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Seattle Genetics Reviews

Updated February 8, 2017
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Seattle Genetics President and CEO Clay B. Siegall
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  1. Helpful (6)

    "It's an ok place to work, but there are much better biotechs in Seattle."

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people. And really that's it.

    Cons

    They don't hire people who are intelligent very often. They definitely go for grades over common sense.

    Advice to Management

    Grades aren't as important as someone who can do the job. Don't ask someone who is very qualified what their GPA was when they've been out of college and proven themselves for over a year. You short the rest of us here when you do that.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "People are very knowledgable"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    No commute
    Terrific scientists
    Good molecule
    Exciting time
    Fast approval

    Cons

    Growing pains
    High turn over
    Too inexperienced team
    Not the greate place for talempnts to move over

    Advice to Management

    Improve it department


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Loads of hard work! No break."

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

    Pros

    You get lots of exposure to technology, and opportunities to go the extra mile.

    Cons

    Poor work life balance.
    High stress.
    Expected to perform above pay grade.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Not so great IT Leadership"

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

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

    Pros

    This company will help save many lives. I like their vision and goals and where it's going. CEO is great. Benefits are competitive with other biotech company which tend to have great medical/dental/retirement plans. Seattle Genetics is no exception.

    Cons

    The IT department is old school and seems to be staying that way. Behind on everything. Lots of growing pains and completely reactive. The were transition when I was there and it seemed neither for better or worse.

    Advice to Management

    Get some positive leadership within IT. Everyone was very negative and brought the energy way down when it needed it most. Find people you can stand by and won't throw you under the bus. Someone like the Director of Facilities who was positive uplifting and encouraging.


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Some very difficult personalities"

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    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Data Manager in Bothell, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Data Manager in Bothell, WA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Genetics (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Huge staff with many opportunities for advancement within the company if your manager is amenable to promoting from within. Good environment for learning the industry.

    Cons

    Located in Bothell, not Seattle. Few/poor transit options so driving was a necessity. Management was very insular and protective of their own, regardless of bad behavior and excessive employee turnover.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Seattle Genetics"

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture and work life balance. And the company and all of its employees are dedicated to saving people with cancer.

    Cons

    Not a whole lot of career growth opportunities.


  8. Helpful (15)

    "Luck of the department draw"

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    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.


  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 (7)

    "Very good colleagues/benefits, highly toxic management"

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, most (not all though) colleagues are professional and helpful.

    Cons

    Highly toxic atmosphere created by managers and management. If they don't like you for any reason, they will undermine and constantly question EVERYTHING you do to the point where you question your competency and your sanity because even the most innocuous things get faulted. I've seen a LOT of people quit their jobs due to managers. There is also constant micromanagement.

    Advice to Management

    Please create a system where employees can approach HR to discuss manager issues without being judged or assumed they are liars or trouble makers.


  11. Helpful (10)

    "Dysfunctional Drug Safety Department"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Seattle Genetics full-time

    Pros

    Company is doing well and good to its employees. Good benefits, salary, bonus and stocks.

    Cons

    Management has played favorites for years. If you are the boss's favorite, you can do whatever you want, get perks that are only for you, get promoted at least every 2 years regardless of your performance or experience for new position. High turn over in one group of the department but nothing is done about it. Some people are overworked, some are managed out (moved like chess pieces) and others get to socialize and surf the web.

    Advice to Management

    Please stop the unfair bias and politics. Don't exclude one person because they are not in your social circle. Promote and hire people based on their resume/experience versus popularity and favoritism. Talk to people politely, don't talk down and yell at them. Please value your talented people and be fair to all. Listen.



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