Eli Lilly Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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Eli Lilly President, CEO, and Director John C. Lechleiter
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Pros
  • nice work-life balance; excellent on-site facility in campus; nice colleagues (in a way being personal); (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)

  • Slow moving corporate ladder and concentrated decision making power within a few in senior management (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Nice place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eli Lilly

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Base salary is good. Pension!!! Good match on 401(k). Very challenging work. People are friendly for the most part. Onsite wellness opportunities.

    Cons

    Internal politics. Technical promotion process is burdensome. Seems to be some misalignment in technical job levels for new employees. These are all pretty minor though.

    Advice to Management

    I think management is on the right track. Tech ladder promotion process requires a fair amount of bragging and tooting your own horn. Seems to rely upon publications more than it should for some science and engineering positions.


  2. Sales Representative

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eli Lilly full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Lilly is probably one of the most Stand Up Pharmaceutical companies in the US. Great reputation with the medical community. I have promoted a variety of products with them for over 20 years and have seen the respect for people in the field by the home office in Indy. Never asked me to do something that I wasn't comfortable with. If you have a good work ethic, you can go far. salary is in the upper third. They've never been a company to offer low base and crazy bonus structure. It sends the wrong message and drives uber aggressive behavior. Lilly Always has a pipeline of products to hopefully fill those coming off patent.

    Cons

    sometimes too conservative in interpreting rules and regulations. But unfavorable public perception these days can ruin a company (or an industry!), so I guess it's better to err on the cautious side.

    Advice to Management

    continue to be transparent to employees about plans for the future


  3. Project Coordinator / Engineering Assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator/Engineering Assistant in Clayton, IN
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator/Engineering Assistant in Clayton, IN

    I worked at Eli Lilly (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Challenging and very well Trained

    Cons

    Lack of Advancement opportunities internally

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your work force internally


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Overall a good company

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Biochemist
    Former Employee - Biochemist

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Generally a positive environment
    Opportunity available to move to different areas
    Funding available for most projects
    Excellent technical depth of most research managers
    Opportunity available for promotions

    Cons

    Far too many meetings required to be efficient within projects
    Communication often lacking between management and work force
    Formal work environment

    Advice to Management

    If you allow employees to have flexible work schedules you will ultimately end up with a happier work force who will work harder for you.


  6. Best company

    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Eli Lilly (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Best company to work with

    Cons

    Can't find anything wrong to specify


  7. Eli Lilly

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eli Lilly full-time

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

    Pros

    The company has great people to work with. Workforce is filled with the best in their respective fields. The company behaves with respect for its people and provides a good work/life balance.

    Cons

    The company tends to value long term employees' opinions more than external hires. The company has a high level of bureaucracy

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to respond faster to opportunities for improvement and allow for broader spans of control. Continue to respect your people and they will serve you well.


  8. Consultant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Consultant in Indianapolis, IN

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

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

    Pros

    Lilly has truly turned itself into a customer-focused company and by and large makes decisions with the customer in mind (customer meaning both healthcare professionals and the ultimate consumer of the product). Management is predominantly supportive of employee growth and upward mobility.

    Cons

    As is common in today's pharma industry, Lilly can be quick to pull the switch and "reallocate" employees which too often necessitates leaving the company. Having lost patent protection of several blockbuster drugs over the past 5 years Lilly's future precariously hinges on the approval of several products currently in phase 3 studies.


  9. Internship Review

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Eli Lilly

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

    Pros

    Great place to gain experience and learn new laboratory techniques. Received independent project and was treated like an employee and not as an intern. People are extremely helpful.

    Cons

    No cons. Great experience for an internship including people, labs, instrumentation etc.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing.


  10. Good company for maintenance career depending on department

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    Current Employee - Instrumentation Technician
    Current Employee - Instrumentation Technician

    I have been working at Eli Lilly full-time

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

    Pros

    Flexibility
    Self paced, no one is hounding you to get work done, if a job takes longer to do than expected there is no problem.
    Safety, is always first.

    Cons

    Leadership makes major assumptions not based in fact that impact the work.
    Strong us versus them mentality between engineering, maintenance, and management
    Management over thinks safety, making it impossible to follow ever changing rules

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people who do the work when making decisions that affect them. Making safety more difficult leads to more accidents.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Undervalue & Underutilize Employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Statistician - Computation in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Senior Statistician - Computation in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Eli Lilly

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

    Pros

    15 days pto + sick days + 24 hrs of personal time + winter shutdown
    team building events encouraged

    Cons

    flex time & ability to work from home varies based on your manager
    company was recently reorganized and do not think it was for the better
    company undervalues and under-utilizes it's employees - position requires a degree to be hired, but employee does not need said degree in order to fulfill required duties
    managers "encourage" work-life balance and taking breaks, but complain when they do not see you at your desk or if they see you taking a break
    chain of command is unclear and confusing
    extremely limited upward mobility

    Advice to Management

    start using the abilities and strengths your employees have
    communicate expectations beforehand rather than waiting until a problem arises and retroactively disciplining the employees



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