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Forest Labs Reviews

Updated Jul 4, 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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    Forest is OK

    Principal Statistical Programmer (Current Employee) Jersey City, NJ

    ProsRelatively reasonable work load compared to other pharma.
    Courteously middle management
    Reasonable pay package.
    OK insurance plans.

    ConsNo work from home option
    Work location has no free parking
    promotion opportunities and frequencies are less compared to other pharma

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen, listen, listen
    Make decisions based on logic and business practices, rather than emotion and personal preference.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    An another sad story about people in power benefitting the most by working the least & leaving scraps for lower echelon.

    Scientist IV (Current Employee) Commack, NY

    ProsBenefit package is fair, what one would one expect from another fortune 1000 companies. Flexible working hours for employees in non-managment positions. Also, casual dressing for people in non-mamngment position is a plus. And in my opinion Entry level salary for lower level jobs with Bachelors and Master degrees is at par what would one expect.

    ConsGetting promotion, atleast in my department (PR& D) is based on how well your are liked by your project leaders and group leader and has nothing to do with how hard working and deligent an employee you maybe. Manager is completely oblivious to what goes around him and takes little interest in employees professional growth and in fostering a happy and productive enviorment for his herd. From manager to the group leader and than to some project leaders (at the PR&D section) you will find personals who don't have the credentials as well as the aptitude and the attitude to be at the position where they are now. And in my opinion lack of competent employees is the root of all of Forest current problems.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTo higher managments I would say that its high time for them to start involving actively in grading the perfomance of all employees at most crucial departments.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A great place to learn and grow. Unfortunately, they were bought out and plan to dump everyone.

    Scientist II (Former Employee) Commack, NY

    ProsLots of opportunity to receive training and participate in many different work challenges.

    ConsHierarchy and career ladders were very set in stone. PhDs always took a higher spot over those without. Now that they were purchased, layoffs everywhere. Expect more.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe fair and honest with those who are left on your staff. If they are going to lose their jobs, they deserve to know.

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

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    Sales Representative

    Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative (Former Employee)

    ProsFlexibility, Income, Car, Helping Patients, Scope of products

    ConsManagement, Busy work, unproductive repetitive calls for the sake of checking a box

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat reps with adult respect, cultivate a culture for managing ones own business, motivate with contests not by micromanagement. Get rid of the internal political noise.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Forest was a good place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Jersey City, NJ

    ProsGood benefits including stock options and profit sharing, good location, flexible hours, good working relationship with direct managers, co-workers good to work with.

    ConsRecent restructuring allowed unqualified and narcissistic people to be in managerial positions turning the working environment in the department TOXIC. Their unprincipled behavior should be used as a "bad manager" case study example for business schools.The unethical practices that took place were even overlooked by upper management.

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    Forest

    Senior Director (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsNew Opportunities as the company is merging with actavis. Exciting leadership

    ConsLots of turnover and consolidation

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Has been a fun ten years....

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsNice work environment, good beni package, nice perks. the place you could see your self retiring from. Never had layoffs until 2009.

    Conslayoffs and more layoffs. In the middle of a merger, the end is near, hope R&D survives nobody knows.... except high up management.

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    A good company that FINISHED is best days!

    Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) Jersey City, NJ

    ProsGreat people and interesting work. You could learn a lot about the industry while continuing your education.

    ConsSome of the people should not have been in management. They truly made the environment TOXIC.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo 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.

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

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    Senior management lost it's way

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsForest 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.

    ConsSenior 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 Senior ManagementIf 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.

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

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    QC Chemist (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGood management, a company has good potential

    Conslocation, expensive living cost, stability

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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