Forest Labs Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
111 Reviews

3.1
111 Reviews
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Brenton L. Saunders
9 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Forest

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    Former Employee - Senior Director  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY

    I worked at Forest Labs full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lots of turnover and consolidation

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Has been a fun ten years....

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    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

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

    Cons

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

  3.  

    A good company that FINISHED is best days!

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Jersey City, NJ

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Senior management lost it's way

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    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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Forest 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.

    Cons

    Senior 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 ManagementAdvice

    If 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    company review

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    Current Employee - QC Chemist  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - QC Chemist in New York, NY

    I have been working at Forest Labs full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good management, a company has good potential

    Cons

    location, expensive living cost, stability

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    The company culture left with the former CEO. The future is uncertain.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Forest Labs

    Pros

    Forest used to have a great benefit package, a holiday party that spared no expense, a company-wide picnic and other perks. The culture varies depending on the department, the management and the chemistry with your co-workers. Great place for growing if you are interested in the pharmaceutical industry

    Cons

    It has gone through a change and the future is uncertain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be sure to recognize and reward talent.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    henchmen coming

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    Current Employee - Sales  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales in New York, NY

    I have been working at Forest Labs full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    legacy people have been great

    Cons

    we are being acquired and will no longer have our jobs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop lying to us

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Interesting place to work...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Forest Labs full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good people in corporate office in NY

    Cons

    Lots of lifetimes, meaning little room for mobility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be open and honest with staff. Promote people when they earn it.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Challenging and Rewarding

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    Former Employee - Quality Control Scientist II  in  Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Quality Control Scientist II in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I worked at Forest Labs full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Lot's of work, minimal supervision, flexi-time, laptops to do your work, new equipment, great supervisors, great lab manager, modern, fair.

    Cons

    Interdepartment communication could be better, organisation could be better, a more focused approach to daily activities would be very beneficial to waste less time trying to figure out what's to be done, too much waiting for confirmations to carry out certain actions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a more harmonious work environment with less contradictions and more communication.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    my experience has been good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    commute
    coffee machines in the office
    great staff

    Cons

    some leaders play favorites
    lack of transparency
    very little room for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    develop ways to use assistants for more than photocopies and answering the telephones, find out what skills they have and incorporate a way to use them

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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