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Johns Hopkins University Reviews

Updated May 26, 2017
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  • Sometimes it can be stressful to maintain a work-life balance (in 19 reviews)

  • Low salary compared to private sector (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "Great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Visiting Scholar in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Visiting Scholar in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intellectually stimulating workplace. The environment fosters professional and intellectual growth as the University allows access to high profile academics and thinkers who ready to mentor others.

    Cons

    JHU can be a bit bureaucratic. So most projects require a long process they can be approved even when they are quite minor.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the access to senior scholars open and reduce the bureaucracy. It dampens scholars' drive and initiative.


  2. "Well Run"

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

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Having been staff at three universities I'd say JHU is the best run of all of them. It's still higher ed and very decentralized, but given that they do a very good job.

    Cons

    JHU seems kind of stodgy for higher ed -- some of the informality that's usually a benefit of this industry (and that I appreciated elsewhere) is missing here. Also, making a career path without switching jobs (even inside JHU) can be tough due to how the job bands are defined.

    Advice to Management

    Consider splitting job bands into more granular junior and senior levels to allow for some recognition and promotion without needing to make a major switch.


  3. "Good benefits, limited growth without PhD"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Health Economist in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Health Economist in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It provides solid benefits for its senior staff, faculty and researcher.

    Cons

    The Faculty track is very limited there if you do not have a PhD. HR can be difficult to deal with for recruitment (internal transfers included).


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  5. "Great place to woork"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The pay is great and you are surrounded by great and supportive people.

    Cons

    Not enough office space many times.


  6. "Management Issues in School of Nursing"

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Really flexible schedule, could work from home, good exposure to research

    Cons

    Bad management, passive aggressive manager

    Advice to Management

    Be more approachable, do not make employees feel like they will be punished by coming to you with their concerns


  7. "Overall positive experience for undergrad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  8. "PhD student"

    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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Johns Hopkins University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Surrounded by smart people. It's a wonderful place to get an education.

    Cons

    Typical of graduate school, often at the hands of an adviser.


  9. "I work here as a research assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    Smart colleagues. The research at JHU is top-notch.

    Cons

    Sometimes it can be stressful to maintain a work-life balance.


  10. "Good, but not great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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


  11. "JHU - great potential, limiting managers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
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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.


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