Eli Lilly Reviews

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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 70 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  

    Lots of very smart people that are used to doing things a particular way

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    Current Employee - Research Advisor in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Research Advisor in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Eli Lilly

    Pros

    Great pay. Nice town. Smart colleagues. At the principal research scientist level and above, You are generally given the freedom to decide what to do and how to do it. This is a place that openly celebrates promotions and devotes a day to do so, with spouses. Family friendly. Interesting mix of very creative and very conservative approaches.

    Cons

    A lot of pressure to produce results. Promotions don't always go to the best performers but to the people that play the game well and smooze with key decision makers. Can be cold and snowy in the winter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value teamwork more and do not micromanage.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be a great company to work for, now it is just average.

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    Current Employee - Operation Technician in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Operation Technician in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Eli Lilly

    Pros

    Great people from mid level managers down. Lilly still has the ability to make a difference in the lives of people.

    Cons

    Poor executive management, poor loyalty for employees, compensation and benefits are unremarkable at this point. All and all the company has been managed into a run of the mill pharma company. Very sad!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Business majors run businesses and chemistry majors run labs. Never the two should meet. Failed business plans and a lack of vision has created an environment of fear. No longer is the free flow of ideas the norm. Instead people just want to make the next cut of job layoffs.

    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Friendly environment that can get even better

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Eli Lilly

    Pros

    The good things about Eli Lilly are that they have an established market presence, good networking opportunities if you try, and generally nice people who are willing to have coffee with you and chat about life and business.

    Cons

    Some positions are assigned a lot more work than they should have. I saw many people who have too many assignments that they might as well have been paid 2 times their current pay. The salary is not the top of the line, and you must get used to the location because you won't be traveling much for most of their positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should consider alternative ways approaching the high R&D structure experienced by pharmaceutical companies in general. Growth opportunities should be expanded.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pretty Decent

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

    I worked at Eli Lilly

    Pros

    Pay is pretty decent
    Benefits are great considering the economy
    Respect for People that is working there
    Workers are pretty nice, for the most part

    Cons

    Communication is lacking, especially in management
    Promotion Opportunity is lacking, especially in manufacturing
    Location is not the best, but it could be worst
    Vacation Time
    Low expectations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expectations are sometimes extremely high due to the lack support they give you. Running a process and improving it isn't hard. It all the extra projects that they sometimes give you, that is too much.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Eli Lilly

    Pros

    Great benefits. Fantastic city to live in.

    Cons

    Slow to respond and top heavy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the employee more.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good company to work, mainy IT opportunities to work at.

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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Eli Lilly

    Pros

    1. Good benefits
    2. Good opportunities, challenges
    3. Good people to work with

    Cons

    1. Company going through tough times.
    2. Ceiling on pay being reached, no baseline increase in 2012.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Don't outsource so much, invest in employees in the downtime.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Respect for People, but times are tough

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Eli Lilly

    Pros

    Lilly has totally flexible work hours and is very "family friendly." The compensation, salary and benefits, is very competitive. The work environment is first class. They are moving aggressively toward a mobile workplace, unfortunately this does not extend to freedom to work from home without strong coordination with your supervision. It is a well respected company in the community and in the state.

    Cons

    While this is probably typical for most large businesses, it is a highly political environment. Networking is extremely important. "Organizational memory" is very long. While they encourage you to take risks, you need to be certain that it is a risk you can overcome. Failure is not an option and if you fail, it will follow you for a number of years as your career stalls. This may not be universal and maybe mitigated if you have done the "required" networking ahead of time. This gives your management a chance to "spin" your failure into something with less impact.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is very hard to see significant capital improvements being made while in the process of shedding 5,000 employees. Things will be great for those who remain. It is also tiresome to hear how great our product pipeline is, when the financial results don't materialize. (This is not unique to Lilly and is a problem with all pharma companies.) That said, I must say I cannot image a company that handles layoffs in a more generous manner. Sometimes the business climate demands a contraction of the workforce and Lilly handles it about as well as it can be done.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall it was a good professinal experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Eli Lilly

    Pros

    Great benefits, good salaries, good people, great working environment.

    Cons

    Very political, not much opportunity to move up as they are in an outsourcing mode. It it not what you know but who you know that get you ahead. IVY Leaguers got it made.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat everyone with respect and see them for what they bring to the table not who they socialize with.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    I should have done different at Eli Lilly

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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

    Pros

    Job at Eli Lilly is relatively stable.

    Cons

    Employee's performance management is one direction only for most of employees----depending on supervisor's personal opinions even if they are not fair or objective.

    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    IT is not a happy place

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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

    Pros

    Good total compensation package. The company is a good place to work because it is working to truly improve the lives of people around the world

    Cons

    Revenue losses have translated into many cutbacks of people. Less work is getting done and morale in IT has plummetted as more and more people get cut loose

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better find some new products before it is too late.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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