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Forest Labs Reviews

Updated 11 August 2014
Updated 11 August 2014
110 Reviews

3.1
110 Reviews
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Brenton L. Saunders
9 Ratings

Review Highlights

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.  

    It was a nice place to work...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It was a nice place to work, good benefits and many career opportunities

    Cons

    With new CEO, things changed; layoff and projects cancelled. Also merging with Actavis; future is not clear...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    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)

    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.

  3.  

    Forest

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lots of turnover and consolidation

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    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)

    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.

  6.  

    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)

    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
  7.  

    Was good but bad now.

    Current Employee - Associate Director  in  Jersey City, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Jersey City, NJ (US)

    Pros

    older CEO is nice and treated employees very well.

    Cons

    new CEO is sucks. He came and sold the company in four months after his arriving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the company will be gone soon.

  8.  

    had great opportunity for growth and innovation until new leadership decided to go into huge cost cutting mode

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    Former Employee - Accounting and Finance  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Accounting and Finance in New York, NY (US)

    Pros

    lots of opportunity for growth

    Cons

    new leadership is focused on shareholder value and not on the growth of the employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest in your talent and improve morale

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    IT MANAGER

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Commack, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Commack, NY (US)

    Pros

    Great benefits including stock options. Great people.

    Cons

    going through a major merger over the next few months, currently no clarify on future of this combined company

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

    In the middle of a merger - being bought by Actavis

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    Current Employee - Senior Statistical Programmer  in  Jersey City, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Statistical Programmer in Jersey City, NJ (US)

    Pros

    People are mostly friendly, educated, and intelligent. There is work for you if you are good. Upper management is insightful and know what they are doing.

    Cons

    Since this is a time of company merger transition, job uncertainty is prevalent. If you want to move up the ladder you need to be assertive and make your aspirations know, else you will be left behind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The working business model of buying promising compounds and bringing them to market work well for Forest.

    Since Howard Solomon has stepped down from the CEO position and the new president Brent Saunders has a track record of having a company he runs being bought, that is exactly what happened, in record time, less than six months of his arrival.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Was a great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Forest Labs provided the opportunity to work in a variety of therapeutic areas and with global co-development partners of all sizes.

    Cons

    Currently very strained environment due to reorganization, downsizing and pending sale to Actavis.

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