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Eli Lilly Reviews

Updated 18 October 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. "Great company, great rewards and people too!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great company, great rewards and people too!

    Cons

    None from what I can remeber.


  2. "Current employee"

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

    I have been working at Eli Lilly full-time

    Pros

    The company respects and looks after its employees

    Cons

    The industry is slow moving and the company is risk adverse


  3. Helpful (1)

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

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Liverpool, England
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Liverpool, England
    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.


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    "Great company, great people & promising future"

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

    I have been working at Eli Lilly full-time

    Pros

    - A lot of early responsibility and the feeling of actually making an impact
    - Great culture and people
    - Lots of opportunity to shape your role to your skills
    - Wide, varied and rewarding work

    Cons

    - Can be too US-centric which can make those outside the US feel undervalued
    - Internal politics like any big company can sometimes be inhibiting


  6. "Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation, although I have heard its lower than the rest of the top tier pharma companies
    Exposure to world class people, right at the forefront of R&D so an exciting place to work
    Beautiful site to work

    Cons

    Very US centric which leaves everyone outside NA feeling frustrated and neglected
    Product portfolio struggling- many 'me-too' compounds, big phase 3 failures and regulatory struggles which the company can not cope with resulting in down-sizing
    Nobody seems to really like the new CEO
    You might get some career progression if you wait around or 4-5 years and somebody finally leaves

    Advice to Management

    Challenge your employees a little more and try to find something actually engaging for them to do so they don't lose motivation


  7. "HR Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eli Lilly full-time

    Pros

    High level of trust and freedom

    Cons

    Limited chnaces for international career


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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Basingstoke, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Basingstoke, England
    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.


  9. "Hrmngr"

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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 (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for, great people

    Cons

    Too us centric, feeling of limited career options outside indianapolis


  10. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    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


  11. "Eli Lilly review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Basingstoke, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Basingstoke, England
    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.


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