BioMarin Pharmaceutical

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BioMarin Pharmaceutical Reviews

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
59 Reviews
3.8
59 Reviews
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BioMarin Pharmaceutical CEO and Director J.J. Bienaimé
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Review Highlights

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

  • Good Benefits, average pay, stock options, ESPP, and mostly friendly people at individual contributor level (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. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Wonderful Place to Be an Employee

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    BioMarin is a great company to work for.

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

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical

    Pros

    The benefits are great and very competitive for the area

    Cons

    Work life balance is a challenge

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote more within the organization

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall Good Company, but some departments need help

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical

    Pros

    Good support at peer level
    Flexible hours
    Causal dress

    Cons

    Time lines of projects not ideal
    Lack of resources for projects
    Constant reorganizing personnel

  6.  

    Great place to work

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

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time

    Pros

    I like what I do here. A lot to learn but exciting

    Cons

    People work hard here, so your hours can be longer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stabilize the winter holidays.

  7.  

    I'm very happy with the work that I am doing it BioMarin

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

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time

    Pros

    Has more room to grow in the company
    Has good leadership team in place

    Cons

    Workplace is too far from where I live
    Too Much work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need option to do telecommute

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Experience at BioMarin (review at 6 month mark)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Assistant in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Assistant in San Rafael, CA

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

    Pros

    Friendly place.
    I think the opportunities for personal growth is BioMarin's strong point. The company is small enough and there is a need for assistance everywhere, that you can offer you assistance and learn new tasks. This helps you explore different positions in the department and company.
    Office Culture is great. The group of people that I work with are friendly and helpful. This is a huge bonus to my position, but this is just my team.

    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. At our recent company off-site our VP did address this and the company does seem to be trying to move away from this.
     Compensation is generally lower than the industry standard for the area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    From my personal experience, might direct manager could use some training on how to critique. In general she is quick to save negative aspects without consideration on delivery. Then later she might give positive feedback but it usually feels forced. This is a trait that is hard to master and it would be great to train all those with management positions get a training.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good pharmaceutical experience in orphan drugs

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

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Staff is very competent and pleasant to work with

    Cons

    Did not have any issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Overall Positive Experience

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

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time

    Pros

    Some of the positives are the opportunity to see successful drugs come to market and have a positive impact on patients, free food on Fridays, remote work opportunities, positive stock performance. Overall a pretty good work life balance as well.

    Cons

    Some of the challenges are lack of promotion and mentoring for employees, high employee turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to management would be to focus on employee retention as there is a very high turnover rate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Satisfied!

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

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time

    Pros

    Pretty relaxed environment in terms of approachablity to management, lots of fun people and some opportunities to cross train is a plus! The events they throw are pretty fun and you definitely meet people from all areas of the company, so it is a good way to network. The job itself is quite repetitive so that can either be a pro or a con.

    Cons

    Some areas do not allow room for deveopment and some are in need of more staff, so you can be stretched pretty thin if there are not enough people on your shift.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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