BioMarin Pharmaceutical Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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BioMarin Pharmaceutical CEO and Director J.J. Bienaimé
J.J. Bienaimé
37 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. BioMarin is loosing focus and personnel

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good product pipeline, great people at the 'worker bee' level.

    Cons

    Worst upper management ever experienced, talk a good game but no reality. JJ is loosing focus of orphan products and going for the almighty dollar. Was a good place to work but no longer cares about patients or employees.

    Advice to Management

    look to the past to see what a great company BMRN 'used' to be.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Very Disappointing Experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Novato, CA

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Benefits, average pay, stock options, ESPP, and mostly friendly people at individual contributor level.

    Cons

    Orwellian like work culture, there is a lot of whispering and looking over your shoulder. Many business procedures were justified by what "seems to work" and not necessarily what was the most productive and/or efficient way of accomplishing tasks. Management often sets unreasonable timelines, creating high levels anxiety within project teams. Management is unclear in communicating what the objectives or timelines of project are, which lead to confusion and frustraton. Project teams seem to be in a constant battle for resources and attention. Also, poor work-life balance, over inflated titles that don't mean much, and very unprofessional work environment where bad behavior is ignored by management.


  3. Helpful (6)

    Worst work experience of my entire life

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of potential, good pay, inflated job titles, good benefits, nice perks like free lunch on Friday

    Cons

    Management is awful and not qualified for the positions they are in. They speak poor of each other behind their backs and to other Employees. I have never worked in such a unprofessional environment. If you are ethical and have morals this is not the place to work.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Women Avoid This Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pipeline, good product, novel science

    Cons

    BioMarin discriminates against women. The management is 90% white men. Women aren't promoted into the Vice President level. The company has data about this discriminatory practice and is not acting on it.


  6. Helpful (5)

    Heart broken!!!

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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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Located in a beautiful area with wild life all around. free junk food but good science projects although benefits only a few. A crafty strategy to attract money from desperate and needy.

    Cons

    A firm managed like a exclusive privet club. Management takes invention by associate with accent and give it to "John Smith" associates to present it and get full credit- A type of settled racism and bigotry!

    Advice to Management

    Clean up the company's culture!


  7. Helpful (1)

    Horrible mid lvl management team. Political games by some "managers". Racism in the shadow

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in San Rafael, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You can still run into good people with great knowledge and nice to work with! Chances are rare. Most of them left the company already!

    Cons

    1. San Rafael office is almost getting rid of racism. Getting there! 2. So many free riders here---Spending the company money on "business trip", "talking" a lot during meetings, looks like "I am working". 3. Mid level managers are poisoning and toxic. Many of them are lacking of knowledge of what they are doing and unwilling to help.

    Advice to Management

    Open eyes? But it is so hard for them.


  8. Lack of Management

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Data Manager
    Current Employee - Clinical Data Manager

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and nice people not in management

    Cons

    Lack of management and direction.

    Advice to Management

    Work with your employees


  9. Helpful (3)

    Disappointing considering its potential

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

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work-life balance (but not for everyone) Good Benefits Great fellow workers We have a direct connection to the patients we serve (Orphan Drug Co.)

    Cons

    Has grown too fast and leadership seems clueless Turnover is becoming a problem Development and growth are NOT encouraged, rather the opposite Morale is very low

    Advice to Management

    Wake up, free lunch and bagels do not build morale. Real leadership does


  10. Helpful (5)

    Don't feel married to the company: If you do a good ethical job, you could be joining the ranks of the unemployed soon.

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

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Experience. Paying mortgage. Bringing business ideas forward.

    Cons

    "Old boys' club" trumps fair play . Ethical misbehaviors by higher management overlooked. Lack of qualifications evident in senior personnel in some departments. Adverse work environment if you are ethical & fair.

    Advice to Management

    Solicit feedback from employees who complain about unfair treatment. The truth will empower you to make changes and improve the environment; otherwise history will repeat itself. The annual review is sometimes used as a form of psychological abuse. How do you know how fair or unfair your directors/VPs are?


  11. Helpful (1)

    Disappointing!

    • 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 (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Most 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 Management

    Reevaluate your managers and remove toxic managers.



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