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What 6 Months Have Taught Me at Johnson & Johnson

What do you think you can accomplish in six months—or roughly 180 days—at Johnson & Johnson? Recently, we sat down with a few new hires to find out what they've done in their first six months with the power of the world's largest broadly based healthcare company behind them.

A Snapshot of Innovative Projects Around the World

What kind of challenges can you tackle when you join us to help improve the future of human health? Here's how some of Johnson & Johnson's latest hires from around the globe answered that question:

  • Right now, we're working on the launch of a disruptive product that will revolutionize the way we approach depression care. —Andy Gouanvic, EMEA Marketing Project Manager, The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, Spain
  • We're analyzing uncertainties in key markets so we can continue to deliver our most innovative drugs to the patients who need them. —Kevin Crevecoeur, Project Management Office Lead EMEA Strategy Organization, The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson
  • My new role is super exciting: I'm working on a new on-the-go oral care innovation that will be hitting stores at the end of the year. —Elliott Campbell, Associate Brand Manager, LISTERINE®
  • I've had the opportunity to build all of the launch processes for a new product in Colombia—everything from finance to marketing, sales and logistics—in a very short period of time. —Mariana Agudelo, Premarket Approval, International Recruitment and Development Internship Program (IRDP), DePuy Synthes, Inc., Colombia
  • The most exciting responsibility that I have is working with various medical device distributors that deliver our products to the customers who need them. —Micaela Schaffer, Supply Chain Customer Solutions Analyst, Healthcare Systems (HCS)
  • It has been very exciting to lead business planning for a consumer product brand at Johnson & Johnson. I'm shaping the strategies that will help us win the hearts and minds of consumers. —Jennifer Paxton, Associate Brand Manager, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.

The Path to Johnson & Johnson

There's no predefined path to launching a successful career at Johnson & Johnson. Indeed, we recognize that diversity drives innovation, and we celebrate the unique beat of each individual's drum. But of all the new hires we spoke with, Marialejandra Gonzalez stood out, because her journey to Johnson & Johnson was a literal one.

After attending a Johnson & Johnson recruiting event during her sophomore year at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, Marialejandra decided to leave her resume with a recruiter. Later that same day, to her surprise, the recruiter called back.

"I knew I couldn't pass on such an opportunity," she said. "The interview went well, and about a week later, I received an offer for a supply chain co-op position in New Jersey. It would be the first time I would be living outside of Puerto Rico—and far from my family—but I was up for the challenge. Thankfully, I came into a great team where I was able to learn a lot about the business and develop technical, analytical and soft skills. It was a great experience."

Our culture of collaboration, and the way that Johnson & Johnson is embracing disruption and innovation, have made the biggest impression on Marialejandra so far. "At Johnson & Johnson, you get a lot of opportunity to make an impact," she said. "This is one of the things I like most. You're not only allowed to challenge the status quo, but you are encouraged and supported when you do so."

Like Marialejandra, Micaela Schaffer also joined Johnson & Johnson after participating in a co-op program—or, in her case, two co-op programs. "Each of the two co-ops was very different," she explained, "but what they had in common was Johnson & Johnson's culture. People were always eager to provide learning opportunities. I knew right away that I wanted to work for Johnson & Johnson full time—my two co-ops really reinforced that."

An Environment Defined By Openness

We're dedicated to our teammates, and we demonstrate that in a variety of ways, from mentorship programs and great employee benefits to our pledge to have the world's healthiest workforce by 2020. We know innovation thrives in an environment where everyone feels welcome to be themselves, and that's something new hires pick up on immediately.

"I strongly value the openness and down-to-earth attitude of my managers," Andy said. "They're genuinely interested in diversity—and having fun. So I immediately knew that I would be given a space to learn and grow at Johnson & Johnson."

Andy said that this spirit of inclusion and openness at Johnson & Johnson has led to other opportunities as well. "I'll be leading the creation of the Open&Out chapter—Johnson & Johnson's LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group—for Spain in 2019," he explained.

"From day one I noticed that the people here are unique," Mariana added. "Not only are they just incredibly bright, but everyone is always willing to help and goes the extra mile to connect with you beyond day-to-day work."

Meg Reddy, a participant in Johnson & Johnson's Marketing Leadership Development Program (MLDP), shared a similar sentiment. "Johnson & Johnson has brought together a group of people who are so supportive and approachable. I really appreciate the close friends I have made in this process."

Launch Your Career With Us Today

We're on the front lines in the fight against some of the biggest health challenges in the world today, from HIV to Alzheimer's disease. If you're passionate about creating the health tech breakthroughs of tomorrow, and improving the future of human health for all, see all of the ways you can join Johnson & Johnson today. In the interim, think about signing up for our Global Talent Hub, too—it's a great way to stay in touch, learn more about our culture and even get notifications about jobs that might interest you in the future.

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