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Forest Labs Reviews

Updated Jun 10, 2014

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3.0 103 reviews

17% Approve of the CEO

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Brenton L. Saunders

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42% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Interesting place to work...

    Sales Analyst (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGood people in corporate office in NY

    ConsLots of lifetimes, meaning little room for mobility

    Advice to Senior Managementbe open and honest with staff. Promote people when they earn it.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    my experience has been good

    Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) New York, NY

    Proscommute
    coffee machines in the office
    great staff

    Conssome leaders play favorites
    lack of transparency
    very little room for growth

    Advice to Senior Managementdevelop ways to use assistants for more than photocopies and answering the telephones, find out what skills they have and incorporate a way to use them

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lot's to be proud of.

    Senior Director (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsProvided for a legacy of financial security for my family.

    ConsAt times can't see the "Forest for the Trees"

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

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    memorable experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsJob security and nice colleagues

    ConsNeed a career path for positions without supervisory experience

    Advice to Senior ManagementLess micromanagement

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Sales Rep

    Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative (Current Employee)

    ProsFlourishing company, many new products in pipeline, stability
    Benefits great, vacation time great

    ConsSalary on the lower end, say bonus are uncapped, but not true.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to field representatives more, because they are living it everyday. Stop drinking the corp. koolaid

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Up and down

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsEasy work....can do as little or as much work as you want.

    ConsNo motivation to work hard.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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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

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

    Territory Sales Representative (Current Employee)

    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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    Company culture is changing

    Scientist (Former Employee) Commack, NY

    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 Company

    Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative (Former Employee) Richland, WA

    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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