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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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    Extremely Stressful

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe company itself is solid. Really good pay and benefits. Minus the stress, politics and lack of expertise, the company really is a good place to work.

    ConsUpper management really doesn't know what they are doing. Projects all around seem to fail consistently. Management decisions or lack thereof leads to a trickle down effect of failure which leads to an extremely stressful work environment. Bonuses and politics seems to drive a lot of decisions by upper management. Very disappointing because the company itself is a good place to work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Frustrating

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Raritan, NJ

    Pros-Good benefits
    - Work life balance
    - Great peers
    - Learn a lot

    Cons- Horrible leaders; if upper management is not from the US, good luck, they are discriminating and don't care about your future
    - Low pay
    - politics

    Advice to Senior Management- Change the way they grow employees and actually care for them

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

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    Meh.

    Senior Director (Former Employee)

    ProsThey are finally having a few senior corp executives come in from the outside... sorely needed

    ConsObsessed with passing money around internally, yet no real finance infrastructure to do it efficiently with, so there's 4 to 6x as many finance people as needed/typical, and other functions can't staff. Years of annual layoffs created culture of always working, yet never working.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBuild an actual strategic finance function, get the technologic house in order, step back and see the big picture.

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

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    Very contentious working environment, not the culture for me!

    Manufacturing Support Role (Current Employee) Rochester, NY

    ProsAbove-average pay for area. Flexible work schedules.

    ConsA lot of finger-pointing, "it's not my job" attitudes, aging work-force which recieves most of the better benefits. People have no problem yelling at others in the office, very intimidating environment to be a part of. Not much being done to attract and retain new blood. No training plans for new employees and poor process documentation to work with.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork on your culture! The J & J Creedo sounds nice, but it needs to be enforced in all aspects of the business. Treat new employees with the respect they deserve and at least give them a decent training experience. Mine was non-existent.

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

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    Mixed review - I found my management lacking in proper ethics

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Raynham, MA

    Prosgood science is possible with the right leadership

    Consbad culture - gossip prevails and not only hurts people's feelings but undermines their job.

    Advice to Senior Managementgo back and re-introduce J&J's CREDO, this time with sincerity. Bring back the culture of 2006-2008. Eliminate the legal difficulties with U.S. Federal Agencies; eliminate the fiasco inherent in the hip replacement business. Let something other than seeking double-digit growth at all cost dominate your minds.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good pay but you work for it.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood pay, medical and benefits.

    ConsPoor work life balance. Always working.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Fair Prespective

    Director (Former Employee) New Brunswick, NJ

    ProsLarge organization, so there is a lots of mobility for learning different skills. Colleagues are typically supportive, smart and fair. Benefits, salaries and opportunities are always appropriate.Good place for advancement internal as well as external.

    ConsResurgence of cliques, networks and back door dealings. This is a unintend consequence of a significant HR effort to building teams...what actually was created was a system of cross company networing that was based purely on how quickly you could accelerate each others career regardless of realistic outcomes. Essentially, if you are part of the crowd, you could get fast tracked, slick presentations, get to the numbers as fast as you could, all sizzle no steak mentality... results... poor decisions on quality, sales, and business strategies.. short term personal promotion versus the long term company success.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt is an excellent company and it will swing back towards is Core Credo values, but it needs to understand that values are evolving and changning and loyalities to company and credos change. While the Credo doesn't need an update, the engagement and enrollment of employees to the Credo does need to change. It needs acknowledge individual values that are different than companies and work to align better.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A little stale. While the compensation isn't exploitive, I think the delegation and compensation imbalance is.

    Senior Designer (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGood people, generally. There are a lot of smart people working below capacity.

    ConsLack of design focus. J&J needs to wake up as an organization and realize business and design are connected at the hip.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more transparent, be more honest.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    No Place to be a Contractor

    IT Consultant (Former Employee) Raritan, NJ

    ProsLooks good on the resume. It is possible to make some contacts there since they hire a lot of contractors.

    ConsIn the global IT building they created a separate "hotel" area for contractors to sit in. Fine, but the catch was that there were no assigned seats. So it was a mad dash every morning to find a chair that wasn't broken and a space to work.

    Then there were monthly inspections where 2-3 people would come to each cube and see if you had personal things in view. If they saw anything deemed "personal" they'd take the items and throw them away. Calendars were taken down, stray pieces of paper, pads, etc. If I hadn't experienced it personally, I'd never have believed it was actually being done.

    Contractors are not partners there. There's no sense of being part of a team or of having your contributions matter at all. But it was impossible not to be pulled into politics and petty squabbles that the management spends a lot of time being engaged in. Hard to show up everyday knowing your work doesn't matter, knowing your suggestions or advice will be unheeded (or sometimes negatively received).

    There were no opportunities to learn or be part of anything. Pretty much you were just expected to show up, obey orders and not ask questions. And if you saw a problem, you weren't to mention it. If you did mention it, no one cared anyway because you were just a contractor. And let's not mention the lack of adherence to standards and regulations - which isn't so good if you're supposed to care about compliance.

    This will probably seem exaggerated because it really does sound ridiculous. But not only is it true, but it's only a small part of what I saw go on there. Not sure what the issue is inside that place, but there are big problems.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a hard look at what's going on throughout the ranks. Just don't listen to what the managers are telling you -- or believe those Powerpoint presentations that say everything is fine. It's not.

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

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    Wonderful place to work in-name only

    Mfg Engineer (Current Employee) Irwindale, CA

    ProsName recognition. This place took off after JNJ bought out Biowebster. Great place to put on your resume. Great selling point to land the next career. Products are mature, though still have low mfg yield & serious compliant issues.

    ConsAll co's have office politics but this place ranks near the ocean floor but still beat SpongeBob SquarePant. Stay low-key unless they call your name out. Dont complain. Just do the minimum not to get fired. The lobby is so tight; I am embarassed to show where I work to my networking suppliers. I could smell anti-perspirants or deodorants from visitors as soon as they walk in. Great for winters as it creates cozy & warm atmosphere:):):). The culture here is NO CHANGE. Dont fight with the old-timer big boys. They will find ways to get rid of you, F/T or contract making no difference. H.R ppl here are non-existent or useless. They never hear from you & you dont want to hear from them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAsk our Post office employees. They give some good advices on how to run a business:):):)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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