What’s it like to work at Johns Hopkins Medicine?

Susanna Kahr

Headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, Johns Hopkins Medicine consists of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Johns Hopkins Health System. Working here means working at the very first major medical school in the United States to admit women, the first to use rubber gloves during surgery and the first hospital to develop renal dialysis and CPR!

All in all, Johns Hopkins Medicine has six academic and community hospitals, four suburban health care and surgery centers, over 40 patient care locations, a home care group and an international division, and offers an array of other healthcare services. So one thing’s for sure, if you’re a healthcare professional based in Baltimore, you’re sure to find a job for you here!

The mission of Johns Hopkins Medicine is to improve the health of the community and the world by setting the standard of excellence in medical education, research and clinical care. Here at Johns Hopkins Medicine, you could educate medical students, scientists, health care professionals and the public, conduct biomedical researchor provides patient-centered medicine to prevent, diagnose and treat human illness.

If you work in a patient-facing role then you could look after any number of the nearly 3 million patients and more than 360,000 emergency room visits that Johns Hopkins Medicine receives every year!

Serving Baltimore since 1889

The Johns Hopkins Hospital was considered a municipal and national marvel when it opened in 1889. At the time, it was believed to be the largest medical center in the country with 17 buildings, 330 beds, 25 physicians and 200 employees!

So, who was Johns Hopkins? And what’s with that extra “s”?  Well, Johns Hopkins was born on May 19, 1795, in Anne Arundel County, Md., the second of 11 children of a tobacco farmer. His grandmother’s maiden name was Johns, which is why it’s not John Hopkins but Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Contrary to local legend, Johns Hopkins wasn’t born poor. He grew up in Whitehall, a huge plantation that the King of England had given his great-grandfather. But this all changed when he was 12. His Quaker parents, spurred on by the new abolitionist stance of the Society of Friends, freed their hundreds of slaves. As a result, Johns’ formal education ended and he was sent out into the fields.

Johns left home at 17 for Baltimore and a job in business with an uncle, then established his own mercantile house at the age of 24. He was an important investor in the nation’s first major railroad, the Baltimore and Ohio, and became a director in 1847 and chairman of its finance committee in 1855. In 1867, Hopkins arranged for the incorporation of The Johns Hopkins University and The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and for the appointment of a 12-member board of trustees for each.

He died on Christmas Eve 1873, leaving $7 million to be divided equally between the two institutions. It was, at the time, the largest philanthropic donation in U.S. history!



So, what’s it like to work at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Medicine?

“Valuable opportunity for self improvement and advancement. – anonymous employer review on kununu

Here at kununu, employees have awarded Johns Hopkins Medicine with a score of 4.00 and 82% of those who have left a review would recommend working here. One employee says, “overall good job and good benefits, has some pros and cons.” Another says that they really like the fact that Johns Hopkins Medicine has a “good reputation, good paid time off, good health benefits,” another echoes this by saying “I’ve been able to advance my career and build positive professional relationships” and another appreciates the “valuable opportunity for self improvement and advancement.”

This is how the different aspects of John Hopkins Medicine are rated on kununu:


Compensation and Benefits

According to review on kununu, the salary is around 401k. But one employee says that although Johns Hopkins Medicine is a “good employer, it’s not the best paying in the industry” another says “I am able to have paid time off and good insurance benefits and the tuition assistance is good too,” though. With that in mind, Johns Hopkins Medicine offers a range of benefits to its employees including Healthy @ Hopkins Education and Tuition programs along with Medical, Vision and Dental Coverage and Paid Time Off.

Company Culture

Johns Hopkins Medicine has a Company Culture score of 4.21 on kununu, and one employee says that “JHH is a supportive environment overall, although some departments are more difficult to work for than others.” Sound familiar? To find other healthcare companies with great company cultures take a look at our top 9!

Tuition Assistance

As we said before, Johns Hopkins Medicine offers a range of tuition assistance schemes including: New Grad Residency Programs, Externship Programs,RN Development Programs,Clinical Laddersand Leadership Development Programs.



Since Johns Hopkins Medicine offers so many different healthcare services across its many sites, there are many different jobs available, just check out their latest open positions, here. Equally, you could work in any one of these positions:

Ultrasound Technician

Ultrasound technicians receive training in two years and earn average salaries over $70,000. Technicians monitor pregnancies, but they also do a lot more: diagnose abdominal pain, evaluate heart conditions, and check on organ functioning. As an ultrasound technician, you will enjoy the satisfaction of helping patients get the care they need and filling a vital role for doctors.

These positions tend to offer flexible schedules, although there may be night or weekend work required. Some technicians can advance into research or management roles. The work environment tends to be comfortable, with less of the hustle and bustle than you’ll find in other areas of the medical field. The only downside to the job is the chance for repetitive stress injuries, but this can be mitigated using ergonomic movements.

Physical Therapy Assistant

You’ll find tons of amazing opportunities as a physical therapy assistant, because the field is set to grow by over 30 percent from now to 2024.Physical therapy assistants work with other medical professionals to help individuals recover after an accident, surgery, or injury. In a typical day, you might teach someone how to use a walker, perform a soft-tissue massage, or demonstrate strength-building exercises. You could find work in a hospital, nursing home, home care agency, or sports center.Physical therapy assistants earn an average of $57,750 and only need an associate’s degree to get started.

Registered Nurse

There is a 22% job growth expected for registered nurses. This is hardly surprising as the RN job is really versatile. As an RN you could work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, home healthcare, long term care facilities, outpatient clinics, schools, and even the military.Wherever you work, you’re responsible for providing and coordinating patient care, educating patients and the public about health conditions, and offering advice and support to patients and their families. To start out on this career you will need either a bachelor’s degree in Nursing, an associate’s degree in Nursing, or in some states, a nursing diploma. The average paycheck is $68,450 per year. Check out open nursing positions at Johns Hopkins Medicine, here.


Tips on Interviewing

So, you’ve taken a look at the job postings already and found something for you? Great! Now it’s time to prep for a possible interview. As we all know, job interviews are always a 2-way street, so it’s important that you ask all the right questions too, to ensure that this is really the right workplace for you. Here are some ideas of questions you could ask:


  • After reviewing your HCAHPS scores, I see your organization is highly rated when it comes to (fill in the blank). To what do you credit your success in this area?
  • What have you done to measure employee engagement in the last year? What were your focus areas as a result?
  • How do you measure and manage employee performance? What is the organization’s general approach to an underperforming employee?
  • What is this organization doing to support innovation and advancement? What are some of the innovations or advancements you’re most proud of in the last year?


Of course, you probably also want to prepare for the questions that they will ask you, we’ve got you covered there too! Here, you can find the full list of the 15 most common interview questions and answers for healthcare interviews and download a free PDF to help you get started! Good luck!



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