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Johnson & Johnson High Wycombe Reviews

Updated August 16, 2017
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  • and sometimes the work/life balance isn't good (in 136 reviews)

  • J&J prefers to hire contractors (in 160 reviews)

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  1. "Great Placement"

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    Former Intern - Strategic Projects Assistant in High Wycombe, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Strategic Projects Assistant in High Wycombe, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    great leadership, very challenging but laid back
    plenty of opportunities for international travel

    Cons

    It was in High Wycombe

    Advice to Management

    Allow as much external travel as possible for students and grads. keeps the job fresh and exciting


  2. "Good place to work but don't stay too long"

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    Current Employee - Lawyer in High Wycombe, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Lawyer in High Wycombe, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Its a fantastic place to work and most of the time you're left to get on with your job. The facilities are fantastic and working practices are very flexible.

    Cons

    Junior and Mid Level remuneration is not great and there seems to be a real lack on promoting talent up the ranks even if there is a lot of personal development programs. If you want to be promoted you'll have to leave and come back in a different capacity. Senior roles seem to always go to external candidates

    Advice to Management

    Improve the pathways for junior and mid level employees and invest in the resources available to you rather than go outside the company

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Finance in High Wycombe, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Finance in High Wycombe, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Happy and friendly staff, great working environment, always willing to provide extra opportunities wherever possible to develop you

    Cons

    Can be quite intense and busy in peak times - but all in all a good experience


  4. Helpful (2)

    "J&J"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in High Wycombe, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in High Wycombe, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Lovely people, good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Limited promotional opportunities. Talent not as well recognised as it could be

    Advice to Management

    More promotions from within the organisation.


  5. "Event Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in High Wycombe, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in High Wycombe, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits/pay. Work/life balance is excellent

    Cons

    Career progression is challenging without a degree


  6. "People-centred company making a difference, a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in High Wycombe, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in High Wycombe, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    5 days paid time to use on charity work. People and their development is at the top of the agenda. The credo lives and breathes and everyone has a voice - if they want it. A highly networked and collaborative culture with plenty of opportunities for development and career progression

    Cons

    Workload and some corporate bureacracy

    Advice to Management

    Tackle the workload challenge


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Will the Credo stand the test of time/"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in High Wycombe, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in High Wycombe, England (UK)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    JNJ offers a great career path within a respected company and category - namely healthcare. Multinational opportunities are at large.
    Likewise, JNJ has a strong track record of innovation - allowing you to be at the forefront on new consumer insights and solutions.

    Cons

    Whereas the Credo is at the heart of leadership values at JNJ - on paper, these values are not always rigidly demanded of senior management to succeed. Allowing leaders to progress within the organisation while blatantly ignoring respect for the employee and for the customer - is happening. As a result, poor role models are emerging for employees to aspire towards.

    Advice to Management

    It might be prudent to take a good look at direct employee feedback for each people leader, no matter how senior - and reasses if the results (shareholder metrics) do indeed outweight the first Credo responsibilities....

  8. Helpful (2)

    "A good place to work if your face fits."

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    Current Employee - Scientist in High Wycombe, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Scientist in High Wycombe, England (UK)
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Job security. Once you are in, you are in for life! We are a diverse company which should mean we continue to be profitable even in economic downtimes. The social side is good, people very friendly with a good atmosphere. This comes from the staff rather than the managers.

    Cons

    Crazy promotions! Some people are promoted far beyond their abilities while others are held back. There are too many managers - some are excellent, some are very weak. We rely heavily on contactors. The hours can be long, and rewards are few. Company structure is extremely complicated. Budget for training is small.

    Advice to Management

    Be fairer about their promotions - and remember we don't need so many chiefs. Salaries could be better, and long hours and hard work should be rewarded.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "A great place to work for if you don't mind a bit of internal politics"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in High Wycombe, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Scientist in High Wycombe, England (UK)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I think that JnJ plays an important role in the development of new drugs and seems to do so in a fair and unbiased fashion. They work hard towards making our products available to people who would otherwise be unable to afford them. It is great to work for a company were it's size dictates that the working environment has to be comfortable and pleasant, the facilities modern and equipment is up to date. The company shows concern for the environment and ensures that all that can be done to make JnJ "greener" is done. It is good to work somewhere you get paid well for what you do.

    Cons

    With the size of the company it is easy to get lost as an individual - it is harder to be recognised when competing against so many others. With so many smaller companies making up JnJ as a whole it is difficult to work out what they all do and to ascertain how information could be shared better across the company as a whole. It can be frustrating seeing a change in the way everything is organised everytime someone new is promoted to a high position. It is very frustrating to see people promoted beyond their competence/experience level, where valid feedback from other employees against the promotion is apparently ignored, and particularly when it is at the expense of more qualified staff - this happening on a number of occasions. Where people are clearly not capable of performing their role, but nothing is done to either improve them or remove them from the company. The insistence of using business speak, when plain english would be easier to understand and a lot less pretentious.

    Advice to Management

    I would ask that they make promotions more transparent, and to make them consistent across the board.
    I think they would do better if they recognised incompetence and did something about it.
    Actions should be taken for a good reason and not just for the sake of it
    Get rid of business speak


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