Eli Lilly Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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Eli Lilly President, CEO, and Director John C. Lechleiter
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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. Great company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Marketing Intern in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Intern - Marketing Intern in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Eli Lilly as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The culture was great and the ability to work with many intelligent people, tackling life changing problems was rewarding.

    The bar section was a nice hangout spot.

    Cons

    The lack of intern activities that exposed the group to the overall culture of Lilly was concerning.

    Apartments could be closer to downtown or at least closer to the Canal.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency for all workers on what is happening with the overall organization. Keep up the good work.

  2. Quality

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    People and culture, bonuses, work atmosphere

    Cons

    Decreasing benefits, spotlight points and education

    Advice to Management

    None

  3. Oppressive corporation

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - IT-Desktop Support in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Contractor - IT-Desktop Support in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Prozac is always close by because you're going to need it. Air conditioning / heating (in most places). Chairs to sit on. Spacious clean bathrooms. Many work areas still have full height cubicles and not open office design (for now).

    Cons

    Drinking water is nowhere in sight, as long as you don't mind paying $1.50 for a bottle of water out of the vending machine or bringing your own water jugs into the building. Coffee is nearly $2 for a small at their little coffee shop, so it's still a better deal at Starbucks. Aramark corporate food service (the cafeteria) is expensive, and it's your only choice since you are basically discouraged from leaving the campus for lunch.

    Advice to Management

    People are important, not your stock price. Treat your employees (and contractors) like assets and not disposable items. It's little everyday perks like clean drinking water and cheap/free coffee that make people happy who are stuck at the bottom of the corporate pyramid. Stop giving into Wall Street demands.

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  5. Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mid Management in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Mid Management in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Eli Lilly full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People first mentality within company

    Cons

    Lack of accountability in higher ranks

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course long enough to have implementation impact prior to changing direction.

  6. Technical writer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Eli Lilly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunity to grow.

    Cons

    Very inhospitable to contractors, especially handicapped people who are not allowed to park in handicapped spaces.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that contractors are important to your company and deserve some respect.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Doesn't get better.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Best pay for IT roles in the State.
    Amazing pension and 401k plan.
    Cheap Health Insurance Premiums.
    Winter shutdown/ PTO
    Flexibility, work from home opportunities
    True Reallocation planning. If position is eliminated, you have 3mos paid to find work either internally or externally. Can't find security like that anywhere else.

    Cons

    Even if you were the best at your old employer, be prepared to be challenged and work. Not so much a true con on the behalf of the company, but the general aptitude of Lilly professional employees is extremely high and there is a significant learning curve. Working in big pharma can be a huge shake up if you never have been in the industry before. Come ready to impress.

    Advice to Management

    Keep encouraging employees to challenge the norm. Flexibility and compassion is noticed and respected highly.

  8. No Respect for People

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Branchburg, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Branchburg, NJ

    I have been working at Eli Lilly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salaries are competitive, company offers pension as part of benefits package

    Cons

    Far too much reorganization, which creates a culture of instability. If you do not work in home office (Indianapolis), you are treated like a second-class citizen.

    Advice to Management

    Show more respect for those who work for you.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Sales Representative in Sandy Springs, Fulton, GA
    Current Employee - Executive Sales Representative in Sandy Springs, Fulton, GA

    I have been working at Eli Lilly

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great passionate people! Fair Compensation package. They offer flexible schedules and support work life balance. If you work hard you have the opportunity to many different things within the company.

    Cons

    Lack of women in management. Poor automobile choices. Like most companies some employees/management are open to feedback and want to make positive changes and some do not.

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier and more enticing for women to want to move into management by offering more opportunities outside of Indianapolis to gain experience to move into the role.

  10. Lilly del Caribe, Inc.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Maintenance\Technical Support in Carolina, PR
    Former Employee - Maintenance\Technical Support in Carolina, PR

    I worked at Eli Lilly full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation above job market.
    Benefits above job market.

    Cons

    Non-existent 'work/life' balance because of manufacturing shifts.
    Operations/support personnel is treated as a replaceable object at any time.

    Advice to Management

    After eight years of dedicated service (with more than four hundred hours accrued of paid leave), the person who would inform you of the benefits earned (after accepting another job offer) wasn't even a company employee but a contractor.

  11. A lot of room to move up in the company or move to other job areas

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Biologist in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Senior Biologist in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Eli Lilly

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    benefits, personal growth, promotions, friendly atmosphere, company values

    Cons

    dealing with upper management that don't understand the actual logistics of why we do the things the way we do

    Advice to Management

    come to labs and observe what actually goes on

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