Forest Labs Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
119 Reviews
3.1
119 Reviews
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Brenton L. Saunders
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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 5 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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Informatics Business Operations, a sad and poorly run team

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 for 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
  2.  

    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 for 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
  3.  

    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 for 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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Horrible division

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Weak management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator  in  Commack, NY
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Commack, NY

    I worked at Forest Labs

    Pros

    good mix of personal and work life

    Cons

    no respect for loyalty and hard work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give employees more recognition of work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    One of the few places in pharma they are hiring

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Forest Labs

    Pros

    Strong cash position, staffing up, not downsizing yet

    Cons

    If you are your own man/woman look out. Micromanagement that is downright annoying. If you were not there at the beginning your experience will be second class. Duplicity and backstabbing are the rule in FRI.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The organization is upside down, you hire experienced people from great companies, but ignore them regularly. I would not be able to encourage someone I respected to work here, unless they were looking for a shorter leash.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Forest is OK

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    Current Employee - Principal Statistical Programmer  in  Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Principal Statistical Programmer in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at Forest Labs

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen, listen, listen
    Make decisions based on logic and business practices, rather than emotion and personal preference.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist IV  in  Commack, NY
    Current Employee - Scientist IV in Commack, NY

    I have been working at Forest Labs

    Pros

    Benefit 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.

    Cons

    Getting 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 ManagementAdvice

    To 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to get your start

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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

    Good company to get some experience in Pharma. Lots of active products with big pipeline and lots of open positions.

    Cons

    Pod system of lots of reps in small territories overlapping on 1-4 products, not very many qualified partners. 5-6 products in your bag. Low base salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fewer, better reps, more competitive salary

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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