BioMarin Pharmaceutical Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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BioMarin Pharmaceutical CEO and Director J.J. Bienaimé
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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. Great Community Feel

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    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

  2. Helpful (2)

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

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    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.

  3. Regulatory Affairs Associate

    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical as a contractor

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

    Pros

    The company is focused on orphan diseases. Working in the space, your job makes a big difference in the lives of patients. However, there are very few people with these rare diseases.

    Cons

    I am too new to the company at this point.

    Advice to Management

    Too new to know.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    So far, lots of work but great atmosphere and lots of interaction with Senior Management

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

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

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

    Pros

    Training, Lots of interaction with management. Senior management seem interested on feedback of employees

    Cons

    You need to be self motivated

    Advice to Management

    Keep going as you are going

  6. Helpful (2)

    BioMarin great place to work

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    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

  7. Excellent Experience

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    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.

  8. Love it

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    Current Contractor - Research Associate in Novato, CA
    Current Contractor - Research Associate in Novato, CA

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

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

    Pros

    The people I work with are awesome, company has a lot of perks, holiday parties, free lunch on friday and breakfast on wednesday. Everybody is really supportive

    Cons

    Being a temp has a lot and I mean a lot of downsides, pay is not good can't take any days off when you area sick and don't get paid for holidays

  9. Helpful (1)

    A career highlight to work at BioMarin

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    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.

  10. BMRN

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    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

  11. Helpful (1)

    Summer Intern at BioMarin

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    Former Intern - Intern in Novato, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Novato, CA

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

    Pros

    Great 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

    Cons

    Commuting 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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