Eli Lilly Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
541 Reviews
3.6
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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 66 reviews)

  • Respect for people, ethics, innovative products, work life balance, people development (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • Salaries , Work Life Balance , Nothing Else (in 10 reviews)

  • Somewhat conservative culture, although senior management is trying to change it (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Work/Life Balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eli Lilly

    Pros

    Lilly is a great company with core values and respect for people. There is flexibility during the work day in order to manage life outside work, especially when it comes to families.

    Cons

    Lilly is working its way through challenges.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Worth working

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    Current Employee - Academic Inern  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Academic Inern in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Eli Lilly as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    work environment is too good

    Cons

    nothing I can think of

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    Fabulous Work, Co Workers and Benefits

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Eli Lilly full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Despite it's issues in recent years, the years I spent at Eli Lilly were some of the best / most enjoyable of my 20 year career. The companies' mission, it's people, and it's encouragement and resources provided both to it's employees and the community were first rate.

    Cons

    The considerable downsizing in recent years hit so many good and loyal employees and their families hard. Many would have stayed with the company for a lifetime, had the opportunity availed itself. Sadly, market and other conditions decided otherwise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate on the pipeline, research, and the best employees. Stay strong. Stay for another 100 years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    This company gives you the most welcoming work feeling ever. I was working as a digital e-media specialist.

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    Former Employee - E-Channel Coordinator  in  Beirut (Lebanon)
    Former Employee - E-Channel Coordinator in Beirut (Lebanon)

    I worked at Eli Lilly as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    - Great office environment
    - Wonderful values that can be reflected to your own self: integrity, respect for people, and excellence
    - good performance review strategy, for your areas of development
    - excellent recognition culture
    - good work package, even for entry level employees
    - Good worth ethics
    - Safety/ergonomics

    Cons

    2014 was the worst year for lily ever, and this is where they laid off 2000 employees. Quite disturbing, even if you weren't laid off.
    A year earlier, they were engaged in a strategy to cut costs. A year after, they laid off a few employees, and I was one of them.
    Thanks to them, I got off the workforce and I applied to a master's program in Paris and got accepted under a full scholarship, with a work employment contract that is well compensated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of the issues we identified from surveys of employees were:

    - Beaurocracy
    - Slowness of business processes
    - career mobility discreet options

    These issues were personally assigned by the general manager to the senior managers as one of their yearly objectives, in order to restore employee satisfaction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company to grow your career

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Coming out of a postdoc Lilly provides great opportunities to grow, learn drug discovery, and still have some opportunity for basic research. They also treat their employees like family and consider them the most important asset. Lastly, the CEO is a scientist, which fosters an environment of faith that the company will be led in the right direction.

    Cons

    Not the best pay compared to local competitors, but it is offset somewhat by other benefits. It seems unlikely that someone starting there career at Lilly will be able to achieve career goals without having to move out of the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Safer Pharma Company than most...

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Eli Lilly for more than a year

    Pros

    It's been around forever. Family feel. Great diabetes pipeline.

    Cons

    Lots of changes going on in pharma. Last year they laid off a huge percentage of the sales force and the attrition rates since then have been pretty bad.

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    Great working atmosphere with proffessional managers

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    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant  in  Warsaw (Poland)
    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in Warsaw (Poland)

    I worked at Eli Lilly full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great learning opportunities combined with high level of respect to every employee.

    Cons

    I did not find any cons. I wish to work for a such a company again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe a little bit more marketing workshops

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Although conservative, a fantastic company to work for with integrity and a real family atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative  in  Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Eli Lilly full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good base salaries, treats employees very well, upper management is accessible, even as a sales rep with no office still felt very much a part of my sales team, truly care about employees both inside and outside of work, excellent enrichment training as volunteer opportunities

    Cons

    Very difficult to get promoted, if looking for a company with an aggressive sales approach this one is not for you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make promotional process a little shorter

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A wonderful company to work for that has great benefits

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    Former Employee - Senior Laboratory Technician  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Senior Laboratory Technician in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    Lilly was a great company to work for. They had many opportunities for personal growth and their benefits were outstanding. Salary was great for the industry and there were opportunities for bonus.

    Cons

    The headquarters are in Indianapolis Indiana so you have to deal with winter. The promotion process can be difficult at times. It is a large company so change can be time consuming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management tends to forget where they came from and how difficult it makes life on employees when they are so disconnected.

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

    Very Secure Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Eli Lilly full-time

    Pros

    Work/life balance is great at the company

    Cons

    Room to advance is very difficult

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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