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Dendreon Reviews

Updated Jun 15, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

2.6 78 reviews

22% Approve of the CEO

Dendreon President & CEO John H. Johnson

John H. Johnson

(27 ratings)

21% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Enjoyed my time here

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosbenefits, coworkers are great, great location

    Consbad management in some departments

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    I enjoyed working here!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I really enjoyed working here!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsStruggling 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 Senior ManagementRemember to keep communications lines open with all employees to mitigate turnover.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good But Unstable

    Quality Control Associate I (Former Employee) Seal Beach, CA

    ProsComp, Benefits
    Coworkers
    Workload
    Bonuses
    Subsidies on Food and Snacks

    ConsInstability
    Lack of Sales
    Worried about layoffs

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease sales

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsUncertain 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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Material Handler II (Former Employee) Morris Plains, NJ

    Prosgreat 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.

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

    Advice to Senior Managementyou should all be fired...mitch gold and john Johnson are idiots

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet it together!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Company, Poor Management

    Service Desk Analyst (Former Employee) Union City, GA

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease stop being so wasteful with operating capital.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Operations Planner (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo advice other than learn from the past and strive continually improve.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    QC Bioassay Associate

    QC Bioassay Associate I (Current Employee) Union City, GA

    ProsVery nice Company to work for. Co-workers are very friendly and helpful! It is a nice work environment.

    Cons12 hours shifts are tough but they pay well.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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