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Dendreon Seal Beach 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. "Stepping stone job - long-term employment not recommended here"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "QC Supervisor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  3. "No pipeline"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. "quality control"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Control Associate II in Seal Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Control Associate II in Seal Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and good benefits.

    Cons

    Politics.If you know the manager you will be promoted right away.

    Advice to Management

    Please look at employees performance not at the one that is your favorite.


  6. "Biotech"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Seal Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Seal Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Pay, clean work environment

    Cons

    Bad upper management, managers have favorites


  7. "QC Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - QC Analyst II in Seal Beach, CA
    Current Employee - QC Analyst II 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

    The co-workers are friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Politics rule, poor management decisions.


  8. "Good But Unstable"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Control Associate I in Seal Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Control Associate I in Seal Beach, CA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Comp, Benefits
    Coworkers
    Workload
    Bonuses
    Subsidies on Food and Snacks

    Cons

    Instability
    Lack of Sales
    Worried about layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Increase sales


  9. "Sinking ship"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  10. "Memorable"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate II in Seal Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate II in Seal Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The employees at Dendreon are great people who love what they do.

    Cons

    Dendreon needs to address management issues at the Seal Beach site before they run the good employees away.

    Advice to Management

    Dendreon needs to figure out how to increase sales and to come up with additional products to create stability for the company.


  11. "Great novel therapeutic but poor management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Seal Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Seal Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    To work in manufacturing a novel drug therapeutic within the great biotechnology industry .

    Cons

    Company has undergone major financial downturns and downsizing in the past years.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to take care of the current team members due to many accomplishments completed for the company since the company's beginnings (I.e. Good teams of people working for the company).



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