Forest Labs

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Forest Labs Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
110 Reviews

3.1
110 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 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.  

    Not for a true sales professional

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Launch and call experience. Initial corporate training was solid. Profit sharing.

    Cons

    Terribly micromanaged, incompetent managers, highly immature sales people. Lowest paying company in the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring inexperienced and hire tenured reps and pay them!

  2.  

    Sales Rep

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    Current Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative

    Pros

    Flourishing company, many new products in pipeline, stability
    Benefits great, vacation time great

    Cons

    Salary on the lower end, say bonus are uncapped, but not true.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to field representatives more, because they are living it everyday. Stop drinking the corp. koolaid

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Chemist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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

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  5.  

    Frx was a very good company to work for.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The salaries at Frx were competitive.

    Cons

    In some departments it was more difficult to advance from within

  6.  

    Up and down

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Easy work....can do as little or as much work as you want.

    Cons

    No motivation to work hard.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Very challenging experience

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

    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
  8. 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

    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
  9.  

    The focus is placed all on the MDs - employees feel like second class citizens

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

    Pros

    Job security - 6 new products in 3 years says a lot - this can be a good place for new college grads looking to get into pharma sales - no one with experience comes to Forest

    Cons

    micro managaed not necessarily by manager but by daily activity expectations - 10-12 calls per day; 80% signatures, 80% top ranked targets

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    undo these call per day averages and focus on the quality of the calls which really make impact and drive sales - it's the classic work smarter not harder mentality that needs to be implemented

  10.  

    “Worst company culture ever..organization destroys and represses sales people's natural talents”

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in New York, NY

    Pros

    .....having a car, but that's an industry standard so...

    Cons

    In my opinion Forest is a place that a person should plan on using as a stepping stone to better places in the Pharmaceutical industry. The company so mishandles their representatives in almost every way imaginable that it is hard to know where to begin a review of the sales side of Forest.

    Pharmaceutical sales at Forest could be a place where one can grow both professionally and personally. A job where one can acquire the tools to turn problems into solutions. It could be a place where much can be accomplished with the proper approach and mentality … where the focus IS NOT on what the rep has to say, but what the doctor and patient NEED.

    The measure of “success” at Forest is getting 80% signatures for samples from supposed "A" targets. This means that docs are dealing with multiple Forest reps with basically the same products (weekly mind you) leading to extreme oversampling. This culture gives rise to reps falling over one another to get their call quotas in for the day. Anyone with prior experience knows this is a failed model… precisely why they only hire candidates with little to no pharma experience.

    The culture here is unbelievably poor -lack of professionalism, tact, & awareness. Back-Stabbing and Back-Biting is rampant… supposed team members trying to outdo each other, badmouthing, withholding information, ect. --- Instead of working together as one unit to be successful and bring value to an office. This is my honest evaluation. I can typically see the good in a bad situation but this time it was not possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a true investment in managed care, improve/change the culture ASAP, and value your reps.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great stepping stone but way too many reps who will do anything to excel.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative

    Pros

    Pay isn't the highest by any means but if you have a decent territory, you can make 100k and have a company car. Great learning experience and they like to hire reps with little to no experience which will lead to many other opportunities, once you decide to advance your career. Intially, you work with some great people but the company culture will quickly change both yourself and peers for the worse.

    Cons

    The main problem at Forest is the sheer number of reps and the fact we need 70% sampling, 80% 'A' targets, and lots of lunches. This means that docs are seeing 2-3 Forest reps with basically the same products every week and you will need to leave 1 box of meds in their already overflowing bins just for the sig. This basically forces your teammates to trash you and do whatever it takes to get in all offices for their sigs before you do.

    On the plus side, you will quickly see no one works and you will be able to get your sigs and calls in within a few hours and still be far out working your team. Stick it out as long as possible, volunteer for good causes and start a side business to get some meaning to your working life, and collect the pay check.

    Don't take things too seriously or try to make a difference because you will hate it here. Learn the company culture quickly and confirm to their robotic ways even quicker. The more you smile, the more you say yes, the happier you will be. Managers will praise you and sometimes skip monthy field rides and you can even get promoted but never trust anyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really, I can't blame the middle to upper middle management. All the direction comes from the top so managers have to push for you to hit your goals and the better friends you become, the more tips and advice managers will give you for hitting goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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