Eli Lilly

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Eli Lilly Reviews

Updated Jul 26, 2014
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3.5 523 reviews

75% Approve of the CEO

Eli Lilly President, CEO, and Director John C. Lechleiter

John C. Lechleiter

(356 ratings)

68% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Long road to promotions

    Pharmaceutical Sales Representative (Current Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsGood people, communal atmosphere, solid history, great benefits, 401 K matching, growing pipeline, one of the few companies that currently still have a pension. Lilly also has done layoffs humanely and have treated employees very well during the process, which is commendable.

    ConsVery political, bonuses are subjective based on what your manager decides to give, commission is now based less on your sales, it's not the place to make a lot of money like it was years ago. Quotas seem to be out of reach and with the way healthcare has changed, there's only so much you can do to attain success. Promotions are decided by Directors, who are very out of touch with who deserves said promotions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromotions need to be given more often to those who deserve it, otherwise good people will look elsewhere. Pay seems to be much less than competition and sales professionals need a reason to stay.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Was a solid company with strong growth for employees.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI received great experience here and the training was ok. Felt like I was part of innovative product launches and the culture was good for awhile. I did feel that I was a valued employee for the first part of my 15 year tenure. The company is respected in the medical community and back in the day was a fabulous place to work when Contigent Compensation was available. Excellent benefits and family/work balance.

    ConsVery political and some of the managers lack adequate training and experience to manage people. Pipeline is small and the pay did not feel adequate over time. Many of the sales rep work minimally and hide behind others. For many years this company had excess sales reps. and it was pathetic.

    Advice to Senior ManagementVery political and many of the managers move up to quickly and do not have the adequate skill sets to manage sales teams. Good old boys club.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Peaks and valleys. 10 years ago I was doing exciting work that matched my skills and training. Now, not really

    Consultant (Current Employee) Indianapolis, IN

    ProsVacation (last week of year everyone is off). Salary very good.

    ConsPresently do not maximize potential of individual.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Potential to be the best

    Senior Sales Representative (Current Employee) Youngstown, OH

    ProsReally patient focused and don't have to play the stupid games in front of your boss or HCPs.

    ConsWork hours and ALOT OF CONFUSION because short staffed due to the cut backs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave a checks and balances in place between corporate and the field.

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    Extremely talented employees, near zero job security

    Executive Assistant (Former Employee) Indianapolis, IN

    ProsFellow employees, remaining benefits, decent pay, despite repeated downsizing, opportunities to move around company still exist. Myriad of company paid training opportunities.

    ConsUsed to be an exceptional place to work. Now: Nonexistent job security (jobs literally disappear daily). Positions at all levels replaced with fixed duration contractors. Pay vs. job skill requirements for contractors extremely disparate, thus many, many vacancies, meaning those left are extremely overworked, but don't say a word for fear of being downsized and replaced with a contractor.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCutting costs isn't innovating. Your talent goes and your company sinks lower. Cut executive compensation and other costs 'before' slicing your headcount to the point that your company is nearly non functional and certainly no longer competitive on the world stage.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A well-rounded company

    Technician (Current Employee)

    ProsHigh stability in areas and training/growth, coworkers are very team-oriented.

    ConsOpportunities are severely limited for FDE/contractors, management all too happy to maintain status quo rather than advance employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow for better transitioning from outside contractor to full-time

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    employee friendly

    Research Scientist (Former Employee) Indianapolis, IN

    Prosemployee friendly. Good working environment.

    ConsConservative. location is boring.leadership is not outstanding

    Advice to Senior Managementtwo many management

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Work life balance

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood work life balance. Flex hours

    ConsLots of changes last several years

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    Seen better days

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsUsed to have excellent benefits and job security. Most people there genuinely want to improve quality of life for patients.

    ConsJob shifts every three years leads to tribal knowledge vacuums. Progress in innovation gets mired in red tape.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagers need better training on how to nurture creativity / innovation vs sidelining people or ideas they don't understand.

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    It's a good place to work if you are an employee, not so much as a contractor.

    Technical Writer (Current Employee) Indianapolis, IN

    ProsEli Lilly is a large company with many jobs. They try to keep employees on even if various sections of the company close.

    ConsIf you are a contractor you are not treated as well as employees. You have to park in a separate area and there are no provisions for disabled parking.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider the treatment given to contractors, since there are so many of them in your company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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