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Johnson & Johnson Reviews

Updated January 14, 2015
Updated January 14, 2015
1,535 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Overall work life balance is key within pretty much everyone I was in contact with (in 140 reviews)

  • I was very excited to gain employment with J&J because it is a highly coveted company (in 125 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is not great and we seem chronically understaffed (in 59 reviews)

  • J & J has steadily gone down hill in employee satisfaction over the last 10 years (in 88 reviews)

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  1.  

    Extremely Stressful

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Johnson & Johnson

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Upper 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Frustrating

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raritan, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raritan, NJ

    I worked at Johnson & Johnson part-time (less than a year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - Change the way they grow employees and actually care for them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Meh.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Director
    Former Employee - Senior Director

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Obsessed 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 ManagementAdvice

    Build an actual strategic finance function, get the technologic house in order, step back and see the big picture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Very contentious working environment, not the culture for me!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Support Role in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Support Role in Rochester, NY

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

    Pros

    Above-average pay for area. Flexible work schedules.

    Cons

    A 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 ManagementAdvice

    Work 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Mixed review - I found my management lacking in proper ethics

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raynham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raynham, MA

    I worked at Johnson & Johnson full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    good science is possible with the right leadership

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    go 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good pay but you work for it.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Johnson & Johnson full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, medical and benefits.

    Cons

    Poor work life balance. Always working.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Fair Prespective

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in New Brunswick, NJ
    Former Employee - Director in New Brunswick, NJ

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

    Pros

    Large 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.

    Cons

    Resurgence 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 ManagementAdvice

    It 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  10. 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 (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
  11.  

    Wonderful place to work in-name only

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mfg Engineer in Irwindale, CA
    Current Employee - Mfg Engineer in Irwindale, CA

    I have been working at Johnson & Johnson full-time (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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