BioMarin Pharmaceutical
3.4 of 5 39 reviews
www.bmrn.com Novato, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jun 7, 2014

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BioMarin Pharmaceutical CEO and Director J.J. Bienaimé

J.J. Bienaimé

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67% of employees 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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    ProsPeople are nice and professional

    ConsThere is no downside working at BIOMarin

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    Disappointing!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood Benefits, descent pay, stock options, ESPP, and mostly friendly people.

    ConsMost senior and middle level management lack knowledge and expertise in their area of expertise, lack people skills, make in appropriate comments to subordinates, and not very.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReevaluate your managers and remove toxic managers.

    No, I would not 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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    Intern (Former Employee)
    Novato, CA

    ProsGreat place to work. The company really takes care of the employees. Retains the biotech 'feel' that is lost to some of the larger biotechs. Always patient focused

    ConsCommuting to the North Bay can be a pain- no real public transportation. Many interns ended up being the sons/daughters of senior management.

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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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    poor senior leadership, insane profit margins save company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsNo 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

    No, I would not 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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