Forest Labs Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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  1. Lab scientist

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    Current Employee - Scientist III in Commack, NY
    Current Employee - Scientist III in Commack, NY

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's not who you know but what you know

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. A Middling Place to Work, and That’s It

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Forest Labs full-time

    Pros

    1) Casual workplace, both in terms of dress and attitude. At no point did I feel like anyone was judging or treating me unfairly

    Cons

    1) Communication from internal leadership is almost nonexistent. In my time with the company, there were no communications to the team from the VP or Executive levels within my practice

    2) Many of the internal managers are given their roles because of how long they’ve been with the company and not because they have the skills, or even the interest, to lead. The career paths are unclear and encourage simply sticking around to get promoted

    3) Much of the workforce is comprised of ‘old timers’ with significant inertia and resistance to change. If you’re looking to run out the clock on your career, the pace may suit you. I wouldn’t recommend it as a place for younger workers to grow and to develop themselves

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) There are many silos in the organization whereby people focus on the best solution for their group rather than working together to find the best solution for the company. There are no goals nor incentives to work with anyone but your own team

    2) Projects seem to get funded to address squeaky wheels rather than true business value. If you’re only focusing on the initiatives that people loudly bring to your attention, you’re focused on the wrong things

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Stable, opportunity based on skill is lacking.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Forest Labs full-time

    Pros

    Stable, and company has great pipeline for job security for non-upwardly mobile

    Cons

    Little opportunity to move up on shear work product and ethical standards, which can disregard hard work from smart people with strong conviction.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Chemist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Forest Labs

    Pros

    Easy day at work and fun people

    Cons

    Lack of career development not much to learn

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't have one. Provide more opportunities

  6. Very challenging experience

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    Former Contractor - Clinical Trial Assistant in Hauppauge, NY
    Former Contractor - Clinical Trial Assistant in Hauppauge, NY

    I worked at Forest Labs as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fast pace, FDA perimeters deadline reports, good people on the team.

    Cons

    Cheap selfish managers, untruthful, cliquish leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    show more respect to the "grunt force", update your salary levels

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Informatics Business Operations, a sad and poorly run team

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    nice holiday party and picnic
    work from home is convenient

    Cons

    Leadership in Informatics Business Operations is just awful. VP was written up for behavioral issues on more than one occasion. She now has a coach and it has become comical to watch. Staff retention is terrible.

    Everyone is silenced through threats and intimidation so now no one speaks up anymore and most of the staff who are competitive are looking for new jobs. Way to go!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of the VP everyone knows she is a train wreck.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Hard working people never get recognized. Review and reward process is a total joke.

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    Current Employee - R&D in Commack, NY
    Current Employee - R&D in Commack, NY

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

    Pros

    Good business model still going thru growing pain.

    Cons

    Still going thru growing pain. Disorganized projects/departments and favoritism/unfair/unreasonable rewarding system. No one really knows who does what. R&D is filled with uninspired Pigeon holed workers who are self satisfied and doesn't even know what challenge means. Where is the growth?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to read the actual reviews not the numbers/names only. You can not roll a dice on a list of names. When you don't value or recognize real talents nor hard workers they leave. It is simple as 123. If you have no time for a fair evaluation, get someone to do FOR You! And the stories between dealing 2-3 pipeline and 9+ are quite different. Idle job fillers need some wake up calls as standard of workers/work has gone down significantly compared to 7-10 years ago. Restructuring is inevitable. Otherwise future is bleak after the retiring of Lexapro.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Company is extremely micro-managed and the "culture" is not conducive for a healthy life style

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative, Trainer, Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative, Trainer, Manager in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Good salary - starting is 53k. Bonus varies from 2k - 14k. Company car.

    Cons

    Micro-managing. Want everyone to be a puppet and fit the same mold. Pods are issues b/c some people don't work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Teach the managers how to let go of their micro-managing and employee retention may be better. Reps can think for themselves and have a true pulse of the territory, so let them do their job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Poor Pay and few growth opportunities

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    Current Employee - Administrative
    Current Employee - Administrative

    I have been working at Forest Labs

    Pros

    Good benefits and vacation policy.

    Cons

    Difficult to grow with the company and employees who are unprofessional are tolerated and accepted instead of forced into retirement.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. Horrible division

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    Current Employee - Institutional Sales Representative in Upland, CA
    Current Employee - Institutional Sales Representative in Upland, CA

    I have been working at Forest Labs

    Pros

    Felxibility, no samples, no time and date stamp

    Cons

    Upper mgmt has no clue

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some realcmanagers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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