Forest Labs
2.8 of 5 81 reviews
www.frx.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

Forest Labs Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014

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Forest Labs Chairman and CEO Howard Solomon

Howard Solomon

(42 ratings)

42% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Good benefits and vacation policy"
    in 9 reviews
  • "management will reward good work; congenial work environment; people are younger than in the rest of Pharma; good location"
    in 4 reviews
Cons:
  • "Downsizing in progress, new CEO, uncertain future"
    in 3 reviews
  • "No one really knows who does what"
    in 3 reviews
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The company culture left with the former CEO. The future is uncertain.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Forest Labs

ProsForest 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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementBe sure to recognize and reward talent.

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

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henchmen coming

Sales (Current Employee)
New York, NY

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

Proslegacy people have been great

Conswe are being acquired and will no longer have our jobs

Advice to Senior Managementstop lying to us

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Interesting place to work...

Sales Analyst (Former Employee)
New York, NY

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

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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Cheapest Company Ever

Administrative Assistant (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Forest Labs full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood culture, co-workers are good to work with.

ConsI was so grossly under paid for the job I was doing. I had to finally take a full time job after the recession. I had been working for over 20 years yet they paid me as though I was an entry level person. Even my title was entry level. That's how they got around paying me nothing.

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DISGRACEFUL!!! My friend tempted at Forest for FOUR YEARS without getting hired, and now he will be laid off in May!

Clinical Trials Manufacturing Technician (Former Employee)
Hauppauge, NY

I worked at Forest Labs full-time for more than a year

ProsThis company offers work that could have great career potential, except that Forest would rather use a temp worker for four years and never hire him, then lay him off while he is still a temp. The employees are generally good to work with though, and the work itself is interesting.

ConsThis company does not care about its employees. It only really cares about profits. The fact that they kept a temp worker on for four years without hiring him is absolutely disgraceful.

Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop compassion and emotions and a sense of gratitude and loyalty to your employees, including temporary workers!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Scientist III (Current Employee)
Commack, NY

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

ProsUsed to be a great lab to work in, good pay, good benefits

ConsVery political, New CEO, massive lay offs, uncertain future. Recently bought by Actavis.

Advice to Senior ManagementIt's not who you know but what you know

– 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

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

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

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

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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RUN AWAY FAST!

Senior Manager (Former Employee)
Commack, NY

I worked at Forest Labs full-time for more than 3 years

ProsNothing good to say about Forest. Sober up Actavis, you are marrying a pig wearing lipstick who is being controlled by an Icahn sock puppet.

ConsNothing good to say about Forest. Glad to be gone.

Advice to Senior ManagementLearn how to treat people. Learn how to demonstrate gratitude consistently. Learn what it means to be a servant leader. Learn that happy employees and high morale with positive reinforcement for achievements is what drives success.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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memorable experience

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
New York, NY

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

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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