Eli Lilly Reviews

Updated March 17, 2015
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  1. Great benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Eli Lilly full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Pipeline 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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep communicating...

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful

    I was a contractor in IT at Lilly for many years

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Eli Lilly as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Clean environment, management was always pretty good, although if there is a conflict between a contractor and an employee, it's the contractor's fault automatically.

    Cons

    Contractor's are treated as second rate citizens. They have to park far away and often walk past a lot of empty parking spaces that will be empty all day, but are reserved for employees.

    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful

    Worked here for 13 years

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    Current Employee - Finance in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Finance in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Eli Lilly full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Many opportunities to perform different jobs ever 2-3 years, good benefits, US HQ is in Indianapolis

    Cons

    Management only cares about promoting themselves, many, many professional networkers that just have meetings with others to try to get promoted. No meaningful leadership or supervisor training means you most likely will get someone that has no idea how to lead people, very large discrepancy between associate level pay and management, for some reason they keep approving larger bonuses for themselves every time there is a benchmarking, kind of a joke

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people like adults and TRAIN your leaders

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful

    Undercover Boss required.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Eli Lilly full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Paid every two weeks. Benefits are better than average

    Cons

    Lack of promotion; lilly culture is one minded; they ask to take what you find here and make it better and better, but it doesn't work that way. Prior work experience doesn't count worth much

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to surveys as a group instead of a whole company discrepancies abound across various departments consistency in managers is not a priority.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Decent place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Eli Lilly full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are good for a midwestern city. CEO being a scientist has a very research minded approach.

    Cons

    Very conservative company when it comes to R&D. Very much 'wait and see' approach to other biotech and pharma.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to be a leader in innovation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful

    Not what Lilly used to be

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    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Eli Lilly full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of smart though often arrogant people, good salaries. Lavish parking lots, cafeterias. Great legacy as a company of moral integrity.

    Cons

    Not really about the patient or the employee anymore. What used to be an Indy treasure is now just another corporation. People stacked in open offices like sardines doing the bidding of Wall Street and the FDA. Expect this company to remain stagnant at best. Marginal benifits, bonuses and pay increases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop pleasing the interest groups, hire people of integrity, Invest in people, cut bureaucracy and politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful

    It's a good place to work if you are an employee, not so much as a contractor.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Technical Writer in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Contractor - Technical Writer in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Eli Lilly as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Eli Lilly is a large company with many jobs. They try to keep employees on even if various sections of the company close.

    Cons

    If you are a contractor you are not treated as well as employees. You have to park in a separate area and there are no provisions for disabled parking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider the treatment given to contractors, since there are so many of them in your company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Great collaborative culture

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

    I have been working at Eli Lilly full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very collaborative, not much pressure, development opportunities are plentiful

    Cons

    Slow moving corporate ladder and concentrated decision making power within a few in senior management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your middle management more and allow the corporate culture to flourish

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Great!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Line Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Line Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Eli Lilly full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Easy-going atmosphere, great perks, overall this is a great, community focused company to work for.

    Cons

    The downtown location can be a testing commute with traffic and the various disruptions due to summer construction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful

    Life at Lilly has Changed; Unfortunately Not for the Better

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    Former Employee - Regulatory Affairs in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Regulatory Affairs in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Eli Lilly full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, decent salary and bonus

    Cons

    Middle management looking to get ahead

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I worked for Eli Lilly and Company for 34 years, retiring in 2013. The reason I left is because middle management was not working to advance the pipeline or employees who reported to them but rather was working to advance their own careers at the expense of the pipeline and employees who reported to them. I saw numerous examples of middle management pointing the finger at others when it was their own mismanagement that resulted in timeline delays as well as using information authored by their subordinates as their own so they could personally advance. The sad part is, no one above middle management ever did anything to correct these behaviors of middle management. In the past, we all worked together, as a team, for the good of the company, which then benefited everyone. Middle management now expects to do nothing themselves but advance through the hard-work of others. It is definitely killing the company that formerly was known for its outstanding work ethic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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