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Too few people with expertise and improper management of employee concerns

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Seattle Genetics

Pros

Marketed product truly makes a difference in patients' lives. Physicians have a positive view of Seattle Genetics. Cross-functional teams and task forces are very common. Organizational structure is appropriate. All company meetings keep employees informed.

Cons

Expertise is limited thus leaving the SMEs with an enormous workload but without recognition from those who lack experience, including some in senior leadership roles. Direct communication is lacking. Personnel concerns are not addressed thoroughly or timely. Hiring/gaining additional resources is borderline impossible, in part due to lack of Senior Management experience across all functions of the company. All teams/personnel are not treated equally with regard to titles, pay and respect. Additional minor cons include: no onsite cafeteria, minimal vacation package, location.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Recommend Senior Leadership better understand the health of the employees and concerns they might have. It would be tragic to lose the talent that is experienced and can find work elsewhere.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people and excellent potential for future growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA

    I worked at Seattle Genetics full-time

    Pros

    All company meetings every Friday are a nice way to learn what's happening in different areas and it's nice to see the president on a weekly basis. It helps keep the small biotech feeling that most people in this industry can appreciate. Pay was fair and seemed within the range of other local biotech. Benefits include stock options and ok health/dental plan.

    Cons

    Some managers do not have the right skill set to manage others and it seems like once they reach the Director level, they aren't held accountable to anyone for their actions. This leads to mass exodus of employees under one leader. I don't think this is anything specific to Seagen, but make sure you get a good feeling for management style before you accept a position. I wasfortunate to have an amazing Director, but I saw several good people leave due to poor communication/relationships with their manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to empower your employees to make decisions and support them when it is the best decision for the science and the company. We appreciate having autonomy (if earned) and use positive reinforcement - employees don't want to just get the nasty grams when they have missed a timeline or objective measure. This type of negative reinforcement will only breed the behavior of people performing just enough to avoid reprimand.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Fantastic technology, toxic corporate culture.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA

    I have been working at Seattle Genetics full-time

    Pros

    SGEN's technology and products can and will have a tremendously positive impact on patient's lives and the future of oncology. There are a lot of hard-working, smart, and talented people working here in every functional area. The company does try hard to keep the patient at the center of its efforts and scientific endeavors.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the SGEN corporate culture is toxic. You would hope that such a data-driven company would be a meritocracy, but sadly, it isn't. Fear-mongering and bullying play a significant role at key levels of management making it hard for even the best employees to affect positive change. Career advancement and mentoring appear to be nonexistent, leading to a high turnover rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify the highest performing individuals and partner with them to determine what it takes to retain and promote good talent. Don't sweep negative, endemic culture issues under the rug - focus more on what's best for the business and less on creating a "tow the line" mentality that disenfranchises the best and brightest. The basis of the company is great technology and a commitment to patients - don't let a few bad apples poison the lot!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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