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Eli Lilly Reviews

Updated July 11, 2017
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Eli Lilly President, CEO, and Director John C. Lechleiter
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  • For engineering the work/life balance is pretty bad with lots of weeks working (in 22 reviews)

  • Bureaucracy makes the decision making process slow (in 19 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Be careful"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is ok to start, but once they have you hooked, forget about even keeping up with cost of living.

    Cons

    They SAY you do well but just dont have money for raises.
    Lots of SAYING but management doesnt match their words with actions. They love your great ideas but either are jealous or dont want to change as they SAY they do.
    They SAY they are all great leaders, but most couldnt spell the word. SOME are good managers but leadership is just another one of their words.
    Discrimination is a real problem.

    Advice to Management

    Let the real leaders be promoted. If you want things to improve, you must be willing to change...and the REAL leaders could make that happen.


  2. "Sales rep"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Eli Lilly full-time

    Pros

    good co., pay is good

    Cons

    co is moving in wrong direction

    Advice to Management

    get back to "old" Lilly and respect people

  3. "Sad to see a great company slide"

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    Former Employee - Director in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Director in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    High pay and benefits. Stronger Human Resources compared to other companies.

    Cons

    Frequent restructuring and the company wastes lots of money that could be spent on research.

    Advice to Management

    Stop paying consultants to restructure. Give across the board pay cuts. Some salaries are just ridiculous for the job.


  4. "Executive Sales Rep"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Professional, Value added, scientific, challenging

    Cons

    No guaranty of continued employment, dependent on the life of the patent


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Systems Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits: Salary, Pension, 401K, Bonus...all very good.

    Cons

    Most managers are completely disconnected from their reports below their direct reports. No one in management sincerely cared about your accomplishments. They always gave awards to the quality team which was only their for their own CYA purposes. The worst? During a fairly large meeting, our director actually called my job function a commodity since it could be outsourced to India. Boy she knew how to make people feel good about their work.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people with respect. Promote people who actually care about developing people.


  6. "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.


  7. "consultant"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Consultant in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    work environment were good and compensation is Ok

    Cons

    Bad culture for advance in career development and problem with lower level management

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Operator"

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    Former Employee - Operations in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Operations in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Pay, Vacation, Location, Perks, Cafeterias

    Cons

    Loyalty, Good Upper Management Responsibilty


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Cons outweigh the pros"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    -Benefits
    -Big corporate experience
    -Some autonomy
    -Brand recognition

    Cons

    -For those of you just graduating college you will find it hard to find others you can relate to because the average age tends to be more than 30+.
    -Established circles as many are veterans, so expect to cater to this
    -Steep learning curve
    -Too much work brought home
    -Compliance - you always need to watch what you say & do around your customers, competitors, & even your own partner
    -Politics >> Performance

    You may find yourself alone if you are young, like being incentivized on an individual level/performance, or if you are looking for a more progressive environment.

    Hope this is helpful.


  10. "Community based"

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    Former Employee - Operator Specialist in Arlington, TN
    Former Employee - Operator Specialist in Arlington, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Eli Lilly full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good company overall, very stable.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    None


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