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Dendreon Reviews

Updated January 3, 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. "QC Supervisor"

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

    I worked at Dendreon (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This company had good salary

    Cons

    Bad place to work, management really sucks

    Advice to Management

    They Suck


  2. "No work/ life balance"

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

    Pros

    Relaxed nature of colleagues, amazing product

    Cons

    Inconsistent management style, constantly require working over 40+ hours a week overnight, no opportunities for career advancement, work/life balance is not important To their staff

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and actually hear their concerns.


  3. "RA I"

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

    Pros

    Good learning Experience was able to garner a lot of various skills

    Cons

    Upper management had no idea what they were doing


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "sleep soundly at night knowing you're saving lives (but mainly stock price)"

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

    Pros

    product, production and delivery were very unconventional and brought interesting challenges for many types of professionals; I always had allies, and they took me from a position where I was wasting my education to one where I began to build on it and network with other people that wanted to solve business problems scientifically; the numerous post-launch clinical trials the company paid for gave me complete faith in the product and future products

    Cons

    there was a lot of waste and also a lot of underutilization; many of the big challenges of the unconventional model were solved with bodies and salaries, no big surprise; salespeople, their promises to the board, and the board comprised 90% of what Dendreon was to me -- and no one wanted to admit that our repeat subscribers were too few to make us a hot investment; seeing almost all effort go to "new business" makes you feel like you're selling snake oil even if you believe in the product (and there is zero reason to question the product)


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Not a good fit"

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate II in Union City, GA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate II in Union City, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Dendreon full-time

    Pros

    There are no pros, will not elaborate

    Cons

    Horrible working environment, HR needs to be revamped,

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of your top management


  7. "Management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Cell Processing Associate II (Lead) in Newnan, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Cell Processing Associate II (Lead) in Newnan, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dendreon (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay was one of the only things

    Cons

    Far too many to name

    Advice to Management

    Start over. No one has any real management experience


  8. "Flawed Business Model"

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

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

    Pros

    Novel therapy for prostate cancer. Extensive plans to grow commercial organization after FDA approval. Plenty of borrowed cash to execute.

    Cons

    Overbuilt capacity before proving market for $93,000 treatment. Slow to admit market much smaller than anticipated. Slow to react and cut production capacity. Slow to cut bloated administrative, R&D and non-production staff.

    Advice to Management

    Too late for advice. Company went bankrupt and sold for four cents a share. Down from high of $55 a share right after FDA approval.


  9. "Needs new management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Dendreon full-time

    Pros

    You get the opportunity to learn the basics of the industry and help prostrate cancer patients receive the only FDA approved immunotherapy treatment.

    Cons

    Management!!!! Very unknowledgeable about how to actually manage people and processes and exude extreme favortism. They are also very emotional and at times illogical when making decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the talent that you have in the company. Your employees should be your greatest asset toward gaining profit and moving forward with the mission.


  10. "Quality Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The work schedule was great.

    Cons

    Too much favoritism and nepotism. Lack of communication


  11. "If they can fix it."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The QC process was well organized.

    Cons

    High cost of goods poor sales is a recipe for disaster. Work hours were not conducive to work/life balance



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