Forest Labs

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Forest Labs Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
132 Reviews
3.2
132 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
  • 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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

  2.  

    Very challenging experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Trial Assistant in Hauppauge, NY
    Former Employee - 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Informatics Business Operations, a sad and poorly run team

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    • Senior Management
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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 (more than an 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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Poor Pay and few growth opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Weak management

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    • Senior Management
    • 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
  10.  

    One of the few places in pharma they are hiring

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    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
  11.  

    Forest is OK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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