They are one of the largest healthcare supplier companies in the world, but does Johnson & Johnson hire felons? You’ve come to the right place. Relaunch Pad spoke directly to Johnson & Johnson to get some answers and conducted our own research to get you the answers you’re looking for to questions like:
- Does Johnson & Johnson drug test employees?
- What are some entry-level positions with Johnson & Johnson?
- Does Johnson & Johnson hire people with misdemeanors?
- Does Johnson & Johnson do background checks?
Not only do we do the leg work, we also know what it’s like to be in your shoes. Most of us have records or have worked with those who do, so you can bet we’ll give you the best advice. Let’s see how to get a job at Johnson & Johnson with a felony.
Does Johnson & Johnson hire felons?
Official company policy for hiring felons
When we asked Johnson & Johnson what their policy is concerning hiring felons, this was the response they gave us:
“As a matter of policy, we won’t be able to provide the information being requested. Nonetheless, we have policies on Equal Opportunity/Non-Discrimination as well as on Diversity and Inclusion that applies to our recruitment process and activities.”
Okay, so maybe that doesn’t quite answer the question, but don’t worry. We dug deeper to find some answers about how to get hired at Johnson & Johnson, even with a record.
Have they hired felons in the past?
We received no confirmation from Johnson & Johnson about whether or not they’ve hired felons before. Neither could we find a clear answer in our research.
Does Johnson & Johnson hire people with misdemeanors?
We could not find any information pertaining to whether or not Johnson & Johnson has hired people with misdemeanors. Our research showed a case in which someone was offered a job, but had the offer withdrawn once a misdemeanor was found on his record. The man filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson that is still ongoing.
This is just one case and it may have had to do with the nature of his charge, considering he made it through the initial screening.
Is Johnson & Johnson on the Ban the Box list?
The Ban the Box campaign has been successful in convincing many companies to remove criminal history questions from their applications. Thousands of companies have already done so. The Fair Chance Business Pledge works to encourage employers to give more opportunities to those with a record.
We looked at J&J’s talent acquisition policy and saw that they do inquire about criminal records during the application process.
Does Johnson & Johnson have any special programs for hiring felons?
Johnson & Johnson does not have any programs geared toward helping felons get hired.
Don’t let that discourage you. You may not realize it, but your local unemployment office probably has plenty of programs tailored towards helping those coming out of prison. If you’re on probation or parole, check with your officer.
Probation officers often have some of the best connections. Plus, gaining employment will go a long way towards staying on their good side.
What are the odds someone with a felony will get hired?
We think there are uncertain odds of getting hired at Johnson & Johnson with a felony, based on their official response as well as on the research we’ve conducted. We say uncertain because there are no clear cases of Johnson & Johnson hiring felons, though they don’t outright say they don’t.
What are some entry-level jobs?
Johnson & Johnson’s job website is the first step in finding an entry-level job with the company. When you start your search, you will notice that most of their jobs require advanced degrees, but you can find many that require only a high school diploma or GED.
Some examples of entry-level jobs include:
- Packaging line
- Packaging operator
- Machine operator
Though there are not many traditional entry-level positions available, there are some that require some special skills you may have, such as:
- HVAC technicians
- Maintenance technicians
Looking to get a job at Johnson & Johnson with a felony (like the ones above)? Check out the next section for tips!
How to get hired at Johnson & Johnson with a felony
The first step will be applying through their online job portal. They ask you if you want to upload a resume. You may be tempted to say no, but not so fast!
Even if you don’t have a resume now, you can easily make one with this guide we’ve created to help you stand out.
Former felons have plenty of experience, whether you know it or not. Any job experience you had before your time in prison should certainly be included on your resume. We also know you don’t want to have any gaps, so think about the skills you learned in prison that will help in the real world.
Did you hold any jobs while you were locked up? If so, what skills did you learn?
- Time management?
- Supervisory skills?
We know that one of the first things anyone learns in prison is how to negotiate. Well, those are some good skills to have when you are in sales!
When you submit your application to J&J, you will be able to track your application’s status through an online app. If a recruiter sees you are a good match for an available job, they contact you and set up a phone interview. If the phone interview is successful, you may be asked to do an in-person interview.
As soon as you submit your application, you need to prepare for a phone interview. Make a list of questions they may ask, like:
- What kind of experience do you have that qualifies you for this job?
- What do you like about this company?
- Do you work well in a team setting?
If you are invited to an in-person interview, make sure you get a nice set of clothes and look your best when you show up. First impressions are just as important as people say they are. Look at yourself in the mirror before you go.
Would you hire you?
Does Johnson & Johnson do background checks?
Yes, Johnson & Johnson does background checks as part of their hiring process.
Here’s what you need to know about background checks:
The good news is that some states don’t go back more than seven years when they run a background check. If your convictions are older than that, you’re in good shape in these states:
- New Hampshire*
- New York*
*sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.
Some states only show the charges you were found guilty of and leave off the ones you were not guilty of. Here are those states:
- Indiana (limited check)
- New York
Then there are the states that still show everything on their background checks. That includes the ones you were convicted of as well as the charges you were found not guilty of. Here is a list of those states:
- Indiana (extensive check)
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
Johnson & Johnson scores a 4 out of a possible 5 on the website glassdoor.com, and 83% of people would recommend working there to a friend.
We’ve seen a bunch of company reviews, and this one is pretty high. People praised the great work environment and their coworkers. They said there was plenty of room for career growth and that the benefits were great.
Many people complained about office politics and poor management. You should take that with a grain of salt, because that is going to be present at any job.
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?
You are probably still wondering, does Johnson & Johnson hire felons? We wish we had a more definitive answer for you. We also want you to keep in mind that some charges may make harder for you to gain employment than others. Some examples include:
- Fraud or breach of trust charges if you will be handling sensitive information.
- Sex crimes if you will be working closely with the public.
- DUI charges or other serious driving convictions if you will be driving company vehicles.
The important thing is for you to be aware of your charges and how they will affect you in the position you are applying for.
Does Johnson & Johnson drug test?
Yep, they do. They perform drug tests as part of their hiring process.
Have you applied for a job or worked here before? Share your experiences!
If you’ve worked for J&J before, we know our readers would love to hear from you in the comments below. Any information you can give helps men and women with a record get one step closer to a job.