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Updated April 15, 2017
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  • Flexible hours would have been a good way to achieve better work-life balance with the long commute (in 125 reviews)

  • Once used to J&J style of working, can get adjusted to other company's style of working bery easily (in 149 reviews)

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  1. "J&J"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Sales Specialist in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Product Sales Specialist in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The environment, the people and vast opportunity.

    Cons

    Sometimes cumbersome. Reorganisation and change needs to be adopted quicker.

    Advice to Management

    Become more agile to compete further with the competition.


  2. "Good employer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large organisation with the opportunity to move within the company through different divisions. They are an ethical company with a strong moral compass.

    Cons

    Due to the size is isn't always the fastest to react to market changes. Certain divisions are more aggressive than others such as medical divisions.

    Advice to Management

    Brining in senior management from outside of the company would be refreshing


  3. "Very good and decent company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regulatory Affairs in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Regulatory Affairs in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities for progression, good benefits, decent colleagues
    The company looks after the employees very well. Most importantly the employees abide by the credo which makes this company one of the most ethical ones

    Cons

    Big corporate organisation which can be very complex some times. Also, sometimes it feels a bit fragmented as teams are based in lots of different locations.


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  5. "Lack of Opportunity / poor management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Brand Manager in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Brand Manager in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Johnson & Johnson (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great brands, and good company to have on your CV but reality isn't great

    Cons

    Very flat structure - little room for promotion, generating a very competitive environment. Flexible policies didn't really happen. Focus on the how rather than what - resulting in slow pace of change, no focus on delivering. Only recruit similar 'JNJ' people - resulting in lack of diversity, have to do things the JNJ way


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Brand Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Johnson & Johnson full-time

    Pros

    Lots of responsibility, room for growth and constant trainings to make sure the marketing department stays ahead of the curve. I enjoyed the brands that I worked on, as well as the focus on consumer research and data to justify decision making.

    Senior Management also pays attention to how employees feel about working there, what helps and what doesn't, acting on many of the suggestions which is great.

    The team and culture is also incredibly friendly - I really enjoyed working there!

    Cons

    The main disadvantage for me was the location. The office is an hour by train or car outside of London, and the services are often delayed. Flexible hours would have been a good way to achieve better work-life balance with the long commute...

    Advice to Management

    Home office one day a week would be nice!


  7. "Sales Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great support network. Good salary.

    Cons

    Long hours affect work life balance.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Lack of motivational, dynamic environment. Prepare to spend more time interacting over the phone vs. in person"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Intern in Reading, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Free Gym
    - Free fruit (one day a week)
    - Nice Offices; woodland walk, football and tennis courts - Although in middle of nowhere and off the busiest commuter motorway in UK (M25)
    - Provide you with opportunities to get out in the field and witness sales experience, although it's more just witnessing what goes on rather than practical sales experience or teaching
    - You're given a lot of space to get on with work and work individually

    Cons

    - Although the office has lovely, green surroundings, the fact it is in the middle of nowhere makes it somewhat anti-social. Going out for lunches or after work drinks, is a no-go. And if you don't drive it's a nightmare to get too
    - Marketing department is more of a support network for sales, rather than an innovative function of it's own. Sales is definitely the main priority for the company
    - All strategic decisions are rolled out from the US and the structure of the different business segments changes drastically every few years. It can be unfortunate if you get caught up in this roll out, which can see travel bans and budget cuts restricting what work you can do until managers deal with all the changes (which tends to be a long, drawn out process leaving every one in the office worried about their job)
    - With managers often not based on site, there's limited access to feedback or guidance which can be difficult as an intern
    - With most sales staff and other managers based off site, it can be lonely in the office. The lack of atmosphere can feel juxta-posed in a big, bright office space
    - In my office there were few interns and no events organised for us to meet with/socialise with other interns in neighbouring offices. Outside of work, there are no social aspects to the internships what so ever

    Advice to Management

    More social events run to help interns feel engaged
    More structured approach to reviews/feedback to help development


  9. "Poor salary"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good food in canteen , i really love the food and the variety of dishes they make

    Cons

    Poor salary, I use to get a bare minimum salary and hence i left


  10. "Great atmosphere, contractor vs. permanent staff culture slightly unhealthy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Johnson & Johnson as a contractor

    Pros

    NB This review is for CONSUMER: MAIDENHEAD.
    Flourishing culture in terms of employee health, wellbeing, and volunteering opportunities.
    Systems and tools provided are pretty up-to-date, IT support goes via the USA but is v prompt to respond.
    You have the support of a multinational and lots of potential directions for career progression.

    Cons

    NB This review is for CONSUMER: MAIDENHEAD:
    UK is not the heaviest user of contractor workforce, but it is still a major factor.
    There can be a bit of an 'us and them' culture, with some perks (on-site massage, etc) not being available to contractor workforce; giving them access would make for a less divisive culture.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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



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