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Johnson & Johnson Reviews

Updated June 20, 2017
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  • Flexible hours would have been a good way to achieve better work-life balance with the long commute (in 129 reviews)

  • Once used to J&J style of working, can get adjusted to other company's style of working bery easily (in 154 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Experienced professionals stay away!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Raritan, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Raritan, NJ
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Job security and retirement benefits would rank on top for experienced hires. For college grads, the leadership development program would be the key. They provide some of the best leadership training opportunities for new graduates.

    Cons

    If you are not ready to retire or if you are not a new graduate hired into one of the many leadership development programs, your corporate ladder is long and spiral. The senior leadership is also old and outdated. There is no innovation. The only source of innovation comes from acquisitions and those are funded by long established brands such as Tylenol.

    Advice to Management

    Take an early retirement.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Overworked and Frustrated"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Lead in Raritan, NJ
    Current Employee - IT Lead in Raritan, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    From the outide, the company has a good reputation for allowing employees a work and life balance. Johnson & Johnson is a pretty good corporate citizen, and makes charitable contributions to charities sponsoring those less fortunate, and the company often donates supplies during a crisis situation as they occur around the world (natural disasters, Hurricane Katrina and floods, for example).

    Cons

    As an employee who works here, you can be sure to expect re-orgs and layoffs to occur on an annual basis. They happen quite regularly. The workload is very heavy here, with little time and resources to get things done on time. Consultants from offshore (mostly India) appear to be replacing development opportunities for in-house employees, but their quality of work leaves much to be desired).

    Advice to Management

    The Credo is nothing more than a crutch for executive management. The company does not truly embrace its meaning.


  3. "JnJ is a good company is you can work in an unproductively volatile environment."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    JnJ provides a flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Management is close-minded and in constant flux.

    Advice to Management

    Stability.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "JNJ - maybe"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IM Manager in New Brunswick, NJ
    Former Employee - IM Manager in New Brunswick, NJ
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Somewhat stable company
    Good benefits, even though they used to be better prior to 2007
    Work / life balance, but that really depends on your specific higher-up
    Brand - I used to be proud to say that I work for JNJ

    Cons

    Unfair promotions of cronies - top management pulls in friends from their previous employers, where other candidates would be more appropriate
    Succession planning process - frequently consists of a 5 minute conversation: "sorry, not this year"
    Slow reaction to changes in business - often, no one wants to or is afraid to make a decision
    Dissent - differing opinion is not valued, though "encouraged" during management pep speaches

    Advice to Management

    Quit please.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "A valuable company that doesn't show value for its employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    J&J is a big name that offers CV fluff. It is looked upon favorably for future employment endeavors.

    Cons

    1) Benefits are continually cut
    2) Salary is on the low end versus industry average (bonuses are even lower)
    3) No stock or stock options are granted unless you're a "golden boy"
    4) Senior management is very indecisive
    5) The company is unstable with perceived job security as being very, very low

    Advice to Management

    Make up your minds! Decide on a plan and stick to it for the long run


  6. "Not the old J&J anymore"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in New Brunswick, NJ
    Current Employee - Engineer in New Brunswick, NJ
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    J&J is a good work and family company to work for. On the other side, this once was a good company to have as an employer. At the present their pharmaceutical pipeline is anemic, their stock has gone nowhere since Bill Weldon has been CEO. It seems like some of the board members sit on multiple corporate boards and contracts are awarded to those other companies.

    Cons

    Total disrespect for their Credo. Treat their employees as dispensable resources. Lack of ability to take the company forward at the CEO level.

    Advice to Management

    Get Rid Of Bill Weldo. He cannot lead the company into the future. I would also recommend getting rid of Christine Poon and Chuck Prince.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Can a once great company be great again?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Prestigious history and reputation; good compensation; broadly based in health care; history of good leadership development (although this needs to be rebuilt); company practices philanthropy and gives back to the community. Excels at marketing, sales, and communications.

    Cons

    Current management has departed significantly from the Credo tradition especially in its treatment of employees; morale is suffering; performance is deteriorating especially in the pharmaceutical sector. Human Resources is in disarray. Lack of internal research and development capability; company tends to focus on acquisition rather than strategic partnership. A Darwinian approach to employees and career development is leading to a loss of key talent.

    Advice to Management

    Revisit the Credo and learn from it.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Be glad you have a job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Operations in Philadelphia, PA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits and close to home

    Cons

    I love hearing all the time be gald you have a job. The pay structure is a joke for non management.I have been here for 4 years and they have had 79 new vice presidents of different dept. I have all the emails. The people in my dept. non have been promoted then again I not holding my breath.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the pay raises at the top. How much money do you truly have to make? Stop taking from the bottom so the top can grow. I have had more benefits taken away in the past two years. Start giving to the people that keep the company going.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "good company if it doesn't kill you..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Purchasing in Skillman, NJ
    Current Employee - Purchasing in Skillman, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Prestigious company, lots of action, opportunities to grow and learn.
    There is always something happening.
    Rewards are available to those who earn them.
    Opportunities for growth and advancement abound.
    Matrixed organization encourages open discussion and thinking. A good idea can come from anywhere.

    Cons

    Only the strong survive... The last man standing reaps the benefits.
    Work life balance is very poor.
    Theis company has little structure and support.
    The matrixed organization makes it virtually impossible to execute projects and move the business forward. Everyone gets a vote but only some count.

    Advice to Management

    Stop killing your prople and they will stay.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "JNJ deserves its reputation as a great company to work for, but its not because of the consumer businesses."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Director in Skillman, NJ
    Current Employee - Product Director in Skillman, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great brands; despite crazy hours & demands, and multiple people to answer to and review decisions with, some really smart people; access to the larger network of JNJ companies (200+ separate companies) and jobs

    Cons

    A sweatshop; the consumer businesses are still trying to find their way, the one way that will work, and are still struggling with their recent acquisition of Pfizer's consumer business; good luck trying to find some one to mentor you... you're on your own

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management for the consumer business should recognize there's still significant turmoil, unrest, and confusion as to how to get work done... there are still 2 distinct cultures & clique-ish groups of people (Each from their legacy groups) trying to prove their way is the better way


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