A headshot of a blonde woman smiling at the camera. She works for Johnson & Johnson.
Mary Lane. Image: Connor McKenna/Silicon Republic

How does Johnson & Johnson recruit candidates?

3 May 2019

Want to work at one of the biggest household names in life sciences? Siliconrepublic.com found out how Johnson & Johnson sources talent.

Johnson & Johnson (J&J) is the largest biotech in the world, employing more than 126,000 people across the globe.

J&J companies have been operating in Ireland for 80 years, with almost 3,000 employees across a network of locations including J&J Vision Care in Limerick, which recently announced 100 new jobs as part of a €100m investment.

But how does one get a job at J&J? Where does the talent acquisition team go to find its top talent and what makes a candidate stand out to them?

Siliconrepublic.com headed down to J&J Vision Care in Limerick and spoke to talent acquisition partner Mary Lane to find out. “Typically, we look to fill roles in engineering, operations, quality and IT,” she said.

Lane said J&J uses a number of different methods to recruit its candidates, including LinkedIn, Indeed and Irishjobs.ie. Alternatively, candidates can apply directly.

Lane added that some of most important traits she looks for in candidates include energy and drive. “I think you know pretty quickly when you meet somebody, just in terms of their own interest. They have a presence, they really want to come and work at J&J,” she said.

In terms of what the company offers employees once they are successful, Lane said it has a strong benefits package, which includes an employee discount on a range of J&J products and healthcare for employees and their families.

“Health and wellbeing is really important to us at J&J, so we actually have a gym at most of our J&J sites,” added Lane. “As well as that we have a super sports and social club based on most of our sites that runs various events throughout the year.”

Finally, Lane spoke about the career opportunities on offer at the company, not just at Vision Care but at J&J’s other sites across Ireland, too. “These sites are continually growing and expanding, so I think new opportunities come hand in hand with that,” she said.

Jenny Darmody
By Jenny Darmody

Jenny Darmody became the editor of Silicon Republic in 2023, having worked as the deputy editor since February 2020. When she’s not writing about the science and tech industry, she’s writing short stories and attempting novels. She continuously buys more books than she can read in a lifetime and pretty stationery is her kryptonite. She also believes seagulls to be the root of all evil and her baking is the stuff of legends.

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