Not all it's cracked up to be
Project Manager / Financial Manager (Former Employee) – Laurel, MD – June 5, 2018
JHU/APL is a very large organization, so keep that in mind while reading this, as my experiences may not mirror that of others.
At JHU/APL you will be billing your time to contracts, that means that you do not have a guaranteed 40 hour work week, you only have the potential of one. If the contract requiring your skills dries up, so does your paycheck.
The workplace culture places too much emphasis on scholastic achievement and not on actual job skills, or knowledge. Additionally, it is a very clique oriented environment. If you know the right people, you'll go far.
Management, in my experience, was passive aggressive. Also, I experienced a "shoot the messenger" mentality on numerous occasions.
Advice - Give it a try but watch your back, be careful who you trust, and always understand that you are working for yourself and must promote yourself.