Forest Labs Reviews

Updated August 20, 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. It depends on manager

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    Current Employee - Sales Professional in Mansfield, OH
    Current Employee - Sales Professional in Mansfield, OH
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are excellent at Forest Labs. If you work hard you can make a lot of money as with any pharmaceutical job.

    Cons

    Success can depend on many factors such as territory, managed care and most important your manager. Your manager can make or break you at Forest Labs.

    Advice to Management

    Open up more communication to the field in terms of future product pipeline. Limit territories to one or two representatives max.


  2. They keep pushing you

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Small company with more responsibility and challenge; great cash position; strong pipeline

    Cons

    More workload per person compared to big pharma; tough timelines; micromanagement; raise and bonus are not appealing; too few vacation days

    Advice to Management

    Establish leadership programs through which aspiring employess can swith functions within the company, thereby making greater contribution to the company.


  3. Just OK

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Commack, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Commack, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Growing organization means opportunities to stay longer - and hope to move up if you are really outstanding and catch the right group.

    Cons

    Disjoint and immature processes - no top-down approaches in many areas. Many are in their same position for 8-10 yrs or more.

    Advice to Management

    Appoint a new CIO and a CISO


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Ok place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Chemist in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Chemist in Cincinnati, OH
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    small company decent salary decent benefits good bonus and stock options

    Cons

    no advancement no recognition poor work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget about the lab staff


  6. Sometimes great, sometimes not so much

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people, my colleagues across the org

    Cons

    Management and the inconsistency they allow and foster. Not top management, middle management.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Not too bad, not exciting either

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is level with industry. You do get more vacations for more years of service. Paid lunch time. Usually no overtime.

    Cons

    Unless you enjoy your job function, you can be bored here, as the company culture is lacking spirit and fun. Pay is not so great considering the location (minutes from NYC where everything is expensive). Parking is expensive and not provided by company. No gym. Workload used to be very reasonable, but has doubled in recent years due to pressure of patent expiration. Depends on managers and groups, you may or may not be valued as an employee.

    Advice to Management

    Improve company culture to boost morale.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great people, great products, Management stuck in past

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    • Senior Management
    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

    Pros

    The company is very savvy at selecting great products and great people in the marketing department. The atmosphere is friendly and focused on the work. Pay is somewhat above average but in line with NYC location. Incentive compensation (options, restricted stock) can be very rewarding if you stay long term.

    Cons

    Management does not allow a lot of new thinking and essentially is stuck in the past. This is the main problem at an otherwise solid company.

    Advice to Management

    Empower executive directors and other middle brand management to really own their businesses and make decisions on their own.


  9. Ok Company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative in Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good products, good partners to work with

    Cons

    Very pushy management, only very concerned with "top 50%" #s even when some is unrealistic due to factors outside of your control.


  10. Company culture is changing

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Scientist in Commack, NY
    Former Employee - Scientist in Commack, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Forest Labs full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are smart, dedicated, hard-working co-workers at Forest.

    Cons

    The company used to be very authoritarian. Some leaders seem to try to change the authoritarian culture, but whether it will become a constructive, open, positive place to work is uncertain in this difficult time for the company. Information is generally not shared. Reviews are either only a formality, or used to criticize or blame. You're either on the good side, or the bad.


  11. Helpful (3)

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

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Forest Labs full-time (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 Management

    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.



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