Lilly UK Reviews

Updated May 22, 2015
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  1. Reorganisation = increased middle management and loss of company cohesion!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Basingstoke, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Basingstoke, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Good work/life balance (unless there's a deadline to meet, then expect to work until the small hours!) - Good location on M3 corridor - Some benefits are competitive, such as final salary pension

    Cons

    - Salary benchmarking is poor - Career progression is slow and based on who you know, not what you know - Performance management process is protracted and does not accurately reflect an individual's merits - US centric organisation at the Global level - Reorganisation of the company has led to even further resource erosion at the lower levels, but an increase in middle management - Company unstable: a further 10% to be slashed from permanent employee numbers, yet the number of contractors continues to rise

    Advice to Management

    Promote the most talented, not the most popular (oh, and mandate fewer e-mails and meetings so more actual work can be achieved!)


  2. Tough times

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and conditions Benevolent employer Decent offices

    Cons

    Culture changing, no job security at all. Patent cliff approaching, likely to get worse before it gets better. Therefore little opportunity for career growth in IT. Difficult working with US, lots of job protection going on.

    Advice to Management

    Hang in there, try to be as honest as you can with staff - they're not idiots.


  3. Good place to work but no longer stands out in a crowd

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    Current Employee - Operation Technician in Liverpool, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Operation Technician in Liverpool, England (UK)
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I work shift and receive long days off. I work 2 days 2 nights and get 6 days off. There are opportunities to work on projects i.e. coming off shift and working with a team of people. To see a project through to its completion is satisfying knowing all the hard work you put in. The pension and benefits scheme is one of the best I have ever seen. it is non contributory. You may also make contributions in the form of SPECS which is taken from salaries there fore not taxed.

    Cons

    You can do the same job as someone else but don’t receive the same pay. Unfair pay scales based on time served and not knowledge. I am told that it would take 10 years of doing the same job before I receive the same rate of pay as my colleagues. I often feel beaten down if I am trying to hard in work, as if people want me to sit back and not work above the line as they call it

    Advice to Management

    Show gratitude when someone has done a good job, however it is done sometimes


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    generally a great place to be, however times are now tough and career advancement now almost impossible as no jobs left,

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lilly UK full-time

    Pros

    The people, very flexible company, good benefits

    Cons

    No jobs left, belts really tightening

    Advice to Management

    you cant make all the staff redundant and keep the jobs yourself


  6. Principal Scientist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Lilly UK full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Scientific freedom.

    Cons

    Minimal opportunities for career progression.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Evolution is the key

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    These people really do care. Every year they focus on ensuring the employees know their objectives, understand them, have a development plan, don't get too frustrated... The effort spent on people is huge (if not talking about salaries or bonuses).

    Cons

    Objectives cannot be met just because is "nice working here", so management have realised they have to change the way they operate. Innovation and risk taking may be the key, but you have to be prepared, and you have to be bold and brave. Current management got to their positions developing other competencies not related to bravery... so Lilly ends up being a company focused in change, but not daring to do it!

    Advice to Management

    Stop talking about change and innovations and do it!


  8. Enjoyed my time here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I took a graduate programme here. Great environment, great people. Plenty of opportunity to take on significant projects if you show enthusiasm.

    Cons

    Plenty of regulation but this is to be expected in the industry


  9. People oriented healthcare company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lilly UK full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    People focused Care about the patient

    Cons

    typical bureaucracy with large company


  10. good company to work for. people are really friendly.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lilly UK full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    training is good - people are really friendly.

    Cons

    there is little job opportunity to move to the next level of your career.


  11. great experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Basingstoke, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Basingstoke, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lilly UK full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    great benefits, opportunity to learn new skills and develop. You can really make a difference at Lilly to your job and to peoples lives... lots of very talented people and team work is great. great social club with lots going on to suit all tastes. people tend to really like it here and stick around - ther are opportunities to do different things so you don't need to get stuck in a rut... lots of good training - soft skills as well as technical

    Cons

    Often lots to do - you do need to be prepared to be a bit flexible sometimes with time but your own priorities are taken into account as well and there is always good recognition for a job well done. The pharma industry has lots of challenges and bringin new products out remains top priority and does put some challenges into the business form time to time



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