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Lilly UK Reviews

Updated February 16, 2017
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  1. "Good Company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Basingstoke, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Basingstoke, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lilly UK (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very supportive environment and a lot of opportunities to prove yourself

    Cons

    People were only there because its a good place to work, no one is actually passionate about pharma. Everyone tries to be a leader, so a lot of conflict and politics

    Advice to Management

    You cant just have a company full of leaders, or there will be no one to follow


  2. "Medical"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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


  3. "Work for a great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Lilly UK full-time

    Pros

    Professional ethical friendly strong values

    Cons

    Long distance, UK affiliate less promotion opportunity


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  5. "UK staff are fantastic but the company is very US-centric"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Study Manager in Windlesham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Study Manager in Windlesham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The staff and facilities on the Erl Wood Site are some of the best in the business, you could not wish to meet a more dedicated, friendly and helpful group of people and than those in the Erl Wood Clinical Pharmacology group.

    Cons

    The opportunities for career advancement are extremely limited unless you are prepared to relocate to Indianapolis.
    There is a tendency for new senior management to be installed every 5 years or so and every time they insist on completely rebuilding the whole Clin Pharm department from the ground up, leading to a group that is in a constant state of turmoil, wasting time trying to figure out how to work best under the new structure when we should be dedicating our time to finding innovative solutions to help patients.

    Advice to Management

    Stop restructuring! if it "ain't broke, don't fix it!", instead try focussing your efforts on supporting clinical innovation


  6. Helpful (2)

    "A once good company now going nowhere slowly."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    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.


  7. "x"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lilly UK full-time

    Pros

    good work life balance

    Cons

    poor progression due to glass ceiling as HQ is in the US


  8. "Lilly UK"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good coworkers and many long-term employees. Very nice office environment.

    Cons

    Pay is only average and managers don't manage. Only employees who talk well get on, people who do a good job aren't noticed. No good technical career ladder.

    Advice to Management

    Manage!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "great employer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in Basingstoke, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in Basingstoke, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very well managed, long term thinking on employment matters, good communication to employees and great connections with corporate

    Cons

    Employees at different sites do not get much visibility of one another; recent re-structuring events have diminished the employer branding internally

    Advice to Management

    maintain a consistent approach to recruiting in order to keep a strong employer brand with target candidates as well as employees


  10. "Principal Scientist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "generally a great place to be, however times are now tough and career advancement now almost impossible as no jobs left,"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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