Eli Lilly
3.5 of 5 486 reviews
www.lilly.com Indianapolis, IN 5000+ Employees

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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "nice work-life balance; excellent on-site facility in campus; nice colleagues (in a way being personal);"
    in 60 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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IT is not a happy place

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Indianapolis, IN

I have been working at Eli Lilly

ProsGood total compensation package. The company is a good place to work because it is working to truly improve the lives of people around the world

ConsRevenue losses have translated into many cutbacks of people. Less work is getting done and morale in IT has plummetted as more and more people get cut loose

Advice to Senior ManagementBetter find some new products before it is too late.

No, I would not 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

I worked at Eli Lilly

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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GooD Company

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Columbus, OH

I worked at Eli Lilly

Prosgood place to work. Large

Consto large. Get lost. too far

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

I have been working at Eli Lilly

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

I worked at Eli Lilly

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

I have been working at Eli Lilly

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

I worked at Eli Lilly

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

I worked at Eli Lilly

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

I worked at Eli Lilly

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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Great while it lasted

Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative (Former Employee)
Modesto, CA

I worked at Eli Lilly

Prosthe company is very good with allowing vacation/personal days, well recognized employer in a respectable industry, company car, free lunch

Consthe immediate manager had no work/life balance and therefore didn't allow the employees to have it either. sales numbers lie and that's what you're being compensated on. promotions are biased.

Advice to Senior Managementmanagement needs more communication with employees, the company's IT systems are outdated, they say they care but they really don't,

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