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Dendreon Reviews

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 2014
86 Reviews
2.9
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good pay, decent folks, chance to work for a company trying to make a difference (in 7 reviews)

  • Great benefits because it's a biotech/pharma company (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • No work life balance especially if you work in manufacturing (in 4 reviews)

  • Refusal to recognize the elephant in the room by senior management and I don't mean just product sales (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great product, no product line

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Seal Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Seal Beach, CA

    I worked at Dendreon (more than an year)

    Pros

    The severance you receive when your Laid off.

    Cons

    Annual reduction in force. The company is run by armatures. 100% of the professionals have been laid off. The only people left are associates with very little experience, who stay because they know they can't go anywhere else and make the same amount of money. The same goes for most people left. Uneducated Director and VP levels that have no experience or degree. Making all the wrong decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Now that a new CEO has been appointed. He needs to revisit who is running the facilities, from manager level up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    This company is a joke!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - CRA in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - CRA in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Better than average salary and lots of PTO bc you can't get fired for abusing the system. The people you connect with who aren't in management positions.

    Cons

    Toxic culture, understaffed, nepotism in management, no future for the company, etc. If you want to work somewhere for longer than six months avoid this joke of a company!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give everyone left there a decent severance package since you've wasted so much money in the past four years it's ridiculous!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Needs change

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QA Associate II in Union City, GA
    Former Employee - QA Associate II in Union City, GA

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

    Pros

    Great compensation, good benefits.

    Cons

    Bad management, no direction, no growth. No job satisfaction. If you are looking for secure employment, do not apply there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire professionals with degrees who have experience in the industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Sinking ship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Seal Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Seal Beach, CA

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

    Pros

    Compensation, co-workers, nice work environment, office culture

    Cons

    stress, regular layoffs, facility closures, horrible management, very political environment, lack of money, senior management very dishonest

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together, sell or file for bankruptcy. it is obvious that your vested interest is in GA.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Horrible Company

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

    I have been working at Dendreon full-time

    Pros

    The only good thing about this company is their product. Hopefully a buyout will happen soon so they can clean house of senior management

    Cons

    3 reductions in force over the last 3 years. No pipeline

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have already destroyed this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Run......

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    They pay well, it used to be a fun company to work for.

    Cons

    No room to grow.
    Management plays favorites and promotes wrong people who do nothing.
    Management has no idea what is going on.
    Misleading on bonuses and raises (non-existent for the most part).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what is going on or people will keep leaving, unless that is what you want, which is definitely the consesnsus among employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Could had been a great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mfg, Supervisor
    Current Employee - Mfg, Supervisor

    I have been working at Dendreon full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Comp and benefits are great.

    Cons

    Management has no clue to what they are doing. Because of past RIF's moral is extremely low and people are over worked leaving no work life balance. It's unfortunate our exec leadership do not seem to really know how things are being ran and what people are feeling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get in touch with your employees. Stop relying on so called directors giving you the details and realize we have a huge problem. Many of the problems are happening because of the Managers and Director level. No communication or respect with the Supervisor and associates

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unstable

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

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits and Salary. Co-workers are awesome!

    Cons

    The company has had 2 RIF's in the last couple of years. The company is not stable. I am a Mfg. Supervisor and our direct managers are very incompetent and condescending, Very low low moral, I have never worked at a company where the moral is so low. Horrible culture! No work life balance especially if you work in manufacturing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together. You said you were going to be transparent this time around and that has turned out to be smoke in mirrors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    A different World

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Mfg Associate II in Union City, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Mfg Associate II in Union City, GA

    I have been working at Dendreon full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great Employees and good hours

    Cons

    Compensation is not adequate for the amount of work done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management is pathetic and the ship is sinking.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mfg, Supervisor in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Mfg, Supervisor in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Dendreon full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The location of the corporate offices in Seattle is quite posh and allows for great restaurant visiting and afternoon shopping.

    Cons

    The management doesn't understand what they're doing, the company has grown too fast and never understood the market. The executive team got greedy and ruined the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get a grip on reality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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