Forest Labs Reviews

Updated October 7, 2014
Updated October 7, 2014
126 Reviews
3.1
126 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Brenton L. Saunders
14 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 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 3 reviews)

More Highlights

41 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    A good company that FINISHED is best days!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Forest Labs full-time (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
  2.  

    Senior management lost it's way

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Forest Labs full-time (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
  3.  

    company review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QC Chemist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - QC Chemist in New York, NY

    I have been working at Forest Labs full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good management, a company has good potential

    Cons

    location, expensive living cost, stability

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review
  5.  

    The company culture left with the former CEO. The future is uncertain.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Forest Labs

    Pros

    Forest used to have a great benefit package, a holiday party that spared no expense, a company-wide picnic and other perks. The culture varies depending on the department, the management and the chemistry with your co-workers. Great place for growing if you are interested in the pharmaceutical industry

    Cons

    It has gone through a change and the future is uncertain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be sure to recognize and reward talent.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    henchmen coming

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales in New York, NY

    I have been working at Forest Labs full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    legacy people have been great

    Cons

    we are being acquired and will no longer have our jobs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop lying to us

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Interesting place to work...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good people in corporate office in NY

    Cons

    Lots of lifetimes, meaning little room for mobility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be open and honest with staff. Promote people when they earn it.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    my experience has been good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Forest Labs full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    commute
    coffee machines in the office
    great staff

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    develop 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Lot's to be proud of.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Provided for a legacy of financial security for my family.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    memorable experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Forest Labs full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Job security and nice colleagues

    Cons

    Need a career path for positions without supervisory experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less micromanagement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Sales Rep

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative

    I have been working at Forest Labs full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

Work at Forest Labs? Share Your Experiences

Forest Labs

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.