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

Eli Lilly Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2014
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3.5 521 reviews

                             

75% Approve of the CEO

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

John C. Lechleiter

(355 ratings)

68% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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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 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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    Work life balance

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood work life balance. Flex hours

    ConsLots of changes last several years

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    Corporate politics and corruption, cover-ups and all the problems that go along with a big company

    Brand Manager (Former Employee)
    Indianapolis, IN

    ProsGreat benefits
    Solid reputation
    Huge force in Indianapolis, well respected in the city
    Foundation is incredibly powerful

    ConsCorporate bureaucracy and politics was tough
    Very insular, difficulty in partnering and working well with others
    Only real large corporation in a "one-horse" town, so they have an inflated view of themselves
    HR department is a concern, some HR reps went back into regular business jobs and ended up managing people who they had worked with on very private and challenging matters
    Most of the good people left the organization a LONG time ago so they are left with many middle and upper managers who quite frankly aren't the cream of the crop....
    For the most part the senior leadership have been promoted from within, so there is no diversity in thought at the top

    Advice to Senior ManagementBring in some diversity from outside the company

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

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    Great company, if you are looking for a career and not a job

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proswork / life balance is good
    compensation is competitive
    benefits outside of healthcare are attractive
    people are / culture is friendly

    Consflat org structure
    decisions making process can be slow

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

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    Notable company with professional and dedicated employees.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood salary and benefits, great location, and dedicated employees.

    ConsLilly is a large company and can get bogged down with process and bureaucracy. Sometimes, decisions can take longer than they should to be made.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider universal policies and procedures to help with organization and efficiency. Also, offering advancement/placement opportunities for dedicated and driven contract employees would be beneficial.

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    Great entry-level experience!

    Research Scientist (Former Employee)
    Indianapolis, IN

    ProsGreat experience in a huge multi-national company, able to sit in on a lot of meetings and see what other labs are doing in addition to your projects. It's a great experience and you're thrown into a lab, collabroating with other team members and given your own projects right off the bat. Great experience and opportunities to pick up more projects

    ConsInefficiencies, bureaucracy, anything that comes with a huge company

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the scientists!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work!

    Associate Brand Manager (Former Employee)
    Indianapolis, IN

    ProsVery good work- life family balance

    ConsLots of changes going on in pharma..

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep people informed of the changes and how you are approaching the loss of patents..

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A good company, not perfect

    Senior Research Scientist (Current Employee)
    Indianapolis, IN

    Prosgood salary for the area

    Constoo much politics, some supervisor are selfish

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Interesting work and great people

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPeople were great to work with, very challenging and interesting projects

    ConsThere was a large pressure to reduce costs by any means necessary, eliminating free coffee, even water coolers

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't sweat the little stuff like coffee, that might save $50,000 year when you're spending millions on drug pipelines that will never see development.

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    Overall been terrific, ups and downs like anywhere, lots of respect for people

    Marketing Consultant (Current Employee)
    Indianapolis, IN

    ProsWork/family balance is good, base pays are solid and bonus pay can be amazing when the company is performing well. Promote from within mostly. Little conservative but striving to break out.

    ConsPolitics can drive most promotions. Need to manage pipeline better. Sometimes a bit passive/aggressive culture. Silo by business unit and not much cross fertilization of people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet HR involved in promotions again, otherwise it's completely political in nature and we are not always doing the right thing by people and respect. Need more corporate based position that can work remote a few days a week.

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

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    Great benefits

    Manager (Former Employee)
    Indianapolis, IN

    ProsLilly has great benefits and they treat their employees well. They are working hard to communicate.

    ConsPipeline is not producing and they have lost patents on several products leading to decreased revenue. Touch place to be right now because of that. There are patches of "reallocation" (another term for lay offs) that you don't hear about unless you know someone that got reallocated.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep communicating...

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

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