Forest Labs Reviews

Updated 19 October, 2014
Updated 19 October, 2014
126 Reviews
3.2
126 Reviews
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Brenton L. Saunders
14 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
  • 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.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  3.  

    IT MANAGER

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

    I have been working at Forest Labs full-time (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
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  5.  

    In the middle of a merger - being bought by Actavis

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  6.  

    Was a great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Forest Labs

    Pros

    Forest Labs provided the opportunity to work in a variety of therapeutic areas and with global co-development partners of all sizes.

    Cons

    Currently very strained environment due to reorganization, downsizing and pending sale to Actavis.

  7.  

    Administrative Assistant II

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    • Work/Life Balance
    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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly, laid back environment. There is much room for growth for an admin including positions other than administrative assistants.

    Cons

    The company is going through a major restructuring with a new CEO and lay-offs. Not sure what type of company it will become once

  8.  

    Has been a fun ten years....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    Nice work environment, good beni package, nice perks. the place you could see your self retiring from. Never had layoffs until 2009.

    Cons

    layoffs and more layoffs. In the middle of a merger, the end is near, hope R&D survives nobody knows.... except high up management.

  9.  

    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 (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
  10.  

    A good company that FINISHED is best days!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Jersey City, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Jersey City, NJ (US)

    I worked at Forest Labs full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people and interesting work. You could learn a lot about the industry while continuing your education.

    Cons

    Some of the people should not have been in management. They truly made the environment TOXIC.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No management team should be allowed to LINGER for 10+ years unless the company is doing tremendously over the course of those years. When people do not leave a company someone must put them out or nothing will change.

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

    Was good but bad now.

    Current Employee - Associate Director in Jersey City, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Jersey City, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    older CEO is nice and treated employees very well.

    Cons

    new CEO is sucks. He came and sold the company in four months after his arriving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the company will be gone soon.

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