Johnson & Johnson Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
1,348 Reviews

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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Young job seekers look Elsewhere.......

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    Current Employee - Underwriter  in  Mount Pleasant, SC
    Current Employee - Underwriter in Mount Pleasant, SC

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

    Pros

    They have a good company culture "in theory". If senior management, would practice what they preach they could create a great work environment.

    Cons

    I have been working here 5 years, I came to this company with two years insurance experience after graduating college with a risk management degree. They talk about how we are growing and there is room for advancement...... what they don't tell you is, it is reserved for their 20 something year old kids. I have 7 years of experience and have not even reached the level of senior underwriter yet the 25 year old “son” with less than 2 years of experience is now a Vice President. The turnover here is high and only going to get worse, don't walk but RUN from this company…

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take stock in your good employees before you lose them, your actions speak louder than words. If you do not change your ways you will wind up with a company full of employees who are either too lazy or too stupid to go elsewhere. You want to be a billion dollar company, you are not going to get there this way

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Going down like Titanic

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist  in  Skillman, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Skillman, NJ

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

    Pros

    Company store, co-workers, site was nice.

    Cons

    Everyone seems concerned with saving themselves, backstabbing, very unethical behavior and bosses that do not care about employees. Just dump the work on and see if they sink or swim. Ask for help and get a formal reprimand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the Credo. Pay attention to employees. You are not trying to better your employees or department, but covering yourself from the ax that is falling.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Can Never Get Management Alignment

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    Former Employee - IT Director  in  New Brunswick, NJ
    Former Employee - IT Director in New Brunswick, NJ

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

    Pros

    The Health Benefits are good but company match on the 401K is subpar (75% match up to 6% employee contribution)

    Cons

    Credo values are a farce, Management has degraded substantially over the past 10 years, The IT function is being outsourced, Management alignment across affiliates is impossible to attain on major initiatives, The company wants you to be accountable without giving you the authority to get the job done (a lose/lose situation).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Align back office functions better and be more autocratic. Without that your employees are spinning in their jobs and wasting their time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Very disappointing place to be

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Johnson & Johnson full-time

    Pros

    None, very negative environment to work in with little opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Too much focus in cost cutting to meet wall street expectation. Very "old-school" mentality when i comes to career progression

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about the long term game when making you decisions to meet short term expectations

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    very poor experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Johnson & Johnson full-time

    Pros

    good salary if you negotiate well before joining JnJ, promotions and raises are very difficult after that

    Cons

    people are just numbers. no respect to people. very closed to new ideas. old fashion leadership style. politics predominates over competence. having trouble to adjust and change to face new market/competition challenges

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look outside what others are doing/have done - stop benchmarking only internally. have the courage to say No , stop saying only Yes to bosses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Product Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good benefits (pension, medical, dental...), good salary, good location, some good people, opportunities to move between different op-cos, some good products,

    Cons

    Senior management has no clue about what is going on, no strategic view, Credo is just the talk. Middle management is not strong in terms of technical and management, all is about politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something that make sense, not just the "big" talk

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Don't Believe the Hype - bad place to work

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    Former Employee - Regional Sales Director  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Director in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Good external image; it is false.

    Cons

    Lack of innovation, too much bureaucracy, complete disregard to customers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of old management. Actually LIVE by the Credo, just don't mouth the words

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

    Contractors get treated very poorly

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    There are non that I can think of. Their quality assurance folks think they run the company and don't care to hurt projects which ends up hurting alot of the business units. It is sad

    Cons

    There's no leadership and too many quitting or getting fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat contractors better, hire good managers that are qualified

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Johnson & Johnson does not develop businesses

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    Former Employee - IT Project Manager  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    I didn't see any pros to working at J&J.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy. The lack of integration and consolidation. The poor customer service in IT. Too many chiefs and not enough Indians.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of your outsourced IT. It's not working.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Lack of leadership in the Pharma group

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    Current Employee - Global Marketing  in  Raritan, NJ
    Current Employee - Global Marketing in Raritan, NJ

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

    Pros

    Good salary and bonus structure

    Cons

    Crazy global pharmaceutical leadership can't make up their minds, and when they do, it's often a lousy decision. They pursue deals based on poor decision making processes or based on cronyism and self-interest. Too many cooks in the kitchen on big deal decision making. Very poor decision making processes, very poor oversight of key decision factors. Too much politics and too much over analysis. Lack of empowerment for mid-level managers (Directors/Sr. Directors/VP1). Tight-knit clique of old-boys have their own exclusive decision making activities outside of the rest of the team who is doing all the work. Lack of trust has emerged among the general employees because of the overly sensitive, political atmosphere that permeates the culture in the global organization. Talent management is almost non-existent. Senior leaders pick favorites, and the rest of the folks get virtually no professional development or guidance for career advancement. Senior leaders for GCSO have zero leader presence. Even when they are physically present, they have low impact. They are much more interested in hob-nobbing with their management and trying to network for their own next roles, As a result, people don't really trust one another. Most employees are hunkered down just trying to make their pay, do their job, and make it to the next day. However, the smart ones who want to really make a difference are either stifled or simply get out. A few good ones remain, but are utterly baffled by what is going on around them. A pattern of employee survey results over many years reflects these sentiments very strongly. It's really unbearable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the stodgy, old leadership in the pharma group and bring in some fresh, dynamic personalities who really want to build a world class business. Reorganize R&D and GCSO, so that GCSO is independent of R&D. Empower GCSO to be the decision maker without requiring absolute endorsement from regional leadership on long-term global strategy. Empower brand leads to make key decisions, while, of course, ultimately seeking endorsement from senior management. But give them the power to drive decisions, rather than the few in the exclusive cliques. Put the home of GCSO firmly in the US, and require the GCSO leadership to be headquartered in the US offices. Overhaul the systems and processes for strategic planning and decision making. Implement a real leader development and talent developmentt program that sets a new tone across the organization, so everyone is empowered to be a leader and strive for excellence in their roles and the roles ahead of them. Don't focus on survey result scores, but focus on leadership development, talent development, teamwork and trust. Look at your best competition, and find out what they are doing well, and the surpass them in those areas. However, ultimately, it's about leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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