Forest Labs Reviews

Updated 19 September 2014
Updated 19 September 2014
116 Reviews
3.1
116 Reviews
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Brenton L. Saunders
11 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good company, Good people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst  in  Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Saint Louis, MO (US)

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

    Pros

    Very nice office environment, good location, management values opinion from all levels, good communication, good benefits, ability to move up in many groups

    Cons

    Limited product range is the company's biggest problem. Some managers are not good leaders. The new management is putting lot of strains.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    WAS nice to work there...

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    • 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 for 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
  3.  

    Nice place to work, good environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Jersey City, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Jersey City, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    The people doing the work were very nice day to day.

    Cons

    Senior IT Management does not do any type of strategic long range plan. It's all about how much money it costs in the current year. No upward mobility unless you were buddies with the CIO or VP's.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Senior management lost it's way

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    • 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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Forest 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.

    Cons

    Senior 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 ManagementAdvice

    If 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company. Only left because they were bought out.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    This was a great place to work.

    Cons

    Company was recently bought out so things will change significantly.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Cheapest Company Ever

    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Good culture, co-workers are good to work with.

    Cons

    I was so grossly under paid for the job I was doing. I had to finally take a full time job after the recession. I had been working for over 20 years yet they paid me as though I was an entry level person. Even my title was entry level. That's how they got around paying me nothing.

  8.  

    DISGRACEFUL!!! My friend tempted at Forest for FOUR YEARS without getting hired, and now he will be laid off in May!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Trials Manufacturing Technician  in  Hauppauge, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Clinical Trials Manufacturing Technician in Hauppauge, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    This company offers work that could have great career potential, except that Forest would rather use a temp worker for four years and never hire him, then lay him off while he is still a temp. The employees are generally good to work with though, and the work itself is interesting.

    Cons

    This company does not care about its employees. It only really cares about profits. The fact that they kept a temp worker on for four years without hiring him is absolutely disgraceful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop compassion and emotions and a sense of gratitude and loyalty to your employees, including temporary workers!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    company review

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QC Chemist  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - QC Chemist in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Good management, a company has good potential

    Cons

    location, expensive living cost, stability

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Forest Labs

    Pros

    Forest 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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be sure to recognize and reward talent.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Lab scientist

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    Current Employee - Scientist III  in  Commack, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Scientist III in Commack, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Used to be a great lab to work in, good pay, good benefits

    Cons

    Very political, New CEO, massive lay offs, uncertain future. Recently bought by Actavis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's not who you know but what you know

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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