BioMarin Pharmaceutical Reviews

Updated July 26, 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. Challenging but fun place to work!

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    • 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 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great people and all motivated to help bring new products to patient populations with unmet needs. Cutting edge science to boot.

    Cons

    Rapid growth means lots of new people learning the "BioMarin Way." The typical expectation is to get the job done full steam ahead


  2. Clinical Research Associate

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

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Mission and culture of the company. Work environment.

    Cons

    Transition from contract to FTE can be very difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Work on retaining good employees.


  3. Helpful (2)

    One good biotech company with great bright future

    • 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 full-time

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

    Pros

    Company provides us a lot of opportunities to interact with our patients that helps to remind us the importance of our work. It is totally rewarding. Hard work and dedication is always recognized, appreciated and rewarded by management.

    Cons

    As the company continues to grow, we are experiencing some growing pains, but l believe it is just part of process to get bigger and stronger.

    Advice to Management

    Management should be capable of discerning the real good performers who can talk the talk and walk the walk and the pretending good performers who can only talk the talk.


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  5. Great company

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

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time

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

    Pros

    Small and Dynamic company wth room to grow

    Cons

    Takes too many risks often

    Advice to Management

    Balance is not a bad word. Politics is creeping in and good folks are leavin g. Career advancement is often tough due to politics


  6. Manufacturing associate

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

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, the group is young, everyone starts at the same level and there is a lot of room to grow in the same department or branching outside

    Cons

    managers can be a hit or miss, some really support their subordinates and some you wonder how they got that far.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Exciting, Growing 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 full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    If you are in the right department, there are fantastic job growth opportunities especially for mid/upper level managers. Working here gives you the tremendous opportunity to truly impact patients lives as well as learn a lot since the development pace is so fast.

    Cons

    Some entry level jobs seem to lack growth opportunity and they do seem to prefer to hire new employees rather than promote from within. But, hopefully this is changing.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more time into employee retention! There is a big learning curve for learning the "BioMarin" way of doing things and when you have high turnover you end up with a lot of "newbies" who don't know what is going on. :) The company would be better off to keep long term employees which seems like long term here is 2 years.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Great to work for a company that is doing great things.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Novato, CA

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The work we do saves the lives of many people that are ignored by larger companies. The benefits are good and get better over time. Most people are really friendly.

    Cons

    Pay is a little lower than our competitors. Work is always busy and stressful. It's difficult to get promoted or to move to another department.

    Advice to Management

    Biotech is a small industry in the Bay Area. We know what our friends are getting paid at other companies, please stop telling us that we are getting a comparable rate.


  9. Cool 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

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

    Pros

    good benefits, bonus, stocks, overall it is a good place to start your career

    Cons

    pay grade and promotion is weighted heavily on your education degree


  10. Helpful (2)

    Overall a great company to work for, and everyone is very pleasant to work with

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The work environment and pay is good compared to other biotech/pharmaceutical companies

    Cons

    Some co-workers might not be pulling in the same weight as you, and pulling in the extra weight can be overlooked and unappreciated by higher management.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Wonderful Place to Be an Employee

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Program Coordinator in Novato, CA
    Current Contractor - Program Coordinator in Novato, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Company truly cares for employees - Company educates employees on Rare Genetic Diseases and their research - Management and Executives show genuine passion for work and patients. - Many interdepartmental events and coolers

    Cons

    - Most new employees hired as "Temp to hire" but the "Temp" period extends for over a year in most cases - Pay lower than industry averages (depending upon department)

    Advice to Management

    Be more forthcoming about how long the temp period will last.



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