Recruiting Q&A: Eli Lilly

Alessandro Franchi, director of leadership recruiting, on how the drugmaker tries to follow a promote-from-within policy

When discussion turns to a drugmaker's pipeline, the conversation usually centers on products that the company is developing to fight certain ailments. But bring up pipelines with Alessandro Franchi, director of leadership recruiting at pharamaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Co., and he's more likely to talk about the company's commitment to nurturing its next generation of executives. Indeed, the Indianapolis company is noted for cultivating talent from within the ranks of its 31,000 employees. And it's routinely cited as one of the best places to work in America because of such programs as flextime, adoption assistance, and career development.

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