Forest Labs
2.8 of 5 81 reviews
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Forest Labs Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014

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Forest Labs Chairman and CEO Howard Solomon

Howard Solomon

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41% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Good benefits and vacation policy"
    in 9 reviews
  • "management will reward good work; congenial work environment; people are younger than in the rest of Pharma; good location"
    in 4 reviews
Cons:
  • "Downsizing in progress, new CEO, uncertain future"
    in 3 reviews
  • "No one really knows who does what"
    in 3 reviews
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The focus is placed all on the MDs - employees feel like second class citizens

Territory Sales Representative (Current Employee)
New York, NY (US)

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

ProsJob security - 6 new products in 3 years says a lot - this can be a good place for new college grads looking to get into pharma sales - no one with experience comes to Forest

Consmicro managaed not necessarily by manager but by daily activity expectations - 10-12 calls per day; 80% signatures, 80% top ranked targets

Advice to Senior Managementundo these call per day averages and focus on the quality of the calls which really make impact and drive sales - it's the classic work smarter not harder mentality that needs to be implemented

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Very challenging experience

Clinical Trial Assistant (Former Employee)
Hauppauge, NY (US)

I worked at Forest Labs as a contractor for more than 3 years

ProsFast pace, FDA perimeters deadline reports, good people on the team.

ConsCheap selfish managers, untruthful, cliquish leadership.

Advice to Senior Managementshow more respect to the "grunt force", update your salary levels

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Informatics Business Operations, a sad and poorly run team

IT Manager (Current Employee)
Saint Louis, MO (US)

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

Prosnice holiday party and picnic
work from home is convenient

ConsLeadership in Informatics Business Operations is just awful. VP was written up for behavioral issues on more than one occasion. She now has a coach and it has become comical to watch. Staff retention is terrible.

Everyone is silenced through threats and intimidation so now no one speaks up anymore and most of the staff who are competitive are looking for new jobs. Way to go!

Advice to Senior Managementget rid of the VP everyone knows she is a train wreck.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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“Worst company culture ever..organization destroys and represses sales people's natural talents”

Sales Representative (Former Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I worked at Forest Labs full-time

Pros.....having a car, but that's an industry standard so...

ConsIn my opinion Forest is a place that a person should plan on using as a stepping stone to better places in the Pharmaceutical industry. The company so mishandles their representatives in almost every way imaginable that it is hard to know where to begin a review of the sales side of Forest.

Pharmaceutical sales at Forest could be a place where one can grow both professionally and personally. A job where one can acquire the tools to turn problems into solutions. It could be a place where much can be accomplished with the proper approach and mentality … where the focus IS NOT on what the rep has to say, but what the doctor and patient NEED.

The measure of “success” at Forest is getting 80% signatures for samples from supposed "A" targets. This means that docs are dealing with multiple Forest reps with basically the same products (weekly mind you) leading to extreme oversampling. This culture gives rise to reps falling over one another to get their call quotas in for the day. Anyone with prior experience knows this is a failed model… precisely why they only hire candidates with little to no pharma experience.

The culture here is unbelievably poor -lack of professionalism, tact, & awareness. Back-Stabbing and Back-Biting is rampant… supposed team members trying to outdo each other, badmouthing, withholding information, ect. --- Instead of working together as one unit to be successful and bring value to an office. This is my honest evaluation. I can typically see the good in a bad situation but this time it was not possible.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake a true investment in managed care, improve/change the culture ASAP, and value your reps.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great stepping stone but way too many reps who will do anything to excel.

Territory Sales Representative (Current Employee)

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

ProsPay isn't the highest by any means but if you have a decent territory, you can make 100k and have a company car. Great learning experience and they like to hire reps with little to no experience which will lead to many other opportunities, once you decide to advance your career. Intially, you work with some great people but the company culture will quickly change both yourself and peers for the worse.

ConsThe main problem at Forest is the sheer number of reps and the fact we need 70% sampling, 80% 'A' targets, and lots of lunches. This means that docs are seeing 2-3 Forest reps with basically the same products every week and you will need to leave 1 box of meds in their already overflowing bins just for the sig. This basically forces your teammates to trash you and do whatever it takes to get in all offices for their sigs before you do.

On the plus side, you will quickly see no one works and you will be able to get your sigs and calls in within a few hours and still be far out working your team. Stick it out as long as possible, volunteer for good causes and start a side business to get some meaning to your working life, and collect the pay check.

Don't take things too seriously or try to make a difference because you will hate it here. Learn the company culture quickly and confirm to their robotic ways even quicker. The more you smile, the more you say yes, the happier you will be. Managers will praise you and sometimes skip monthy field rides and you can even get promoted but never trust anyone.

Advice to Senior ManagementReally, I can't blame the middle to upper middle management. All the direction comes from the top so managers have to push for you to hit your goals and the better friends you become, the more tips and advice managers will give you for hitting goals.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Wonderful Company

Intern (Former Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I worked at Forest Labs full-time

ProsRelaxed atmosphere, but still very professional and effective.

ConsBad coffee in the smaller break rooms,

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Company culture is changing

Scientist (Former Employee)
Commack, NY (US)

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

ProsThere are smart, dedicated, hard-working co-workers at Forest.

ConsThe company used to be very authoritarian. Some leaders seem to try to change the authoritarian culture, but whether it will become a constructive, open, positive place to work is uncertain in this difficult time for the company. Information is generally not shared. Reviews are either only a formality, or used to criticize or blame. You're either on the good side, or the bad.

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OK to work but poor management at lower level

Analyst (Former Employee)
New York, NY (US)

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

Prosok to work. good benefits.

Consnot good company to do work/family life balance. work from home not available. management is new and doesn't know what she is doing. Don't allow enough time to finish projects. Feel like rush to everything.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Hard working people never get recognized. Review and reward process is a total joke.

R&D (Current Employee)
Commack, NY (US)

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

ProsGood business model still going thru growing pain.

ConsStill going thru growing pain. Disorganized projects/departments and favoritism/unfair/unreasonable rewarding system. No one really knows who does what. R&D is filled with uninspired Pigeon holed workers who are self satisfied and doesn't even know what challenge means. Where is the growth?

Advice to Senior ManagementTake the time to read the actual reviews not the numbers/names only. You can not roll a dice on a list of names. When you don't value or recognize real talents nor hard workers they leave. It is simple as 123. If you have no time for a fair evaluation, get someone to do FOR You! And the stories between dealing 2-3 pipeline and 9+ are quite different. Idle job fillers need some wake up calls as standard of workers/work has gone down significantly compared to 7-10 years ago. Restructuring is inevitable. Otherwise future is bleak after the retiring of Lexapro.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Ok Company

Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative (Former Employee)
Richland, WA (US)

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

ProsGood products, good partners to work with

ConsVery pushy management, only very concerned with "top 50%" #s even when some is unrealistic due to factors outside of your control.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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