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Eli Lilly Reviews

Updated June 11, 2014
Updated June 11, 2014
531 Reviews

3.6
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Eli Lilly President, CEO, and Director John C. Lechleiter
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • nice work-life balance; excellent on-site facility in campus; nice colleagues (in a way being personal); (in 66 reviews)

  • Respect for people, ethics, innovative products, work life balance, people development (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • Salaries , Work Life Balance , Nothing Else (in 10 reviews)

  • Somewhat conservative culture, although senior management is trying to change it (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Poor mgt

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    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative  in  Field, KY
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Field, KY

    Pros

    Good benefits, pension, other field reps are great

    Cons

    Horrible management, Dark ages, its all about calls per day not quality, data integrity issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get advice from field, not each other

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Corporate politics and corruption, cover-ups and all the problems that go along with a big company

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    Former Employee - Brand Manager  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Solid reputation
    Huge force in Indianapolis, well respected in the city
    Foundation is incredibly powerful

    Cons

    Corporate bureaucracy and politics was tough
    Very insular, difficulty in partnering and working well with others
    Only real large corporation in a "one-horse" town, so they have an inflated view of themselves
    HR department is a concern, some HR reps went back into regular business jobs and ended up managing people who they had worked with on very private and challenging matters
    Most of the good people left the organization a LONG time ago so they are left with many middle and upper managers who quite frankly aren't the cream of the crop....
    For the most part the senior leadership have been promoted from within, so there is no diversity in thought at the top

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in some diversity from outside the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not what Lilly used to be

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    Former Employee - Marketing Associate  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Indianapolis, IN

    Pros

    Lots of smart though often arrogant people, good salaries. Lavish parking lots, cafeterias. Great legacy as a company of moral integrity.

    Cons

    Not really about the patient or the employee anymore. What used to be an Indy treasure is now just another corporation. People stacked in open offices like sardines doing the bidding of Wall Street and the FDA. Expect this company to remain stagnant at best. Marginal benifits, bonuses and pay increases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop pleasing the interest groups, hire people of integrity, Invest in people, cut bureaucracy and politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Undercover Boss required.

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    Current Employee - Senior Quality Engineer  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Indianapolis, IN

    Pros

    Paid every two weeks. Benefits are better than average

    Cons

    Lack of promotion; lilly culture is one minded; they ask to take what you find here and make it better and better, but it doesn't work that way. Prior work experience doesn't count worth much

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to surveys as a group instead of a whole company discrepancies abound across various departments consistency in managers is not a priority.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Life at Lilly has Changed; Unfortunately Not for the Better

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    Former Employee - Regulatory Affairs  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Regulatory Affairs in Indianapolis, IN

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, decent salary and bonus

    Cons

    Middle management looking to get ahead

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I worked for Eli Lilly and Company for 34 years, retiring in 2013. The reason I left is because middle management was not working to advance the pipeline or employees who reported to them but rather was working to advance their own careers at the expense of the pipeline and employees who reported to them. I saw numerous examples of middle management pointing the finger at others when it was their own mismanagement that resulted in timeline delays as well as using information authored by their subordinates as their own so they could personally advance. The sad part is, no one above middle management ever did anything to correct these behaviors of middle management. In the past, we all worked together, as a team, for the good of the company, which then benefited everyone. Middle management now expects to do nothing themselves but advance through the hard-work of others. It is definitely killing the company that formerly was known for its outstanding work ethic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company Values are poor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN

    Pros

    Decent salaries in an inexpensive part of country

    Cons

    Managers do not manage their groups -- which contributes to inefficiencies and frustration within a group. Culture of arrogance, petty meanness and deceit flourishes way more than I have seen at my two previous companies. Poor training. Performance management process is a joke. Employees get pigeonholed into certain jobs -- practically impossible to get out of a specific job. So never hire on unless you really love the job being offered to you. Product pipeline is drying up rapidly -- soon there will be nothing to sell.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not the first line company founded by Colonel Lilly anymore

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Indianapolis, IN

    Pros

    Deep pockets; not afraid of using new technologies.

    Cons

    Lost the core respect for the "People Element" they used to espouse so nuch. They throw away skilled people like used diapers just to save a few dollars that are then funneled to yet another empty suit VP.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the VPs by 75% and hire back the 5000 foot soldiers you stupidly discarded in 2010.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Started good, ending bad.

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    Current Employee - Skilled Trades  in  Clinton, IN
    Current Employee - Skilled Trades in Clinton, IN

    Pros

    Great place for sucking up. If you can swallow your pride you can do well. Good place to gain experience then move on.

    Cons

    Micromanaged beyond belief. Ambiguous and contradictory policies and procedures that can and will be used against you. Often working for someone who knows little about your job. Older employees are not valued. When you reach a point where your age and service time makes it less attractive to leave (golden-handcuffs) raises are shut off and they find any excuse to reduce your bonus. Performance management and the bell curve causes much backstabbing and false information.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit micromanaging. Cut out the management fat. We could do as well with 2/3's less management. Start valuing older employees. Ditch the performance management BS. It's extremely unfair if you work in a small department or workgroup.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of changes in the works

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Collaborative work environment with other reps
    Finally transitioning to new pharma realities
    Changing from individual to team sales metrics

    Cons

    Uncertain future with loss of many patents and few high-potential drugs in pipeline
    Few opportunities for advancement after last round of layoffs
    Company trying anything to control costs-may be future layoffs if cannot find additional sources of revenue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to change top leadership-they are too focused on managing the company's decline rather than trying to return it to growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Averse to innovation, rigid,

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    Former Employee - Global Contract Manager  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Global Contract Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    Pros

    History of great benefits, good pay for the Midwest, great for the resume

    Cons

    Management does not value employees, considers them disposable and interchangeable, rigid in application of policies unless you have made a friend in upper management - then any rule can be overlooked. Old boys club- exactly as you would expect of Indiana.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and drag yourselves into the 21st century

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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