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Updated January 12, 2018
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Pros
  • Great company culture and work life balance (in 398 reviews)

  • Basically you have all the advantages of any J&J employee: (in 267 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours affect work life balance (in 139 reviews)

  • I believe J&J is the best place to work in The industry (in 169 reviews)

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  1. "Terrible work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay and benefits

    Great company reputation

    Fantastic job opportunities

    Cons

    Complete disregard for any disability or allergies employees might have, supervisors are quick to ignore or dismiss any special accommodation needed, especially if it could interfere with what they can and cannot do in the office

    Immediate management leads through intimidation and fear

    No sense of team unity

    Not a welcoming, supportive environment

    Employees truly must go out of their way to find HR reps

    Onboarding is not a thing, there is no onboarding process, hence employees being lost regarding HR

    Challenging to get ideas approved due to the vertical hierarchy

    Emotionally unstable leadership, how good and productive a day would be was dictated by the emotional state of immediate supervisors

    Team leadership like to be treated like rockstars and act like it. Employees are made to feel as if they should never speak unless spoken to

    Obvious preference for certain employees

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to high employee turnover rate within certain groups, this will help you see which teams have toxic dynamic/leadership

    Do not take things personally, employees are people too, treat your employees as humans and not pawns or robots to used and abused

    Try to connect with your team, genuinely


  2. "Too BIG"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits time-off, maternity ,leave etc

    Cons

    Too big of management for effective improvement.

  3. "Decent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay hours are also good

    Cons

    Extremely hard work


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Johnson and Johnson Design needs to be more inclusive, transparent and honest"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free Food, Great office Space (fantastic views of the city), Bright talented staff, Gym membership and classes specifically for the office (but not a lot of time to take advantage of this perk), Great opportunity to get a lot of exposure to the different aspects of design (Industrial Design, User Experience Design, Graphic Design, Environmental Graphics, Interaction Design, Print Production, etc.)

    Cons

    Burnouts: Print Production and Graphic Design Teams are overworked

    Passive-aggressive Culture: People tell you that you are doing a good job to your face then give negative feedback during your reviews. Also, reviews can be petty and biased. When you are new, and you are not in the clique just know that you are being watched. When the inner circle decides that they don't like you, they will find a way to get rid of you.

    Not Organized: This group is in its awkward teenage years of development, so there are not a lot of established procedures and processes. There is a lot of hurry up and wait with projects. Some work can feel like busy work, and it is not clear what the outcome is supposed to be.

    Nepotism: Most people in the office are connected with their co-workers in some way (friends, old classmates, neighbors, etc.). If you are not it the inner circle, you may be treated differently. Upper management is an extreme example of this.

    Not Collaborative: The office is fairly siloed, there is not a lot of time and opportunity to find out what your coworkers are working on or to help them or have them help you.

    Creativity is not valued as much as you would expect:
    Although J&J Design is an internal design consultancy for all of J&J they are set up more like a production house (they crank out a bunch of work) as opposed to a consultancy which is involved in more strategic work. So the focus is on cranking out work quickly rather than creativity and strategic thought. The IXS (Insights and User Experience) Team may be an exception to this rule.

    Not that Friendly: It took about six months for most of my coworkers to warm up to me. As a minority, I felt like a second-class employee (despite trying extremely hard to fit in and connect with my coworkers.)

    High turnover and Contractor Heavy: About 40 percent of the staff are contractors. During my time at this office, a lot of contractor's contracts expired during our hiring freeze (which is still ongoing). So they had to leave. So if you can, try to get a full-time role.

    Myopic Management:
    Management is not able to see your full potential based on your background they just want to to do a specific job, and that's it. Also, you can get pigeonholed pretty easily.

    Flat Hierarchy:
    Not a lot of opportunity for advancement. Maybe a title change but not necessarily an increase in responsibility.

    Advice to Management

    Be more inclusive, transparent and honest


  5. "Large Global Company with old standards of employee management."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Competative Pay, Company Name recognition, Company Store discounts. I was happy to leave this place and add it my resume.

    Cons

    It was always a dream of mine to work for JnJ. I was hired as a contractor at the Skillman, NJ location. My expereince there was one of the worst jobs I have ever had. JnJ work environment depends on the management. Some managers are good and others aren't, and have been around because they've found ways to secure their positions.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid off old outdated managers


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Credo or corporate policy??"

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    Former Employee - RBC in Raritan, NJ
    Former Employee - RBC in Raritan, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Johnson & Johnson full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    most of the employees are good people just trying to do their jobs

    Cons

    frequent re/orgs and downsizing, poor communication from corporate, inconsistent policies and guidelines

    Advice to Management

    READ your CREDO and if necessary get out a dictionary so you understand what it means. make a DECISION on how you want to proceed with the company and then make ALL op-cos fall in line. be honest with your people and eliminate some of the UPPER/MIDDLE management.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Millennials, beware!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Johnson & Johnson full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Minus the slew of baby powder/ovarian cancer lawsuits, the company has an impressive, reputable product portfolio.

    Wonderful benefits.

    Solid Brand on the Resume.

    Competitive pay.

    Cons

    Due to the main office locations, you will be forced to live in the boonies or spend ~3-4 hours of each day commuting.

    The company struggles to attract and retain millennials because it is truly the epitome of "old school" corporate America. The dress code is very strict, and the organization is anything but flat. The leadership expects to be fawned over and admired for their intelligence and vision; meanwhile, they are baffled by technological pursuits as basic as saving a word document in PDF form.

    The company is trying desperately to re-brand itself as a "healthcare tech" company, but is about as similar to Google or Amazon as New Brunswick is to Silicon Valley.

    The culture, and your success, is completely dependent on your ability to suck-up to anyone and everyone above you. There is almost no value awarded for your actual work. 95% politics, 5% proven results.

    If you are looking for a progressive, inclusive company- look elsewhere. J&J is one of the most classic examples of Office Space-like companies in the Fortune 500.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the self-serving, incompetent directors and business heads. Reward leaders who actually develop their people.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Finance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Johnson & Johnson full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities to partner outside of finance on special projects

    Cons

    Lots of brown nosing to get ahead. There has been a shift in culture due to new hiring practices.


  9. "analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Johnson & Johnson full-time

    Pros

    good benefits and work/life balance depending on your manager

    Cons

    politics politics politics, also expect to be told youre ready for promotion but no one actually promotes you because HR overcomplicates it

    Advice to Management

    get rid of the top-heavy org and reward those who do the work


  10. "No opportunity for growth. Management is very narrow minded and doesnt value its employees."

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    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Monument, CO
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Monument, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Johnson & Johnson full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, Paid time off, job security, non labor intensive, set schedule, weekends off.

    Cons

    Lower than average pay, no advancement or growth opportunity, favoritism, large corporate mentality, boring, repetitive, very small raises once annually.

    Advice to Management

    Competitive pay and career growth opportunities


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