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Seattle Genetics Reviews

Updated July 26, 2017
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  • 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 (7)

    "Clinical Development"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  2. "Great company!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Seattle Genetics full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, hardworking professionals who also have a good time.

    Cons

    growing rapidly, losing some of the early culture

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Very good colleagues/benefits, highly toxic management"

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


  4. 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.


  5. "great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Seattle Genetics full-time

    Pros

    good salary, benefits, relaxed work environment, not micro managed, good pipeline of products

    Cons

    would like more flexible work from home, traffic in and around office park is awful


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Job satisfaction depends on your manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people with great company vision and purpose. Lots of smart people and fortunately without the ego.

    Cons

    Your experience here will depend on your manager, what you make of it and how good of a relationship you have with your boss. They ultimately control your promotion, raises and whether your ideas are supported. IT department is constantly behind on technology. I think my operating system is at least a few generations behind.

    Advice to Management

    Give middle managers more training. IT needs to keep up with technology. Be more progressive with benefits, on par with local companies like Amazon and Microsoft. Better paternity leave. Get more involved with community like sponsor volunteer programs.


  7. 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.

  8. Helpful (16)

    "Luck of the department draw"

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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
    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 (6)

    "Seattle Genetics Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  10. "SeaGen Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Operations in Edmonds, WA
    Current Employee - Clinical Operations in Edmonds, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good company culture, and great employees

    Cons

    Lack of comradery with other departments


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