Forest Labs
2.8 of 5 81 reviews
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Forest Labs Reviews

Updated Mar 31, 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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Senior management lost it's way

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

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

ProsForest was a company that offered a great deal of rapid upward mobility to many individuals. The current change brought about by restructuring and the sale to Actavis will likely continue to create opportunities for some individuals. The diversity of Forest's product portfolio allows the company to compete in several large therapeutic areas.

ConsSenior management failed to capitalize on the revenue windfall generated by Lexapro and Namenda in their hey-day. Clinging to an antiquated commercial sales and marketing model has negatively affected earnings growth. Conducting business "with blinders on" weakened the stock price and allowed for a takeover by Actavis.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf Forest will continue to function as an operating unit of Actavis it will be important to restructure senior management in sales, marketing, and contracting. The current group has proved unwilling to consider best practices executed by contemporaries in the industry. In a very direct manner this has led to the downfall of a once great sales and marketing organization. It will be imperative to introduce a culture willing to consider innovative ways of doing business in the new health care economy.

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

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QC Chemist (Current Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I have been working at Forest Labs full-time for less than a year

ProsGood management, a company has good potential

Conslocation, expensive living cost, stability

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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The company culture left with the former CEO. The future is uncertain.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Forest Labs

ProsForest used to have a great benefit package, a holiday party that spared no expense, a company-wide picnic and other perks. The culture varies depending on the department, the management and the chemistry with your co-workers. Great place for growing if you are interested in the pharmaceutical industry

ConsIt has gone through a change and the future is uncertain.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe sure to recognize and reward talent.

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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henchmen coming

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

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

Proslegacy people have been great

Conswe are being acquired and will no longer have our jobs

Advice to Senior Managementstop lying to us

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

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Interesting place to work...

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

I worked at Forest Labs full-time for more than 8 years

ProsGood people in corporate office in NY

ConsLots of lifetimes, meaning little room for mobility

Advice to Senior Managementbe open and honest with staff. Promote people when they earn it.

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Challenging and Rewarding

Quality Control Scientist II (Former Employee)
Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

I worked at Forest Labs full-time for less than a year

ProsLot's of work, minimal supervision, flexi-time, laptops to do your work, new equipment, great supervisors, great lab manager, modern, fair.

ConsInterdepartment communication could be better, organisation could be better, a more focused approach to daily activities would be very beneficial to waste less time trying to figure out what's to be done, too much waiting for confirmations to carry out certain actions.

Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop a more harmonious work environment with less contradictions and more communication.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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my experience has been good

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

I have been working at Forest Labs full-time for more than a year

Proscommute
coffee machines in the office
great staff

Conssome leaders play favorites
lack of transparency
very little room for growth

Advice to Senior Managementdevelop ways to use assistants for more than photocopies and answering the telephones, find out what skills they have and incorporate a way to use them

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Lot's to be proud of.

Senior Director (Current Employee)
New York, NY (US)

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

ProsProvided for a legacy of financial security for my family.

ConsAt times can't see the "Forest for the Trees"

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm 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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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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