Virtually no benefits as a contractor. One does not feel like part of the company as if one would like to eat with ones colleagues one must either empty their wallet as there is no discount, or bring a bag lunch, which seems very strange in an organization like this. Also there are no 1 to 1 meetings with ones manager. You watch as everyone else plans their careers and you get the feeling that you should just be lucky to have a job. I am sure the contractor pay is also much lower than permanent employees unless people are pushing their credit limits for their cars and clothes.
The IT systems are very outdated. Yes SAP is used, but the processes end to end could be very much improved. Decisions are very slow to make and all too often no one wants to take responsibility. New problems emerge weekly which adds more stress. Have to walk on eggshells as if you make a mistake it will be used against you. Lots of overly ambitious people.
Having had the privilege of working in other top Pharma companies, Roche, Bayer and Bausch & Lomb. I had finally found my corporate home at JnJ as they place such emphasis on doing what is right by the patient and HCP's. Putting the customer first makes all the difference and provides an ideal culture within which to work . I would definetly work there again if the opportunity presents itself.