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Dendreon Reviews

Updated July 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. Helpful (2)

    "Worst Experience Ever!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate II in Union City, GA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate II in Union City, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are looking for great benefits and comparable compensation Dendeon is the place for you. If that is your ultimate goal then this company is perfect.

    Cons

    They lie to employees constantly. There is no stabilioty whatsoever. They tell you you will get paid one thing and pay you something else. There is no work, life, balance at all. They continously change your hours making it hard to adjust. Management is cut throat and cold hearted. Management plays favorites. Dendreon coaxed people away from stable jobs where the would not otherwise have been laid off promising advancement opportunities and months later after jerking them around, discarded them without a second thought. The severence was a PR move for damage control. If you have a job that is stable I would not leave it to join the Dendreon family unless it is as a second job.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to remove favoritism from your management style and treat your employees like they are people. Training is essential to the job. Don't disgard well trained people for untrained ones because of personal preference. After all according to you it is the patient that should come first not the egos of the managers and supervisors.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Avoid, Avoid, Avoid."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate II in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are better than most companies. The new VP seems to really care about the science community.

    Cons

    HR is incredibly indecisive, a majority of managers are blind to group problems leading to a dysfunctional and unorganized work environment. I am leaving as soon as possible and in talks with other companies. I have worked here for a few years, and the beginning was great. However, with the way things have changed, I would not recommend this company to my worst enemies.

    Advice to Management

    There is no hope for management...sell or start over.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Management is pathetic and the ship is sinking."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mfg, Supervisor in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Mfg, Supervisor in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dendreon full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The location of the corporate offices in Seattle is quite posh and allows for great restaurant visiting and afternoon shopping.

    Cons

    The management doesn't understand what they're doing, the company has grown too fast and never understood the market. The executive team got greedy and ruined the company.

    Advice to Management

    get a grip on reality.


  4. "A different World"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Mfg Associate II in Union City, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Mfg Associate II in Union City, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Employees and good hours

    Cons

    Compensation is not adequate for the amount of work done.


  5. "Run......"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They pay well, it used to be a fun company to work for.

    Cons

    No room to grow.
    Management plays favorites and promotes wrong people who do nothing.
    Management has no idea what is going on.
    Misleading on bonuses and raises (non-existent for the most part).

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what is going on or people will keep leaving, unless that is what you want, which is definitely the consesnsus among employees.


  6. "Horrible Company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Dendreon full-time

    Pros

    The only good thing about this company is their product. Hopefully a buyout will happen soon so they can clean house of senior management

    Cons

    3 reductions in force over the last 3 years. No pipeline

    Advice to Management

    You have already destroyed this company.


  7. "Sinking ship"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Seal Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Seal Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation, co-workers, nice work environment, office culture

    Cons

    stress, regular layoffs, facility closures, horrible management, very political environment, lack of money, senior management very dishonest

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together, sell or file for bankruptcy. it is obvious that your vested interest is in GA.

  8. "Needs change"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA Associate II in Union City, GA
    Former Employee - QA Associate II in Union City, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great compensation, good benefits.

    Cons

    Bad management, no direction, no growth. No job satisfaction. If you are looking for secure employment, do not apply there.

    Advice to Management

    Hire professionals with degrees who have experience in the industry.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "This company is a joke!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CRA in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - CRA in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Better than average salary and lots of PTO bc you can't get fired for abusing the system. The people you connect with who aren't in management positions.

    Cons

    Toxic culture, understaffed, nepotism in management, no future for the company, etc. If you want to work somewhere for longer than six months avoid this joke of a company!

    Advice to Management

    Give everyone left there a decent severance package since you've wasted so much money in the past four years it's ridiculous!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Supervisor"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay and the employees are the best thing at this company. The benefits are great.

    Cons

    Upper Management can not be trusted. They do not care about the employees. They only care about $$$$$$$$$$.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to actually care about the employees. Treat people with respect and treat them as the adults.


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