Dendreon Reviews

Updated July 29, 2014
Updated July 29, 2014
83 Reviews
2.8
83 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good pay, decent folks, chance to work for a company trying to make a difference (in 6 reviews)

  • Great benefits because it's a biotech/pharma company (in 6 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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13 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    Great Science

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dendreon full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful Science impacting people's lives

    Cons

    Morale was low due to the unknown

    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Enjoyed my time here

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dendreon

    Pros

    benefits, coworkers are great, great location

    Cons

    bad management in some departments

  3.  

    I enjoyed working here!

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

    I worked at Dendreon

    Pros

    Good benefits, Great coworkers, enjoy working for cancer patients.

    Cons

    COGS; the company made a lot of critical mistakes in the beginning financially

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    I really enjoyed working here!

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

    I worked at Dendreon full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits because it's a biotech/pharma company. Can't go wrong there. And, if you get in with a manager you like and department you feel challenged in, it's good.

    Cons

    Struggling with COGS which has resulted in annual downsizings and a lot of turnover. Don't expect your manager and your job description to remain the same over a long period of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember to keep communications lines open with all employees to mitigate turnover.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good But Unstable

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Quality Control Associate I  in  Seal Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Control Associate I in Seal Beach, CA

    I worked at Dendreon full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Comp, Benefits
    Coworkers
    Workload
    Bonuses
    Subsidies on Food and Snacks

    Cons

    Instability
    Lack of Sales
    Worried about layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase sales

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

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

    I worked at Dendreon

    Pros

    Lots of internal talent, people are passionate about their work, you will get an opportunity to work on cutting edge technology in cancer research

    Cons

    Uncertain Future of the company, frequent lay offs, money troubles and budget cuts are just few recent drawbacks you will face if you were to join the company right now

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    loved the people I worked with for the most part. Executive leadership destroyed this company

    Former Employee - Material Handler II  in  Morris Plains, NJ
    Former Employee - Material Handler II in Morris Plains, NJ

    I worked at Dendreon full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great people...great pay....bad leadership.. a lot of excitement and enthusiasm turned into disappointment as senior management drove this company into the ground...mitch gold should be in jail.

    Cons

    changed the schedule too many times...management did not know how to delegate and instead micromanaged everything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you should all be fired...mitch gold and john Johnson are idiots

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Department dependent satisfaction (just like any company). Some are great, others I wish were better.

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

    I worked at Dendreon full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people, culture, opportunities with a small company if you are insulated from layoffs. Good team work across departments and knowledgeable talent

    Cons

    Incredibly bad direction from Sr. Management, no stability, dipping stock price, layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Company, Poor Management

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

    I worked at Dendreon full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great colleagues, great pay, manufactures a product that is truly innovative, working conditions are excellent. Good company overall, but management needs help!

    Cons

    Management spends money very frivolously and compensates for this oversight by terminating employees and closing plants. Extremely wasteful with resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stop being so wasteful with operating capital.

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

    Challenging work in an ever changing and demanding young biotech research company.

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

    I worked at Dendreon full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Dendreon is a company where you can feel like you are making a difference in this world by providing a new treatment for prostate cancer.

    Cons

    Working for a biotech research company in the commercial world is not for the faint of heart!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice other than learn from the past and strive continually improve.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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