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Dendreon Reviews

Updated February 17, 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. "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.


  2. "Reasonable"

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    Former Employee - Manufacuring Associate
    Former Employee - Manufacuring Associate

    I worked at Dendreon (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits Good people.

    Cons

    bankrupt. Higher management very incompetent


  3. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Cell Processing Tech in Morris Plains, NJ
    Former Employee - Cell Processing Tech in Morris Plains, NJ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Dendreon (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Downsizing downsizing no overtime etc


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  5. "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


  6. "employee review"

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    Former Employee - Medical Science Liaison
    Former Employee - Medical Science Liaison
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great small company to work for. Excellent group of folks who believe in their drug and work hard. Has been through a lot of ups and downs, being sold etc. but the main core of employees there are a wonderful group who support each other, have the patients best interests at heart, and care about the emloyees!

    Cons

    Company has been sold twice....many ups and downs.


  7. "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


  8. "Stepping stone job - long-term employment not recommended here"

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Operations Associate in Seal Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Operations Associate in Seal Beach, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    3-day work weeks
    Thorough training program
    Resume builder (GMP, Batch Record Review, cleanroom, fast-paced, biologics). Flow Cytometry for QC BioAssay Associates.
    Pay & Benefits
    Many Breaks, Easy Work

    Cons

    Strong day-to-day sentiment that management is not on your side and will not back you up
    Poor potential for career growth (no upward mobility)
    Shifts combine swing and grave or are split grave (ie mo/tu/fr)
    Preferential treatment
    Meaningless projects
    Poor leadership
    Company only has 1 product (sinking ship)
    Certain coworkers will not pull their weight, so you'll have to pull theirs. They'll probably be much better compensated than you are too.
    Repetitive and poor development beyond repetitive production processes (only a few for each department). Learning stops.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to identify which projects will be a waste of resources and let go of them. Do real work instead of padding the metrics.
    Encourage and support your employees when it's deserved.
    Get rid of dead weight on all levels. Quality department is a mess, middle management everywhere, and poor mfg/qc workers harm patients and drag the team, company, metrics, and morale down.
    Push the best employees forward to lean out and improve the company. When we get bought out again, take these employees and do more with them than just make provenge.


  9. "Manufacturing Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good starting position.Good place to gain experience in to the Biotech industry

    Cons

    No Job satisfaction, One of the managers was essentially only there to eat and drink.

    Advice to Management

    Be more polite to your employees. At-least trust that they know what they are doing .


  10. "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.


  11. "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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