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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 (1)

    "Growing company with a great sense of purpose"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Genetics full-time

    Pros

    Seattle Genetics has grown to be one of the top biotech companies in the Seattle area. It is known as the place to be because it is a growing company with a great product and pipeline. The pay is fair and benefits are really good. The common thread across all departments is that everyone is very respectful of each other. Overall, it's one of the best and most productive work environments I've been in.

    Cons

    Contrary to the company name, Seattle Genetics is not actually located in Seattle. It is headquartered in Bothell which is about 25 miles north of Seattle proper.

    Advice to Management

    The CEO is too vested in the day to day sometimes. He needs to focus on the bigger picture/strategic decisions. The company should also be more open to flex time.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Not so great IT Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Genetics full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This company will help save many lives. I like their vision and goals and where it's going. CEO is great. Benefits are competitive with other biotech company which tend to have great medical/dental/retirement plans. Seattle Genetics is no exception.

    Cons

    The IT department is old school and seems to be staying that way. Behind on everything. Lots of growing pains and completely reactive. The were transition when I was there and it seemed neither for better or worse.

    Advice to Management

    Get some positive leadership within IT. Everyone was very negative and brought the energy way down when it needed it most. Find people you can stand by and won't throw you under the bus. Someone like the Director of Facilities who was positive uplifting and encouraging.

  3. Helpful (11)

    "Tough place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting technology with potential to discover a blockbuster drug
    Growing company
    Nice people

    Cons

    The middle management is very controlling and too involved in micromanaging daily details.
    The information sharing is disorganized and usually without a clear purpose.
    HR dismisses employee complaints and/or suggestions for improvement as irrelevant.
    The career ladder requires most scientists to manage people, but the company does not train its scientists to be effective employee managers.
    The IT department is lousy.
    Not yet a profitable company
    Top heavy, with more hiring in above than promoting from below


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Loads of hard work! No break."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You get lots of exposure to technology, and opportunities to go the extra mile.

    Cons

    Poor work life balance.
    High stress.
    Expected to perform above pay grade.


  5. Helpful (13)

    "My Biggest Mistake"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and nice location. A lot of truly great coworkers. The benefits are good. SeaGen's work makes a difference in people's lives.

    Cons

    Certain managers have no clue how to lead or motivate employees. Understaffing and stifling micromanagement are not effective leadership styles.

    Advice to Management

    Spend less time trying to get honest negative reviews removed from the internet and spent more time correcting the problems that lead to these reviews. Improvement starts by identifying your weaknesses, not erasing the evidence.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Life in the clinical SAS programming is very difficult"

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    Current Employee - Senior SAS Programmer in Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Senior SAS Programmer in Bothell, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Genetics full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Cutting edge in technology and standards. All the most recent standards and tools are deployed. Variety in work experience. Become a lead in a short time period.

    Cons

    No life. Very hard to get through a work day in the office. The head of clinical programming 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 he 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. The thought is that otherwise, they would be facing the wrath of the anger, translated as a threat to their financial livelihood. 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 and get out.

    Advice to Management

    Let employees live a little. Just because they are paid doesn't mean that you to have suck the last ounce of life out of them and prove that you are very efficient.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "People are very knowledgable"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    No commute
    Terrific scientists
    Good molecule
    Exciting time
    Fast approval

    Cons

    Growing pains
    High turn over
    Too inexperienced team
    Not the greate place for talempnts to move over

    Advice to Management

    Improve it department

  8. Helpful (6)

    "It's an ok place to work, but there are much better biotechs in Seattle."

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people. And really that's it.

    Cons

    They don't hire people who are intelligent very often. They definitely go for grades over common sense.

    Advice to Management

    Grades aren't as important as someone who can do the job. Don't ask someone who is very qualified what their GPA was when they've been out of college and proven themselves for over a year. You short the rest of us here when you do that.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "hyper caffeinated managers can ruin your life"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    nice people, great product line

    Cons

    too small, at the mercy of vendors

    Advice to Management

    people who are legendary for being 'demanding' or 'aggressive' need to be kept in check. Supervisors who are under constant untreated stress need to be made aware that they can damage the culture with their behavior.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Toxic"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Genetics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great chance to learn, great exposure to cutting edge technology, approved drugs that are helping cancer patients

    Cons

    Toxic, hostile, little room for growth, political, agenda driven, micro-managed

    Advice to Management

    High turnover will continue unless employees are supported.


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