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Updated Feb 13, 2014

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3.4 40 reviews

84% Approve of the CEO

BioMarin Pharmaceutical CEO and Director J.J. Bienaimé

J.J. Bienaimé

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68% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Positive

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSmall but rapidly growing company, everyone has an open door policy.

    ConsNone that I found in the short period I was there for.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood benefits, incentives, stock plan, future growth

    ConsManagement lack soft skills. Most managers lack former mgmt training and are often promoted from lower position without adequate training .

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove PM training, improve soft skills.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

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    Research Associate (Former Employee) Novato, CA

    Prosdecent pay and work environment are great....free breakfast daily and free lunch every Friday...employee benefits and incentive are great

    Consthe company as a whole is great....my commute is the only problem i had - it took me apprx an hour to get from san mateo to novato

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep up the good work

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    Very professional, yet relaxed atmosphere.

    Intern (Current Employee) San Rafael, CA

    ProsManagement gives you room to breathe. Perks like a gym, free breakfast on Wednesdays. They actually pay their interns well.

    ConsDue to growth, there has been some restructuring.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Place to work!!

    Research Associate III (Current Employee) Novato, CA

    ProsThe job is very intense but rewarding. Every one is friendly and willing to help out. There is quite a bit of moving between teams, allowing you to learn a great deal. The company is rising very quickly. This is a great place to be if you want to advance your career.

    ConsOnly down side, expect long hours....all the time! The dead lines never end. If you don't have a data cut for your group your helping another group meet theirs.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A good place to learn how science works in a pharmaceutical settings.

    Intern (Former Employee) Novato, CA

    Pros-Fun atmosphere. The company did a lot to let interns interact with each other even though we were in different parts of the company.
    -The company provided catered lunch every Friday as well as breakfast (fruits, bagels) every Wednesday.
    -The people I worked with were very social and helpful.
    -Pay was good for an internship.
    -Made an effort to include the interns in the discussions and weekly meetings.
    -I learned a lot just by being there. Because they are a small company, it's not difficult to pick up information from other sectors of the company.

    Cons-I definitely worked longer hours than I expected. But that was more in the beginning of the internship when I was learning new scientific techniques.
    -A fair amount of repetition in terms of experimental techniques.
    -Steep learning curve. I felt like I had to master all the techniques very quickly in order to do the experiment. But once I got them down, I started to get bored doing the same thing constantly.
    -You will be on your feet for the majority of the day while in the lab. It is tiring for the first couple of weeks until you get used to it, even if you're in good shape.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company to work for!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Novato, CA

    ProsGrowing company, reasonable work hours, competitive salaries/stock options, very nice facilities, good upper management, no shortage of food being provided, opportunity to work for a great cause

    ConsNot many young people, hierarchical corporate structure with a lot of cubicles, located 20 miles from San Francisco

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nice small company with a business-like atmosphere

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Novato, CA

    ProsGood people, good products. You're doing mostly orphan drug work for small, underserved patient populations, which can give you a pretty good feeling when compared with cranking out yet another drug for blood pressure or cancer. Decent atmosphere, but very business-like. There's not a lot of joking around or playing around - people come to work and go home.

    ConsManagement often sets unreasonable timelines, creating unnecessary anxiety within study teams. I don't feel that senior management does a great job of communicating what they want at the start of a project, and I haven't seen any evidence of an overall company plan that we're all working toward. Molecules exist in their own little worlds, and teams seem to be in a constant battle for resources and attention. Also, it's a little quiet - they're breaking out of their shell as a small company into something bigger, but it still has the attitude of a small company (ie, poor work-life balance, very serious, expecting employees to basically give up their lives to get the work done).

    Advice to Senior ManagementI understand we want to drive drugs to market, but setting unrealistic timelines can cause real problems when programs feel pressured to move forward without a fuller understanding of the molecule. You can't go into phase III when phase I is still up in the air, and telling a team to just "do it" won't magically make it happen. Someone at the top needs to take a real look at everything this company does and come up with a reasonable, realistic business plan, and then communicate this plan downward so that people know where their priorities should lie. A little bit of upper management input would go a long way toward smoothing out the rough patches.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Growing pains, but much potential

    (Former Employee) Novato, CA

    Pros- Highly competitive salary
    - Good work / life balance
    - Good culture (friendly, smart people who are fun to work with)
    - Company is very patient-focused. You can really see the results of your work.
    - Great perks (catered lunches, travel, ESPP, medical, dental, etc.)
    - Company's pipeline of drug candidates has a lot of potential.

    Cons- Cost of living in the Bay Area and Marin County especially is very high. Many people have long commutes (45min+) to live in more affordable areas.
    - Huge growing pains. Almost 50% growth in headcount in last few years.
    - Faces organizational issues of a company twice its size, such as lack of communication between departments, many "managers" with no one reporting to them, and unclear advancement for entry or mid-level positions. Trying to get things done can be very challenging.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA lot of work needs to be done to the organizational structure while the company is still small enough to do it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I led the start-up of BioMarin operations in Latin America

    Senior Director; Latin America (Former Employee) Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    ProsInteresting niche, great products, good people

    ConsBad senior management, lack of support outside US

    Advice to Senior Managementgood company to work for, nice opportunities in US and Europe

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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