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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 (2)

    "Formulations and Drug Product Intern"

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    • 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.


  2. Helpful (17)

    "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.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Seattle Genetics Review"

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    • 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.


  4. "SeaGen Review"

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    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


  5. 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.


  6. 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.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Great company with wonderful future...."

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Bothell, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Bothell, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People, process, work ethic, development expertise, fun group gatherings and "competitions", incredible scientific minds

    Cons

    RA's viewed as expendable commodities.......the threat that they can be "easily replaced" is always thick in the air.

    Advice to Management

    All scientists are not capable of properly managing and training people.......hire only those who can.....only then will you create an overall team with incredible partnerships and trust.

  8. Helpful (22)

    "Meh"

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    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.


  9. Helpful (17)

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

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    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.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Great science and corporate culture"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The CEO and upper management foster a company culture that is very patient focused. The work environment is supportive, and benefits are good. Great science, people are very passionate about the work, and there is a high amount of integrity in the way things are done.

    Cons

    It can take time to achieve upward mobility due a relatively low turnover rate. Career development is treated by some managers as a black box which the employee should have limited knowledge of.


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