Dendreon Reviews in Seal Beach, CA

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
83 Reviews

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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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  1.  

    quality control

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    • 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 for 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
  2.  

    Biotech

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    • 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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Good Pay, clean work environment

    Cons

    Bad upper management, managers have favorites

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great product, no product line

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Former Employee  in  Seal Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Seal Beach, CA

    I worked at Dendreon for 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
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  5.  

    QC Analyst

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    • 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 for 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
  6.  

    Good But Unstable

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Quality Control Associate I  in  Seal Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Control Associate I in Seal Beach, CA

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

    Pros

    Comp, Benefits
    Coworkers
    Workload
    Bonuses
    Subsidies on Food and Snacks

    Cons

    Instability
    Lack of Sales
    Worried about layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase sales

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Sinking ship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Coordinator  in  Seal Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Seal Beach, CA

    I have been working at Dendreon full-time for 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
  8.  

    Memorable

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate II  in  Seal Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate II in Seal Beach, CA

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

    Pros

    The employees at Dendreon are great people who love what they do.

    Cons

    Dendreon needs to address management issues at the Seal Beach site before they run the good employees away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dendreon needs to figure out how to increase sales and to come up with additional products to create stability for the company.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great novel therapeutic but poor management

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    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    To work in manufacturing a novel drug therapeutic within the great biotechnology industry .

    Cons

    Company has undergone major financial downturns and downsizing in the past years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to take care of the current team members due to many accomplishments completed for the company since the company's beginnings (I.e. Good teams of people working for the company).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good people, quality work, unfortunate product

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - QC Associate I  in  Seal Beach, CA
    Former Employee - QC Associate I in Seal Beach, CA

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

    Pros

    The quality of the work at Dendreon was high. The people were reasonable and enjoyable to work with. Company is small so you knew a lot of people from different departments.

    Cons

    Product requires complicated processing which means if you work with the product hands on you are likely working on Graveshift. Financial issues continue to plague the company so stability is questionable.

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