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Seattle Genetics Reviews

Updated February 8, 2018
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  • company is just now adopting some regular work from home options for on campus full time employees (in 5 reviews)

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

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  1. 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.


  2. "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

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Job satisfaction depends on your manager"

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    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.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Formulations and Drug Product Intern"

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    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.


  5. 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.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Seattle Genetics Review"

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    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.


  7. "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

  8. 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.


  9. 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.


  10. 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.


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