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Dendreon Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
90 Reviews
2.8
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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 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.  

    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 a 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
  3.  

    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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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    This company is a joke!

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

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

    Pros

    Better than average salary and lots of PTO bc you can't get fired for abusing the system. The people you connect with who aren't in management positions.

    Cons

    Toxic culture, understaffed, nepotism in management, no future for the company, etc. If you want to work somewhere for longer than six months avoid this joke of a company!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give everyone left there a decent severance package since you've wasted so much money in the past four years it's ridiculous!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    QC Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QC Analyst II in Seal Beach, CA
    Current Employee - QC Analyst II in Seal Beach, CA

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

    Pros

    The co-workers are friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Politics rule, poor management decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Compliance/Regulatory

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dendreon

    Pros

    Innovative organization with many biotech breakthroughs to learn from.

    Cons

    Many systems are not developed or highly maintained.

  10.  

    Needs change

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QA Associate II in Union City, GA
    Former Employee - QA Associate II in Union City, GA

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

    Pros

    Great compensation, good benefits.

    Cons

    Bad management, no direction, no growth. No job satisfaction. If you are looking for secure employment, do not apply there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire professionals with degrees who have experience in the industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    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 (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

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