Forest Labs Reviews

Updated 19 October, 2014
Updated 19 October, 2014
126 Reviews
3.1
126 Reviews
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Brenton L. Saunders
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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
  • The company is not the same with the new CEO (in 9 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is a challenge, constant change, company going through integration, job cuts (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Fresh new company in Canada

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Spec Representative in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Spec Representative in Vancouver, BC

    I have been working at Forest Labs as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Startup in Canada, great people, huge opportunities

    Cons

    Systems and processes still being developed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the entrepreneurial spirit and empowerment initiatives. Build your salesforce ASAP!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Awesome place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Forest Labs full-time

    Pros

    Forest labs took good care of its employees - benefits including pay, profit sharing, bonus etc and most importantly investment in the growth of employees by investing in training - both internal and seminar/specialized courses.

    Cons

    M&A posed typical challenges but it was managed reasonably well - but can always be improved.

  3.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Site Manager in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Regional Site Manager in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Working with very experienced co-workers. The workload is very fair with 1-2 protocols.

    Cons

    There are a lot of changes with the merging of companies and future is uncertain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reassure employees there will be future work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Company no longer exists

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Forest Labs

    Pros

    Excellent company with a great business model.

    Cons

    Company was purchased by Actavis and ceased to exist.

  6.  

    Sales Representative

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative

    I worked at Forest Labs full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexible schedule, good products, good incentives. Your work load really depends on your manager.

    Cons

    The company is not the same with the new CEO. Delayed rankings, constantly changing how you are ranked, very outdated expense report system that takes forever, each rep sells 4-5 products that are completely different, lower base salary then most other pharm companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Company...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great place to build a career. Forest has always had a strong vision in a very competitive industry and was a great place to work for many years. They emphasized training and an entrepreneurial approach to sales.

    Cons

    In the end they became a bit resistant to change and adapt to the market. With the new CEO and merger this only got worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a very honest look at the changes in the healthcare market and how to best sell in those markets that have been most effected. The old-school "reach and frequency" model of selling will not work in every market.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Forest Labs / Activist

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative in West Palm Beach, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative in West Palm Beach, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    Free Car, Free Gas, Time off is a great perk

    Cons

    If your team doesnt go to work then you suffer, a bad team mate is like a bad lover, nothing ever gets accomplished.
    You become a delivery guy to the staff... all they want is food and coffee.. and they arent even the ones writting your products. For men suit and tie in the blistering Fl heat is no bueno.. They monitor your calls, and make sure that you hit a quota.. Job security is never a given, you dont know if today or tomorrow will be your last.. thats how they keep pushing you, to keep you job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Discipline the team members that arent working, not the team.
    Make sure you have everyone on the same page. reguardless of thier tenure with the company, a rookie is just as valuable as a vet, when it comes to new targets and old ones..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to get your start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative

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

    Pros

    Good company to get some experience in Pharma. Lots of active products with big pipeline and lots of open positions.

    Cons

    Pod system of lots of reps in small territories overlapping on 1-4 products, not very many qualified partners. 5-6 products in your bag. Low base salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fewer, better reps, more competitive salary

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Fair

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Forest Labs full-time

    Pros

    History of positive and loyal company

    Cons

    Acquired by Actavis; in the dark on too many important variables

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    I thought this was a great job with some exceptionally talented reps and management.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Forest Labs

    Pros

    Great management that was fair and skilled at employee development. Talented reps and healthy culture.

    Cons

    Probably industry wide. Admins run company and many decisions without any clue about what is happening in the field. Bad targets, poor reporting. Etc...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job to all the DMs, RDs, and trainers. Way up the ladder maybe you all need to trust those employees.

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