come by. In my program, the managers and PIs often do work from home, but it’s not even an option for study coordinators even 80% of our job is spent in front of a computer.

    Advice to Management

    Stop abusing employees and pay them what they're worth.


  2. "Looks better from the outside"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in New Freedom, PA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in New Freedom, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits were decent, lots of vacation and sick time. Most of the people working there cared about their jobs.

    Cons

    Management was never open with employees. There was a ladder climbing attitude. Input to management was never taken seriously. Pay was low for the position. Promotion was based more on if the management liked you instead of skills and experience.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open with employees and transparent about what changes are occurring and why. Promote people based on skills and experience, not based on a popularity contest.

  3. "Program Coordinator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great schedule, very relaxed environment.

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunities to grow in the organization. Many of the programs are still in the amateur phases so there's not a lot of opportunities that are given to employees to make recommendations.

    Advice to Management

    There's a lot of turnover.


  4. "Heavy Bureaucracy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, some room for advancement

    Cons

    Grid-lock and rigidity forbids innovation, even on a small scale


  5. "Bloomberg School of Public Health"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Innovative research opportunities.
    Great benefits - access to educational (tuition remission) and training (MyLearning) opportunities.

    Cons

    Promotion is rare in my division; very low salaries.


  6. "Research Program Coordinator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University full-time

    Pros

    Great benefit package
    Research driven
    wide range of opportunities and endless job experience
    Gain valuable networks

    Cons

    No room for advancement
    Low salary
    Minimal raises/compensation
    Compensation does not match effort


  7. Helpful (2)

    "High Turnover, Terrible Management, No Retention Efforts"

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

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

    Pros

    tuition remission after 1 year of service. great budget for supplies, professional development, work space. If you have children, tuition reimbursement for children after 2 years of service. Good brand/name recognition in higher-ed field nationwide.

    Cons

    Upper management leaves on average after 2 years and is only interested in their own professional development. Department Heads are not hired to manage and grow their team; most prefer to focus only on their own metrics established by the dean. Across the university, leadership does not invest in retaining their staff.

    Advice to Management

    Commit to retaining your staff through competitive salaries and title adjustments as their position and responsibilities grow.

  8. "The leadership is lacking and unwilling to collaborate or acknowledge there betters."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    You are in a very collaborative environment where you can get people to do things for you across departments. You can speak with first rate scientists in other departments.

    Cons

    The Urology Department where I worked there are VERY few good papers coming out. People are very nice, but they are not good researchers. It is no wonder Urology brought Johns Hopkins down to the 3rd best hosipital from number 1. Also, I was laid off with only 2 months notice when my director knew my appointment would not be extended 1 year ahead of time.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with your employees. Yes, you are not very good researchers, however you can become better by relying more on the advice of your betters, there are many many national academy winners at Johns Hopkins. Talk to them.


  9. "Great for learning"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Research Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Current Contractor - Research Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University as a contractor

    Pros

    Many interesting projects; you will work with a lot of people who are the best in their field

    Cons

    Low compensation; Low amounts of research staff leads to heavy workloads

    Advice to Management

    Increase compensation especially for those who are talented


  10. "terrible management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Pretty good benefits. Many of the people working here are very smart and dedicated and fun to be around.

    Cons

    The management is literally insane. People get punished for doing a good job, and recognized for doing a bad job, depending more on politics than what they've produced. There is no leadership or general strategy. Upper management takes no accountability for their decisions, but will still exercise authority in capricious ways. Re-orgs and shuffles happen frequently, usually with no input from those being shuffled.

    Advice to Management

    Install people at the top who can actually exersize some leadership, who take accountability for their authority. Choose a strategy that isn't just vague buzzwords, educate people on it, and stick to it for a bit, and then find a way to evaluate how well you've done objectively. Give recognition to good work.


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