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Johnson & Johnson Reviews

Updated November 6, 2014
Updated November 6, 2014
1,449 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 126 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is not great and we seem chronically understaffed (in 58 reviews)

  • J & J has steadily gone down hill in employee satisfaction over the last 10 years (in 87 reviews)

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  1.  

    Sinking Ship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Financial Analyst in Skillman, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Financial Analyst in Skillman, NJ

    I have been working at Johnson & Johnson

    Pros

    Flexible work hours and easy to take time off. Great benefits.

    Cons

    J&J has an incredible reputation to the outside world as a great company to work for both socially and personally. People think the compensation is "competitive" and believe in the strong sense of corporate responsibility and the Credo J&J follows but that is all. The compensation is competitive but the hours expected are exorbitant and do not reflect the time commitment management expects you to work. J&J is floating on their reputation alone and eventually, that to will sink.

    The growth potential with in the company is almost non-existent but i will say, because of its reputation, its a great place to start out. Other companies truly believe that J&J's finance dept is a leader in the work force which is a great scam to play off of. Use it to your advantage! The development has gone down the drain because of the limited growth potential and corresponding competitive nature. Managers are mostly concerned with their own improvement and individual growth potential of their reports are drastically weighted but their reports ability to help them get ahead. The concern for the general good of the company is out the door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Low product pipeline only one real product for next three years

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Horsham, PA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Horsham, PA

    I have been working at Johnson & Johnson

    Pros

    Good Benefits and company pension very good

    Cons

    Credo a joke for as much publicity the company reminds us
    The Call plan is really the only business plan that the company can design and it is not accurate
    Sad to see such a big company with so much potential limit itself with old ideas and not innovate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to market in specialty care market instead of primary care mentality

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is the Medical Mafia

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contract Account Manager in Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - Contract Account Manager in Bridgewater, NJ

    I have been working at Johnson & Johnson

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits with company store discounts.

    Cons

    Heavy work load, no says thank you or good job. You can never do good enough for the big medical giant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Prepare to take a beating when coming into the company, very stressful environment with constant change and poor management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Very Disappointing

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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

    Pros

    Employee Perks were acceptable, vacations and sick days were appropriate

    Cons

    Salary was way below market average. Permotion oppertunity non existant.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Johnson & Johnson what happened to your Credo

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raritan, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raritan, NJ

    I have been working at Johnson & Johnson

    Pros

    Johnson & Johnson has a tremendous history. The company is guided by a Credo which has served it very well for many decades.

    Cons

    The company has strayed from its Credo in recent years. Exectations on middle management is opressive. Benefits were previously very good but have been dramatically cut over the past several years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please read and apply the Credo. If you find that you are not aligned to the credo then other companies would be a better fit for you. This company was great becasue it had a core belief that it used to guide it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    They pay well above market because they have to

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in West Chester, PA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in West Chester, PA

    I worked at Johnson & Johnson

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, particularly pension for those with long tenure. Strong balance sheet.

    Cons

    Experiences will vary signficantly from location to location as the company is a group of some 200 + operating entities operating under 3 divisions. Gold plated balance sheet and tripple A rated bonds means the company is unlikely to encounter major financial troubles in the short to medium term. I would have no reservations purchasing their short or intermediated term bonds or even stock (pays good divident) but as a company to work for it is a totally diffrent matter. They pay well above market because they have to to keep people. Work environment is very high pressure for techical people because these departments are controlled by Marketing and they do not understand what it takes to organically develop a culture of techical innovation and growth. Impossibly short time lines for product design and testing are the norm and if there is a slip, jobs are at risk. Employees there understand this so they will cut corners and find creative ways to rationalize poor technical plans and decisions to meet time like. This is fundamentally a marketing controlled company with their biggest asset being their brand. I predict in the next 10 years, this company will become more of a brand label like Westinghouse or RCA, where their power comes from licensing the brand to other less known names. There is very little I saw internally that leads me to believe in organic internal growth. Acquisitons and divestures are an every day event with layoffs happening nearly all the time. The department I worked in, people were routinely getting sick with ulcers and other GI troubles due to work stress. Management has a very snoby attitude to employees. It is do as they tell you now or you will be out in the next round of layoffs which seems to always be less than 1 year away. There is a strong push to promote women into management and I have seen many who are technically incompentant promoted into such roles as bosses over male employees. Real technical people stay away from this company as a potential employeer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Is this a science driven company or a marketing brand company ? Need to clarify your strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Leadership in IT is very poor

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raritan, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raritan, NJ

    I worked at Johnson & Johnson

    Pros

    Good salary
    Good benefits
    In the suburbs, so traffic is pretty good

    Cons

    Very poor executive leadership overall
    Very poor IT leadership, technically ignorant

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire technically competent leaders in IT, and treat employees with respect

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work Life balance simply does not exist in marketing at JnJ

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Skillman, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Skillman, NJ

    I worked at Johnson & Johnson

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with terrific / well known brand businesses

    Cons

    Work life balance is non-existent. The company culture is not healthy and the remote location in Skillman, NJ isn't ideal if one wants to be near a large city (Philly or NYC)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to acknowledge and become fully vested in developing a better culture if it truly has the intention of stemming the extremely high rate of attrition that the Marketing Department continually experiences

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    All over the map

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Johnson & Johnson

    Pros

    In 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.

    Cons

    My 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 ManagementAdvice

    Lead 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?

    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Franklin, TN
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Franklin, TN

    I worked at Johnson & Johnson

    Pros

    Benefit 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.

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

    I 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?

    Approves of CEO

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