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Eli Lilly Reviews

Updated October 23, 2017
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  • For engineering the work/life balance is pretty bad with lots of weeks working (in 22 reviews)

  • Takes very long decision making (in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Specialty Account Representative"

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

    I worked at Eli Lilly full-time

    Pros

    Strong people and patient first.

    Cons

    Portfolio and pipeline may lead to cutbacks in the future.


  2. "Excellent organization, people care, but politics can get in the way"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People, people, people. Values mean something. The culture values performance, yet is focused on supporting the people who make that performance happen. People come here for long careers.

    Cons

    Speak-up culture isn't always honored. All organizations have politics, and if speaking up goes against certain opinions, your own thoughts can be minimized. Decisions can be made by leadership based on who provided input, not the merits of the information itself.

  3. "Lab technician"

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

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

    Pros

    Decent salary but constantly loosing ground with inflation

    Cons

    Continuously cutting benefits and pension


  4. "Overall wonderful experience"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, room for growth and trying new things, networking potential, very competitive salaries, lots of training opportunities, several amenities on site

    Cons

    Sometimes promotions can be difficult if you are at a certain level. Culture has changed over the years. It be challenging to get a process through to completion due to red tape

    Advice to Management

    Stay true to original roots of the company. Things don't have to change just because there's new mgmt.


  5. "Amazing place to work."

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

    I worked at Eli Lilly full-time

    Pros

    Diverse development opportunities. Great people.

    Cons

    Most opportunities are at corporate offices in Indianapolis.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Be careful"

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    • 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.


  7. "Project Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Good core values, great pay/benefits, great company

    Cons

    Lots of "large company" bureaucracy; a lot of recent change is causing disruption.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not Your Father's Lilly"

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    Former Employee - Senior Executive Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Senior Executive Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits 401 k and retirement couple with retirement health care plan. Opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    Organized chaos / always down sizing or reorganizing / now they are micro managing their sales force via management and fellow employees Finally they have held back being truthful to their employees most recently to the 600 plus that were recently laid off in Dec 2016. I was all to aware what was to happen and I was at right place and received a great severance. Many of my colleagues were not so lucky

    Advice to Management

    Be more truthful and not hide the enviable.


  9. "Sales Rep"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovative products and decent training

    Cons

    Too much emphasis on leadership and group projects rather than selling your portfolio

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent to your sales people


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Nice company overall"

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    Current Employee - Corporate/Manufacturing Support Role in Branchburg, NJ
    Current Employee - Corporate/Manufacturing Support Role in Branchburg, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Eli Lilly full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Amazing pipeline and forecast. Work life balance. Free coffee. Fitness center with classes. Friendly staff. Lots of socials and events. Decent benefits and time off is generous. Good cafeteria food. Can work from home occasionally if position permits it. Friendly and approachable senior management. Good culture overall, with emphasis on diversity.

    Cons

    Management needs to address the issue of lazy/unmotivated personnel, as hard workers are disheartened and are leaving. Compensation and review ratings no longer reflect performance other than 'Meets Expectations' or 'Does not Meet Expectations'. The high performer for example gets the same bonus as the average or even below average worker for the same job and level. Only horrendous employees get 'Does Not Meet Expectations', and often this does not even happen because it reflects on management to retain employees who consistently under-perform.

    Advice to Management

    It's tough to manage both people and work well. In some departments, middle management are oblivious to staff who are MIA. The people who slack off get away with it, and the strong performers are very demotivated by this behavior. Management could address it but choose not to, resulting in good talent leaving. You can see evidence of this by high turnaround in certain departments. Additionally, further evidence of this is a tremendous difference in the volume of work assigned and produced by people at the same level in the same department. Managers, you know you are ignoring this because you assign more work to certain people and the work gets done. But wake up, good people are leaving because of it.


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