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Forest Labs Reviews

Updated May 08, 2014

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3.0 105 reviews

14% Approve of the CEO

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Brenton L. Saunders

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42% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    WAS nice to work there...

    Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) New York, NY (US)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Cheapest Company Ever

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

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

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

    Clinical Trials Manufacturing Technician (Former Employee) Hauppauge, NY (US)

    ProsThis 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    RUN AWAY FAST!

    Senior Manager (Former Employee) Commack, NY (US)

    ProsNothing good to say about Forest. Sober up Actavis, you are marrying a pig wearing lipstick who is being controlled by an Icahn sock puppet.

    ConsNothing good to say about Forest. Glad to be gone.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Not for a true sales professional

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop hiring inexperienced and hire tenured reps and pay them!

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

    Sales Representative (Former Employee) New York, NY (US)

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    OK to work but poor management at lower level

    Analyst (Former Employee) New York, NY (US)

    Prosok to work. good benefits.

    Consnot 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company, terrible IT department and management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY (US)

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

    ConsIT 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 Senior ManagementRemove 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Informatics executives are out of control

    Research Informatics (Current Employee)

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

    ConsInformatics 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 Senior ManagementAppoint new SVP Corporate Informatics and direct reports.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Informatics is a mess, Wake up Forest - Corruption

    IT INF (Current Employee) New York, NY (US)

    ProsGood benefits
    Work Life benefits
    Some smart innovative people

    ConsUnrealistic expectations, Infrastructure expects you to Work 24/7
    Lots of Nepotism - family, past colleagues and friends get it all, esp. in Informatics
    Little career growth, most senior exec roles go to outside because there is no leadership development
    CIO and his executive team lack integrity

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe problem is the CIO and his SVP, VPs .
    Never meet with IT staff and I am in IT supervisory role.
    A lot of IT jobs going offshore and the senior IT leaders CIO, VPs orchestrate this for personal purposes

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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