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Dendreon Reviews

Updated October 11, 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. "Manufacturing Associate"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    working 3days only. same work nothing changes.

    Cons

    Long hours, lack of oversight.

    Advice to Management

    Better management training needed. Hire within but provide leadership training. management is intimidated about new hires with more experience.


  2. "Dendreon"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Union City, GA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Union City, GA

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

    Pros

    Doing something to help a patient live longer

    Cons

    Working with the management team of Dendreon

    Advice to Management

    Pick the best people for the job, not people you know or people who know of people

  3. "Too much instability"

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    Former Employee - Quality Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Quality Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Payscale is good
    Facility upkeep
    Employee engagement

    Cons

    Nepotism, yearly layoffs, constant schedule changes, expectations to work overtime with no comp pay, expectations to work with dangerous commuting conditions, lack of management knowledge and competence


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Unfortunate business fortunes, but was a wonderful place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dendreon (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of smart and good people at the company, perfect place to learn. Great work-life balance

    Cons

    Pipeline is dry. The company made too many early missteps that makes it difficult to compete in current environment against bigger competitions. Pay and benefit is lower than competition.

    Advice to Management

    It's time to take some R&D bets. The company is dying a slow death and bleeding talents consistently.


  5. "Great staff"

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

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

    Pros

    Great staff that knows their stuff

    Cons

    Too much turnover in a short time.

    Advice to Management

    Listen


  6. "Bright people, first-out-the-box, so deployment missteps made"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent comp, terrific location, mission-oriented staff (cancer company) at the time

    Cons

    Company grew fast, developed first approved immunotherapy, decided to go it alone, so did not partner w/big pharma. As a result, company went bankrupt and was eventually acquired in virtual fire sale to rapacious company called Valeant (not valiant).

    Advice to Management

    Too late now, but you should have collaborated with more experienced companies once the therapy was approved.


  7. "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

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  8. "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


  9. "Loved working there, but at the end I didnt feel valued even though I was doing the work of 5 people...crazy"

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    Former Employee - Materials Associate II/Material Handler I/Manufacturing Associate V in Seal Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Materials Associate II/Material Handler I/Manufacturing Associate V in Seal Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent health benefits
    Excellent Facility (State of the Art)
    Structured, and everytging has metrics
    Very organized and optimized work flow

    Cons

    Only one product
    Year I worked there...a layoff
    No growth opportunities..to bad
    Losing skilled experienced workers frequently
    Micro Management at the end only steered me to find a better job.

    Advice to Management

    Check your current employee resumes..ask if they want to grow!


  10. "Manager, Manufacturing Operations"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Operations Manager in Union City, GA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Operations Manager in Union City, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Site director in Union City is excellent and bringing positive change. The product is unique and meaningful.

    Cons

    Poor upper management (off site). Over forecasted and had production layoffs once per year. Went bankrupt and sold (awkward transition). Were just sold again. Hopefully they get it right this time! This uncertainty creates a lot of unneeded stress and employees eventually seek stability elsewhere.
    The production schedule forces odd shift schedules for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Let the plant run itself. Stay out of the way.


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