BioMarin Pharmaceutical

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BioMarin Pharmaceutical Reviews

Updated October 28, 2014
Updated October 28, 2014
52 Reviews
3.9
52 Reviews
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BioMarin Pharmaceutical CEO and Director J.J. Bienaimé
J.J. Bienaimé
31 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Although everyone is super busy there is work-life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Good Benefits, descent pay, stock options, ESPP, and mostly friendly people (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is not as great, people are over-worked and that brings an expectation to eat lunch at your desk, work late and work at home (in 4 reviews)

  • Many interns ended up being the sons/daughters of senior management (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Lost the small company feel/ Needs to get real

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanic in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanic in Novato, CA

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, Good benefits, pay and bonuses depends on politics. Stocks are great way to compensate the boss who's a jerk. Campus is pretty near a swamp. The EH&S dept is in place but mostly window dressing for their insurance provider

    Cons

    when I can there I loved it. Slowly I was introduced to reverse sexisim and age discrimination. Lots of Political correctness to the point of the inability to function on a pragmatic level. If your from Cal or Stanford you'll have lots of buddies more emphasis who and where you went to school vs what you can do. Mid level mangers are obsequies sycophants who rarely stand up for the workers. Lots of political games.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the walk not just talk. Stop the cronyism from the Genetech Mafia. EH&S should be more responsive Safety and environmental issues vs how to limit company liability.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Mediocre

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical

    Pros

    Fast pace, ambitious pipeline, friendly work environment

    Cons

    Inexperienced management, poor compensation, lack of lateral movement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Growing Rapidly and Awkward

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Products make major positive difference in patient's lives. Reverse commute from SF and East Bay. Opportunities to grow in your career if you have the right manager. Competitive benefits. Start up mentality with plenty of latitude for those who want to push the boundaries of professional appearance and behavior. Great opportunities for consultants and contractors.

    Cons

    Unrealistic timelines and expectations; this is a problem for workers and potentially a problem for patients. Currently lacking some systems which are necessary for sustained success in the biotech industry. Start up mentality with plenty of latitude for those who want to push the boundaries of professional appearance and behavior. Turn over rate is problematic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the turn over rate and investigate root cause.
    Inability to manage resource loading will continue to hinder the organization as it continues to grow.
    Avoid becoming like Johnson and Johnson (Alza). Be more like Genentech.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fast Paced Company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical

    Pros

    Opportunities to wear multiple hats and lots of responsibility

    Cons

    Not much support, long commute, no work life balance, more work than employees can handle leading to burn out. Does not recognize or reward hard workers and tend to promote those who talk a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward those to helped get this company where it's at and stop with the trend of downsizing or removing employee benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Quite a mix of good and not good

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Novato, CA

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits.

    Cons

    C- and VP- level management is great. Below that, it's hit or miss. Very director-heavy. Little promotion from within.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mafia management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    stock price keeps climbing higher and higher

    Cons

    politics and positioning all day, every day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more Indians, fewer chiefs...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    poor senior leadership, insane profit margins save company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    CEO very adept at building enterprise value- great for stockholders
    Good work life balance
    Decent salary
    Definite focus on patients
    Job security

    Cons

    No career growth potential unless you work in Quality Assurance
    Company will always seek to secure skills externally (at great expense) instead of developing internal staff
    CEO has track record of building up phama companies just to sell them off
    Dysfunctional Board of Directors
    Many senior leaders lead by title- weak leadership benchstrength
    No vision among senior leaders
    Very silo'd functional areas
    Decisions are often short sighted- penny-wise and pound-foolish
    Definite problem attracting qualified talent- often hiring weak players from larger Biotechs in area

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Nice people, okay job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Manufacturing Technician in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Manufacturing Technician in Novato, CA

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very nice, supportive people. Really great teamwork and team dynamics.

    Cons

    Large turnover and mostly temp workers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Neutral working conditions for a company with fast expansion plans

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Novato, CA

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    flex work hours, friendly workers.

    Cons

    career opportunities are somewhat limited

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    A Great Place To Work. Just Don't Do It In Clin Ops!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical

    Pros

    1. The best thing about working for BMRN was the benefits package! They actually pay your yearly health insurance premiums.
    2. Second best would be their employees, management excluded. I can and will only give feedback on BMRN's Clinical Operations Department, as it was the only department that I worked in. BMRN's CRAs are the best, most knowledgeable, and hardest working associates in the business. They are dedicated employees who work very hard because they respect their profession and really feel that they are making a difference in other people's lives.
    3. JJ. JJ Bienaime is the best thing to have happened to BMRN. With him as CEO, it really boosted morale, and gave BMRN the confidence the company definitely was missing.

    Cons

    One of the major downsides of working in Clinical is definitely the senior management. The Senior Director, an MBA, lacks basic communication as well as people skills! I can't decide if this individual is afraid of people, or if this person just doesn't know how to relate to others. The AD is very mediocre, bordering incompetent. This person enjoys busy work, and happily assigns it others as well. A complete lack of vision and confidence is pretty dangerous for a biotech company that is often compared to Genentech in the early years.

    I believe it is important for a company to advance their own employees through promotion. However, there is great disservice when individuals are promoted just to fill a vacancy. This disrupts working relationships and balance. What is apparent is that it's very hard for BMRN to attract excellent talent because there are so many biotech companies in the Bay Area. Not too many are willing to make that commute across the bridge(s) to get to Marin to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would say to the VPs of BMRN to take a very close look at the management of the Clinical Operations Department. The turnover rate is too high. People don't leave companies. They leave managers.

    Approves of CEO

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