Johnson & Johnson Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Better than most

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Coordinator in Raritan, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Coordinator in Raritan, NJ

    I have been working at Johnson & Johnson full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    J & J is better than most companies.....

    Cons

    J & J has steadily gone down hill in employee satisfaction over the last 10 years. It is a co that seems to lay-off every couple years then turn around and hire......seems to be a pattern. Very difficult to move internally.....the application process is almost worse than applying to an external co. HR is worthless, Recruiting even worse. Complaining about unfair practices is a big mistake, nothing ever done by HR and then management finds ways to make your life miserable. Arbitrary ratings, one boss likes you---you get a stellar rating....the next one trying to cut the budget, gives you a lower rating (and thus saves money on salary/bonus structure).

    Advice to Management

    If we are credo based, everyone (from the top down) should be credo based.

  2. Helpful (1)

    J&J employs 4,000+ IT employees and provides all with excellent work opportunities, training, supervision

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Senior IT Project Manager- Contrac in Raritan, NJ
    Former Contractor - Senior IT Project Manager- Contrac in Raritan, NJ

    I worked at Johnson & Johnson as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting IT project assignments in consumer, medical devices and pharmaceuticals. Promotes from within. Strong skills training and employee development

    Cons

    Constant change yearly as new companies are acquired and merged into the organization. New IT managers from acquired firms are not willing to take risks after many have been let go. Some Full Time employees (business) consider IT contractors as "hired help" and are not willing to cooperate fully during projects.

    Advice to Management

    Improve management of supply of IT contractors with ongoing demand for IT talent and reassign IT contractors within NJ locations as they finish one contract; rather than having this talent exit and have to reapply later for a new contract in another part of organization. Consider an internal contract web site where IT and other functional consultants can see postings for contract assignments that they can apply for...just as FT employees can see posted FT openings.

  3. A wonderful family-oriented company with terrific benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Raritan, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Raritan, NJ

    I have been working at Johnson & Johnson full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    J&J has a very strong Credo, which the company, and it's employees take very seriously. Within that Credo, it mentions Customer, Communities, Employees, and Stockholders, in that order. Each year, the Company conducts a credo survey of all it's employees, and the anonymized results of that survey are made public, and addressed accordingly. It's very effective.

    Cons

    Leadership within IT should stay focused on the long-term welfare of it's employees. Employees are a very long-term investment, and should be viewed as such.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Not what it used to be

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Various in Raritan, NJ
    Current Employee - Various in Raritan, NJ

    I have been working at Johnson & Johnson full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive benefits and compensation
    Global organization presents varied experiences

    Cons

    Middle layers of organization getting condensed leaving very little opportunity for advancement beyond the Manager level. Highly political environment in which you will only succeed if you kiss up to those above you. No need to remain loyal to the company as they have proven time and again they are not loyal to you.
    Also, with the elimination of roles, the workload has remained the same so get ready to work lots of overtime. When I have asked management which of my tasks to prioritize, I have been told, "they are all important." How is that for leadership?
    Every function reports to different functional leaders so this is the place for you if you want to have no idea what the objectives are or the plan to achieve them. The goals seemingly change weekly. It is horribly run and I lost all faith in leadership. They don't walk the talk. They talk out of both sides of their mouth and you wind up with goals that are not feasible. They sound really good though. Ha!
    Most of the role are largely thankless. Despite putting in long hours and delivering against key projects, don't hold your breath for a pat on the back or a thank you.
    Your success is all about networking with the right people. Even when they post a position internally (per company policy), chances are they have already selected the candidate for the role.
    If you align yourself with the wrong people and they don't succeed, get ready to go down with the ship. I've seen it happen time and again.

    Advice to Management

    Stop administering the credo survey. Given the results are the same every two years (lack of talent development, little opportunity for advancement, etc.), it seems like a waste of time. Further, I question whether the results are accurate given you basically have to identify yourself by name (company name, location, years of service with the company, function, job level, etc.). It is not anonymous as the survey claims. Find a new approach to get results you can figure out a way to improve. The needle isn't moving and the same issues persist year after year.
    Stop listening to and promoting those who tell you what you want to hear. Start holding leadership accountable to execute and deliver results. It's very sad to see what this place has become. It used to be a great place to work.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Great place to start your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Raritan, NJ
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Raritan, NJ

    I worked at Johnson & Johnson full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Great work/life balance, working over 40hrs per week wasn't necessary
    -Great benefits and they really care about their employees
    -Great chance to network with leaders in the Leadership Development Programs
    -Chance to work on products that save lives and improve people's lives

    Cons

    -HUGE company, so changes can be slow and checks and balances can delay projects
    -Has some bureaucracy, especially closer to the corporate business units
    -While some employees are very sharp and work hard, others can be the opposite

  7. Told us not to expect promotion; Good company to "Lean Out"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Raritan, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Raritan, NJ

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fair pay and good benefits. Mediocre performance is sufficient to be seen as a good employee. Good place to have a job and have a life. Candid with employee about not to expect promotion, so we don't have false hope. Silver lining is that I can comfortably lean out, because I no longer need to impress anyone.

    Cons

    No career growth, and management is aware of the problem for years, yet no noticeable improvement. To be fair, the Credo never mention job satisfaction or career growth. Culture takes some getting use to: Encountered several cases of work place bullies, and they are rewarded to be aggressive and abusive toward others by promotions and movement across the company. Even nicer coworkers have the bad habit of interrupting when others are speaking, again, because the louder people are rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Seek out those who bring bad news and complaints and reward their courage for speaking up. They are your only defense against complacency. Stamp out simple-minded optimism that sounds warm and comfortable, and demand critical thinking instead. Harness the power of vigilance and dissatisfaction, what others might call "negativity".

  8. Overall it was a very good experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - IT Co-Op in Raritan, NJ
    Current Intern - IT Co-Op in Raritan, NJ

    I have been working at Johnson & Johnson as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are nice, benefits are even better.

    Cons

    Sometimes not all directions are clear.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great company for full time employees\Not so great for contractors

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Raritan, NJ
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Raritan, NJ

    I have been working at Johnson & Johnson as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Middle management representatives are knowledgeable and will stress procedures to maintain company standards. Employees and Contractors are required to take knowledge refreshers on an annual basis. For employees, great benefits, relaxed dress code and good work\life balance. The company seems to go out of its way for full time staff members. If you want to learn about formal project management and see it in practice, this is the place to be. Raritan\Morris Plains Campuses are comfortable and well designed

    Cons

    If you are a contractor, you are a replaceable resource and nothing more. Resources are frequently stretched and it is not unusual for contractors to be pulled to multiple projects. Work\life is good for employees because contractors get the grunt work. Political and cultural bias, depending on the group that you are in, certainly exists and is practiced openly. Hard work will be recognized by some managers, but compliments don't come frequently.

    Advice to Management

    I applaud management's efforts to make the environment friendly and comfortable for employees. Hopefully, they will recognize that contractors contribute to the success of the company and should receive some recognition for their efforts. I would also suggest that management take a realistic look at their environment and "talk to everyone" if they really want to improve diversity and team work.

  10. Helpful (1)

    It was a good place to work...until they laid me off.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raritan, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raritan, NJ

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and lots of diverse businesses.

    Cons

    JNJ can be quite rigid at times, and it's hard to collaborate between the many operating companies. JNJ is also run by the bean counters, and decisions that they make don't always make sense to the rest of us.

    Advice to Management

    Question the finance numbers and what they tell you to do. Does it pass the red face test? Are there hard to quantify variables (like quality!) that are not considered? Too often, JNJ doesn't think past the $$$.

  11. Johnson and Johnson experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Assistant Scientist in Raritan, NJ
    Current Contractor - Assistant Scientist in Raritan, NJ

    I have been working at Johnson & Johnson as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Its a job and in this economy that is a rare thing.

    Cons

    No benefits offered as a contract worker

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