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Seattle Genetics Reviews

Updated February 5, 2017
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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. Helpful (5)

    "Clinical operations/Drug Safety"

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


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Seattle Genetics Review"

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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
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Seattle Genetics full-time

    Pros

    Company growth trajectory is good with a broad and active pipeline.

    Cons

    Career advancement is limited; very limited seems related more to having a good manager who will work with you and engage with management on your behalf. Good place to start but need to be alert to outside opportunities.


  3. Helpful (21)

    "Meh"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Bothell, WA
    Former Employee - Manager in Bothell, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company itself is great and the people are fantastic. I think there's a lot to be said for the worker bees who make the most of it every day and really add a great sense of fun and teamwork to the environment. They definitely have a good pipeline and will likely have a very stable future.

    Cons

    The culture, as others have said, is incredibly toxic. Managers micromanage, people aren't empowered to make decisions and even when they are they're often second guessed or 'undone' by Sr. Management. I worked in a group that wasn't allowed to make decisions and was ruled by iron fist.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting people for no apparent reason; not everyone is made out to manage people, in fact, some of them just shouldn't.


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  5. Helpful (16)

    "Many great scientists and committed people but a toxic culture and bullying management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best thing about the company are the ground troops: the scientists, operations people, statisticians, and manufacturing people. They really care about the mission and the quality of their work. They're bright and talented people who want to make new medicines for patients.

    The salaries are good (but really average for the industry), and the benefits are industry standard. There's good free coffee and the company orders free lunches for noon meetings constantly, so there's always free food. Oh, and there's a movie theatre-style popcorn maker that makes really good popcorn. And a foosball table (but sadly, nobody has time to play).

    Cons

    - Senior management is pretty toxic, insulated, bullying, and micromanaging. Teams are not empowered, and are frequently whipsawed by the whims and fears of the executives who can't make a decision.
    - The bullying and fear-based culture has permeated the lower management ranks, meaning that things won't change without a wholesale change at the top.
    - So. Much. Process. It's nuts. As a result, people work very hard and are very but don't produce very much (slide decks do not equal productivity)
    - Currently, morale is very poor. The number of people leaving is higher than the number of new people coming in. Senior management appears in denial about low morale: they clearly don't want to talk about it or explore it (no employee surveys, no mechanism for people to provide feedback)
    - Any sense of being "cutting edge" or "willing to take risks" has long since evaporated since this company was at the forefront of a new technology. Fear of hurting the brand drives many decisions and limits exploration of new approaches.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs to talk to the employees, otherwise the trickle of departures will accelerate. The entire corporate culture needs a reboot. Unfortunately, this can only be effective if it comes from the CEO, and that can only happen if he changes or if he puts the needs of the company over his own needs. The employees would value a functional culture and a sense of optimism far more than more swag or an over-the-top rock concert or holiday party.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Dysfunctional culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Surface efforts to encourage team atmosphere. Encourages involvement in charity efforts, particularly in oncology. Decent compensation.

    Cons

    Seniority and title are everything! Actively discouraging of outside of the box ideas, particularly if they come from "lesser" employees.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to ideas and concerns of all employees!


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Life in the clinical SAS programming is very difficult"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior SAS Programmer in Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Senior SAS Programmer in Bothell, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge in technology and standards. All the most recent standards and tools are deployed. Variety in work experience. Become a lead in a short time period.

    Cons

    No life. Very hard to get through a work day in the office. The head of clinical programming controls everyone by setting his own agenda and deciding what everybody else do and how they do it and when. The meetings are a one-man show where he calls the shots in a controlling talk. Others have to sit stiff and silent listening. No one shares their thoughts and ideas in an open and friendly atmosphere. The thought is that otherwise, they would be facing the wrath of the anger, translated as a threat to their financial livelihood. No smiles, laughs.. Just work and leave. Its made obvious that you are not trusted, your ideas, suggestions, questions are not welcome. Just do what is told and get out.

    Advice to Management

    Let employees live a little. Just because they are paid doesn't mean that you to have suck the last ounce of life out of them and prove that you are very efficient.


  8. Helpful (6)

    "hyper caffeinated managers can ruin your life"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    nice people, great product line

    Cons

    too small, at the mercy of vendors

    Advice to Management

    people who are legendary for being 'demanding' or 'aggressive' need to be kept in check. Supervisors who are under constant untreated stress need to be made aware that they can damage the culture with their behavior.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Great potential with disastrous management underneath"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, great pay, the work they do there is top notch!

    Cons

    Management and communication with management is terrible. So much competition and infighting they will not help you succeed and actively help you fail once your reputation is damaged. The internal processes are overly complicated and full of workarounds due to no one being willing to admit processes are not optimal and try new approaches. Relationships with vendors is detrimental due to lack of willingness to admit internal policies are not optimal. Little to no upward mobility. Promotions are hired from outside rather then promoted from within.

    Advice to Management

    Stop competing with each other and employees, learn to be more flexible and willing to pivot to/try out different ideas.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Think twice! Experience- depends on your department"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Genetics full-time

    Pros

    Great company vision.
      Good pipeline.
      Some colleagues are Professional and helpful.
      Training opportunities.
      Decent compensation and benefits

    Cons

    Taken from earlier review:

    Decision-making is not transparent -- many behind closed doors. No life. Very hard to get through a work day in the office. In meetings someone controls everyone by setting his own agenda and deciding what everybody else do and how they do it and when. The meetings are a one-man show where the person calls the shots in a controlling talk. Others have to sit stiff and silent listening. No one shares their thoughts and ideas in an open and friendly atmosphere. No smiles, laughs.. Just work and leave. Its made obvious that you are not trusted, your ideas, suggestions, questions are not welcome. Just do what is told.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a channel for employees to reach out to their HR, people are afraid to speak their minds, try to empower them. Let employees have a life outside work, which doesn't mean company parties and outings. Also, ensure employees personal time outside office hours be personal, not to be reached just because you have their contact. Good people can go anywhere, its your job to keep them. Time to upgrade outdated software for sharing systems.


  11. Helpful (11)

    "Tough place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Genetics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting technology with potential to discover a blockbuster drug
    Growing company
    Nice people

    Cons

    The middle management is very controlling and too involved in micromanaging daily details.
    The information sharing is disorganized and usually without a clear purpose.
    HR dismisses employee complaints and/or suggestions for improvement as irrelevant.
    The career ladder requires most scientists to manage people, but the company does not train its scientists to be effective employee managers.
    The IT department is lousy.
    Not yet a profitable company
    Top heavy, with more hiring in above than promoting from below


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