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Dendreon Reviews

Updated April 19, 2017
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  • hours a week overnight, no opportunities for career advancement, work/life balance is not important To their staff (in 5 reviews)

  • Upper management had no idea what they were doing (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Moa"

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at Dendreon full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Three days a week which is flexible

    Cons

    Poor management, lack of communication

    Advice to Management

    Lack of confidentiality, a big high school with immature individuals that lack knowledge in control


  2. "Manufacturing associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Dendreon full-time

    Pros

    Benefits. Nothing else good to say

    Cons

    The Management (senior to mid level) was incompetent.

    Advice to Management

    None none none none none

  3. "Working at Dendreon"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Dendreon as a contractor

    Pros

    3 days on 4 days off
    Flexible schedule
    Helping patients

    Cons

    Management doesn't really care about employees
    They make false promises
    Not a team environment
    No real opportunities for advancement
    Shift time structures unbalanced


  4. "Not recommended"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dendreon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice office close to highways

    Cons

    Poor management, low moral, disorganized


  5. "No pipeline"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Seal Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Seal Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dendreon (More than a year)

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are the only decent thing about this company. There is nothing else that I can think of.

    Cons

    The employees are so busy trying to show Valeant how valuable they are to the company that they step on each other. It's always such a frenzy that the upper management have up a smoke screen to make the employees feel secure in their roles. Meanwhile, they are promoting a drug that is a one time treatment with a ridiculously complicated process to manufacture.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging people; they are grown ups. Stop hiring people only to treat them like outcasts; you would avoid the high turnover rate. Spend some money on R&D and develop a pipeline; your one treatment will not last forever. Stop using the same plan that caused your bankruptcy; it didn't work the first time.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It was a challenging Go Go Place to work. We had a lot of fun The people that I worked with that started the Facitly with the exception of One Manager treated each other with respect. The Benefits were the best I had ever had.

    Cons

    When the company nearly collapsed in the fall of 2011, every thing changed. We went into crisis mode. 500 people were let go there was no plan for survival.

    Advice to Management

    Change the way you do business. Process the patients blood at the local centers instead of located labs relying on courier shipments.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Leadership has no clue"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dendreon full-time

    Pros

    Great product. Innovative immunotherapy with great benefits to patients. The work is hard but very rewarding.

    Cons

    The leadership that took over approximately 12 mos ago is introducing the strategies that were developed at launch and which failed miserably.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to let go. Your strategy didn't work the first time. It won't work again. Don't let your ego get in the way.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Bad Company, horrible management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Facilities Technician in Union City, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Facilities Technician in Union City, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay was the only positive experiance

    Cons

    Everything, favoritism (to a level that goes beyond buddy system), terrible management (probably hired the worst in the field), Supervisors that were promoted were unbelievably incompetent. Facility management team was the absolute worst I've ever experienced (been in the field 20+ yrs) this facility (Union City) was one step short of being a money laundering operation.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house except for lab techs...get rid of everyone.


  9. "Don't work there"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Chicago, IL
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Dendreon as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    They are manufacturing a cutting edge product and there is great pay especially with the night shift differential. You also become very close with the people you work with. You can take the cleanroom and FDA experience that you gain there to any other biotech company to acquire a favorable position.

    Cons

    There is extreme prejudice shown against some employees and extreme favor given to others. Management is totally uninformed and no knowledgeable about how to run a production/ manufacturing environment. There are a lot of illegal labor practices there and no one to report grievances to. There is no job security and no work/life balance because of the night shifts.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more qualified individuals and don't repeat the illegal hiring practices you have been doing in the past. Stop sacrificing personal values and ethics just to be a yes man. This is not how you get ahead outside of Dendreon's four walls.


  10. "Manufacturing Associate II"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norcross, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norcross, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dendreon full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, decent money, great experience whether it is your field or not

    Cons

    Nepotism, Racism, No room to grow, poor decision-making by management

    Advice to Management

    Specific individuals within your management team is the reason you all have problems...Slavery is over!


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