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Dendreon Reviews

Updated February 1, 2015
Updated February 1, 2015
19 Reviews
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Employee for 3+ years

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

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

    Pros

    Vacation time, if you were a yes man to get it. Largely dealt out to favorites, like bonuses, increases. There weren't many pros about Dendreon.

    Cons

    Watched my work get credited to someone because they were our bosses favorite . Dendreon was a poster child for what's wrong with Pharma. I watched my hard work like many of my colleagues get accredited to unqualified people who took credit because they were yes men. It was without a doubt the most hostile environment I've ever seen. Dendreon decline can be directly associated to what I witnessed. Strictly a, I'll pat your back company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you hire HR people, try not to hire the ones that cover everything up. When people complain to HR, listen to what they say. No one cared when so many complained about the waste, about the cover up, about the poor treatment, about the hostile work place, about the payoffs to keep quite through promotions and bonuses, about the deciet. Listen to the ones doing the work, listen to the ones telling when so many are stealing and hurting the Company. Dendreon's choice of Directors and Managers was a direct action to its failures. It was almost a joke through our plant about the actual hard working individuals were being treated so poorly. These people did exactly what the first CEO did cash out and run.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manufacturing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Contributions to aide in preserving the health of prostate cancer patients.

    Cons

    Management is very unsatisfactory, leading with no common sense

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks for nothing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Supervisor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Dendreon

    Pros

    The pay and the employees are the best thing at this company. The benefits are great.

    Cons

    Upper Management can not be trusted. They do not care about the employees. They only care about $$$$$$$$$$.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to actually care about the employees. Treat people with respect and treat them as the adults.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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 a 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    This company is a joke!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 a 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
  7.  

    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 a 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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Could had been a great company

    • 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 a 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

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