Johnson & Johnson Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. Highly-recognized company to work for with interesting projects, but plenty of shortcomings too

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    Former Contractor - IT Consultant in Raritan, NJ
    Former Contractor - IT Consultant in Raritan, NJ

    I worked at Johnson & Johnson as a contractor

    Pros

    Many of these things have been mentioned before by others...... In short, come to get the experience and say you had the experience.

    -A Fortune 50, highly recognized company to work for. Proven history, specifically around the company's mission and corporate social responsibility (Credo), that you will see cited in any number of business cases. In short, it looks great on a resume to have this experience.

    -Global reach with the ability to work with users from around the world and different teams on a near daily basis.

    -Great exposure to different cultures and project management techniques, such as agile and Kanban, with the ability to work on interesting projects.

    -Contract hourly rates are fairly generous, albeit coming with the trade-off of no benefits and other perks, unless you work with a recruiter / firm that offers them (not through JNJ). Some positions might offer the flexibility to telecommute, especially in the IT department, which is good.

    Cons

    Likewise, many have been mentioned in previous reviews.....

    -A highly matrixed organization that is just full of politics. Kudos to those who have time to navigate all of it; seems like a full time job in and of itself. Causes much misalignment and mismanagement at various levels. Who feels empowered to make decisions here?! Simply put, communication could use some work. A big concern...

    -As someone else mentioned, it is hard not to get caught up in petty squabbles, which is especially challenging as a consultant employee brought on for a limited tenure. Nobody wants a project to fail, but it is a challenge to care as deeply as someone who has a permanent role, pending any layoffs or dismissal for other reasons, especially knowing that there are little chances for permanent employment. You may get approached for work on different contracts, which may continue for a maximum of two years at a time. After two years, there is a policy which states that you must leave the company (unless they are hired permanently - again, slim) for six months prior to returning. So, it could be good to work on different things and bounce around from project to project if that is what you like doing

    -As a consultant, there is little sense of teamwork and collaboration. A big ol' club that YOU are not a part of because of your temporary working situation. The "hoteling system" iin the Raritan IT building is a good example; makes you feel as if you are outcasted, not apart of the team in which you were hired to work with because they sit elsewhere. Truly feels like a call center --- loud, stuffy, crammed workstations with two or three people to one tiny cube... completely unappealing. Also, some employees are downright apathetic about what is going on (understandable due to the trend of cutting jobs and outsourcing them to temporary workers or overseas, but isn't that business, in general, nowadays?), standoffish, or are quick to throw others under the bus. Doesn't add up for a pleasant working experience, at times.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Wasn't for me

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    Former Employee - Brand Management
    Former Employee - Brand Management

    I worked at Johnson & Johnson

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Social culture

    Cons

    Lack of good data management systems
    Meeting heavy culture
    Rewards extroversion
    Frequent rotations lead to loss of knowledge (no one person has a full understanding of the history of a brand)
    Slow career progression

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better data management systems and Increased knowledge sharing among brand teams, functions and business units would lead to greater efficiency
    Create a culture that supports a diversity of personality types

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. This place is very good to work at.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Johnson & Johnson

    Pros

    It's fun and exciting environment.

    Cons

    Slow work and long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice to management

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  5. Not the best experience

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    Current Employee - Regulatory Specialist
    Current Employee - Regulatory Specialist

    I have been working at Johnson & Johnson full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Pretty good benefits, less politics than other places
    Great pipeline so no worries about company future
    People are generally friendly

    Cons

    Processes overload
    More effort required to go through the hoops than getting any actual work done
    Don't believe the credo

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplification

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. you come to work and do the work and leave the work that is all

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Johnson & Johnson (more than a year)

    Pros

    good company with benefit, close to home

    Cons

    lot of work, no life balance, high expectation

  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Old school company

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Raritan, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Raritan, NJ

    I worked at Johnson & Johnson

    Pros

    Benefits and compensation are not awful. Big company is good for networking, and there is a large family of current and former J&J employees.

    Cons

    Very political, old school mentality around advancement. The adage "it's not what you know it's who you know" is very applicable here. The company was founded on this old school boys club approach, and it's not leaving any time soon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees for what they contribute and try a little positive reinforcement. Stand by that credo you so value, or get rid of it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    well paid, but unrealistic workload

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    Former Employee - Manager in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Manager in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at Johnson & Johnson

    Pros

    high standards across the organization, great benefits and pay; usually budgets for work projects are adequate

    Cons

    consistently long hours, well beyond 40 hours a week; unrealistic work load that never goes away

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When people are always working late and coming in early, week after week, month after month, that should be a sign that the workload is crushing ... people can't do that forever. Short-term, yes. Permanently, no. More and more VPs work remotely, at the office 3 days per month max, with crazy workload, makes leadership seem disconnected and insensitive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. You have a huge autonomy but it's difficult to evolve without strong political support.

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    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Paris (France)

    I have been working at Johnson & Johnson full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Autonomy, reputation of the company

    Cons

    political, many reorganizations, difficult to survive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on skills, know-how more than on connections

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. Low motivating place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Johnson & Johnson

    Pros

    Pay is above average market rate

    Cons

    Poor people management for my dept

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being self centered

    Neutral Outlook
  11. Sweat Shop

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    Current Employee - Quality Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Johnson & Johnson full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work is challenging and interesting

    Cons

    Fast pace with minimal resources and long hours of work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Poor work life balance with limited appreciation/recognition

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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