Eli Lilly
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www.lilly.com Indianapolis, IN 5000+ Employees

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Less than satisfactory.

Associate Consultant (Current Employee)
Indianapolis, IN

ProsSupport for life issues is overwhelming. Benefits, although cut in recent years, are still better than other large employers within and without the pharmaceutical industry.

Cons1. Highly political - org talks a big talk on performance, but at the end of the day, performance is not what matters for advancement. Being seen in "the right" meetings is career counseling often rendered, with little deference to ability to deliver solid results.
2. Bureaucratic - too much consensus and too little autonomy. Accountability and Trust are thinly veiled by micromanagement.
3. Organizational values, though clearly defined, are rarely adhered to with particular regard to "Respect For People." Focus on diversity is on the "Big D" and the "little d" is often overlooked or ignored. Feedback is often "white wash" or "vanilla icing". The culture does not embrace open and honest feedback. People are often delivered unbalanced feedback, creating the perception that they are performing at a higher level than is actually the case. This in turn, breeds condescension and a enables more politics.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe company is technically strong but weak on management (people) skills. This is evidenced by the fact that Fortune Magazine has not placed Eli Lilly on the 100 best places to work list in over 5 years. Managers go to training sessions (Situational Leadersip II), but are not held accountable to deliver results based on that training over a sustained period of time. It is a three day check the box exercise. This is considered "being trained." The organization holds no one responsible for delivering results using the methods of that training. This is consistent with other attributes of leadership and related training.

There are pockets of individuals, both management and individual contributors, who are passionate about, and believe in the value of Transformation. However, they become frustrated by many of the cons cited above. Frank and honest feedback, with the expectation that behavior modification follows, would enable a greater degree of engagement and eventually the critical mass required to bring truly meaningful transformation to the organization.

The organization, and leadership are not self aware. A strong look into the concept of emotional intelligence and defining the behaviors that drive success in transformation, and then modeling them through all levels of the organization, would help immensely.

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    OK if you fit in

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Eli Lilly


    Pros: Comfortable atmosphere, no-one works too hard, mid-western culture, promotion from within,… Cons: Indianapolis, parochial, right wing, religious conservative, non-diverse, good old boy club,… Advice to Senior Management: Your employees are afraid to tell you the truth because of the "good news"… More
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    Company focused on business needs while balancing VERY well employees' ones

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Eli Lilly


    Pros: Values, Robust strategy / consistent People focus Cons: Bureaucracy still there, Transformation not yet completely there Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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