Eli Lilly

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Eli Lilly Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
579 Reviews
3.7
579 Reviews
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Eli Lilly President, CEO, and Director John C. Lechleiter
John C. Lechleiter
387 Ratings

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company with high expectations

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager

    I have been working at Eli Lilly

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Good respect for people. Wonderful benefits: health, time-off, etc.

    Cons

    The company is coming through a tough period with patent expirations - during this time there isn't much upward mobility. Two out of the last 3 years the company has not provided raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue on the path you've set - with new drug approvals Eli Lilly should once again becoming a thriving company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales Rep almost a decade

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative

    I worked at Eli Lilly

    Pros

    Benefits car gas computer computer bill phone phone bill
    Salary
    See America
    Reputation
    Quota trips

    Cons

    Red tape
    Bonus structure
    Have to constantly brag on yourself to move up
    Waste so much stuff
    Branding wasn't very sharp

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut out so much paperwork.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work, despite being a tough time for the company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    It can be an exciting place to work; they develop you; they enable work-life balance.

    Cons

    As in any pharma company, it's a highly regulated environment, which can feel constraining. While they keep you focused on your job, you will have to fight to show the value you can add.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management could take steps to ensure lower management is align with its vision.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fun fast and fullfilling, alot of things to learn and become familiar with.

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

    I have been working at Eli Lilly full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are second to none and we also receive bonus checks annually, our company continues to grow world wide which carry"s good job security.

    Cons

    Im currently on 3rd shift which is a change, but im adjusting.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Working mother - MBA

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

    I worked at Eli Lilly

    Pros

    Organic growth, strong marketing capabilities and expansive global footprint. Good collaboration between affiliates and head office. Changing culture to be less arrogant and less internally focused. CEO is strong communicator.

    Cons

    Culture not appreciative of diversity. Prefer type As - Tend to label or sideline different styles. Non transparent reward and recognition - back stabbing rewarded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold senior leaders accountable for bad behavior.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Spent 34 years there. The company has changed in its approach to employees. Much more of a herd mindset

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Director
    Former Employee - Engineering Director

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

    Pros

    Technically challenging work that is interesting

    Cons

    Company is being mismanaged ....all the eggs are in the research basket hoping for a blockbuster drug and they haven't delivered. Cutbacks...cutbacks and more cutbacks....fear is very front and center. Many very good people have had their lives turned upside down and JK and Eli must be turning in their graves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company overall.

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

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

    Pros

    The work that you do will matter. No matter what task you do; it will be important. Taking your role serious is a MUST!
    Great company overall; especially for women, minorities, those that have an alternative lifestyle, and people less that 40ish.

    Cons

    Lots of A++++ personalities to deal with.
    Seems as if the company as a whole is a little prejudice towards the aging work force.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Never ever do buy out packages. When the need to reduce head count is needed; let attrition run its course. The buy outs have created the unintended consequence of some people sticking around longer than they should just waiting for an early buy out program.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Conservative company that still emphasizes research

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

    I have been working at Eli Lilly full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    For the Midwest - salary is more than commensurate (not sure about industry wide)
    Leave policies and benefits are generous
    Strong commitment to R&D

    Cons

    Very conservative
    Downsizing is ongoing
    Career mobility is very uneven

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This latest "delayering" exercise was to flatten the organization. Removing the bottom layer does indeed flatten but in the end we still have too many decision maker. We should focus on not running costly clinical trials for drugs with low probability of technical success. That would save us millions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Grow talent within. Many training and development opportunities.

    Cons

    Highly regulated industry. Consensus driven is pro and a con

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Wonderful people

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eli Lilly

    Pros

    Very enjoyable working environment and happy people.

    Cons

    Geographically isolated and not in a biotech hub.

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