Forest Labs Reviews

Updated 11 August 2014
Updated 11 August 2014
118 Reviews
3.1
118 Reviews
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Brenton L. Saunders
11 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 5 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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  1.  

    Don't work here

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Forest Labs

    Pros

    You are given a compnay car.

    Cons

    Horrible company to work with. Horrible management, immoral and low pay.

  2.  

    WAS nice to work there...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Forest Labs full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Company values were strong, work-life balance was available, picnic and great holiday parties were fun, good rapport with coworkers.

    Cons

    NOW... toxic, tense, unstable, unreliable - new CEO and his home-grown staff are home-grown liars.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You reap what you sow - you accepted a deal that has created chaos in the lives of Forest employees. Only the employees are suffering as you and your people have safely negotiated your millions. You don't feel the pain of your actions now, buddy, but what you do here, you pay for here. Don't ever fool yourself into thinking you'll be sheltered from this cruel and heartless act. Nothing is forever, remember that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Cheapest Company Ever

    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Forest Labs full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good culture, co-workers are good to work with.

    Cons

    I was so grossly under paid for the job I was doing. I had to finally take a full time job after the recession. I had been working for over 20 years yet they paid me as though I was an entry level person. Even my title was entry level. That's how they got around paying me nothing.

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  5.  

    DISGRACEFUL!!! My friend tempted at Forest for FOUR YEARS without getting hired, and now he will be laid off in May!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Trials Manufacturing Technician  in  Hauppauge, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Clinical Trials Manufacturing Technician in Hauppauge, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    This company offers work that could have great career potential, except that Forest would rather use a temp worker for four years and never hire him, then lay him off while he is still a temp. The employees are generally good to work with though, and the work itself is interesting.

    Cons

    This company does not care about its employees. It only really cares about profits. The fact that they kept a temp worker on for four years without hiring him is absolutely disgraceful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop compassion and emotions and a sense of gratitude and loyalty to your employees, including temporary workers!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    RUN AWAY FAST!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Commack, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Commack, NY (US)

    I worked at Forest Labs full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nothing good to say about Forest. Sober up Actavis, you are marrying a pig wearing lipstick who is being controlled by an Icahn sock puppet.

    Cons

    Nothing good to say about Forest. Glad to be gone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to treat people. Learn how to demonstrate gratitude consistently. Learn what it means to be a servant leader. Learn that happy employees and high morale with positive reinforcement for achievements is what drives success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Not for a true sales professional

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Forest Labs

    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!

  8.  

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Forest Labs full-time

    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
  9.  

    OK to work but poor management at lower level

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    ok to work. good benefits.

    Cons

    not good company to do work/family life balance. work from home not available. management is new and doesn't know what she is doing. Don't allow enough time to finish projects. Feel like rush to everything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Great company, terrible IT department and management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Forest Labs

    Pros

    Great company to work for, provide good benefits and healthcare options, work life balance is great. CO seems like they have a good pipeline

    Cons

    IT department is a total wreck. Both CIO and IT Corporate SVP lack integrity, effectiveness and honesty. No transparency. Management spends unnecessary budget to get the same or higher budget following years. Give too much business to friends and relatives.
    It is also disappointing to see multiple internal fraud instances over last few years in IT but the top management culprits are not held responsible.

    Great company, CEO, CFO are extremely bright but If you want to work for Forest, avoid Informatics department by all means.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove CIO and SVP Corporate IT and directs. Appoint new CIO and IT management .Make the department better and there will be no negative impact to the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Informatics executives are out of control

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Informatics
    Current Employee - Research Informatics

    I have been working at Forest Labs

    Pros

    Good location with nice views. Great benefits and perks. Salary is decent as well although stock options not performing.

    Cons

    Informatics senior executives do not really listen and do not manage their staff due to lack of professionalism and it is reflected on everyone downstream several levels below.

    only in it for themselves and managing up by putting on a different face so to look good is not a very good way to run IT. Staff productivity, morale, motivation and attitudes are really poor across all Informatics areas due to extraordinarily bad management. Unnecessary stress, politics and pressure.

    It is true that most of the folks in senior roles are in some shape or form "connected" to CIO and SVP and hired from outside - clear sign that there is no internal staff development to move up. Forest has a lot of good talent that is not being utilized effectively.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appoint new SVP Corporate Informatics and direct reports.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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