Eli Lilly Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
540 Reviews
3.6
540 Reviews
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Eli Lilly President, CEO, and Director John C. Lechleiter
John C. Lechleiter
365 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    used to be great, now not so much

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

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

    Pros

    cost of living is cheap, benefits are great.

    Cons

    lots of bureaucracy, benefits being eliminated, and really hard to move unless you are part of the chosen MQ2020 few, or part of the Irish mafia. They are currently ratcheting up the pain to see if they can get people to leave on their own, so they don't have to pay any severance. Local management has many tools to positively recognize people at no cost to them and the department, however they are either too lazy or too busy to make the effort. It is amazing what person would do for you if they were positively recognized on a regular basis. Because the cost of living is so low in Indiana, there is a huge impediment to leave the company, as no where else will you make this much and pay this little for housing in the pharma industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management routinely ignores their own systems (GQS/ CQP) when it is convenient for them, this will eventually be the downfall of the company. It is especially discouraging when your local management knows nothing about the area/ product and are only there for the rotation thru the area. Its obvious that the managers that have come thru in that situation do not care about the people working for them, and that they are only solely focused on their next move.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 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.

  3.  

    Good company to grow your career

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Good

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

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

    Pros

    Good to work here as its very competitive

    Cons

    Bad due to some politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better employee care

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Trying to be better, still long way to go.

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Director in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    The compensation is highly competitive, the products we sell change Lives, the people that work there do care for one another. Long standing career

    Cons

    People are pre-defined in a career path fairly early on in one's career. "You are Placed", the structure is complex which makes decision making slow, political, and bureaucratic at a time the company needs innovation and speed. This structure is also highly expensive at a time that operating expenses are very tight with the loss of 3 product to patent expiration the past 3 years. Promotions are done for the wrong reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the organizational structure having 10 Vice Presidents in the US Affiliate is why we make slow decisions, inconsistent decisions, and do not have a common culture. Also, put in place and Chief Operating Office and drop 5 of the VPs. We continue to discuss cost savings options, yet of all the leaders non-have deep operational experience. Finally, stop trying to make the Sales Force "Happy" this is like feed a kid sugar it is un-healthly for all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good company with high quality products, good history and US company.

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    Former Employee - Specialty Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Specialty Sales Representative

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

    Pros

    Global company that makes high quality products that improves peoples lives. Good mobility if willing to work in Indianapolis. Also provides good advancement for individuals wanting to remain in sales. The benefits are good, particularly vacation but like many companies the benefits continue to diminish. Good base salary pay for new sales representatives and those in 3-6 years.

    Cons

    Company has difficulty getting new medications approved by FDA, always seem to be behind competition. Field sales representatives have to launch 3rd to market products making it difficult for successful launch. Bonus structure/compensation constantly changes every 2 years. Traditionally bonus structure less than competition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on trying to stabilize sales force as it remains fluid and causes employee unrest. Quit promoting managers that are ineffective to higher salary positions. Live the core values of the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Long road to promotions

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    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Good people, communal atmosphere, solid history, great benefits, 401 K matching, growing pipeline, one of the few companies that currently still have a pension. Lilly also has done layoffs humanely and have treated employees very well during the process, which is commendable.

    Cons

    Very political, bonuses are subjective based on what your manager decides to give, commission is now based less on your sales, it's not the place to make a lot of money like it was years ago. Quotas seem to be out of reach and with the way healthcare has changed, there's only so much you can do to attain success. Promotions are decided by Directors, who are very out of touch with who deserves said promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotions need to be given more often to those who deserve it, otherwise good people will look elsewhere. Pay seems to be much less than competition and sales professionals need a reason to stay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves 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.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eli Lilly

    Pros

    Work/family balance and flexible schdules.

    Cons

    Too much in-fighting between scientists and groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ignore the pedigree and utilize your real human assets.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Associate  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Quality Associate in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities for growth, training, benefits, good pay for work.

    Cons

    I work all the time at the moment. Not enough hands for work that needs done

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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