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Updated May 20, 2014

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2.6 7 reviews

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Deborah B. Wood

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33% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great place to work, would suggest to anyone.

    Marketing Intern (Former Employee) Carmel, IN

    Pros-Great company culture
    -Great leadership team who cares about its employees
    -Fun company outings
    -Good pay and benefits
    -Experiencing good growth and revenue

    Cons-Job consideration process can take a long time

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good meeting planning company that manages live programs well, but does not have the technical expertise to compete

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Carmel, IN

    ProsPeople, culture is great, work-life balance is good, lots of camaraderie, fun events, but very superficial, they do a great job at running meetings, ad boards, speaker trainings

    ConsPay and insurance are not competitive. Many people are ex-Lilly employees who left and had to stay in Indianapolis. CEO does not have experience in pharma or biotech, so basically a the company is good at meeting planning but struggles to compete against others who have a much clearer focus and direction. They operate the company as a live meeting planning company with heavy processes which cause excessive expense when trying to win business outside of live programs. They try to compete with digital companies but don't have the talent or expertise and lack the direction and focus needed to compete in those markets. Not focused enough to differentiate their services which is what you need to do for success. There are way too many med comm companies that do the same level of work and many have a more focused direction which ultimately has led them to more success.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPick a strategy and direction to grow and stick with it, invest in it and drive new business opportunities that align to that direction. Don't go after business in areas you do not have expertise, you won't be able to compete. Change your processes to align with the business need, if you want to grow in digital, you can't be competitive with a meeting planning structure!

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

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    Lack of leadership and clear vision

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Carmel, IN

    ProsGreat location, nice offices, company has attempted to put good processes in place to support project management and consistent operations, however this has come at a very high price tag.

    ConsLeadership doesn't understand the industry and there is no clear strategy on where or how to grow. Company attempts to sell services at premium prices to pay for significant overhead in the company that does not produce results. Organization is way too top heavy, and has a very political agenda. Company has way too many family members working for/running the organization. The nepotism continues to really hurt the company. They have lost a lot of great talent because of this.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGain a clear vision and focus on the things you do well. Don't try to compete against other companies who have expertise and are more cost effective and efficient.

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

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    It's going to be a bumpy ride!

    Worked At DWA (Former Employee) Carmel, IN

    ProsPeople are great and there is a good camaraderie atmosphere. If you're high enough in the food chain you can showcase your abilities and skills, and shine. Also, there is good potential for career advancement in certain areas of the company.

    ConsIn other areas of the company, leadership is unaware or careless about what happens among lower ranks. Conflict resolution is too slow and often biased in favor of management or higher seniority staff. High turnover.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter utilize the skills and talents of the people you hire. If you hired them, you believed they had something to offer. So let them!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Beware of the future of this company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Carmel, IN

    ProsPeople were very supportive
    Great work atmosphere
    Lots of social events and recognition for certain people
    Some are given good opportunities for career advancement, others are not (politically driven)

    ConsLots of politics and immaturity amongst the leadership team
    Most people who work there are either new folks young in their career with no/limited phamaceutical background or Lilly exports, so there is really a lack of pharmaceutical expertise outside of the Lilly people on staff
    Lack of transparency throughout the organization
    DIscrimination and very poor ability to manage and lead through conflict
    Heavy emphasis on "blaming others" while keeping the senior staff looking clean.
    Very high turnover, which is expected in an organization that has grown too quickly and has no strategy
    Company takes on work that they are not qualified to complete just to hit their numbers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to diversify the staff with other true marketing professionals outside Lilly and decide what the company should focus on.

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

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    Good place to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Carmel, IN

    ProsGood place to work. Great company culture. Good people. Decent work coming through, chances to get creative every once in a while.

    ConsChurning out production work happens. Late hours and weekends sometimes, and we're talking 60+ hrs/week. A bit unfair concerning raises, but if you speak up and/or make sure you get hired in high enough, they'll take care of you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees. You have an incredibly diverse set of skills and people with unique ideas waiting to be used.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPeople is definitely the top reason to work for this company. Everybody is willing to help. Work-life balance is great, Management cares a lot about your career if you are a top performer.

    ConsPay is not that great compared to industry. Also, the medical insurance is below industry standards. If you have dependents, expect to pay a lot for your premiums.

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