Forest Labs
2.8 of 5 81 reviews
www.frx.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

Forest Labs Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014

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64% Approve of the CEO

Forest Labs Chairman and CEO Howard Solomon

Howard Solomon

(42 ratings)

41% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Good benefits and vacation policy"
    in 9 reviews
  • "management will reward good work; congenial work environment; people are younger than in the rest of Pharma; good location"
    in 4 reviews
Cons:
  • "Downsizing in progress, new CEO, uncertain future"
    in 3 reviews
  • "No one really knows who does what"
    in 3 reviews
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RUN AWAY FAST!

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

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

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

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memorable experience

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

I have been working at Forest Labs full-time for more than 8 years

ProsJob security and nice colleagues

ConsNeed a career path for positions without supervisory experience

Advice to Senior ManagementLess micromanagement

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A Middling Place to Work, and That’s It

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Forest Labs full-time

Pros1) Casual workplace, both in terms of dress and attitude. At no point did I feel like anyone was judging or treating me unfairly

Cons1) 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 Senior Management1) 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

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

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Stable, opportunity based on skill is lacking.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Forest Labs full-time

ProsStable, and company has great pipeline for job security for non-upwardly mobile

ConsLittle opportunity to move up on shear work product and ethical standards, which can disregard hard work from smart people with strong conviction.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Many Changes at FRX

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Forest Labs full-time for more than 3 years

ProsSmall, personal environment, little bureaucracy, great pay and benefits

ConsDownsizing in progress, new CEO, uncertain future

Advice to Senior ManagementCompany is a well oiled machine, do not change that much!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Not for a true sales professional

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Forest Labs

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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Sales Rep

Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative (Current Employee)

I have been working at Forest Labs full-time for more than 3 years

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

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

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Forest Labs

ProsEasy day at work and fun people

ConsLack of career development not much to learn

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't have one. Provide more opportunities

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Up and down

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Forest Labs full-time

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

ConsNo motivation to work hard.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Frx was a very good company to work for.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Forest Labs

ProsThe salaries at Frx were competitive.

ConsIn some departments it was more difficult to advance from within

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