Johnson & Johnson Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    No Place to be a Contractor

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Consultant  in  Raritan, NJ
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Raritan, NJ

    I worked at Johnson & Johnson as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    In 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    A little stale. While the compensation isn't exploitive, I think the delegation and compensation imbalance is.

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    Current Employee - Senior Designer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent, be more honest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Wonderful place to work in-name only

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    Current Employee - Mfg Engineer  in  Irwindale, CA
    Current Employee - Mfg Engineer in Irwindale, CA

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

    Pros

    Name 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.

    Cons

    All 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great Reputation but not the best management

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    Former Employee - Human Resource Partner  in  New Brunswick, NJ
    Former Employee - Human Resource Partner in New Brunswick, NJ

    I worked at Johnson & Johnson full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great Brand and benefits great people and passionate

    Cons

    Credo means nothing. Review system is bad - everyone competing against each other internally. But there seems to be a lack of accountability for performance in upper management. Large company bureaucracy and overall inattentiveness to employee needs and desires. Also good opportunities are given to young candidates in the leadership development program. If you did not come through this program good luck!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting based on friendship and not capability

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    This was a great company to work for 15-20 years ago; it became callous and duplicitous in its quest for profit.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Fort Washington, PA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Fort Washington, PA

    I worked at Johnson & Johnson full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Campus is beautiful; work/life balance policies good; company store very convenient. Pay rate good for Admins (as of 2012).

    Cons

    Company claims to follow its "Credo," but fails in practice.
    Believe company is eliminating Admin positions unless they are sub-contracted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach in your Credo.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    On paper J&J is ideal, in theory less so

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    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager  in  Skillman, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Skillman, NJ

    I worked at Johnson & Johnson full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great brands, global presence, lots of benefits

    Cons

    Cut throat culture, long hours, bad locations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about the lay people that do all the work. Stop creating work for the sake of work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    outsourced

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    Current Employee - Material Handler  in  Vacaville, CA
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Vacaville, CA

    I have been working at Johnson & Johnson full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Clean and good working environment,

    Cons

    focus on the wrong stuff, a lot of layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Life has changes

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst  in  Horsham, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Horsham, PA

    I worked at Johnson & Johnson full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good benefits and salary, good oppoitunity for younger employees

    Cons

    No longer follows the credo, more concerned with stock price than patients and employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Culture has changed over the past few years, now longer following the credo.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good friendly people but many are underqualified

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Somerville, NJ
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Somerville, NJ

    I worked at Johnson & Johnson as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Pay and hours were good, friendly employees and management. Good benefits, and opportunity to grow.

    Cons

    As an intern it was very frustrating to be under the supervision of people who seemed very underqualified, and with poor technical skills.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Finance Manager

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager  in  Raritan, NJ
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Raritan, NJ

    I have been working at Johnson & Johnson full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Hardworking finance professionals persevere despite lack of upper management's understanding that Excel should not be the primary accounting tool, especially since there is insufficient validation of financial information.

    Cons

    Antiquated systems, tools and processes. Will take 10+ years to accomplish Back to Basics. Budgets are already cut to the bone and more cuts are required despite the IT, PC, quality and supply chain issues already experienced

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't trust the numbers and information presented in the pretty power point slides!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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