Is Lilly under-appreciated?

June 25, 2009
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Indianapolis has always had Eli Lilly and Co., it seems, and Lilly always seems to care for Indianapolis like a rich uncle.

People employed directly by Lilly and by companies doing business with Lilly account for about one of every 30 jobs in the metro area, a new IU study shows. (The figures, from 2007, donâ??t count later layoffs.)

Lilly also accounts for about one of every 30 dollars generated by the stateâ??s economy.

Those figures understate the companyâ??s significance. Lilly people donate countless hours to not-for-profit groups and are responsible for untold influence on economic development, particularly life sciences, one of the stateâ??s few bright spots.

Consider Gus Watanabe, the former Lilly research director who died recently after cutting a wide swath through the budding life sciences sector. Another is Chuck Schalliol, who left Lilly and quietly pushed several life sciences seed funds into existence, and then helped straighten out the stateâ??s tangled finances as the stateâ??s first budget director under Gov. Mitch Daniels.

Asked once what would happen to Indianapolis if Lilly were ever to be acquired, former Mayor Steve Goldsmith quipped, â??God would not let that happen.â??

How do you feel about Lilly? Is the company taken for granted?
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  • In many respects it is. Some people like to throw out tags against corporations (started by policiticians, hacks and later followed by some lap-dog media members) like Big Oil, Big Drug, and so on. We have to remember if it weren't for companies taking risk as in exploring and drilling for oil or evaluating chemical compounds to develop drugs for the benefit of medical maladys, we wouldn't have the advancements in our lives, the economic benefits that go along with those advancements and the jobs that those companies provide.

    Lilly has been a model corporate citizen. Anyone that would deny that or decry their benefit to the city and the state needs to slapped silly until they learn the truth. Thank you Col Lilly and all of the employees of the great company you left behind! Bravo!!!
  • Lilly gets plenty of local respect.

    Perhaps other large employers and growing companies have earned just as much respect, but don't get as much credit.
  • I appreciate Lilly and hope they have many more years of success. Indianapolis and its people should be very thankful for this company. They give generously to the city and its causes and do not ask for much if anything in return. If only David Simon could learn from this good example.
  • Lilly better get its act in gear real fast. Or it and metro Indy will be in a world of s**t. It hasn't had a human drug com to market in 4 years. The moral in many of its departments is terrible and the new execs are letting middle management do what they are stereotyped to do, Nothing and very slowly!
  • Lilly is not the same company it use to be in regards to employment. I was interviewed last fall for a position offered thru Kelly Scientific and used my excellent job evaluation from Roche thinking it would be an easy interview for me. When I was informed that Lilly no longer hires directly and that one must be a contract worker meaning higher wages but only short term employment without benefits... I walked out of the interview. I refused to work for a company making millions of dollars from illnesses yet refuses to carry health insurance benefits for their workers. Big companies are cutting health care everywhere. But it's wrong for a company like Lilly to do so in my opinion. Obviously I am much happier working for a less known company that cares about their employees and making the bigger paychecks WITH great health benefits!!!

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  1. In reality, Lilly is maintaining profit by cutting costs such as Indiana/US citizen IT workers by a significant amount with their Tata Indian consulting connection, increasing Indian H1B's at Lillys Indiana locations significantly and offshoring to India high paying Indiana jobs to cut costs and increase profit at the expense of U.S. workers.

  2. I think perhaps there is legal precedence here in that the laws were intended for family farms, not pig processing plants on a huge scale. There has to be a way to squash this judges judgment and overrule her dumb judgement. Perhaps she should be required to live in one of those neighbors houses for a month next to the farm to see how she likes it. She is there to protect the people, not the corporations.

  3. http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/engineer/facts/03-111.htm Corporate farms are not farms, they are indeed factories on a huge scale. The amount of waste and unhealthy smells are environmentally unsafe. If they want to do this, they should be forced to buy a boundary around their farm at a premium price to the homeowners and landowners that have to eat, sleep, and live in a cesspool of pig smells. Imagine living in a house that smells like a restroom all the time. Does the state really believe they should take the side of these corporate farms and not protect Indiana citizens. Perhaps justifiable they should force all the management of the farms to live on the farm itself and not live probably far away from there. Would be interesting to investigate the housing locations of those working at and managing the corporate farms.

  4. downtown in the same area as O'malia's. 350 E New York. Not sure that another one could survive. I agree a Target is needed d'town. Downtown Philly even had a 3 story Kmart for its downtown residents.

  5. Indy-area residents... most of you have no idea how AMAZING Aurelio's is. South of Chicago was a cool pizza place... but it pales in comparison to the heavenly thin crust Aurelio's pizza. Their deep dish is pretty good too. My waistline is expanding just thinking about this!

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