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  1. "Humble Company"

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    Former Employee - Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate, 2017 in Oak Brook, IL
    Former Employee - Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate, 2017 in Oak Brook, IL

    I worked at Eli Lilly (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly environment with nice, hardworking people

    Cons

    Not all spaces have integrated work areas


  2. "Solid Midwestern company with growth potential"

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    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    pension, look to pay in the average range (no the top) for the industry, long-term horizon is very good

    Cons

    short term opportunities are limited with recent downsizing.

  3. "Amazing internship with lots of autonomy"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Incredible salary
    Autonomy
    Real-life/hands-on experience
    Great trainers with a lot of experience

    Cons

    Hard work
    Rigorous Training
    Hard recruiting

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


  4. "specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    pension, company car, decent benefits, overall products are good, but selling is tougher to docs lately. 'work life balance-- not'

    Cons

    req'd to visit dr's that don't see reps, docs don't see reps without lunch anymore. If you don't see the doc you don't get to count it as a 'call' but if you don't you won't hit numbers.

    Advice to Management

    quit making everyone lie about how many docs they see a day-- very hard to "make numbers" and feel like you're not lying.


  5. "Great company with great benefits"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Eli Lilly full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Leading pharmaceutical company with diverse products

    Cons

    Limited minorities executive leadership and management positions


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Typical big pharma- very big on "yes" men"

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    Current Employee - Senior Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Base pay and benefit package is pretty good. One of our motto's is "respect for people"- I feel they do live that value. From a sales perspective it is what it is- a typical big pharma gig. Numerous managers with very little sales experience- and those that are promoted are done so based upon "numbers" which is done off a quota system. I have had lots of success off this quota system but its all about luck of what your quota is. We did try a behavior compensation model but that needs some work still.

    Cons

    Still big pharma focus on calls per day, frequency, etc- stuff that clearly doesn't matter. Pipeline is very poor and everything that is supposed to come out rarely does or is so over hyped it can't live up to it (Effient for example). The culture here is very much of a "yes man"- people say and send up messages all the time with the content of what people want to hear- instead of the truth. We recently have this "item 39" initiative trying to get people to feel comfortable sharing opinions rather good or bad- we still score low as a company as the majority of people don't feel comfortable in fear of backlash from management. Upward mobility into sales management you pretty much have to go to indy as a associate- a role that could last 5 years in today's environment.

    Advice to Management

    Crucial conversation workshop should be mandatory for all employees. Leadership "tests" to get inside are ridiculous- its just a personality test. Leadership potential should be measured by actual leadership while in the field. We have lots of poor managers at the sales level- on the next reallocation you might want to clean house on that level also.


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