Seattle Genetics Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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Seattle Genetics President and CEO Clay B. Siegall
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Some very difficult personalities

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    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Data Manager in Bothell, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Data Manager in Bothell, WA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Genetics (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Huge staff with many opportunities for advancement within the company if your manager is amenable to promoting from within. Good environment for learning the industry.

    Cons

    Located in Bothell, not Seattle. Few/poor transit options so driving was a necessity. Management was very insular and protective of their own, regardless of bad behavior and excessive employee turnover.


  2. Great company with wonderful future....

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Bothell, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Bothell, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Genetics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    People, process, work ethic, development expertise, fun group gatherings and "competitions", incredible scientific minds

    Cons

    RA's viewed as expendable commodities.......the threat that they can be "easily replaced" is always thick in the air.

    Advice to Management

    All scientists are not capable of properly managing and training people.......hire only those who can.....only then will you create an overall team with incredible partnerships and trust.


  3. Helpful (6)

    Meh

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    Former Employee - Manager in Bothell, WA
    Former Employee - Manager in Bothell, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Genetics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company itself is great and the people are fantastic. I think there's a lot to be said for the worker bees who make the most of it every day and really add a great sense of fun and teamwork to the environment. They definitely have a good pipeline and will likely have a very stable future.

    Cons

    The culture, as others have said, is incredibly toxic. Managers micromanage, people aren't empowered to make decisions and even when they are they're often second guessed or 'undone' by Sr. Management. I worked in a group that wasn't allowed to make decisions and was ruled by iron fist.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting people for no apparent reason; not everyone is made out to manage people, in fact, some of them just shouldn't.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Many great scientists and committed people but a toxic culture and bullying management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Genetics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The best thing about the company are the ground troops: the scientists, operations people, statisticians, and manufacturing people. They really care about the mission and the quality of their work. They're bright and talented people who want to make new medicines for patients. The salaries are good (but really average for the industry), and the benefits are industry standard. There's good free coffee and the company orders free lunches for noon meetings constantly, so there's always free food. Oh, and there's a movie theatre-style popcorn maker that makes really good popcorn. And a foosball table (but sadly, nobody has time to play).

    Cons

    - Senior management is pretty toxic, insulated, bullying, and micromanaging. Teams are not empowered, and are frequently whipsawed by the whims and fears of the executives who can't make a decision. - The bullying and fear-based culture has permeated the lower management ranks, meaning that things won't change without a wholesale change at the top. - So. Much. Process. It's nuts. As a result, people work very hard and are very but don't produce very much (slide decks do not equal productivity) - Currently, morale is very poor. The number of people leaving is higher than the number of new people coming in. Senior management appears in denial about low morale: they clearly don't want to talk about it or explore it (no employee surveys, no mechanism for people to provide feedback) - Any sense of being "cutting edge" or "willing to take risks" has long since evaporated since this company was at the forefront of a new technology. Fear of hurting the brand drives many decisions and limits exploration of new approaches.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs to talk to the employees, otherwise the trickle of departures will accelerate. The entire corporate culture needs a reboot. Unfortunately, this can only be effective if it comes from the CEO, and that can only happen if he changes or if he puts the needs of the company over his own needs. The employees would value a functional culture and a sense of optimism far more than more swag or an over-the-top rock concert or holiday party.


  6. Helpful (5)

    Great science and corporate culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Genetics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The CEO and upper management foster a company culture that is very patient focused. The work environment is supportive, and benefits are good. Great science, people are very passionate about the work, and there is a high amount of integrity in the way things are done.

    Cons

    It can take time to achieve upward mobility due a relatively low turnover rate. Career development is treated by some managers as a black box which the employee should have limited knowledge of.


  7. Helpful (7)

    Fantastic technology, toxic corporate culture.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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!


  8. Helpful (2)

    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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (5)

    Dysfunctional culture

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Genetics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Surface efforts to encourage team atmosphere. Encourages involvement in charity efforts, particularly in oncology. Decent compensation.

    Cons

    Seniority and title are everything! Actively discouraging of outside of the box ideas, particularly if they come from "lesser" employees.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to ideas and concerns of all employees!


  10. Helpful (4)

    It's what you make of it

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Bothell, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Bothell, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Genetics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are chances to learn about every aspect of biotech if you want to learn. Reasonable time off.

    Cons

    A lot of micro-management from people that aren't actually your manager. Annoying. Not actually in Seattle.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to why people are leaving the company. Some of us moved for family. Some others just had horrid, horrid experiences. Try to fix the latter.


  11. Growing company with a great sense of purpose

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Genetics full-time

    Pros

    Seattle Genetics has grown to be one of the top biotech companies in the Seattle area. It is known as the place to be because it is a growing company with a great product and pipeline. The pay is fair and benefits are really good. The common thread across all departments is that everyone is very respectful of each other. Overall, it's one of the best and most productive work environments I've been in.

    Cons

    Contrary to the company name, Seattle Genetics is not actually located in Seattle. It is headquartered in Bothell which is about 25 miles north of Seattle proper.

    Advice to Management

    The CEO is too vested in the day to day sometimes. He needs to focus on the bigger picture/strategic decisions. The company should also be more open to flex time.



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