Eli Lilly Reviews

Updated May 18, 2015
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Eli Lilly President, CEO, and Director John C. Lechleiter
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 72 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Work-life balance wasn't very appreciated (in 11 reviews)

  • Slow moving corporate ladder and concentrated decision making power within a few in senior management (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Good company to grow your career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  2. Low Salarie and Benefits

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Eli Lilly (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, you are responsible for your own results

    Cons

    Low career opportunities, any advance in your career


  3. Helpful (3)

    Not a place to stay forever

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Biologist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Biologist in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Eli Lilly full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of good people to learn from

    Cons

    Do not appreciate scientists as much as other companies

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Take leadership training


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  5. Summer Intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in La Jolla, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at Eli Lilly as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Location and good work environment! Team bonding activities and events in the summer - food trucks, taco tuesdays, beach outings, etc. Place to learn a lot and grow your career

    Cons

    Small campus, expensive to live in the neighboring areas, don't get to know members of other teams well


  6. Great working environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Biologist in San Diego, CA
    Current Contractor - Biologist in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Eli Lilly as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I always enjoy going to work and my coworkers are a large part of that. The equipment is very up to date and always well maintained.

    Cons

    Being a contractor means you don't get overtime, vacation or sick time. And you don't get invited to holiday parties.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Good work, weak management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Eli Lilly full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work to build experience, see multiple projects due to the size of the overall company

    Cons

    Little input into direction site takes. Management does not listen to feedback. little career development

    Advice to Management

    Answer questions, give proper feedback. , develop your people more


  8. Great Internship

    • Culture & Values
    Former Intern - Intern in San Diego, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Eli Lilly as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Comfortable, friendly work atmosphere and very flexible and understanding in working around full-time school schedule

    Cons

    As an intern and full-time student, it was difficult because I could not work weekend or night hours. Nearly all the lab employees seem to work 8 or 9am to 4 or 5pm


  9. Helpful (2)

    it's a job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant Biologist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant Biologist in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Eli Lilly

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good salary for the job
    good benefits
    exciting work with lots of things that one can do

    Cons

    promotions are not given to those who deserve them but rather those who smooze with those who give them
    changes to the site were not done well. those now in group leader positions should not be there
    lack of teamwork.. everyone out for their own careers and not willing to work as a team
    backstabbing
    little communication in the teams

    Advice to Management

    stop micromanaging, put some structure back into the groups
    build a rapport with those who actually do the work
    give recognition and say a job well done



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