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Seattle Genetics Reviews

Updated 15 January 2019
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Seattle Genetics President and CEO Clay B. Siegall
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Pros
  • "Great work environment, flexibility, decent benefits" (in 6 reviews)

  • "The work life balance in Seagen is good" (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "company is just now adopting some regular work from home options for on campus full time employees" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Decisions were made by very few people while senior management don’t seem to have an open channel for feedbacks" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome growing company!"

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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

    Embracing new company perks and great internal mentor/network program

    Cons

    Long commute from downtown Seattle


  2. "Really trying to make a difference in the lives of patients"

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

    I have been working at Seattle Genetics full-time

    Pros

    Focus is on making a difference in the lives of patients. Science driven.

    Cons

    Lots of growth/change, which is at times, challenging.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Beware of the company culture"

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

    I worked at Seattle Genetics full-time

    Pros

    Impressive CEO! Wonderful commitment to patients and science. So much potential to be a great company.

    Cons

    Location - not in Seattle, not even close. Unless you live close to Bothell campus, traffic is really bad. Car-dependent campus.

    Benefits - if you are coming to SeaGen from out of state biopharma, the salary and benefits may be rather disappointing. You will be surprised by the outdated IT systems, business processes and HR policies. The campus is large, but has no cafeteria and no gym. Management has the type of flexible work policies I remember from a decade ago.

    Culture - be prepared for the 'Seattle freeze' - noticeably more introverted, measured, diffident staff. I worked for months without some colleagues in my department saying hello or good morning if we crossed paths. Once you get to know folks, they are often earnest, polite and thoughtful. Buddies could take a while. Gregarious personalities will struggle a bit more to fit in. The management in my department excelled at blaming, shunning, gas-lighting. I was advised to keep my head down and stay under the radar as much as possible. I observed a number of smart people get treated very badly. Not a lot of biotech options in the area, so personnel are more anxious about keeping their job- even if the pay and management are not the best. Lots of examples of (sometimes wildly) unprofessional behavior. Does not have the ethnic and cultural diversity of the big biotech hubs.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Genetics (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good product with dedicated employees across.

    Cons

    lots of office politics. lack of professionalism in certain departments.


  5. Helpful (9)

    "Questionable company culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Genetics full-time

    Pros

    Company is trying to become better and more diversified. CEO is very passionate and committed to the company.

    Cons

    1. Most people have only been working for Seattle Genetics their entire career and have little experiences of doing things differently. Overall the company is resistant to make changes as they hold on tight the old SeaGen way of doing things. 2. Unnecessary complicated governance and operation processes slow things down. Lots of time wasted to generate slides and presentations rathan than focusing on real work and deliverables. Decisions were made by very few people while senior management don’t seem to have an open channel for feedbacks. 3. Company is heavily focused on bottom line and have no time for real people development. there is relatively little respect for employees. Toxic and aggressive behaviors are tolerated in many teams by senior management.

    Advice to Management

    The SeaGen way is not necessarily the best and the only way. Time to have a wake up call to shape up the senior management team. Simplify the operation management and processes.


  6. "Loved working there"

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

    I worked at Seattle Genetics full-time

    Pros

    Just a great overall place to work
    Doing amazing things for patients

    Cons

    I would like to have been paid more


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Great company to work for in biotech"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Bothell, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Scientist in Bothell, WA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Rapidly growing company
    - Scientists are extremely smart and friendly to work with
    - Face-time with director-level and higher staff not uncommon
    - CEO is friendly and has weekly meetings to entire company
    - Great benefits package
    - Culture committed to patients

    Cons

    - Pay slightly lower than expected (but WA has no state income tax so it's not terrible)

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Amazing Mission and Tons of Promise"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company mission executed by people that have a passion for helping patients. Lots of opportunities to learn and grow and work with bright and motivated people. Company has an exciting pipeline and is growing, and it feels like the right time, right place to be to watch this company reach pretty amazing new heights. I feel like I found my home and will have a lot of opportunity to learn and grow as the company grows.

    Cons

    With any company experiencing intense growth, it is grappling with the pains that come along with that growth. But it's a smart company full of smart people, and the focus on the mission will make it happen.

    Advice to Management

    Keep training people to be leaders, not just managers.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Senior Director"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Bothell, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Bothell, WA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Genetics full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Strong sense of mission, amazing pipeline, collaborative environment, love the Friday morning meetings where I can learn what my colleagues are working on.

    Cons

    Much of the medical staff lacks industry experience and have only limited understanding of regulatory requirements - there's a bit of a "Seattle group-think" since so many of them come from UW

    Advice to Management

    Bring in more people with broad, global industry experience


  10. Helpful (6)

    "So much promise"

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

    Pros

    Fri morning meetings
    Insurance - low co pay
    Time off
    Free food

    Cons

    Company is siloed and the result is poor teamwork
    Technology outdated
    Lack of professionalism runs rampant