Research Scientist (Current Employee) – Laurel, MD – July 18, 2018
20 years ago when APL was half its size things were better. It has now grown too big and doesn’t know what to do with itself. So their answer has been to make more managers and try to put everyone in a management position leaving no one to do the actual work. Many people in management should not be there and have not been properly trained. So what used to be a great place to work is just so-so now. Also watch your back because if you have not been pegged as chosen to rise up you can end up with a target on your back. It is really sad to see how this place has changed.
Management drove everyday activity. Little input from technical team. High level of maintenance and reworking of legacy software. Good work given to "chosen few" who towed the company line. Currently aging management with difficult junior culture. Everyone has an attitude, that is typical of engineers.
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.
Intern (Former Employee) – Laurel, MD – May 7, 2018
I loved interning here, the makers space they had was amazing, and I loved the project I worked on there. the culture is great as well, if you're having an issue you can feel free to ask for help from someone.
Good Work/Life Balance, but Not Great for Advancement in the Administrative Professional Side of the House
Program Management Administrator (Current Employee) – Laurel, MD – January 30, 2018
JHU/APL is terrific for work/life balance. However, that comes at a cost if you are not an engineer. If you are an Administrative Professional that supports the engineers, you will not have the same opportunities or financial rewards.
Intern (Current Employee) – Laurel, MD – November 21, 2017
I love this job! It pays well, my coworkers are nice, and I'm doing very interesting work! The hours a very flexible and there's always something to do. They also have a lot of staff events to attend and they do great holiday parties!