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Dendreon Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
86 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.  

    Great workplace for moving forward

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Talk to each other. Try to work on morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great workers, lousy C-Suite

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

    I have been working at Dendreon full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great collaboration and sense of proactivity among the lower lines of the org chart

    Cons

    Sitting back to only watch the C-suite leadership botch up our hard work by overestimating earnings by close to 10x.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Since all of the original management is gone, to the remaining managers, good luck winding up the firm!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    From Approval to Crash

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

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

    Pros

    Seattle Site was very profession, competitive pay and benefits, I was there during the approval and the crash, two very different and interesting times

    Cons

    Gold was the worst CEO of all time, watching the Management make boatloads with their stock sales, while the rest of us had a closed window and had to wait for the crash was very difficult. No option to transfer to other sites during after layoffs, despite having seniority. Ethics at Seal Beach seemed lower and somewhat alarming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow trained individuals to transfer to other sites rather than let everyone go. Dont email your politcal views to the whole company regarding votes on income tax either.

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

    Excellent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Morris Plains, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Morris Plains, NJ

    I worked at Dendreon full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People respect each other. Management values each employee.

    Cons

    The work here brings the best out of you. It is challenging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management wants each employee to grow. They pay for your college tuition.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    quality control

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

    I worked at Dendreon full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and good benefits.

    Cons

    Politics.If you know the manager you will be promoted right away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please look at employees performance not at the one that is your favorite.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Biotech

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Seal Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Seal Beach, CA

    I worked at Dendreon full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good Pay, clean work environment

    Cons

    Bad upper management, managers have favorites

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great product, no product line

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 an 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
  10.  

    Sr. Associate I

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Associate I
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Associate I

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

    Pros

    The benefits are good in comparison to other biotech/pharma organization.
    In addition, the Manufacturing Associates care a lot about doing their jobs and will go the extra mile.

    Cons

    There are not that many growth opportunities if starting in manufacturing.
    Strong cliques are present and this type of environment can prevent fair growth.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    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

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