Dendreon Reviews

Updated February 24, 2015
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  1. Great place.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate

    I worked at Dendreon

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Helping men with prostate cancer. Good pay good benefits. New facility with a ton of great co workers.

    Cons

    The ongoing risk of layoffs was always looming. Unfortunately this caused most of the better employees to look for other work.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Working FTE at Dendreon

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Information Technology
    Current Employee - Information Technology

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to work. Co-workers are very friendly and helpful. There is a sense that everyone needs to succeed in order for the company to succeed.

    Cons

    Promotions need personal lobbying. and there is personal politics in play as your position becomes higher.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent.

  3. Great Company but early decisions left us in a bad place

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Dendreon

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, pay, benefits, and passion. Really dedicated to patients and trying to make their lives better.

    Cons

    Company grew way too fast and now we're paying the price with Chapter 11.

    Advice to Management

    Too late unfortunately.

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  5. Great workplace for moving forward

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Associate in Union City, GA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Associate in Union City, GA

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

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

    Pros

    If you are willing to communicate with your manager about your wants and needs, you should be able to move forward in this company. There are many opportunities to expand your skill set and they encourage you to pursue training that is not available within the company (and may even reimburse you). The product Dendreon makes is amazing and helps so many men. Pay and benefits are pretty good. If you establish boundaries early, you can have a great work/life balance.

    Cons

    The company is going through financial trouble and kind of always has been. There seems to be very limited communication across departments and what communication occurs is usually contentious.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to each other. Try to work on morale.

  6. Great Science

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dendreon full-time

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Wonderful Science impacting people's lives

    Cons

    Morale was low due to the unknown

  7. I really enjoyed working here!

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    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  8. Good But Unstable

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    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Comp, Benefits
    Coworkers
    Workload
    Bonuses
    Subsidies on Food and Snacks

    Cons

    Instability
    Lack of Sales
    Worried about layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Increase sales

  9. Helpful (1)

    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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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

  10. Helpful (1)

    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 (more than 3 years)

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  11. 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 (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Get it together!

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