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Forest Research Institute Reviews

Updated April 4, 2017
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  1. "Senior Clinical Reserach Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    It is a joy to work with the experienced group of permanent and contract Clinical Research Associates (monitors) on CNS and other pharmaceutical studies. Willingness to help out in order to keep projects on time and on budget, wealth of knowledge and expertise to draw from among fellow employees. Attention to detail and determination to do things correctly and well.

    Cons

    New management that took over in 2011 was more interested in quantity rather than quality of work accomplished and had a "my way or the highway" mentality.

    Advice to Management

    The company has been bought out by Actavis at this point, so there is probably a new corporate culture at this point and probably the Actavis way of doing things will be way things are done now anyhow.


  2. "Clinical Returns Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Commack, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Commack, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very interesting work, esp. due to improper returns by field reps

    Cons

    Having to physically check most new trial drug returns...

    Advice to Management

    Stop the cliques promotions and raises.

  3. "It was an exciting time working with Forest Laboratories"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Associate in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Administrative Associate in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Forest Research Institute (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The benefits. training and insuring that all employees was treated fairly

    Cons

    I really dont have anything to say as far as cons

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  4. Helpful (1)

    "I am a former employee, laid off due to the Actavis acquisition."

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

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

    Pros

    Small company so allows for greater opportunities (sometimes). Easily accessible by bus from Central NJ. Summers hours are offered from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

    Cons

    Overall, there is a lack of processes and general practices which causes a lack of continuity. Communication needs improvement within and across departments.


  5. "Great group. Myopic company."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great talent, good exposure through cross functional teams.

    Cons

    Company does not believe in early development. Very risk averse. Sustainability unclear.

    Advice to Management

    During recent layoffs, talent should have been key to decision-making.


  6. "It was GREAT while it lasted!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    This company was great for anyone who needed to learn the business. There company was not using state-of-the-art equipment or systems. You could learn in an easy environment.

    Cons

    Leadership was a concern. Very high turnover in the management and open positions stayed open for long periods of time.

    Advice to Management

    They don't need advise now...the company has been sold. Very few people will remain after the final sale date.


  7. "Great people to work with"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed my tenure at Forest and the friendships I made there

    Cons

    The company itself was good; the location was not the best

  8. "Great people to work with. Open communication, supportive teams, no walls between departments or colleagues."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Lead in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Project Lead in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great culture of sharing knowledge and being supportive to your colleagues. Unlike giant pharma companies you are not going to be pigeon-holed into very limited function. You will learn a lot and fast from your co-workers. Flexible working hours, work-from-home available for some. A lot of freedom to manage your own projects. Management is very hands-off and does not breath down your neck. Pay and bonus packages are better than average.

    Cons

    Top-heavy. Too much management that makes no decisions or simply twirls thumbs. A lot of wheel-spinning from Senior directors and VPs. Management consists of large number of corporate bureaucrats. They are insecure in their abilities or value to the Co. and thus surround themselves with subservient yes-men.

    Advice to Management

    Get your focus on ROI. Stop spinning wheels Soviet style, get your focus on revenues instead of empty slogans and constantly changing special initiatives.


  9. "No drugs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Scientist in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Clinical Scientist in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    You have the ability to do little work

    Cons

    Poor management, lack of commitment, no training or onboarding program - sink or swim

    Advice to Management

    Support your people


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Contract & Budget Associate III"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Contract & Budget Associate III in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Contract & Budget Associate III in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    If you dont have a vehicle is easy and accessible by train and bus down town jersey city. Summer hours starting memorial day until labor day. Loads of work can learn alot and go somewhere fully trained

    Cons

    telecommute policy sucks , depends on what department you work in you may never get advancement. sick days suck , bonus all depends on if you non exempt employee or exempt. If your non exempt you cant work from home at all.

    Advice to Management

    some managers are awesome and believe in there associates and promote, some dont .


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