Eli Lilly Reviews

Updated March 20, 2015
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Eli Lilly President, CEO, and Director John C. Lechleiter
John C. Lechleiter
31 Ratings

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 place to work!

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    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Doesn't get better.

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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 3 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. A lot of room to move up in the company or move to other job areas

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    Current Employee - Senior Biologist in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Senior Biologist in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Eli Lilly

    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 ManagementAdvice

    come to labs and observe what actually goes on

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunity for advancement. Very professional. Normal hours.

    Cons

    More and more bonuses and perks are being deleted.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. Fairly decent, until recent changes in organization.

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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant - IT
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant - IT

    I have been working at Eli Lilly

    Pros

    Decent salaries and benefits package

    Cons

    Constant reorganization, lots of instability

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Great company !

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Eli Lilly

    Pros

    great salary and benefits , great work and life balance , family oriented environment , great people and upper management who care about their employees

    Cons

    none , everything is great ! the only challenge is products are mostly co promoted with other pharma company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    they're great ! just keep it up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Great Co

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    Current Contractor - QA Associate in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Contractor - QA Associate in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    Very flexible and a great learning experience, very centered toward a work-life balance culture

    Cons

    The rules against contract employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Good company, challenging and complex industry, constant downsizing, and opportunities for mgmt to be better leaders

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    All employees respect their coworkers and have honest concerns to bring positive solutions to the customer. Good atmosphere and many perks on site to make work life balance easy.

    Cons

    Management is not honest or sincere, and tends to be perspective driven instead of using facts. Company is adjusting to the external forces of the pharmaceutical industry and as such had been in a consistent reduction mode for years. Limitations on career options.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more transparent and lead by example. Many good people in the company want to help overall, but need direction to properly adjust their workload.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Good company. Developed good products. Involved in community.
    A lot of room for improvement.

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    A once great company. Just like the history says, Colonel Eli Lilly (founder) first commercialized insulin and treated millions of people. That was the late 1800's and to revive that legacy, Lilly needs to find something great again. If you follow the news lately, Lilly's embattled pipeline includes a "has been" product patented to be administered with vitamins. Something great???? maybe.

    Cons

    What does charging thousands of dollars to use a vitamin with an off patent product say about Excellence, Integrity and Respect for People? Time to start developing those first line drugs again. Yes, room to improve, a lot of space, actually.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Foresight is first. Being Hoosier is secondary. Hire a wider range of people who think different.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Great company now into hard times

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Eli Lilly

    Pros

    Ok place to work has a great history of valuing the employee and developing talent

    Cons

    Research has NOT delivered on new products. Company is committed to blockbuster drugs only and because of patent losses has fallen on hard times with many employees being furloughed and fear reigns supreme as folks wonder who it the next to be let go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late to shut the barn door the horses are already well and out and down the road. Go back and read what JK Lilly had to say about the employees and their value....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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