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Forest Labs Reviews

Updated December 14, 2016
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  1. "A Middling Place to Work, and That’s It"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Forest Labs full-time

    Pros

    1) Casual workplace, both in terms of dress and attitude. At no point did I feel like anyone was judging or treating me unfairly

    Cons

    1) Communication from internal leadership is almost nonexistent. In my time with the company, there were no communications to the team from the VP or Executive levels within my practice

    2) Many of the internal managers are given their roles because of how long they’ve been with the company and not because they have the skills, or even the interest, to lead. The career paths are unclear and encourage simply sticking around to get promoted

    3) Much of the workforce is comprised of ‘old timers’ with significant inertia and resistance to change. If you’re looking to run out the clock on your career, the pace may suit you. I wouldn’t recommend it as a place for younger workers to grow and to develop themselves

    Advice to Management

    1) There are many silos in the organization whereby people focus on the best solution for their group rather than working together to find the best solution for the company. There are no goals nor incentives to work with anyone but your own team

    2) Projects seem to get funded to address squeaky wheels rather than true business value. If you’re only focusing on the initiatives that people loudly bring to your attention, you’re focused on the wrong things


  2. "Lab scientist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist III in Commack, NY
    Current Employee - Scientist III in Commack, NY
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Forest Labs full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Used to be a great lab to work in, good pay, good benefits

    Cons

    Very political, New CEO, massive lay offs, uncertain future. Recently bought by Actavis.

    Advice to Management

    It's not who you know but what you know


  3. "Nice place to work, good environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Forest Labs full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people doing the work were very nice day to day.

    Cons

    Senior IT Management does not do any type of strategic long range plan. It's all about how much money it costs in the current year. No upward mobility unless you were buddies with the CIO or VP's.


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  5. "Was good but bad now."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at Forest Labs full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    older CEO is nice and treated employees very well.

    Cons

    new CEO is sucks. He came and sold the company in four months after his arriving.

    Advice to Management

    the company will be gone soon.


  6. "It was a nice place to work..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    It was a nice place to work, good benefits and many career opportunities

    Cons

    With new CEO, things changed; layoff and projects cancelled. Also merging with Actavis; future is not clear...


  7. "The job was interest,but firm has been acquired by another company and will leave NYC soom"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Coordinator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Forest Labs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It was a good place for analysts etc, but support staff underpaided

    Cons

    Massive layoffs, firm acquired by another firm and being dismantled and absorbed into company that bought us


  8. "Territory Sales Rep review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Territory Representative
    Former Employee - Territory Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Forest Labs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company car, one great drug(Linzess), good area business directors

    Cons

    Middle management micro manages sales reps. Reps are happy if they have a good manager and miserable if they don't. A lot of them are creepy just like many of the regional directors. In many regions Forest is a modern day, "Good old boys club." Large pod structure is a disaster. Doctors hate seeing several reps from the same company especially because they are not bringing the same value as they once did in the Lexapro days.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of 1/3 of the DM's and the pod structure.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Greedy and Ageist Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good location, decent benefits and pretty good work-life balance. Overall, very nice people.

    Cons

    Upper management is greedy and focused on profits before all else. Instead of waiting to lay older employees off after the merger with Actavis in July, they did it in April to make sure they wouldn't get vested in their stock options.

    Advice to Management

    You should be ashamed of yourselves and the "Merger Success" bonuses you collected, while stealing money from people you very well know will have a difficult time finding another position. Shame on you.


  10. "great experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Pay was great and people friendly.

    Cons

    You work extra hard especially for month end.


  11. "Used to be a good company to work for."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Forest Labs full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Family friendly-used to do a lot of stuff for families and a wonderful holiday party.

    Cons

    Don't think you are safe. Company was sold less than 6 months after new boss came in.

    Advice to Management

    Have a little sympathy for those of us losing our jobs. Transparency would be helpful.



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