Eli Lilly

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Eli Lilly Reviews

Updated August 8, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014
532 Reviews

3.6
532 Reviews
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Eli Lilly President, CEO, and Director John C. Lechleiter
John C. Lechleiter
363 Ratings

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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120 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    Trying to be better, still long way to go.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Director in Indianapolis, IN

    Pros

    The compensation is highly competitive, the products we sell change Lives, the people that work there do care for one another. Long standing career

    Cons

    People are pre-defined in a career path fairly early on in one's career. "You are Placed", the structure is complex which makes decision making slow, political, and bureaucratic at a time the company needs innovation and speed. This structure is also highly expensive at a time that operating expenses are very tight with the loss of 3 product to patent expiration the past 3 years. Promotions are done for the wrong reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the organizational structure having 10 Vice Presidents in the US Affiliate is why we make slow decisions, inconsistent decisions, and do not have a common culture. Also, put in place and Chief Operating Office and drop 5 of the VPs. We continue to discuss cost savings options, yet of all the leaders non-have deep operational experience. Finally, stop trying to make the Sales Force "Happy" this is like feed a kid sugar it is un-healthly for all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Long road to promotions

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

    Promotions 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Was a solid company with strong growth for employees.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

    Very 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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Consultant in Indianapolis, IN

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Presently do not maximize potential of individual.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Potential to be the best

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Representative  in  Youngstown, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Representative in Youngstown, OH

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a checks and balances in place between corporate and the field.

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Extremely talented employees, near zero job security

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Indianapolis, IN

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Used 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 ManagementAdvice

    Cutting 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A well-rounded company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technician
    Current Employee - Technician

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for better transitioning from outside contractor to full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    employee friendly

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Scientist  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Indianapolis, IN

    Pros

    employee friendly. Good working environment.

    Cons

    Conservative. location is boring.leadership is not outstanding

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    two many management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Work life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Flex hours

    Cons

    Lots of changes last several years

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Seen better days

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

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