Forest Labs Reviews

Updated September 5, 2014
Updated September 5, 2014
114 Reviews
3.1
114 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.  

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

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    • 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
  2.  

    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 for 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
  3.  

    Interesting place to work...

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    • 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 for 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
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  5.  

    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 for more than a 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
  6.  

    Lot's to be proud of.

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    • 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 for 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
  7.  

    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 for 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
  8.  

    Sales Rep

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    • 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 for 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
  9.  

    Up and down

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

    I have been working at Forest Labs full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No motivation to work hard.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    The focus is placed all on the MDs - employees feel like second class citizens

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Job 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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    undo 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

  11. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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

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

    Pros

    Pay 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Really, 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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