BioMarin Pharmaceutical Reviews

Updated July 9, 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. Helpful (1)

    Great company bad management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical

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

    Pros

    Good science and business model with deep pipeline. High value medicines that fill unmet medical need. Innovative technology.

    Cons

    Poor leadership and team building in middle management. Lack of guidance and accountability in some tech ops departments. High turnover and dissatisfaction with career growth/advancement.


  2. BioMarin Employee in Novato California

    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 3 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lateral movement. Good learning opportunities. Good culture, Good people. Good work life balance

    Cons

    Upward movement is difficult without the right manager or post grad degree. Lots of management changes has caused some turbulence ( good and bad)

    Advice to Management

    Be less kludgy about promotions.


  3. A company with a lot of potential

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

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical

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

    Pros

    Good people, strong pipeline

    Cons

    Processes are in progress of being implemented

    Advice to Management

    More hires are needed in the trenches, less upper management


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Overloaded with work...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical

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

    Pros

    Good benefits , lost of free food and company events

    Cons

    Tight timelines, too much work expected out of an employee. Not much appreciation from senior management , No compensation for overtime efforts .

    Advice to Management

    Compensation for overtime work , holiday work done by employees


  6. Helpful (1)

    Crunchy timelines are the norm

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical

    Pros

    The company holds to a high ethical standard on most things. No shortage of smart employees.

    Cons

    Managers need TRAINING!! The amount of mediocre to bad management is discouraging at best. Yearly reviews should allow for 360 degree feedback.

    Advice to Management

    Get feedback 360 degree feedback from your employees. You absolutely need to shore up your management team.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Fast-paced, and growing fast

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation, benefits are on a par with industry standards

    Cons

    All departments are chronically understaffed and over committed, and there is no plans towards staffing up or slowing down to address this issue.

    Advice to Management

    Increase staffing levels to meet increases in production, provide career development opportunities for internal employees


  8. Helpful (1)

    Lost the small company feel/ Needs to get real

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanic in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanic in Novato, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Mediocre

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical

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

    Pros

    Fast pace, ambitious pipeline, friendly work environment

    Cons

    Inexperienced management, poor compensation, lack of lateral movement


  10. Helpful (3)

    Growing Rapidly and Awkward

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Fast Paced Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical

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

    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 Management

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



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