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Seattle Genetics Reviews

Updated September 12, 2018
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Seattle Genetics President and CEO Clay B. Siegall
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  • "company is just now adopting some regular work from home options for on campus full time employees" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Lots of growing pains and completely reactive" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Loved working there"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Genetics full-time

    Pros

    Just a great overall place to work
    Doing amazing things for patients

    Cons

    I would like to have been paid more


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great company to work for in biotech"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Bothell, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Rapidly growing company
    - Scientists are extremely smart and friendly to work with
    - Face-time with director-level and higher staff not uncommon
    - CEO is friendly and has weekly meetings to entire company
    - Great benefits package
    - Culture committed to patients

    Cons

    - Pay slightly lower than expected (but WA has no state income tax so it's not terrible)

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Amazing Mission and Tons of Promise"

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    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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company mission executed by people that have a passion for helping patients. Lots of opportunities to learn and grow and work with bright and motivated people. Company has an exciting pipeline and is growing, and it feels like the right time, right place to be to watch this company reach pretty amazing new heights. I feel like I found my home and will have a lot of opportunity to learn and grow as the company grows.

    Cons

    With any company experiencing intense growth, it is grappling with the pains that come along with that growth. But it's a smart company full of smart people, and the focus on the mission will make it happen.

    Advice to Management

    Keep training people to be leaders, not just managers.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Senior Director"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Bothell, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong sense of mission, amazing pipeline, collaborative environment, love the Friday morning meetings where I can learn what my colleagues are working on.

    Cons

    Much of the medical staff lacks industry experience and have only limited understanding of regulatory requirements - there's a bit of a "Seattle group-think" since so many of them come from UW

    Advice to Management

    Bring in more people with broad, global industry experience


  5. Helpful (4)

    "So much promise"

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

    Pros

    Fri morning meetings
    Insurance - low co pay
    Time off
    Free food

    Cons

    Company is siloed and the result is poor teamwork
    Technology outdated
    Lack of professionalism runs rampant


  6. "Amazing place to work"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Data Associate in Bothell, WA
    Former Employee - Clinical Data Associate in Bothell, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management is good. They offer flexibility

    Cons

    Compensation is not very competitive


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Would not recommend"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friday morning all company meetings with CEO are motivating. Lots of training options available.

    Cons

    Poor senior management with the exception of CEO. It was shocking to see how little they knew about the target/drug discovery/development process and how little they understood the science behind the targets.

    Advice to Management

    Need to hire senior managers that know what they are doing for the business and have people management skills.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Former employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great science, great goals, they want to help patients.

    Cons

    The mid-level management is a mess. New strategies being rolled out on a regular basis, infighting and competition drowns out teamwork.


  9. "Great employer, work/life balance encouraged and promoted"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Genetics full-time

    Pros

    collaborative, fun, smart colleagues, vast research pipeline

    Cons

    growing pains and departments tend to run a little lean


  10. Helpful (5)

    "IT - Great people burdened by poor management and communication"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Genetics full-time

    Pros

    Ground-level teams are excellent. Everyone works very well together and everyone fosters a drive to work well with each other. People are passionate about both their work and the company.

    Lighting is nice and a decent amount of natural light around the edges of the buildings but interior areas' floors sag and every cubicle is very small. Manager offices are all very nice, as they were built for them.

    Large variety of work, so much to get experience on, from lab work to manufacturing to run of the mill items. Much of the challenge comes only in time and volume, however.

    Some of the managers, especially those who have been with the company for a while, are genuinely excellent.

    Cons

    Management frequently discounts the expert advice and opinions of their reports and departments. There is not career mobility. Major changes are made without communication between groups, often causing disasters.

    IT Management is a mixed bag. Some of the application group managers are great, but the leadership in the Tech Services group is very lackluster. Employees are not invited to be a part of decision or even the conversation and there is very little communication both within the group and between the groups

    Recent changes in Lead roles have caused stress as new lead(s) are vastly unqualified/untrained, moving into new roles with no training. The change was made without guidance and has caused a significant amount of stress for them and their new "teams".

    The number one complaint of the IT Department for the last 3-4 years has been a lack of or poor communication. Nothing has been done to resolve it other than halfhearted efforts that peter out within a quarter.

    Most groups are on-call and volume has increased of late to a dramatic degree. Unaware of any planned change in compensation as a result. There was a company-wide decision to allow WFH, but IT is the only group excluded as far as I'm aware.

    The big one is that there isn't any career development. In the last 4-6 years there have been three or four promotions in the entire group. No career ladder at all and management knows and does not care to fix or address.

    Below average compensation for area. Good stock/401k/benefits.

    A lot of instability and firings in the last year. Colleagues have been let go under questionable judgement.

    Advice to Management

    Train your Leads, have clearly defined roles and communication processes. Don't allow managers to play favorites, make decisions open and allow input. Get your Directors and such to listen to their people rather than making broad decisions (or often as bad, no decision). Set up an actual career ladder and make people feel like you care they are there.


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