Forest Labs Reviews

Updated 5 September 2014
Updated 5 September 2014
115 Reviews
3.1
115 Reviews
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Brenton L. Saunders
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Pros
  • It was a nice place to work, good benefits and many career opportunities (in 12 reviews)

  • Good Benefits and work life balance (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • With new CEO, things changed; layoff and projects cancelled (in 7 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is a challenge, constant change, company going through integration, job cuts (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good salary but no professional growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Forest Labs full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Technical resources were excellent; benefits were rewarding; Was satisfied with salary;

    Cons

    Many people were working for too many years 10 - 15 years and were not ready to change for the better. Old school techniques of only copy pasting in excel for critical analyses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need intellectual managers to motivate skilled employees; Company should look for skilled labor rather than keeping slow pacers for too long - who wouldn't grow and won't let others grow too !

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Sales Representative

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Forest Labs

    Pros

    Great training program is you are just getting in the industry.

    Cons

    not a lot I can think of at this time.

  3.  

    A great place to learn and grow. Unfortunately, they were bought out and plan to dump everyone.

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    Former Employee - Scientist II  in  Commack, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Scientist II in Commack, NY (US)

    I worked at Forest Labs full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to receive training and participate in many different work challenges.

    Cons

    Hierarchy and career ladders were very set in stone. PhDs always took a higher spot over those without. Now that they were purchased, layoffs everywhere. Expect more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fair and honest with those who are left on your staff. If they are going to lose their jobs, they deserve to know.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Sales Representative

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative

    I worked at Forest Labs full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexibility, Income, Car, Helping Patients, Scope of products

    Cons

    Management, Busy work, unproductive repetitive calls for the sake of checking a box

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat reps with adult respect, cultivate a culture for managing ones own business, motivate with contests not by micromanagement. Get rid of the internal political noise.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Forest was a good place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Jersey City, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ (US)

    I worked at Forest Labs full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits including stock options and profit sharing, good location, flexible hours, good working relationship with direct managers, co-workers good to work with.

    Cons

    Recent restructuring allowed unqualified and narcissistic people to be in managerial positions turning the working environment in the department TOXIC. Their unprincipled behavior should be used as a "bad manager" case study example for business schools.The unethical practices that took place were even overlooked by upper management.

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    Forest

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    Former Employee - Senior Director  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Forest Labs full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    New Opportunities as the company is merging with actavis. Exciting leadership

    Cons

    Lots of turnover and consolidation

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Has been a fun ten years....

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Forest Labs full-time

    Pros

    Nice work environment, good beni package, nice perks. the place you could see your self retiring from. Never had layoffs until 2009.

    Cons

    layoffs and more layoffs. In the middle of a merger, the end is near, hope R&D survives nobody knows.... except high up management.

  9.  

    A good company that FINISHED is best days!

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Jersey City, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Jersey City, NJ (US)

    I worked at Forest Labs full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people and interesting work. You could learn a lot about the industry while continuing your education.

    Cons

    Some of the people should not have been in management. They truly made the environment TOXIC.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No management team should be allowed to LINGER for 10+ years unless the company is doing tremendously over the course of those years. When people do not leave a company someone must put them out or nothing will change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Senior management lost it's way

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Forest Labs full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Forest was a company that offered a great deal of rapid upward mobility to many individuals. The current change brought about by restructuring and the sale to Actavis will likely continue to create opportunities for some individuals. The diversity of Forest's product portfolio allows the company to compete in several large therapeutic areas.

    Cons

    Senior management failed to capitalize on the revenue windfall generated by Lexapro and Namenda in their hey-day. Clinging to an antiquated commercial sales and marketing model has negatively affected earnings growth. Conducting business "with blinders on" weakened the stock price and allowed for a takeover by Actavis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If Forest will continue to function as an operating unit of Actavis it will be important to restructure senior management in sales, marketing, and contracting. The current group has proved unwilling to consider best practices executed by contemporaries in the industry. In a very direct manner this has led to the downfall of a once great sales and marketing organization. It will be imperative to introduce a culture willing to consider innovative ways of doing business in the new health care economy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    company review

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    Current Employee - QC Chemist  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - QC Chemist in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Forest Labs full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good management, a company has good potential

    Cons

    location, expensive living cost, stability

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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