Seattle Genetics

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Seattle Genetics Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
16 Reviews
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Seattle Genetics President and CEO Clay B. Siegall
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    Fantastic technology, toxic corporate culture.

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    • 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
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    My Biggest Mistake

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    • Senior Management
    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and nice location. A lot of truly great coworkers. The benefits are good. SeaGen's work makes a difference in people's lives.

    Cons

    Certain managers have no clue how to lead or motivate employees. Understaffing and stifling micromanagement are not effective leadership styles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend less time trying to get honest negative reviews removed from the internet and spent more time correcting the problems that lead to these reviews. Improvement starts by identifying your weaknesses, not erasing the evidence.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dysfunctional culture

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    • Senior Management
    • 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 (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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen to ideas and concerns of all employees!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Tough place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting technology with potential to discover a blockbuster drug
    Growing company
    Nice people

    Cons

    The middle management is very controlling and too involved in micromanaging daily details.
    The information sharing is disorganized and usually without a clear purpose.
    HR dismisses employee complaints and/or suggestions for improvement as irrelevant.
    The career ladder requires most scientists to manage people, but the company does not train its scientists to be effective employee managers.
    The IT department is lousy.
    Not yet a profitable company
    Top heavy, with more hiring in above than promoting from below

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Life in the clinical SAS programming is very difficult

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior SAS Programmer in Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Senior SAS Programmer in Bothell, WA

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge in technology and standards. All the most recent standards and tools are deployed. Variety in work experience. Become a lead in a short time period.

    Cons

    No life. Very hard to get through a work day in the office. The head of clinical programming controls everyone by setting his own agenda and deciding what everybody else do and how they do it and when. The meetings are a one-man show where he calls the shots in a controlling talk. Others have to sit stiff and silent listening. No one shares their thoughts and ideas in an open and friendly atmosphere. The thought is that otherwise, they would be facing the wrath of the anger, translated as a threat to their financial livelihood. No smiles, laughs.. Just work and leave. Its made obvious that you are not trusted, your ideas, suggestions, questions are not welcome. Just do what is told and get out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let employees live a little. Just because they are paid doesn't mean that you to have suck the last ounce of life out of them and prove that you are very efficient.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Toxic

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great chance to learn, great exposure to cutting edge technology, approved drugs that are helping cancer patients

    Cons

    Toxic, hostile, little room for growth, political, agenda driven, micro-managed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    High turnover will continue unless employees are supported.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Too few people with expertise and improper management of employee concerns

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    hyper caffeinated managers can ruin your life

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA

    I worked at Seattle Genetics

    Pros

    nice people, great product line

    Cons

    too small, at the mercy of vendors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    people who are legendary for being 'demanding' or 'aggressive' need to be kept in check. Supervisors who are under constant untreated stress need to be made aware that they can damage the culture with their behavior.

    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not so great IT Leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA

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

    Pros

    This company will help save many lives. I like their vision and goals and where it's going. CEO is great. Benefits are competitive with other biotech company which tend to have great medical/dental/retirement plans. Seattle Genetics is no exception.

    Cons

    The IT department is old school and seems to be staying that way. Behind on everything. Lots of growing pains and completely reactive. The were transition when I was there and it seemed neither for better or worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some positive leadership within IT. Everyone was very negative and brought the energy way down when it needed it most. Find people you can stand by and won't throw you under the bus. Someone like the Director of Facilities who was positive uplifting and encouraging.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Loads of hard work! No break.

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

    I have been working at Seattle Genetics

    Pros

    You get lots of exposure to technology, and opportunities to go the extra mile.

    Cons

    Poor work life balance.
    High stress.
    Expected to perform above pay grade.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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