Johnson & Johnson Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky
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Pros
  • Work life balance Great products (in 140 reviews)

  • Opportunity to move about different companies within J&J (in 125 reviews)

Cons
  • There is not much of work life balance (in 59 reviews)

  • Mid level managers in J&J are afraid to challenge status quo (in 88 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    5 yrs at JnJ

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for! The benefits are great, and your time at work can be so flexible.

    Cons

    Different sites have different cultures, so each office is really different


  2. Helpful (2)

    JNJ- Good Benefits but the typical corporate culture of greed and disregard for employees

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Raritan, NJ
    Current Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Raritan, NJ

    I have been working at Johnson & Johnson

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay scale is excellent. The other monetary benefits (bonus, work incentives, raises) are also very satisfactory if you can achieve a good working relationship with your manager. While the benefits are not the best I have seen, they are adequate and cover most needs. The shift in health benefits from co-pay based to percentage based will pose a hardship for large families and those with chronic illnesses, but will save most employees money. Because J&J is comprised of dozens of companies (the reason it is called a "Family of Companies"), the growth opportunities are endless. Of course, this again means that you need to have a good working relationship with you boss or you need to know people. It is extremely important to cultivate relationships to move forward in your career there.

    Cons

    Like other large companies, J&J being one of the largest, there is a corporate culture of greed, racism and sexism. Women and people of color are treated poorly and face a hostile environment at best. While the Credo is held up as the model of behavior and the guiding force behind management decisions, it is rarely if ever utilized in any way other than to provide lip service to disillusioned employees. Management thinks nothing of cutting jobs, only to reinstate those same jobs a few months down the road as a contractor position or as a consolidated position. In the meantime, faithful J&J employees with decades of service find themselves looking for new jobs. It is a cold and unfriendly world, depending on the operating company in which you land. The most job security can normally be found at the corporate offices. Of course, with the Human Resources Transformation that is currently taking place, HR (traditionally one of the most secure areas) will be losing a huge number of employees who will be laid off as the transformation nears completion and transactional functions are contracted out.

    Advice to Management

    Work hard to get rid of the racist, sexist attitudes that are driving women and people of color away. Bill Weldon has held meeting after meeting with female and minority leaders over the past few years trying to figure out how to staunch the flow of talented workers. However, he doesn't have a clue, which is clear when you listen to how he addresses gatherings mainly comprised of people of color or women. Also, the last two choices for the office of diversity lead have been folks who were ready to retire, not those who want to make a statement from which to continue a brilliant career. These individuals have not done anything to help make the J&J environment more friendly to non-white, non-male employees. Management should start with the premise that the attitudes really do exist and it is going to take work to help people overcome their societal conditioning. A welcoming and diverse workforce is not going to happen without a huge amount of thoughtful work. Finally, I suggest the J&J mangement actually use the Credo as a guiding document, instead of PRETENDING to use it that way.


  3. Helpful (4)

    J&J Isn't the "People" Company It Want's Everyone to Think It Is!

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

    I have been working at Johnson & Johnson

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

    Pros

    Generally, stable company, with conservative approach to business. This conservatism maintains stock price and most jobs.

    Cons

    Total breakdown of performance measurement system means little or no objective feedback; ratings are totally based upon force-ranking all professionals on a bell-curve, meaning that some associates are given lower ratings just because management must have them to meet the distribution curve. Upper management at company levels ensure capital expenditures in the millions are utilized on corporate office renovations, workout gymnasiums at corp. offices, mood rooms for some depts.at corp. offices, when the production facilities can't get a restroom or piece of equipment to replace 20+ yr. old equipment. Generally, upper management knows little at all about the actual operations because they either didn't come from within or they never worked in the actual operations, so they are making very uninformed decisions about the direction of the company. Professionals need to be aware that salary growth will not stay up with inflation due to the very poor merit increases given. Incredibly low capital re-investment into the operations.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your subject matter experts inside the company, give them respect, fair and equitable performance ratings, decent performance merits, and equal promotional opportunities. Quit discounting your most tenured employees and trying to run them off or replacing them with young associates who know nothing about the business, but get the highest ratings and raises. Re-invest in all of your facilities and equally invest in each, rather than give to only one or two. Look at the more than 2/3's of Operations overhead located at corporate offices and assess why that overhead shouldn't be allocated to the production facilities.


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  5. I wish he could go in the trenches and not on the golf courses all the time

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pigeonholed In PA in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Pigeonholed In PA in New York, NY

    I have been working at Johnson & Johnson

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

    Pros

    Excellent PR campaign during recruitment

    Cons

    POLITIK......Incompetent managers, " Make me look good philosophy", kiss A..

    Advice to Management

    Benchmark GE or CISCO management style


  6. Helpful (5)

    J&J under the light...

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Excellence in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Process Excellence in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Johnson & Johnson

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Has a good brand name. Works at having a polished external image with the community.

    Cons

    Big bonuses for management which keep increasing every year while bonuses, salary, and benefits for employees keep decreasing every year. Same applies for severance packages. Regardless of how hard you work or how much you do, performance development feedback is negative with no career development in place. Managers are free to exercise their power on employees with no repercussions. It's a political organization. It is not about results but who you know. They run a Credo survey every year only for legal reasons to appear they are proactive, but employees don't believe in the Credo anymore. Workload keeps increasing every year and so do layoffs. Employee morale is low. J&J Management supported by Human Resources and Legal can beat down hard on employees. J&J is skilled at external communications and PR to set up staff as trouble makers. One wonders where the big ship is going when talent is treated in this fashion. They are outsourcing globally in a big way.

    Advice to Management

    To take a look as to how career development is actually being executed and implemented. Is it real? Or is it just on paper?


  7. Helpful (1)

    beguiled by an unhealthy consumer health company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Staffing in New Brunswick, NJ
    Former Employee - Director of Staffing in New Brunswick, NJ

    I worked at Johnson & Johnson

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    company reputation externally is great because most people world wide associate J&J with babies and everyone loves babies

    Cons

    highly political and lots of infighting; overly bureacratic and very inwardly focused. too many people doing the same thing

    Advice to Management

    be careful of the division you work in as the head of some large business is an unhealthy person whom all know as such but no one is comfortable providing her and others this feedback


  8. Helpful (2)

    Avoid this company at all costs, unless you are a recent university graduate.

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

    I have been working at Johnson & Johnson

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you have limited experience, this is a good point for your resume

    Cons

    High employee turnover, everything is a crisis because of the inexperience of employees

    Advice to Management

    Less contractors, more respect for employees


  9. Helpful (1)

    Think twice before committing to any J&J division!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Sales Representative in Jackson, MS
    Current Employee - Executive Sales Representative in Jackson, MS

    I have been working at Johnson & Johnson

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

    Pros

    The wide reaches of the company provides potential opportunity to advance careers. The name J&J still appears as respectable in the community-with exception of employees. They offer modest financial incentives as compared to the industry standards. The company as a whole is fairly stable but that does not apply to various divisions.

    Cons

    Unstable market and the market dynamic changing for the worst, if business demands the headcount to be reduced-so be it. They no longer work to find "displaced" individuals jobs within the network of companies. Many of the divisions no longer value employees. Contrary to company self-promotion, questionable ethics for self preservation run strong in J&J during this time of economic crisis.

    Advice to Management

    Re-think using the Credo as a positive motivator for employee morale.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Does not care about people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CNC Machinist in Raynham, MA
    Current Employee - CNC Machinist in Raynham, MA

    I have been working at Johnson & Johnson

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Johnson and Johnson gives out decent pay and benefits to employees. Although they only use temps from my experience here.

    Cons

    Does not care about people, just appearing to be a caring/profitable company. They might have made 12 billion profit last quarter, or year. But they owe 90 billion. Want to invest? I think not. Credo is a joke, this company only hires temps from where I work and they get no benefits, and no rights. Company appears to be clean and organized but this is only an appearance brought together with lots of investor money. Morale is low so it's like one of those fancy decorated eggs on the outside, but inside hollow/ cold.

    Advice to Management

    Advise to management would be to prepare for the decline, days of opulence are soon to be over. Get ready to join the rest of the planet with a really bad workplace, with bad healthcare and no benefits. Value your employees.


  11. Helpful (4)

    J&J is not what its publicity says it is

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

    I have been working at Johnson & Johnson

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some good people to work with - good benefits

    Cons

    Complete lack of respect for people. The credo is nothing but a PR campaign. But to give crecit, obviously some great PR people for the company to still be living off one courages act performed decades ago. Today, its nothing but words on paper. A horrible environment - political play to the extreme.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in some fresh blood that is not afraid to tell you the truth.



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