Eli Lilly Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
541 Reviews
3.6
541 Reviews
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Eli Lilly President, CEO, and Director John C. Lechleiter
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Review Highlights

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. 3 people found this helpful  

    A horrible place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    A salary and a job

    Cons

    Only interested in who you know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    quit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    past pharmaceutical rep

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Eli Lilly full-time

    Pros

    good work/life balance...that is it for pros

    Cons

    very poor management, low salary, team goals, bad bonus structure, expensive company car, micromanaging, no career advancement unless your a robot

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your reps in the field

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    hopeless as both individual and company

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    nice work-life balance; excellent on-site facility in campus; nice colleagues (in a way being personal);

    Cons

    NOT merit-based promotion; unclear direction of department; innovation is not appreciated and credited. talking is way more important than working

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    open to innovation and create a result-oriented enviroment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Would strongly recommend staying away from this company, future is quite uncertain

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    Former Employee - Senior Brand Manager  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Senior Brand Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Eli Lilly full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits, great coworkers, and career center, company does a tremendous amount for the community

    Cons

    It's hard to read the positive reviews for this company because my experience was quite different. I saw discrimination, sexual harrassment, destructive behaviors, all within the leadership team. The company incented poor behaviors and definitely was a good-old boy network starting from the very top. Unfortunately, this company is completely insular, difficult to partner with (look at their track record with ICOS, Amylin, BI, DSI and you know they are very difficult to work with. I was witness to some of the behaviors that led to these unsuccessful partnerships. Sadly this company won't change as long as they continue to promote from within. They have not been successful bringing in any outside talent, and it shows. I'm also amazed that the investor community doesn't see what is lacking in this company. I think this company is a great example of the problems you have when there is no competition in your backyard, very bad behaviors ensue and are propogated...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to get rid of them and hire in a group of pharmaceutical/biotech leaders who actually can work with others and are from outside Indiana.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    The supervisor went abroad for the summer and I had to work with him through email

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Eli Lilly as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The company is great with good culture.

    Cons

    The Singapore office is small.
    Everybody did not like the interns.
    An intern and I had to wait two weeks before the company had the computers ready for us. Supervisor was not in the office the whole internship.
    The internship had no pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attend when you have to hire an intern. Do not leave him waiting for your email the whole week.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Not a very good company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eli Lilly full-time

    Pros

    good compensations and benefits, most people are friendly

    Cons

    Bad management, little innovation, slow work process

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Politics more important than respect

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Pay, Safety, Support of causes;

    Cons

    Managers and Directors lack proper training; Politics and Control are more important than respect for people; Bureaucracy; Different styles and opinions not welcome; Causes more important than employees - forced to participate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need honesty; Need proper accountability; Acceptance of diversity of style; HR needs to represent workers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Toxic culture among patent losses and diminishing pipeline

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

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

    Pros

    Parking garages, nice corporate center with a pub!, interesting work environment, fun to be in downtown Indy, nice cafeterias

    Cons

    Dreadful culture as the result of petty, opaque senior director and VP level leadership. May want to note that it is poor form to bash former employees who left highly rated and supposedly on good terms. Your current employees pick up the phone and call to tell them. This is typical and tolerated behavior. Not courageous enough to give feedback to someone's face but talk about them when not around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get focused on what works, hold leaders accountable, and eliminate unnecessary work with unclear value. Get rid of senior leaders who can retire but are just hanging around.

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

    3 jobs 1 salary

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    Former Employee - Hospital Account Specialist
    Former Employee - Hospital Account Specialist

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

    Pros

    The customers that you call on. Some benefits, but heard they are cutting everything after the mass layoff.

    Cons

    Little talent getting promoted. Good ole boys/gals network. Little chance for advancement unless your head is stuck in the back side of the network of people protecting each other. If you're an intelligent person don't come here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to the president. Clear out management and get qualified people in to run the most important aspect of your business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Most toxic and backstabbing work environment I ever experienced.

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    Former Employee - Associate, Sales & Marketing
    Former Employee - Associate, Sales & Marketing

    I worked at Eli Lilly full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Reasonable benefits and salary comparable to other pharma companies - at least, until you figure out that it's 39.25 hours MINIMUM that they expect you to work - and yes, they will pile on the work to get you to do a lot more than the requisite weekly hours.

    Cons

    Apparently working an efficient/effective 8-hour day is insufficient, so in essence, one is paid for a 39.25 hour week but expected to put in 50+ hours. Work/life balance? Complete joke - they only pay it lip service. Also, they have the nasty habit of railroading people, by giving (biased and unfair) performance management reviews, in order to get them to quit, so that permanent positions can be re-allocated as contract positions without benefits. The culture is reactive rather than proactive (though they continuously tout the benefits of being "proactive" in finding "Answers that matter"), so one is seemingly constantly fighting little fires (real or manufactured emergencies).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Is there any point to give them any? I guess I would say, don't even bother with HR exit interviews - I highly doubt that any feedback is reviewed, considered or used anyway, at any time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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