Eli Lilly
3.5 of 5 521 reviews
www.lilly.com Indianapolis, IN 5000+ Employees

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Pros:
  • "nice work-life balance; excellent on-site facility in campus; nice colleagues (in a way being personal);"
    in 63 reviews
  • "Respect for people, thrives for ethical business practice"
    in 15 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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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Boca Raton, FL

    Pros-Job flexibility
    -profession growth opps
    -training
    -compensation
    -company car
    -networking

    Cons-manager can make or break your experience

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    GooD Company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Columbus, OH

    Prosgood place to work. Large

    Consto large. Get lost. too far

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Eli Lilly is a good employer with integrity and respect for employees.

    Senior Director (Former Employee)
    Indianapolis, IN

    ProsThe company showes respect for employees.

    ConsThe company has too much bureacracy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe company would benefit from streamlining processes.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I enjoy going to work each day

    Associate Consultant (Current Employee)
    Indianapolis, IN

    ProsWork-Family balance; good benefits; reward and recognition; opportunities and challenges

    ConsLike other companies, going through difficult times, which is impacting employee morale. Loss of jobs, but company does more than just hand a pink slip. Starting to rely too much on outsoucing, losing talent and knowledge base.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOutsoucing is not always the answer. It can save money, but it causes the knowledge to be lost. Vendors don't have the same stake in the company as employees, usually causing more time to get simple tasks completed and more red tape.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great work experience, made you proud to work for them

    Pharmaceutical Sales Representative (Former Employee)
    Portland, OR

    ProsGreat training, great managers (all mine were at least), strong name presence
    Open communication, give alot of independence on running your territory

    ConsNothing really about the company, it's the environment that's a little challenging with offices refusing to accept calls, difficult access to the doctors.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to train and grow throughout your career albeit with a lot of excellent competition...

    Marketing Director (Current Employee)
    Indianapolis, IN

    ProsAccess to leadership
    Training in marketing excellence and principles
    Ability to impact the business
    Good overall compensation package

    ConsBureaucracy
    Tough place to achieve work-life balance but you can if you try
    Not the most entrepreneurial place to work
    Sometimes not the friendliest place to be

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen it up for innovation from below rather than directives from the top. I know this is happening but must primarily be accomplished through actions by leadership to remove roadblocks and change entrenched attitudes about this vs. talking about this and challenging employees to change when many are shut down when offering new, different ideas from what has been done traditionally.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Wasted days and wasted nights

    Scientist (Former Employee)
    Indianapolis, IN

    ProsThe benefits and relocation packages are great, until you file your taxes, be very careful with that. All kinds of little psychological tests to manipulate through the process, be aware or be gone.

    ConsThere is a very inbred mentality going all the way back to Eli himself. Self sacrifice is a given, what less would a Civil War hero demand. However, I sometimes wondered whose side he was on.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet the science back into this company or it will fail in our lifetimes. It's just so completely number and business oriented now - but you need a certain critical mass of 1. Science and 2. Honesty

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good professional growth

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Indianapolis, IN

    ProsGood company, allows flexible work schedules, pay is good

    Conslooks of organizational change resulting in job eliminations although company is hiring externally

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    Helped me to grow as a leader

    Senior Director (Former Employee)
    Indianapolis, IN

    ProsRespect for people and opportunities to grow in multiple professional areas and make contributions.

    ConsLately, the environment has become very short term focused with looming patent expirations. The senior leadership hasn't been able to fill the pipeline gap and some of the executives are bringing on people just like them so that no one can challenge them. Takes too long to make any decision.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on results and cut bonuses at the VP level until some new medicines are launched!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall a good experience, but difficult place for younger employees to make career progress

    Senior Financial Analyst (Former Employee)
    Indianapolis, IN

    ProsGreat / educated work force and ample opportunities to see a wide range of projects and different areas in the business.

    ConsUpward career progression is slow given the businesses lack of production from its product pipeline - i.e. they are not in growth mode at the current time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSeems to be a number of individuals in the finance function that moved up the chain during the boom years (zyprexa/prozac) - who are more worried about job security than steamlining the organization - need to put more pressure on those who aren't performing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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