Eli Lilly

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Eli Lilly Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
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Updated February 25, 2015
445 Reviews
3.7
445 Reviews
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Eli Lilly President, CEO, and Director John C. Lechleiter
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Co

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    consultant biologist

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eli Lilly

    Pros

    Good pay, flex time, good vacation, gym, healthcare

    Cons

    Indianapoils, big pharma, parking shortage, meetings

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company now into hard times

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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  5.  

    Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eli Lilly

    Pros

    Love experience, great environment, outstanding company

    Cons

    No rotation Al program.

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very Disappointed

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

    I have been working at Eli Lilly

    Pros

    Good benefits, pension plan and paid time off. Nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Poor job security. Reorganizing and resulting job cuts. Low morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review department spending trends, not head count. Retain talent.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Amazing company with a great past and even better future!

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

    I have been working at Eli Lilly

    Pros

    Great leadership, great leadership, and great work/life balance. Hard work will be noticed!

    Cons

    Have not seen any to this point.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Great Intern Experience

    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Eli Lilly

    Pros

    Competitive salary and great intern programs. Got a lot of exposure to top engineers as well as networked with recent new hires to learn more pertinent skills for young engineers.

    Cons

    Project choice is pretty limited.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Difficult Environment to Work In

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative in New York, NY

    I worked at Eli Lilly

    Pros

    While working at Eli Lilly, they provided great benefits such as a company car and great work-life balance.

    Cons

    The compensation was not adequate and there was no room for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees who are working in the field.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Depends on What You Want & Where You Are

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate

    I have been working at Eli Lilly full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are some extremely good things about Lilly, including location, benefits, and, depending on who you are and what you want, some fantastic career opportunities. I also had three superior managers -- excellent leaders. Importantly, every person I worked with in my 10 years there actually, truly cared that the company was getting good, effective medicine to the right patient. The ethics in marketing were uncannily high.

    Cons

    It's very male, very Midwestern, pretty homogeneous, and really conservative (culture, not politics.) I also had two managers who should never, ever have been in any leadership position of any kind. They were never unethical, but they both hated people. (Really.) Work-life balance is a very unfunny joke. After I left, I never missed being emailed at 3 a.m.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    On the walls at Lilly it says, "People, Integrity, Excellence." If you aren't actually going to care about people, please just paint over it. Lying walls are terribly discouraging.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good strong 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 8 years)

    Pros

    Job security for performers
    Great pipeline

    Cons

    Seems to be reluctant and difficult to release poor performing employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I like the tough decisions the leadership team makes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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