Eli Lilly

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Eli Lilly Reviews

Updated November 6, 2014
Updated November 6, 2014
579 Reviews
3.7
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Eli Lilly President, CEO, and Director John C. Lechleiter
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387 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • work life balance; career development for junior; Not good for higher level (in 72 reviews)

  • Great team member; career growth, respect for people (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance wasn't very appreciated (in 11 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Not for me

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Eli Lilly (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very conservative company. Dedicated to diabetes. Likes to have employees for the long-term. Allows employees to take leave of absences and be rehired.

    Cons

    Not all management is equal. I had a fantastic manager and then he left and I was given a sub- standard manager. Company is too rule oriented and does not care about their employees. Not very innovative- stuck in time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All good paper pushers do not make good managers. Establish a management academy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Times are tough

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Eli Lilly

    Pros

    Still have some best in class products. Trying to still invest in training at all levels in a very positive way. Great benefits. Time off is more than fair.

    Cons

    Huge downsizing still continuing. Not sure why this is still occurring on an ongoing basis at this dramatic rate. People are constantly in fear of being reallocated. Compliance policies are stricter than many competitors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Unhappy

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Eli Lilly full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some opportunities to explore different roles

    Cons

    overly-conservative, require 3 years in a role before you can move to another or be considered for promotion, if you change roles within that 3 years your eligibility for promotion requires another 3 years. When I was there, telecommuting was prohibited by management - but there were some that were allowed to continue it. VERY conservative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so stupid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Was a great company when I first started but has really gone down hill the past 5 years.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Eli Lilly

    Pros

    Great benefits and retirement package.

    Cons

    Great products - Good people - poor leadership. Many in C-level positions are unprofessional, deceitful, and despite making poor decisions, remain in leadership. Unfortunately the company does not value its employees anymore. Good people don't get promoted.....only the "chosen ones" have the opportunity for career advancement. Sad!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Big time liberals have hijacked an historically excellent company

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Consultant in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Eli Lilly full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent reputation with consumers, healthcare professionals and regulatory agencies world-wide

    Cons

    There is NO JOB SECURITY whatsoever.
    Company is way over the top on diversity issues, even compared to other similarly sized organizations. As an example, absolutely no religious symbols or documents can be displayed at one's desk, on their office wall, etc. Not even a religious desk calendar, etc.
    Company has had a great pipeline for years, but has struggled to get approvals for these new molecular entities from ANY REGULATORY BODY worldwide.

    Compensation is highly slanted at PhD's, management types, and the regular B.S. folks, or less, who do the lion's share of the actual work get the shaft, monetarily speaking, I mean.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop propagating the liberal lies and return corporate policies and procedures into more commonsensical ways of doing business. Stop catering to the vocal, but minority reprobates who try to influence honest, decent folks into sanctioning their perverted ways.
    Rein in the massive, profit-killing marketing parties and extravagant spending which is still to this day going on. John L. and the board of directors are fully aware of this.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor mgt

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

    I have been working at Eli Lilly full-time (more than 10 years)

    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
  8. 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

    I worked at Eli Lilly full-time (more than 5 years)

    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
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Not what Lilly used to be

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Eli Lilly full-time (more than 10 years)

    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
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Undercover Boss required.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Eli Lilly full-time (more than 10 years)

    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
  11. 4 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

    I worked at Eli Lilly full-time (more than 10 years)

    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

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