Forest Labs Reviews

Updated April 1, 2015
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Brenton L. Saunders
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Pros
  • Good Benefits and work life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • Company values were strong, work-life balance was available, picnic and great holiday parties were fun, good rapport with coworkers (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • The company is not the same with the new CEO (in 9 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is a challenge, constant change, company going through integration, job cuts (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Previously a great company that was destroyed when upper management changed.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Island City, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Island City, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Forest Labs (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and coworkers e

    Cons

    No concern for employees: Only "share holder value enhancement"


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    Stock driven..

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good for an intro position into medical sales

    Cons

    Micro management is the standard


  3. Helpful (1)

    After a change in executive leadership the company lost its employee-friendly culture.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Forest Labs full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you owned stock in the company you were almost guaranteed to make money.

    Cons

    Seemingly arbitrary decisions were made to "streamline" the business with the true purpose, of positioning the firm for sale, being kept from the employees thereby fostering an atmosphere of distrust and an eventual "every man for himself" attitude being adopted by most.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with your employees and you will find that most will accept even unpleasant information regarding their future with the firm.


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  5. Fair

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Forest Labs full-time

    Pros

    History of positive and loyal company

    Cons

    Acquired by Actavis; in the dark on too many important variables


  6. Stuffy, Corporate and very political

    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in New York, NY

    I have been working at Forest Labs full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People are mostly friendly, and smart.

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't seem to care about the day to day as much. People will report you to HR if you look at them funny or make a joke about the weather.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more


  7. Analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Forest Labs (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good hours, made good friends from there

    Cons

    They didn't want to pay what I deserved


  8. Used to be a good company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Forest Labs full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Family friendly-used to do a lot of stuff for families and a wonderful holiday party.

    Cons

    Don't think you are safe. Company was sold less than 6 months after new boss came in.

    Advice to Management

    Have a little sympathy for those of us losing our jobs. Transparency would be helpful.


  9. great experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Pay was great and people friendly.

    Cons

    You work extra hard especially for month end.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Greedy and Ageist Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Forest Labs full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good location, decent benefits and pretty good work-life balance. Overall, very nice people.

    Cons

    Upper management is greedy and focused on profits before all else. Instead of waiting to lay older employees off after the merger with Actavis in July, they did it in April to make sure they wouldn't get vested in their stock options.

    Advice to Management

    You should be ashamed of yourselves and the "Merger Success" bonuses you collected, while stealing money from people you very well know will have a difficult time finding another position. Shame on you.


  11. Territory Sales Rep review

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    Former Employee - Territory Representative
    Former Employee - Territory Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Forest Labs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company car, one great drug(Linzess), good area business directors

    Cons

    Middle management micro manages sales reps. Reps are happy if they have a good manager and miserable if they don't. A lot of them are creepy just like many of the regional directors. In many regions Forest is a modern day, "Good old boys club." Large pod structure is a disaster. Doctors hate seeing several reps from the same company especially because they are not bringing the same value as they once did in the Lexapro days.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of 1/3 of the DM's and the pod structure.



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