Forest Labs Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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  1. Horrible division

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    • Senior Management
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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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Felxibility, no samples, no time and date stamp

    Cons

    Upper mgmt has no clue

    Advice to Management

    Get some realcmanagers

  2. Helpful (1)

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good mix of personal and work life

    Cons

    no respect for loyalty and hard work.

    Advice to Management

    give employees more recognition of work.

  3. One of the few places in pharma they are hiring

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Forest Labs

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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  5. Forest is OK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

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

  6. 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  7. Mostly positive. Constant turmoil with sales leadership.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Division Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Division Sales Manager

    I worked at Forest Labs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Plenty of room for advancement

    Cons

    Micromanagement is common style. High Pressure.

  8. sales rep

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Forest Labs

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good team, good manager, not rocket science

    Cons

    to make good commission you need a good territory with coverage

  9. Helpful (1)

    Territory Sales Representative- Great way to get your foot in the door to Pharma

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Representative

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Forest provided a very in depth training program that helped you learn the products well. They were constantly looking at compensation policies and changing them to help you make more money and making sure they were as fair as possible. Great benefits, plenty of time off, plenty of sick days, company car, gas, cell phone, internet paid. A lot of new products and new products in the pipeline.

    Cons

    Some expectations were unrealistic. Policies were for the company as a whole and did not take into consideration how different the markets or different territories could be. Targets were assigned by a computer program or someone in an office who had no knowledge of the territory. Reporting seemed to always be delayed and not accurate as well.

  10. Medical Sales Representative

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Medical Sales Representative in Marquette, MI
    Former Employee - Medical Sales Representative in Marquette, MI

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Minimal cost for company car usage (100/month), good health insurance options

    Cons

    Vacation time is minimal, unrealistic expectation for calls/day (10+)

  11. Forest Labs / Activist

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative in West Palm Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative in West Palm Beach, FL

    I have been working at Forest Labs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free Car, Free Gas, Time off is a great perk

    Cons

    If your team doesnt go to work then you suffer, a bad team mate is like a bad lover, nothing ever gets accomplished.
    You become a delivery guy to the staff... all they want is food and coffee.. and they arent even the ones writting your products. For men suit and tie in the blistering Fl heat is no bueno.. They monitor your calls, and make sure that you hit a quota.. Job security is never a given, you dont know if today or tomorrow will be your last.. thats how they keep pushing you, to keep you job.

    Advice to Management

    Discipline the team members that arent working, not the team.
    Make sure you have everyone on the same page. reguardless of thier tenure with the company, a rookie is just as valuable as a vet, when it comes to new targets and old ones..

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