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Seattle Genetics Reviews

Updated 6 July 2018
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Seattle Genetics President and CEO Clay B. Siegall
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  • "company is just now adopting some regular work from home options for on campus full time employees" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Lots of growing pains and completely reactive" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "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


  2. "Amazing place to work"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Data Associate in Bothell, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Clinical Data Associate in Bothell, WA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management is good. They offer flexibility

    Cons

    Compensation is not very competitive

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Would not recommend"

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

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

    Pros

    Friday morning all company meetings with CEO are motivating. Lots of training options available.

    Cons

    Poor senior management with the exception of CEO. It was shocking to see how little they knew about the target/drug discovery/development process and how little they understood the science behind the targets.

    Advice to Management

    Need to hire senior managers that know what they are doing for the business and have people management skills.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Former employee"

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

    Pros

    Great science, great goals, they want to help patients.

    Cons

    The mid-level management is a mess. New strategies being rolled out on a regular basis, infighting and competition drowns out teamwork.


  5. "Great employer, work/life balance encouraged and promoted"

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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

    collaborative, fun, smart colleagues, vast research pipeline

    Cons

    growing pains and departments tend to run a little lean


  6. Helpful (4)

    "IT - Great people burdened by poor management and communication"

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    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

    Pros

    Ground-level teams are excellent. Everyone works very well together and everyone fosters a drive to work well with each other. People are passionate about both their work and the company.

    Lighting is nice and a decent amount of natural light around the edges of the buildings but interior areas' floors sag and every cubicle is very small. Manager offices are all very nice, as they were built for them.

    Large variety of work, so much to get experience on, from lab work to manufacturing to run of the mill items. Much of the challenge comes only in time and volume, however.

    Some of the managers, especially those who have been with the company for a while, are genuinely excellent.

    Cons

    Management frequently discounts the expert advice and opinions of their reports and departments. There is not career mobility. Major changes are made without communication between groups, often causing disasters.

    IT Management is a mixed bag. Some of the application group managers are great, but the leadership in the Tech Services group is very lackluster. Employees are not invited to be a part of decision or even the conversation and there is very little communication both within the group and between the groups

    Recent changes in Lead roles have caused stress as new lead(s) are vastly unqualified/untrained, moving into new roles with no training. The change was made without guidance and has caused a significant amount of stress for them and their new "teams".

    The number one complaint of the IT Department for the last 3-4 years has been a lack of or poor communication. Nothing has been done to resolve it other than halfhearted efforts that peter out within a quarter.

    Most groups are on-call and volume has increased of late to a dramatic degree. Unaware of any planned change in compensation as a result. There was a company-wide decision to allow WFH, but IT is the only group excluded as far as I'm aware.

    The big one is that there isn't any career development. In the last 4-6 years there have been three or four promotions in the entire group. No career ladder at all and management knows and does not care to fix or address.

    Below average compensation for area. Good stock/401k/benefits.

    A lot of instability and firings in the last year. Colleagues have been let go under questionable judgement.

    Advice to Management

    Train your Leads, have clearly defined roles and communication processes. Don't allow managers to play favorites, make decisions open and allow input. Get your Directors and such to listen to their people rather than making broad decisions (or often as bad, no decision). Set up an actual career ladder and make people feel like you care they are there.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Current employment"

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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 (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    line management is very supportive, company values career development. There is a sense that all individuals regardless of level are on an equal playing field and input from all team members is encouraged.

    Cons

    company is just now adopting some regular work from home options for on campus full time employees. As such there are a number of growing pains related to webex meetings. Teams also operate on the leaner side and therefore work life balance can sometimes be stretched.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Research Associate"

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company benefits are great. Very good work life balance and a lot training opportunities for leadership and current career development with budget for attending conference at least once annually.

    Cons

    As the company grows bigger in size, opportunities for lateral growth is significantly harder compare to years ago when company was still relatively small. They want to retain their employee, but there is not much priority or opportunities for internal candidate who which to expand their career path and develop their career laterally. Internal transfer can be very tricky depending if your manager is opened to it or not.

    Advice to Management

    It would be great if the company can implement some kind of exchange program across different department, so manager get to test drive and train existing talents with other skill instead of existing employee looks for new adventure and learning new skill sets else where.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Phenomenal Enviroment"

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    Former Employee - IT Intern
    Former Employee - IT Intern
    Recommends

    Pros

    Fosters a great work environment and makes you feel like a part of the family. I was also very happy with the food that they had for the employees. Also they hold meetings every Friday to keep everyone informed which is a very nice touch.

    Cons

    Company is expanding a lot so you move around quite a bit.


  10. "Seattle Genetics"

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

    I have been working at Seattle Genetics full-time

    Pros

    Company cares about it's employees, and is passionate about oncology patients

    Cons

    Lack of durable decision at senior management level - 2 steps forward and 1 step back pattern


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