Johnson & Johnson

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Johnson & Johnson Reviews

Updated Jul 26, 2014
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3.6 1,300 reviews

89% Approve of the CEO

Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky

Alex Gorsky

(339 ratings)

77% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Campus is beautiful; work/life balance policies good; company store very convenient(in 123 reviews)

  • I was very excited to gain employment with J&J because it is a highly coveted company(in 111 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is not great and we seem chronically understaffed(in 55 reviews)

  • In consumer sector what ever Walmart wants is what J&J will do even at a lose(in 82 reviews)

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    Innovation, Development, and Human Decency is Lacking

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsVested in pension program at 5 years
    Hardworking individual contributor employees with great passion and talent
    Strong brand equity for many of the brands

    ConsSomeone else had a similar comment... if you are unhappy with your treatment by management - don't go to management - keep your mouth shut, keep your head down, and move on! If you want to move within J&J get ready to kiss up to your manager to get a good review and then move on to something else after 18 months - assuming they don't block your move. HR will always side with management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you want to retain good talent, you will need to ask more questions, keep your eyes open and worry more about retaining good talent that can positively impact the company than pleasing the managers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The J&J way...

    Market Research Manager (Current Employee) Skillman, NJ

    ProsSalary, strong brands
    *this review is for J&J Consumer*

    Consvacation time, work locations, HR process (how many tools can this group come up with that don't link to one another?)

    J&J is talking a good talk about making some changes, being more focused on customers and retailers, and game changing innovation. The reality is that most of senior management and a solid majority of the rank and file have been there their entire careers. Their openness to change or any outside perspective must be J&J-ified and sold across unbelievable levels of the organization to even be understood. You'll spend most of your time in meetings aligning on tactics (that they call strategies) and will still find down the line that no one was on the same page.

    It is pretty hard to tell if you'll fit in this culture through interviews and J&J itself couldn't verbalize their culture to outside candidates. However, I would say that change agent and innovative personalities should probably think twice about J&J as a good fit.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Mass exodus

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Rogers, AR

    ProsGreat Benefits
    Flex Time
    Good Comp
    Strong Brands
    Great People
    Comitted people
    Great Work Place
    Healthy Snacks
    Retirement Plan and Lifetime Health Care

    ConsStrong focus on who you know and for how long. Lack of diversity and appreciation for new ideas. Challenging business to work on.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to move forward to deliver clear strategy and to solve some of the systemic business issues. More recognition of small accomplishments would be appreciated.

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    Sinking Ship

    Associate Financial Analyst (Current Employee) Skillman, NJ

    ProsFlexible work hours and easy to take time off. Great benefits.

    ConsJ&J has an incredible reputation to the outside world as a great company to work for both socially and personally. People think the compensation is "competitive" and believe in the strong sense of corporate responsibility and the Credo J&J follows but that is all. The compensation is competitive but the hours expected are exorbitant and do not reflect the time commitment management expects you to work. J&J is floating on their reputation alone and eventually, that to will sink.

    The growth potential with in the company is almost non-existent but i will say, because of its reputation, its a great place to start out. Other companies truly believe that J&J's finance dept is a leader in the work force which is a great scam to play off of. Use it to your advantage! The development has gone down the drain because of the limited growth potential and corresponding competitive nature. Managers are mostly concerned with their own improvement and individual growth potential of their reports are drastically weighted but their reports ability to help them get ahead. The concern for the general good of the company is out the door.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Low product pipeline only one real product for next three years

    Sales Representative (Current Employee) Horsham, PA

    ProsGood Benefits and company pension very good

    ConsCredo a joke for as much publicity the company reminds us
    The Call plan is really the only business plan that the company can design and it is not accurate
    Sad to see such a big company with so much potential limit itself with old ideas and not innovate

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn how to market in specialty care market instead of primary care mentality

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It is the Medical Mafia

    Contract Account Manager (Current Employee) Bridgewater, NJ

    ProsGood pay and benefits with company store discounts.

    ConsHeavy work load, no says thank you or good job. You can never do good enough for the big medical giant.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPrepare to take a beating when coming into the company, very stressful environment with constant change and poor management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very Disappointing

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Raritan, NJ

    ProsEmployee Perks were acceptable, vacations and sick days were appropriate

    ConsSalary was way below market average. Permotion oppertunity non existant.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Johnson & Johnson what happened to your Credo

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Raritan, NJ

    ProsJohnson & Johnson has a tremendous history. The company is guided by a Credo which has served it very well for many decades.

    ConsThe company has strayed from its Credo in recent years. Exectations on middle management is opressive. Benefits were previously very good but have been dramatically cut over the past several years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease read and apply the Credo. If you find that you are not aligned to the credo then other companies would be a better fit for you. This company was great becasue it had a core belief that it used to guide it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    They pay well above market because they have to

    Principal Engineer (Former Employee) West Chester, PA

    ProsGood pay and benefits, particularly pension for those with long tenure. Strong balance sheet.

    ConsExperiences will vary signficantly from location to location as the company is a group of some 200 + operating entities operating under 3 divisions. Gold plated balance sheet and tripple A rated bonds means the company is unlikely to encounter major financial troubles in the short to medium term. I would have no reservations purchasing their short or intermediated term bonds or even stock (pays good divident) but as a company to work for it is a totally diffrent matter. They pay well above market because they have to to keep people. Work environment is very high pressure for techical people because these departments are controlled by Marketing and they do not understand what it takes to organically develop a culture of techical innovation and growth. Impossibly short time lines for product design and testing are the norm and if there is a slip, jobs are at risk. Employees there understand this so they will cut corners and find creative ways to rationalize poor technical plans and decisions to meet time like. This is fundamentally a marketing controlled company with their biggest asset being their brand. I predict in the next 10 years, this company will become more of a brand label like Westinghouse or RCA, where their power comes from licensing the brand to other less known names. There is very little I saw internally that leads me to believe in organic internal growth. Acquisitons and divestures are an every day event with layoffs happening nearly all the time. The department I worked in, people were routinely getting sick with ulcers and other GI troubles due to work stress. Management has a very snoby attitude to employees. It is do as they tell you now or you will be out in the next round of layoffs which seems to always be less than 1 year away. There is a strong push to promote women into management and I have seen many who are technically incompentant promoted into such roles as bosses over male employees. Real technical people stay away from this company as a potential employeer.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIs this a science driven company or a marketing brand company ? Need to clarify your strategy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Leadership in IT is very poor

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Raritan, NJ

    ProsGood salary
    Good benefits
    In the suburbs, so traffic is pretty good

    ConsVery poor executive leadership overall
    Very poor IT leadership, technically ignorant

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire technically competent leaders in IT, and treat employees with respect

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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