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Johnson & Johnson Reviews

Updated August 13, 2017
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  • and sometimes the work/life balance isn't good (in 131 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Talent Acquisition"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sourcer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Sourcer in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great products, work from home options, lots of tools and resources to get your job done which is very helpful

    Cons

    The Talent Acquisition dept was the most unprofessional dept I have ever worked in. Lots of Drama and gossip especially at Corporate. Recruiters Gossiping about Sourcers and Sourcers Gossiping about recruiters. Manager Gossiping about everyone...its not worth it. The bonuses are based on how popular you are within the team and not based on the work produced. Also- no such thing as Life Work Balance.

    Advice to Management

    Management and the Directors in TA have huge egos so I really don't think giving them advise would work. Over time good people will leave.


  2. "Look Elsewhere"

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

    I have been working at Johnson & Johnson full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed dress code
    Health benefits
    Pension
    Competitive pay
    Growing healthcare industry
    Great brands

    Cons

    No top-to-top relationship with Walmart
    Misaligned strategies
    Short term mindset
    Heavy at the top org structure
    Slow

    Advice to Management

    See above

  3. "Technician"

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    Current Employee - Acting Lead in Port St Lucie, FL
    Current Employee - Acting Lead in Port St Lucie, FL

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, tuition reimbursement, fitness reimbursement

    Cons

    Very corporate and strict rules for hourly employees.

    Advice to Management

    Treat all employees; hourly and salary equally.


  4. "Full Time Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Brunswick, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Brunswick, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Johnson & Johnson (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There is a lot of work to do so you get a lot of experience within your specific role.

    Cons

    The environment is extremely political.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Skillman, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Skillman, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits while employed, nice facilities, competitive salary, pension plan, health benefits to cover until 62 years if eligible, numerous locations within J&J for transfer options.

    Cons

    Watch out if you are approaching 55 years of age, your days might be numbered if you are not part of the current management "click" in your department or sector. Experience is not valued but new hires at lower pay scales are a nice savings package.

    Advice to Management

    Need a better balance of older experienced employees with the new inexperienced employee.


  6. "Corporate Fluff & Micromanagement"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in New Brunswick, NJ
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in New Brunswick, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of perks: Free luxury housing, great hours, awesome gym and cafeteria on site.

    Cons

    Groupthink, stifled creativity, arid corporate landscape, inability to be direct.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just diversify the colors - diversify the thought.


  7. "Punches in the air..."

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer
    Former Employee - Project Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Well known brand name with a diversified products portfolio.
    A company with history that dates back to 1886.
    A true multinational corporation with solid presence around the world.

    Cons

    After several issues that brought JnJ to the media buzz about the quality of their products and the intervention of the FDA, the company started a complete auto check on many aspects of their operational practices.
    In the subsidiary I was working for, external consultants, that did not know anything about the process, would be brought in the would be throwing punches in the air for a quarter or two before new consultants where brought in to repeat the vicious circle again.
    If you have seen a chicken running and flapping with its head cut off that would be a very graphic analogy of the company felt like back then, at least in the division and specific operation I worked for.

    Advice to Management

    Value your people. Specially those who have been servicing the company for years. Listen to what the have to say and at least pretend you care.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Financial Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, flexible work environment, diversity.

    Cons

    Finance culture, lack of challenging work, bureaucratic decision-making.

    Advice to Management

    Measure employee performance based upon tangible results rather than politics.


  9. "Constant restructuring and short term financial management"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, work that impacts patient healthcare, and if you believe in building strong relationships with your business partners you'll do well as many HRBP's here prefer to partner from a phone/office vs. getting out with their clients.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, slow, and incredibly unproductive political atmosphere. Also constant restructuring for the sake of short term bottom line management. I honestly have lost faith in the Credo we seem to hold to such high standards. Very inconsistent treatment of employees across Op Co's.

    Advice to Management

    Try bottom up leadership and get an understanding of what's really happening with the employees that serve our customers. Actually allow innovative, risk taking employees to thrive vs stifle their enthusiasm.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Highly-recognized company to work for with interesting projects, but plenty of shortcomings too"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - IT Consultant in Raritan, NJ
    Former Contractor - IT Consultant in Raritan, NJ
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Johnson & Johnson as a contractor

    Pros

    Many of these things have been mentioned before by others...... In short, come to get the experience and say you had the experience.

    -A Fortune 50, highly recognized company to work for. Proven history, specifically around the company's mission and corporate social responsibility (Credo), that you will see cited in any number of business cases. In short, it looks great on a resume to have this experience.

    -Global reach with the ability to work with users from around the world and different teams on a near daily basis.

    -Great exposure to different cultures and project management techniques, such as agile and Kanban, with the ability to work on interesting projects.

    -Contract hourly rates are fairly generous, albeit coming with the trade-off of no benefits and other perks, unless you work with a recruiter / firm that offers them (not through JNJ). Some positions might offer the flexibility to telecommute, especially in the IT department, which is good.

    Cons

    Likewise, many have been mentioned in previous reviews.....

    -A highly matrixed organization that is just full of politics. Kudos to those who have time to navigate all of it; seems like a full time job in and of itself. Much misalignment, lack of accountability, and decision-making authority all around. Communication is a big concern.

    -As someone mentioned, it is hard not to get caught up in petty squabbles, which is challenging as a contractor brought on for a limited tenure. You may get approached for work on different contracts, which may continue for a maximum of two years at a time. After two years, there is a policy which states that you must leave the company (unless they are hired permanently) for six months prior to returning. So, it could be good to work on different things and bounce around from project to project if that is what you like doing

    -As a consultant, there is little sense of teamwork and collaboration. A big club that YOU are not a part of. The "hotel" iin the Raritan IT building is an example; makes you feel as if you are outcasted, not apart of the team you were hired to work with because they sit elsewhere. Feels like a call center --- loud, stuffy, crammed workstations with as many as 6 people to one cube... unappealing. Also, some employees are downright apathetic about what is going on, standoffish, or are quick to throw others under the bus. Doesn't add up for a pleasant working experience at times. Nobody wants to collaborate to solve an issue, just point fingers or pass the buck.


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