January 12, 2022
The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, was honored with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, ranking No. 15 out of 100 U.S. large companies on the Best Places to Work in 2022 list. This award is based solely on feedback from employees, who anonymously complete company reviews about their jobs, work environments and employers.
“This is humbling and exciting recognition for the Laboratory,” said APL Director Ralph Semmel. “Our staff members rose to the many challenges of another extraordinary year, and the Laboratory has grown, adapted and continued to be a place where the best and brightest want to come and stay.”
The Laboratory’s rating accounts for all current and former employee feedback posted to the site from Oct. 20, 2020, through Oct. 18, 2021, which Glassdoor termed its “most competitive year to date.” While the awards span six categories across five countries, APL’s No. 15 position is among the top 100 U.S. companies with more than 1,000 employees.
“APL works hard to build an environment where all of us feel welcome, supported and safe,” said Aili Kujawa, head of APL’s Talent Services Department and the Laboratory’s chief diversity and inclusion officer. “By valuing what each of us brings to the table and treating one other with respect and compassion, we can more effectively tackle the increasingly complex challenges facing our nation.”
When reviewing a company on Glassdoor, current and former employees voluntarily and anonymously rate their satisfaction with the company overall and with key workplace factors such as career opportunities, compensation and benefits, culture and values, senior management, diversity and inclusion and work-life balance. In addition, employees are asked to describe the best reasons to work for their companies, and to add any downsides.
During the yearlong eligibility period, employers considered for the large-company list must have received at least 75 ratings for each of the nine workplace attributes included in the awards algorithm. Glassdoor compiles the final list using its proprietary algorithm and takes into account quantity, quality and consistency of reviews. The company’s complete awards methodology can be found here.
Media contact: Amanda Zrebiec, 240-592-2794, Amanda.Zrebiec@jhuapl.edu
The Applied Physics Laboratory, a not-for-profit division of The Johns Hopkins University, meets critical national challenges through the innovative application of science and technology. For more information, visit www.jhuapl.edu.