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Seattle Genetics Reviews

Updated September 13, 2017
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Seattle Genetics President and CEO Clay B. Siegall
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  • Less work from home work and less holidays through out the year (in 4 reviews)

  • Senior management is pretty toxic, insulated, bullying, and micromanaging (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent company but awful Biostatistics department"

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    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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, especially the health insurance. Most people in the company are wonderful to work with. CEO is very passionate about the company.

    Cons

    No option to work remotely in spite of the godawful traffic in the area.
    The programming department has a lot of misogyny in it. There is also bad blood between the programming and biostatistics departments which is taken out on the programmers, and HR doesn't seem to want to do anything. Managers tend to play favorites which affects career growth. Taking sick leave and vacations is frowned upon and sometimes not allowed.


  2. "Good company but need's some work"

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

    I worked at Seattle Genetics as a contractor

    Pros

    People are nice, lot's of work to do, their cause is wonderful

    Cons

    Contractors are all treated very differently, depends on the group if you will be included in anything. No information is provided by manager, had to get it from other employees so I would know what was happening.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to all employees, I understand the contractor law but if one group is going to include their contractor then all groups should be told to as well.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good company, management on the other hand..."

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers and the CEO is a really nice guy when you get a chance to see him walking around campus.

    Cons

    Could be better if senior management didn't play favorites.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "IT"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Genetics full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers, area is nice, pay and benefits are good as well.

    Cons

    Poor communication between management and both the internal IT structure and the organization as a whole.

    Decisions and changes are made with little thought for what it entails to carry out said decisions and with little/no interaction with staff. Management is unable/unwilling to set a global standard, with exceptions granted for every policy.

    Little room for advancement as the group structure is in flux and is reliant on management making decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Keep upper management out of the daily work, there is too much micromanagement. Create more opportunities for upward mobility. Listen to the people who do the work before making decisions based on what sounds good or what the business partners want.


  5. Helpful (11)

    "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.


  6. 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.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "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.

  8. Helpful (16)

    "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 (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.


  10. Helpful (10)

    "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.


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