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Lilly UK Reviews

Updated June 5, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "A once good company now going nowhere slowly."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Basingstoke, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Basingstoke, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good restaurant. Comfortable offices. Uber attention paid to health and safety, but not really the bits that matter! Good technology in meeting rooms.

    Cons

    Day to day management is poor. It is too busy looking after its share options to make the right decisions for the business. Hugely political environment. If your face fits, you are in. Too few people left who know HOW to do the job. Too many "preeners". Company now run day to day by outside contractors, not Lilly full timers. No sense of leadership or direction, especially at middle to low levels. Projects ALWAYS late and over budget, delivering poor value for money. If you are competent, it will stifle you and drive you mad!

    Advice to Management

    Promote those who can DO the job, not the ones who are the "yes men" (and women!) political animals. You've got a HUGE culture change to effect. Cut out the meetings where those who cannot do the jobs hide behind those who can. Cut out working from home - it is abused on an industrial scale! End matrix management. It is a recipe for not getting things done and creates a system where only popular managers who are usually ineffective can call on "favours" to get work done. Finally, end 360 degree appraisals because work shy employees use it to threaten good managers by making negative anonymously made comments if the manager designs to ask them to meet a deadline.


  2. "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!)

  3. "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.


  4. "Respect for people is good"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Area Manager in New Delhi (India)
    Former Employee - Area Manager in New Delhi (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A good company to work for only individual.

    Cons

    Management taking decisions in close room without thinking any emotional Impact to field staff. Huge gosspings & corporate politics. People are working on preconceived notions.

    Advice to Management

    Good tenure of working but take care of hard workers.


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

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    • Senior Management
    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


  6. Helpful (2)

    "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


  7. "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.

  8. "Medical"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Lilly UK full-time

    Pros

    Has been a great very supportive company with many employees working there for many years

    Cons

    Medical is changing to be more sales like, while introducing many processes which seem to be primarily designed to cover this fact


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Evolution is the key"

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    • Senior Management
    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!


  10. "Enjoyed my time here"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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