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Seattle Genetics Reviews

Updated October 18, 2017
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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 (7)

    "Clinical operations/Drug Safety"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (2)

    "Excellent company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Bothell, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Seattle Genetics full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Focus on good science, careful data analysis. Good resources for lab work. Collegial peers. Excellent environment for learning from others; good cross-functional communication.

    Cons

    Company is growing fast, so risks losing positive culture. That being said, management is aware and values keeping the culture that employees value.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you don't lose track of what employees are saying. Communication is dwindling. Don't isolate yourselves from the company as a whole.

  3. "Great Company With Good Prospects"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Genetics full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment, flexibility, decent benefits. Senior management team is impressive overall with one or two exceptions. Company is in excellent financial health.

    Cons

    Located in Bothell. Long commute if you live in Seattle. Flexibility with telecommuting is dependent on your department. Salaries are on the low side.


  4. Helpful (10)

    "Think twice! Experience- depends on your department"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Clinical Development"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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.


  6. "Great company!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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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


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Very good colleagues/benefits, highly toxic management"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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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.

  8. Helpful (8)

    "Pros and Cons for every company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    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.


  9. "great place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    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


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Job satisfaction depends on your manager"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


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