Eli Lilly Reviews

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34 Reviews
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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 67 reviews)

  • Great team member; career growth, respect for people (in 18 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.  

    Overall a good experience, but difficult place for younger employees to make career progress

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Eli Lilly

    Pros

    Great / educated work force and ample opportunities to see a wide range of projects and different areas in the business.

    Cons

    Upward career progression is slow given the businesses lack of production from its product pipeline - i.e. they are not in growth mode at the current time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seems to be a number of individuals in the finance function that moved up the chain during the boom years (zyprexa/prozac) - who are more worried about job security than steamlining the organization - need to put more pressure on those who aren't performing.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Ride, While It Lasted

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Pasadena, CA

    I have been working at Eli Lilly

    Pros

    Competitive financial compensation, great health benefits (of course, they're a drug company), flexibility of work hours, ability to treat the job as if it's like your own business, company car, GAS CARD, travel incentives.

    Cons

    Robotic senior management that likes to pass on that mentality to their sales reps, opportunity for advancement is very limited, narrow product pipeline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen, listen, listen to your field reps! It is understandable that there is proper protocol to follow but there are times when "creativity" bust be thrown in to the sales process. There are many doctors out there who would rather talk to a "human being" rather than a robot who spits out nothing but data that is required by management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    It has been useful as a stepping stone in my career; I would never consider trying to retire from there.

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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

    Excellent salaries and bonus levels. Excellent resources and generally an ability to do things your way (can only speak for a lab setting). Perfect for someone with a family.

    Cons

    The current senior management (like those before them in the past 15 years) is driving this company into the ground. Layoffs are still occurring and can only be expected to get worse when Zyprexa loses its patent later this year. They are also leaving $billions in revenue on the table because they feel that as a company, it is below the to compete in the generic arena.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating everyone at the company like they are dumb. When you are finally bought out and gutted, it will be obvious who the fools were.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Once fully resourced; now "doing more with less"

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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

    excellent compensation and benefits for the area but only comparible for the industry. sincere respect for diversity and people in gereral.

    Cons

    golden handcuffs are on a little too tight. too much dead weight from the "old days". six sigma program is a joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    cut the dead weight loose starting with the employees in Puerto Rico. purge the irish mafia. think before you commit to agencies.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was great. Now????

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

    I worked at Eli Lilly

    Pros

    Work and life balance including the availability of external clubs. Indy is a good low cost of living environment for raising offspring.

    Cons

    Typical mgt doublespeak when it comes to end-of-year performance. Get dinged for meaningless things in order to place individuals on the curve. Best results on the curve end up with mgrs themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go out and see if you can find a job with your current skill set. See if the market place values what you supposedly have.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Eli Lilly has an innovative culture and commitment to growth

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    Current Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative  in  Pikeville, KY
    Current Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative in Pikeville, KY

    I have been working at Eli Lilly

    Pros

    respect of people, higher salary

    Cons

    communication could be better to employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communication and technology could be better

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Changing Business

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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

    Compensation is above average in Indianapolis area average in Phamaceutical areana. Plenty of opportunities to learn other business areas if put forth the effort. Senior management has always looked out for employees even during difficult times. Both a PRO & CON; Lilly is now run more like a business than it was 20 years ago.

    Cons

    Like most large companies promotions & advancements can get political at times. Strong NETWORKING amd releationship building skills are a must. Pay raise / merit increase process is well definied but does not useful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to implement a stronger Development Plan process so provide opportunities to those wanting to expand business knowledge and explore other avenues.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Disappointing

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

    I worked at Eli Lilly

    Pros

    new midwest graduates wanting big company experience

    Cons

    Get ready to sink or swim on your own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have an objective reward and discipline system - hold bad performers accountable. Get rid of bad managers before they totally ruin a reputable company that Lilly once was.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great. Poor pipeline, big concern. Location not the best for some, very family oriented.

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    Former Employee - Marketing Consultant  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Marketing Consultant in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Eli Lilly

    Pros

    Work/life balance is great.
    Interesting projects.

    Cons

    Poor pipeline. But all pharma industry in the same spot.
    Can be slow to work in. Not a bad thing neccesarily.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to work! or you will be taken over.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great perks, not your typical sales experience

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    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Eli Lilly

    Pros

    independence
    Free food
    Free car/gas
    good looking women

    Cons

    at times an overpaid delivery person
    lack of respect from physicians
    dealing with doctors/staff with attitudes

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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