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Eli Lilly Reviews in Indianapolis, IN

Updated January 14, 2015
Updated January 14, 2015
592 Reviews
3.7
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • work life balance; career development for junior; Not good for higher level (in 72 reviews)

  • Great team member; career growth, respect for people (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance wasn't very appreciated (in 11 reviews)

  • Somewhat conservative culture, although senior management is trying to change it (in 13 reviews)

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  1. 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
  2.  

    Great collaborative culture

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    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great!

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    • 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
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  5. 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    I enjoyed working for one of the largest employers in the area, the learning opportunities, the friends I still have.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    The training gotten at Lilly is great, such that when looking for positions elsewhere having Lilly on your resume is a serious plus.

    Cons

    The level of stress and lack of transparency from management is very high.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Assist with daily tasks and help with data analysis.

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    Current Employee - Summer in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Summer in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    Great people and true business environment. Enjoyed learning from people in all areas of the company from science to business.

    Cons

    Some of the days were slow. As a replacement worker there were times where tasks would be slow to come by.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Director, Quality in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Director, Quality in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    Large, stable company. Strong work-life balance. Great leadership at senior levels.

    Cons

    nothing to note at this time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing to note

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    hopeless as both individual and company

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Eli Lilly full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    nice work-life balance; excellent on-site facility in campus; nice colleagues (in a way being personal);

    Cons

    NOT merit-based promotion; unclear direction of department; innovation is not appreciated and credited. talking is way more important than working

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    open to innovation and create a result-oriented enviroment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company Values are poor

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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 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent salaries in an inexpensive part of country

    Cons

    Managers do not manage their groups -- which contributes to inefficiencies and frustration within a group. Culture of arrogance, petty meanness and deceit flourishes way more than I have seen at my two previous companies. Poor training. Performance management process is a joke. Employees get pigeonholed into certain jobs -- practically impossible to get out of a specific job. So never hire on unless you really love the job being offered to you. Product pipeline is drying up rapidly -- soon there will be nothing to sell.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    great company with good benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    People are really great to work with. There is a collaboration atmosphere among the team. My leaders fosters this behavior.

    Cons

    Long hours during crunches. When a new system is going in there are usually long days and night that can cut into personal time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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