Forest Labs Reviews

Updated 29 August, 2014
Updated 29 August, 2014
112 Reviews

3.1
112 Reviews
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Brenton L. Saunders
9 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 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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  1.  

    Business Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Forest Labs full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Employee's benefits are excellent! It is pretty flexible.

    Cons

    Lots of politics going on.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales Representative

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, Income, Car, Helping Patients, Scope of products

    Cons

    Management, Busy work, unproductive repetitive calls for the sake of checking a box

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat reps with adult respect, cultivate a culture for managing ones own business, motivate with contests not by micromanagement. Get rid of the internal political noise.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It was a nice place to work...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Forest Labs

    Pros

    It was a nice place to work, good benefits and many career opportunities

    Cons

    With new CEO, things changed; layoff and projects cancelled. Also merging with Actavis; future is not clear...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Forest was a good place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Jersey City, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ (US)

    I worked at Forest Labs full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits including stock options and profit sharing, good location, flexible hours, good working relationship with direct managers, co-workers good to work with.

    Cons

    Recent restructuring allowed unqualified and narcissistic people to be in managerial positions turning the working environment in the department TOXIC. Their unprincipled behavior should be used as a "bad manager" case study example for business schools.The unethical practices that took place were even overlooked by upper management.

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    Forest

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    Former Employee - Senior Director  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    New Opportunities as the company is merging with actavis. Exciting leadership

    Cons

    Lots of turnover and consolidation

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was a great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Hauppauge, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Hauppauge, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    New CEO biggest liar I ever heard

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too bad you sold out!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good growth company, but likely to change due to its acquisition by Activis

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Forest Labs

    Pros

    Smaller pharma company with good products, intelligent people, less bureaucracy than big pharma.

    Cons

    Company hasn't adapted well to changes in the marketplace, resulting in vulnerability to acquisition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain the best people for the long-term and be willing to entertain new ideas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    had great opportunity for growth and innovation until new leadership decided to go into huge cost cutting mode

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    Former Employee - Accounting and Finance  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Accounting and Finance in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    lots of opportunity for growth

    Cons

    new leadership is focused on shareholder value and not on the growth of the employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest in your talent and improve morale

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    IT MANAGER

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Commack, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Commack, NY (US)

    I have been working at Forest Labs full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great benefits including stock options. Great people.

    Cons

    going through a major merger over the next few months, currently no clarify on future of this combined company

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

    In the middle of a merger - being bought by Actavis

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    Current Employee - Senior Statistical Programmer  in  Jersey City, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Statistical Programmer in Jersey City, NJ (US)

    I have been working at Forest Labs full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    People are mostly friendly, educated, and intelligent. There is work for you if you are good. Upper management is insightful and know what they are doing.

    Cons

    Since this is a time of company merger transition, job uncertainty is prevalent. If you want to move up the ladder you need to be assertive and make your aspirations know, else you will be left behind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The working business model of buying promising compounds and bringing them to market work well for Forest.

    Since Howard Solomon has stepped down from the CEO position and the new president Brent Saunders has a track record of having a company he runs being bought, that is exactly what happened, in record time, less than six months of his arrival.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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