BioMarin Pharmaceutical Reviews

Updated June 11, 2015
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BioMarin Pharmaceutical CEO and Director J.J. Bienaimé
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Pros
  • Overall a pretty good work life balance as well (in 5 reviews)

  • Friendly atmosphere, Good benefits, pay and bonuses depends on politics (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Not much support, long commute, no work life balance, more work than employees can handle leading to burn out (in 4 reviews)

  • Bad senior management, lack of support outside US (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Clinical Research

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and benefits were great. Most of the hard working people there were passionate & focused on helping to get the drugs approved for the patients.

    Cons

    No work/life balance, expected to work 50+/week & weekends and evenings, lots of politics, HR doesn't care about individuals.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring management or above positions, and start hiring more worker bees to actually get the work done.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Disappointing!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Benefits, descent pay, stock options, ESPP, and mostly friendly people.

    Cons

    Most senior and middle level management lack knowledge and expertise in their area of expertise, lack people skills, make in appropriate comments to subordinates, and not very.

    Advice to Management

    Reevaluate your managers and remove toxic managers.


  3. Helpful (5)

    Don't feel married to the company: If you do a good ethical job, you could be joining the ranks of the unemployed soon.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Experience. Paying mortgage. Bringing business ideas forward.

    Cons

    "Old boys' club" trumps fair play . Ethical misbehaviors by higher management overlooked. Lack of qualifications evident in senior personnel in some departments. Adverse work environment if you are ethical & fair.

    Advice to Management

    Solicit feedback from employees who complain about unfair treatment. The truth will empower you to make changes and improve the environment; otherwise history will repeat itself. The annual review is sometimes used as a form of psychological abuse. How do you know how fair or unfair your directors/VPs are?


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Disappointing considering its potential

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work-life balance (but not for everyone)
    Good Benefits
    Great fellow workers
    We have a direct connection to the patients we serve (Orphan Drug Co.)

    Cons

    Has grown too fast and leadership seems clueless
    Turnover is becoming a problem
    Development and growth are NOT encouraged, rather the opposite
    Morale is very low

    Advice to Management

    Wake up, free lunch and bagels do not build morale. Real leadership does


  6. Helpful (1)

    Commercial dfevelopment

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Commercial Development Director in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Commercial Development Director in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    nice produts and interesting niche

    Cons

    poor senior management at headquarter

    Advice to Management

    more delegation, less micromanagemnt


  7. Helpful (1)

    Not what I expected

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Laid-back Marin vibe
    Casual dress-code
    Nice commute
    Friendly co-workers

    Cons

    De-motivating atmosphere
    Inadequate support from under-resourced functions
    Very little career-development opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees
    Hire the right people
    Do things to make it a great place to work



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