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Updated August 9, 2017
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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. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great ethical code, collaborative environment, leadership that cares

    Cons

    Collaborate environment can mean it takes a long time to get alignment

    Advice to Management

    Break the corporate centre mentality and set free the global capability and innovation currently locked in


  2. "If only all pharmaceutical companies were this ethical . . ."

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Liverpool, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Liverpool, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    All of the Pharmaceutical Sales jobs I had offered the benefits below:

    Good basic salary
    Realistically attainable bonuses
    Excellent training
    Company car, fuel card, and other benefits.

    The one area in which Eli Lilly really stood out was in their approach to ethics. They have something called the 'red book', which outlines their ethical policies, and is truly put at the heart of their business. In practice, this meant that (for example) if a clinical paper published favourable results for an Eli Lilly drug, but did not meet their own ethical standards, then they would not quote results from that clinical paper in any sales material, and nor would the salesforce be able to use it to promote use of their drugs.

    Given the fact that Eli8 Lilly's own internal ethical policies were stricter than both the ABPI rules, and UK legislation, this could on the one hand be a bit frustrating - you know your competitors wouldn't hesitate to use those clinical papers if the results favoured the use of their drugs, and indeed do so with similar papers that report in their favour.

    On the other hand, given the fact that the drugs in question make a real difference to people's lives, it was great to know you weren't having an undue or misleading influence on the Doctors who prescribe them.

    Cons

    Personally, I came to the realisation that I wasn't comfortable with their being any commercial influence in the area of healthcare, not least because the patient generally has little knowledge or input into the drugs they are prescribed - but that is true of the whole industry. As it stands, I would have far fewer qualms if all Pharmaceutical Companies were as ethical as Eli Lilly.

    Advice to Management

    Note: I last worked there a few years before the 2013 selected above [that being the earliest date listed], but still think this worth sharing.

  3. "Poor opportunities for those in a contracted role"

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

    Pros

    Good people who are passionate about their job - a fairly friendly environment to work in

    Cons

    No training opportunities and no room for growth or career progression. Working from home was extremely frowned upon (no flexibility) - especially when sometimes, working from home cannot be avoided! Difficult to take ownership of work. An extremely 'process orientated' work ethic, leaving little encouragement for those who would perhaps like to think a little outside of the box. Not a creative or inspiring environment. Morale in office was very low.

    Advice to Management

    Think of ways to boost the morale of the office. Provide training for those in a contracted role and don't just give them online courses to do.


  4. "Ethics and Compliance Administrator"

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    Former Contractor - Compliance Administrator in Basingstoke, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Compliance Administrator in Basingstoke, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Eli Lilly as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very good salary, nice working environment, facilities, bus into town, gym, friendly

    Cons

    Process changes happen a lot which is frustrating, tend to employ a lot of contract staff over perm

    Advice to Management

    Processes need sticking to


  5. "Eli Lilly review"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Basingstoke, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Basingstoke, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Eli Lilly full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are excellent (in the UK). their pension scheme for their employees is excellent. I can assure you that Lilly does really care about the people. Great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy can be cumbersome...for an organisation as large as Lilly, it is not surprising.


  6. "Industrial Placement Student"

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    Former Employee - Placement Student in Liverpool, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Placement Student in Liverpool, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Freedom to design.
    Colleagues we're really friendly and helpful. Always willing to get you involved in new projects and meet new people on site. Everyone was willing to help me.

    Cons

    The audit trail was really long, many forms needed to be approved before anything could be implemented on site. The work was not as fast paced as I wished it would be

    Advice to Management

    No advice, I believe it is a really good site to work and learn a lot about engineering. The management will either give you great advice or help, and/or refer you to other engineers/technicians that can help you too.


  7. "IT Consultant"

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    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Basingstoke, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Basingstoke, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible, work-life balance, trusting, honest, enjoyment

    Cons

    Can be very US focused

  8. ""Buyer beware": at Windlesham - Eli Lilly drug-Safety"

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    Former Employee - PV Manager in Windlesham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - PV Manager in Windlesham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Seemed to have good processes, good training in case management, good staff int he US department and nice site in the middle of a good area off Ascot.

    Cons

    The worst department I have ever worked - by a big margin. Lead by a small group of petty-minded , gossipy women, very disrespectful and just full of themselves, had created a very superficial work environment where everyone sucked up to the others and made fun of their managers. High staff turn-around. Low work moral. Lot of pretense.

    Advice to Management

    Fire some of the top people in the safety department at Windlesham


  9. "Placement Year/Industrial Placement"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Basingstoke, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Basingstoke, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Eli Lilly as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice culture and feel around the office and company as a whole. Really emphasis to innovate and bring new ideas into the company that can help push them forward. Flexible work style and open door policy.

    Cons

    Workload was too high at times and personally for me there was not enough technical opportunities there with regards to application development.

    Advice to Management

    Be very careful about hiring technical students with regards to their role as they may be disappointed.


  10. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Associate in Liverpool, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Associate in Liverpool, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great focus on wellbeing and professional development

    Cons

    Could improve on the flexible work options for example by introducing more "work from home" type of roles


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