Dendreon
2.6 of 5 69 reviews
www.dendreon.com Seattle, WA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Dendreon Reviews

Updated Apr 7, 2014
Dendreon – US – “Morris Plains Campus”

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2.6 69 reviews

                             

26% Approve of the CEO

Dendreon President & CEO John H. Johnson

John H. Johnson

(23 ratings)

22% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Good pay, decent folks, chance to work for a company trying to make a difference"
    in 5 reviews
  • "If you are looking for great benefits and comparable compensation Dendeon is the place for you"
    in 4 reviews
Cons:
  • "No work life balance especially if you work in manufacturing"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Because of past RIF's moral is extremely low and people are over worked leaving no work life balance"
    in 3 reviews
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I really enjoyed working here!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

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

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

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

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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the company that will not die

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

I worked at Dendreon full-time for more than 5 years

ProsExcellent benefits, good compensation. Seattle office is in a great location.

ConsMost stressful job I've ever had, and it had nothing to do with the actual work. Very little internal cohesion between various business groups. No business pipeline. CEO has yet to foster any real sense of leadership.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest with employees and overall company goals. Refocus company towards R&D.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Some local management are excellent, some are horrible

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

Pros- Great Benefits
- Flexibility
- Some EXCELLENT mid-level managers
- Some great people to work with
- Generally a professional environment
- Willing to take suggestions for change

Cons- Instability (Layoffs every year)
- Terrible senior management
- Culture has become very competitive
- Focus on Quality is sometimes difficult
- Lack of transparency

Advice to Senior ManagementSometimes listening to the ideas of your associates is vital; we have good ideas too!

Sr. Execs should let people in the company have an idea if their jobs are stable.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Always having Change and do more with less

QC Associate II (Current Employee)
Atlanta, GA

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

ProsGood pay
Saving lives
Three day work week

ConsNight shift
Not stable at the moment
Not a lot of room for growth

Advice to Senior ManagementPromote more people that have earned it.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Fun place but....

Manufacturing Associate (Current Employee)
Morris Plains, NJ

I have been working at Dendreon full-time for less than a year

ProsThe company itself was fun to work at. There were open computers to use and coffee to drink.

ConsThere were mass hires even tho we sat around doing nothing?

Advice to Senior ManagementRUN YOUR COMPANY BETTER!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great product but companies financial managers blew it

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

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

ProsGreat health benefits, good salary, and a great team of guys to work with. Excellent location downtown right above Pikes Place Market.

ConsConstant downsizing over the 3 year period I was there. Very difficult to get long term support from management team because of changes in the guard after each round of lay-offs

Advice to Senior ManagementOriginal board really let the employees down by misrepresenting the company and its finances to the general public. While this resulted in an initial surge in stock price it eventually tanked the company

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great learning experience with many difficult hurdles to overcome

Commercial (Former Employee)
Cecil Field, FL

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

ProsPassionate people that were very driven in the field.
Aggressive pay structure
Touched many areas within an Oncology clinic that most product do not

ConsMore of a Device type format. Have to hand hold the entire process thru until final payment.
High turn over in the field made it very difficult to manage and have customers gain confidence.
Baggage inherited around initial poor reimbursement was difficult to overcome and made it a long process to get customers back. Time that we did not have.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more open in hiring people into leadership positions with diverse back grounds into the mix. Many people were from JNJ and Amgen. This type of thinking let to group think and limited diverse solutions that could have helped the company.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great company

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Dendreon

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

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

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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