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Dendreon Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
86 Reviews
2.9
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.  

    Sinking ship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Seal Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Seal Beach, CA

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

    Pros

    Compensation, co-workers, nice work environment, office culture

    Cons

    stress, regular layoffs, facility closures, horrible management, very political environment, lack of money, senior management very dishonest

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together, sell or file for bankruptcy. it is obvious that your vested interest is in GA.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Fun place but....

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Morris Plains, NJ
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Morris Plains, NJ

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    RUN YOUR COMPANY BETTER!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Some local management are excellent, some are horrible

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

    I have been working at Dendreon full-time (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 ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great product but companies financial managers blew it

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

    Cons

    Constant 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 ManagementAdvice

    Original 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great learning experience with many difficult hurdles to overcome

    Former Employee - Commercial in Cecil Field, FL
    Former Employee - Commercial in Cecil Field, FL

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    More 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Full of promise and hope, fell short in the end.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Let's Just Say IT in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Let's Just Say IT in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Good pay, decent folks, chance to work for a company trying to make a difference.

    Cons

    Poor management. Poor management. Failed at making the transition from research company to commercial company. Ruthlessly punished by wallstreet for mistakes. Almost... Intentionally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't fire those who know what's going on and bring in consultants who talk to no one, then make painful uneducated cuts in force,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent product but lacking fiscal management,depth of pipeline and sales prowess to succeed.

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, good compensation. The annual retrenchment has kept people focused on keeping their professional connections and their skill set current at all times. The most recent round has opened opportunities for assuming additional responsibilities that were non-existent before.

    Cons

    The constant schedule changes and annual retrenchment have also caused constant stress for employees. The environment is one of walking on egg shells. This prevents people from truly doing their best work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Horrible Company

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

    I have been working at Dendreon full-time

    Pros

    The only good thing about this company is their product. Hopefully a buyout will happen soon so they can clean house of senior management

    Cons

    3 reductions in force over the last 3 years. No pipeline

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have already destroyed this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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