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Seattle Genetics Reviews

Updated April 9, 2017
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Seattle Genetics President and CEO Clay B. Siegall
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Pros
  • The work environment is supportive, and benefits are good (in 3 reviews)

  • good salary, benefits, relaxed work environment, not micro managed, good pipeline of products (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Less work from home work and less holidays through out the year (in 4 reviews)

  • Currently no work from home options or other flexible work arrangements "on the books" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Research Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in Bothell, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in Bothell, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work environment
    great benefits
    good 401K
    stable
    liked working there

    Cons

    Communication bog downs at times
    unrealistic project timelines at times


  2. "SAS PROGRAMMER II"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SAS Programmer Analyst in Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - SAS Programmer Analyst in Bothell, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Best biotech company in Seattle area. Good management and overall rating is good

    Cons

    -Less work from home work and less holidays through out the year


  3. Helpful (3)

    "biostatistician entry level"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Statistician in Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Statistician in Bothell, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Genetics (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The work life balance in Seagen is good. Could learn a lot of knowledge from the colleagues. A lot of meetings with people from different functions.

    Cons

    First, the green card application starts only after H1B being selected. Second, cannot work from home, on site only. But WFH is currently being discussed. It should be flexible in the future.

    Advice to Management

    Manage system is good. The managers are really nice. But do not have the new employee training. Hope in the future will be better.


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  5. "Great Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Seattle Genetics (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Passion for helping patients drives most to achieve their best.

    Cons

    Currently looking at flexible work arrangements, but it might be a while before it is implemented.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Clinical operations/Drug Safety"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent pipeline and opportunities, great people, nice campus, upward mobility for the right people, lots of corporate perks, some work flexibility

    Cons

    Upper management buries head in sand and refuses to deal with dysfunctional upper and middle management. At leasr acknowledge the SME and give them an opportunity to succeed.

    Advice to Management

    Take the trouble to dig below what you want to hear! Stop the toxicity and blame culture. Judge job performance by realistic criteria, stop letting the Narcissists call the shots.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent company"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Bothell, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Seattle Genetics full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Focus on good science, careful data analysis. Good resources for lab work. Collegial peers. Excellent environment for learning from others; good cross-functional communication.

    Cons

    Company is growing fast, so risks losing positive culture. That being said, management is aware and values keeping the culture that employees value.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you don't lose track of what employees are saying. Communication is dwindling. Don't isolate yourselves from the company as a whole.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Clinical Development"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Genetics full-time

    Pros

    Innovative company with a swift growing upward trajectory.Most of the people are great to work with and are great team players. Excellent benefits, easy access location.

    Cons

    Depending on the department you work in, upward mobility may be stiffled to a certain degree. Currently no work from home options or other flexible work arrangements "on the books". Any schedule flexibility is typically on the sly with your manager and is viewed as somewhat taboo. There are great training course that are coming into place for those going into or in management, though this is fairly new and there are many long term managers that were not provided the managerial/mentorship skills early on and they are not held accountable for improving any shortcomings in that arena. IT systems and computer equipment are a bit behind the times.

    Advice to Management

    Financial benefits are not the only way to retain quality employees. Please consider more work from home options and flexible work schedules for local employees. Commutes are something awful depending on where you live and with fewer distractions at home it is easier to be more productive/efficient. Phase out the dinosaur laptops at a swifter rate, they are not easy to work with.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Pros and Cons for every company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA

    Pros

    The company's values and mission are excellent. Passion for patients appears to be real, not just a slogan. Collaboration and teamwork are encouraged.

    Cons

    Lack of flexibility regarding telecommuting. No retirement options as are available at other biotechs. Decision-making is not transparent -- many behind closed doors.

    Advice to Management

    Ask worker bees who will be affected for input when planning and making decisions. Provide more training for middle level managers -- many are not as supportive of direct reports as they could be.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Formulations and Drug Product Intern"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Research Associate Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Genetics (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Seattle Genetics has a great culture for collaboration. I was well mentored as well as given free reign to complete my own project independently. I was also allowed to make an impact within the formulations team and be a part of their progress.

    Cons

    Receiving feedback was not especially highly valued.


  11. Helpful (15)

    "Luck of the department draw"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The pay and benefits are great for the Seattle biotech area
    - Amazing perks like company sponsored rock concerts
    - Met a lot of nice colleagues
    - It seems the people who work in the laboratories are the happiest. Different buildings seem to have different company cultures.
    - No one ever gets fired even if they have awful social behavior.
    - the product itself and pipeline is valuable to cancer patients

    Cons

    - Some departments within Clinical are highly dysfunctional with toxic personalities in management that people have to avoid and HR does nothing about
    - micromanaging is common and decreases morale
    - lots of gossip, most of which is true based on the above
    - the pay and perks were not worth the anxiety of having to deal with drama and lies

    Advice to Management

    - Realize that pay alone does not determine job satisfaction; environment is key. (There's even a course about this offered on site that taught me "good people know they can go anywhere. It's your job to keep them.")
    - Listen to the employees when they have the same problem. Take a close look at mid management. Many managers shouldn't be.
    - work on cohesion between functional groups
    - don't promote so often and based on months worked. People should earn their promotions. The Director title means less if there's so many of them.


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