BioMarin Pharmaceutical Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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BioMarin Pharmaceutical CEO and Director J.J. Bienaimé
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35 Ratings

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. Review 2015

    • 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

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

    Pros

    RSUs upon hire, 12% bonus, fast paced, work-life balance.

    Cons

    Isolated to Marin county requiring move away from south San Francisco.

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great Company with excellent company culture

    • 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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Collaborative environment, hard working individuals, management is present and connected to staff

    Cons

    No cons to list here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work fostering growth and development for BMRN employees


  3. Intern

    • 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

    Great company to work for. Good opportunity to meet other interns and management

    Cons

    Company location makes it difficult.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good Company...A lot to learn

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

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical

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

    Pros

    Supportive colleagues and supervisors. They want you to learn and give you independence to use your own skills. You get a lot of high level exposure. Good Location !!! Yes, Friday lunches are good !!!

    Cons

    Poor HR!!! They just want to keep people on contracts. Does not want to pay the employees what they deserve. Employees feel undervalued and ultimately leave for better options.

    Advice to Management

    Try and retain people. A lot of movement does not send a good message. Try and build trust.


  6. Great Community Feel

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical

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

    Pros

    Small company feel, employees are close to one another

    Cons

    North Bay location not convenient


  7. Helpful (2)

    Great salary, benefits, smart people, lots of free food, great to feel part of company helping rate disease patients

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

    Love my colleagues, great salary benefits, stock doing great, great to be part of helping patients suffering from horrific diseases, paid holiday shut down, ESPp, bonus pay is high.

    Cons

    Long hours, unsophisticated management, inefficient, little span of control

    Advice to Management

    Give all employees equity again.


  8. Helpful (2)

    BioMarin great place to work

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

    Laid back culture
    talented and intelligent people
    opportunities to advance career
    free lunch on fridays!
    mixers once a month

    Cons

    It can be intense at times with the growth the company is experiences (growing pains!)

    Advice to Management

    Add some tools to help employees manager their time resources better
    less meetings!
    implement 2 semi-annual reviews to help performance


  9. Excellent Experience

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The culture is dynamic. Management is very accessible due to the open-door policy. The employees are smart, friendly, dedicated and committed to the company and the patients they serve. Although everyone is super busy there is work-life balance. Direct managers seem very committed to ensuring that their teams have what is needed to succeed. IT is awesome.

    Cons

    I'm still in the honeymoon phase after only a few weeks with the company but it is inconvenient having so many campuses. It's often necessary to go between Novato and San Rafael for meetings to ensure you get the face time you need. Other than that, there are no cons.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Everyone I've met so far is satisfied and willing to go the extra mile.


  10. Helpful (1)

    A career highlight to work at BioMarin

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

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

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

    Pros

    BioMarin is a very fun company to work for. The work is interesting, challenging, demanding at times, and you're given plenty of resources to help along the way. The company spends a lot of time and effort on you as an employee and you can definitely feel that the company places value on your time. The offices, labs, and manufacturing facilities are very nice and modern.

    Cons

    The commute to the main facility in Novato is a minor drawback, but the company is growing and other locations around the bay area are coming into play.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.


  11. BMRN

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time

    Pros

    People are nice and professional

    Cons

    There is no downside working at BIOMarin



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