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Great

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Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Houston, TX
Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX

Pros

Great environment, good working culture

Cons

Long hours, other than that everything is good

Recommends
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    A Mixed Bag

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Horsham, PA
    Current Employee - Manager in Horsham, PA

    Pros

    The company still has a good reputation and attracts talented individuals. Co-workers are very good at what they do and take pride in their contributions. Pay and benefits are good and most people are very congenial to work with. Seems to have a great pipeline and unlike other Pharmas has not been majorly impacted by the so-called patent cliff. This year alone there have been 3-4 new product launches which is unheard of in today's Pharma companies.

    Cons

    Many remain in their jobs for a very long time without promotion or recognition. It seems that management would rather hire from outside versus promote from within. Even contractors tend to have a better chance of getting the job over talented permanent employees. Hiring tends to be either over-qualified or under-qualified and there's no HR support whatsoever. New hires often have to fend for themselves as management has no clue how to properly onboard new people.

    As a manager, you end up doing much menial and tedious work and there's not a lot emphasis on making things better. There's so much CYA work that it becomes difficult to identify continuous improvement opportunities let alone drive through these changes.

    The organization is also very heirarchical. There seems to be a belief that you have to be an Associate Director or higher in order to make independent decisions. Otherwise, you'd better clear it with those higher level people or you're in danger of disciplinary action. Management also tends to micro-manage as they don't have as much trust in their employees as they should have and are constantly following up to make sure you did what you were supposed to do and when you were supposed to do it.

    Another problem here is the prolific decentralization. The concepts of strategic systems and shared services are foreign despite the inefficiencies it yields to have so many different systems and processes to work through.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    J&J's too big to be this decentralized and needs to develop a model of central controls with decentralized decision making in order to gain efficiencies and drive quality standards. Learn to trust your people - especially when they've demonstrated the capability to do good work without significant supervision. Look first to promote from within before you look for talent outside. Empower and hold your HR department responsible for doing their jobs effectively. And finally, develop a strong IT organization that focuses on supporting and serving the business.

    Approves of CEO
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    scientist

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    Current Employee - Scientist  in  Skillman, NJ
    Current Employee - Scientist in Skillman, NJ

    Pros

    work from home, gym, company store and child care on-site

    Cons

    If your not in the 'in crowd" plan to never be promoted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire more little people to do the work... too many chiefs not enough indians

    No opinion of CEO
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