Johnson & Johnson

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Johnson & Johnson Reviews

Updated Jun 3, 2014
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3.6 1,294 reviews

89% Approve of the CEO

Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky

Alex Gorsky

(337 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 122 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 respected, but there are high expectations to get a lot done(in 54 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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    All over the map

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Irvine, CA

    ProsIn addition to having amazing benefits, JnJ staff is usually "the best of the best." I started my career early on at JnJ, and feel that I've learned so much because of the high standards set by my peers. JnJ also has great programs for continuing education.

    Really, there are more pros than cons.

    ConsMy cons are likely unique to my specific operating company. There is very little work-life balance for upper management despite the Credo stating it's needed. In my experience, the management in Quality doesn't value input from employees because suggestions for improvement = identification of problems = forced to take action. People who say the least seem to advance.

    However, other departments value their employees more.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLead by example. Upper management is great, but too many middle managers would throw you under the bus to get ahead and treat their employees very disrespectfully. I've had great reviews every year, yet was told I can't advance because "that's just how the department is-- you have to transfer." How is that okay?

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    Proud to work at J & J and loyal to the company and its Credo. But J & J didn't care and I found cancer in the Credo

    Sales Representative (Former Employee) Franklin, TN

    ProsBenefit package. Large company and therefore resources are available which aren't found at smaller/less successful companies. Job & Technical training is done often and is high-quality if the facilitator is qualified. Company places a high value on community involvement not only in what they say but also in what additional community-related activities each employee is required to participate in. Diversity is also championed in certain parts of the company and many of J & J's 200-plus operating companies do a fine job of seeking candidates from all walks of life. You may have at your disposal many products for which you have no responsibility to to offer or "sample" as sweeteners to customers as an additional benefit of choosing to do business to J & J. Sales teams are relatively small and work well together. Sales territories are reasonably small in a general sense. Letting prospective customers know you work for J & J seems to have a great deal of weight and your credibility can be enhanced simply by who your employer is.

    ConsManagement at the top of the J & J family of companies is first-rate and the most impressive you'll find anywhere....but...managers found at some of the operating companies can be poor leaders, communicators and decision makers. Do well and you'll invariably be approached regarding new and more substantial responsibilities......but don't hold your breath. You'll "hear" all the right things regarding career advancement due to performance but there's little sincerity and less action behind their promises. Base salaries are lower than industry standard and the "sales pitch" you'll be given about potential compensation only applies to less than 2% of employees.....not most of them like you''ll be lead to believe. J & J is slow...very slow....to respond to employee concerns, comments or ideas and isn't much faster responding to changing market conditions. Management is very consistent in their delivery of the corporate messaging but is as transparent as saran wrap and don't even think about questioning the status-quo. J & J doesn't want employees who are capable of coming up with valid, well thought-out idea that could really make a positive impact on the company and it's business results......that's what they pay their executives for. J & J believes there is only one way of doing business and they'll spend a great deal of time defining that "way" while micro-managing how each employee should perform the simplest of tasks. They don't need your individuality and unique ideas, thank you very much. They have the process. They simply need those who can execute it without every questioning whether or not there might be a better way. J & J is "process oriented" not "results oriented" and don't be fooled into thinking otherwise.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI found the leadership at the higher levels of J & J to be qualified, insightful, brilliant, savvy and genuinely interested in the employees at all levels. They are the greatest example of how J & J does things differently and in the most ethical and responsible way possible.
    Regrettably, those qualities of a great J & J leader have not trickled down to leadership at many of their operating companies. I challenge J & J executives in the "tower" to accurately determine the quality of mid-level leaders by reviewing not only the results they get from their teams...but also by the manner with which they lead, the environment they create, the loyalty the engender & how well they adhere to each specific point outlined in the Credo. For that's the J & J way, is it not?

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    Weak Talent and Moral

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsOne of the good thing about working for Johnson & Johnson is that you get to learn a lot since the organization follows a decentralized structure with businesses in CPG, Medical devices and Pharma. As a result you definitely will get to interact with alot of professionals from different background.

    ConsJohnson & Johnson lags behind in innovation (considering its size and reputation). Also the organization suffers from way too much politics and weak mid-senior talent. Furthermore, Johnson & Johnson (from my experience) has a very weak internal talent development program. Anyone who is smart and bright tends to have better success at another company than within.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire better senior leaders - ones that will treat people with respect and understand how to develop internal talent.

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    Staff Engineer (Current Employee) Warsaw, IN

    ProsGood response time from Warsaw Fire Department during drills
    Clean facility
    Excellent soup in the cafeteria!
    Walkways are kept salted during winter

    ConsAt DePuy in Warsaw, many of the managers, but not all, simply do not care about their employees well-being. Indeed, the former are more concerned with maintenance of a high standard of living (including the essential stay-at-home spouse) in this low-cost region. Considerable overtime required to meet deadlines for overaccelerated projects. The company makes liberal use of contractor and temp employees, but no real effort is made to increase permanent employee headcount. The performance rating scale is highly subjective and ranges from 1-9: 1-3 (you're leaving soon), 4-6 (you're working hard), 7-8 (you're wearing knee pads), 9 is off limits.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWe want to redefine the leading-edge in orthopaedics and make reliable implants all of the time. This is what we studied in school for, relocated our families here for, breathe in day and night. But it is impossible when you keep cutting resources, and mistakes then happen.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    less than expected

    Financial Analyst (Current Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    Pros-Competitive Salary
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    -Training
    -Growth and development opportunities
    -A lot good people
    -Credo
    -Job security
    -family focus

    Cons-Poor talent management
    -No feedback
    -Bureaucratic
    -Top heavy
    -Hierarchical Organization
    -Promotions based on seniority rather than performance
    -lack of respect

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement could gain a lot if they took the time to listen to their employees. More than the Credo Survey!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Live Your Credo

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Redwood City, CA

    ProsThe salaries paid are in line with other large pharmaceutical companies. The benefits are somewhat better than most other companies I've worked for.

    ConsManagement doesn't listen to employees. There is a lack of concern shown by management for its employees' welfare although Johnson & Johnson professes to care about its employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease get back to your roots. Practice your Credo, don't just say you do. It would be nice if the company wasn't run by sales and marketing people who are mostly concerned about making their sales forecasts.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Johnson and Johnson I/T

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Jacksonville, FL

    ProsGood pay, good benefits, such as medical, dental, pension, 401K, and paying for training.
    As stable a company as you can get these days.

    ConsI/T is becoming too centralized for groups who support an Operating Company with specific requirements on how they run their business. It's OK to consolidate where it makes sense, but, standardizing, outsourcing, and globalizing is happening to point where it is and will impact the business.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't reorganize and outsource too much. Our company will cost cut our employees to the point we will end up like McNeil with a huge recall and a closed plant.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    IT department is Toxic

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Raritan, NJ

    ProsThe company has a deep vein of tradition and heritage... And produced life- changing products.

    ConsThe former culture of credo-based behavior and actions is almost completely gone - particularly in IT. And the most disheartening aspect of this trend is that it feels like it's driven not by commercial (cost saving) goals, but rather by the enormous ego of the CIO. Truly sad.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWise up. Nobody expects you to carry dead weight for the sake of tradition. But you've lost some of the best and most dedicated employees - at all levels because of ego and self-congratulatory execs. Don't ever let the CIO onto the executive committee. And pay attention to quality in IT. That's a small hole that could sink a large ship.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Company is falling apart

    Analyst (Current Employee) Horsham, PA

    ProsBenefits and compensation, respected company

    ConsPoor management, layoffs, quality issues, integrity lacking, limited to no development opps

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    More cons than pros

    Senior Financial Analyst (Former Employee) Horsham, PA

    ProsIts a well known company it has been a great selling point on my resume as I am looking for jobs outside of the corporation. The benefits and compensation were high compared to competitors, but with all the layoffs and cutbacks, it may not be true for very much longer.

    ConsIt is very political. You get promoted based on who you know and not what you know. Many times really competent people get passed over for promotion and somebody less qualified gets the job. Then when that person doesn't perform well as a manager, their direct reports get blamed. The decentralized nature of the company which is supposedly to keep it nimble doesn't work. The many units are still slow, risk adverse, and not innovative.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHold managers accountable for high employee turnover or patterns of low performance ratings in their departments. Be more proactive to changing things before they fall apart.

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