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BioMarin Pharmaceutical Reviews

Updated February 4, 2015
Updated February 4, 2015
60 Reviews
3.7
60 Reviews
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BioMarin Pharmaceutical CEO and Director J.J. Bienaimé
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33 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Overloaded with work...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical

    Pros

    Good benefits , lost of free food and company events

    Cons

    Tight timelines, too much work expected out of an employee. Not much appreciation from senior management , No compensation for overtime efforts .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation for overtime work , holiday work done by employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Fast-paced, and growing fast

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical

    Pros

    Compensation, benefits are on a par with industry standards

    Cons

    All departments are chronically understaffed and over committed, and there is no plans towards staffing up or slowing down to address this issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase staffing levels to meet increases in production, provide career development opportunities for internal employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Crunchy timelines are the norm

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical

    Pros

    The company holds to a high ethical standard on most things. No shortage of smart employees.

    Cons

    Managers need TRAINING!! The amount of mediocre to bad management is discouraging at best. Yearly reviews should allow for 360 degree feedback.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get feedback 360 degree feedback from your employees. You absolutely need to shore up your management team.

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    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
  6.  

    Wonderful Place to Be an Employee

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Program Coordinator in Novato, CA
    Current Contractor - 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Women Avoid This Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    BioMarin is a great company to work for.

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    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
  9.  

    Overall Good Company, but some departments need help

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    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

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Give all employees equity again.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lost the small company feel/ Needs to get real

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    Former Employee - Mechanic in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanic in Novato, CA

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, Good benefits, pay and bonuses depends on politics. Stocks are great way to compensate the boss who's a jerk. Campus is pretty near a swamp. The EH&S dept is in place but mostly window dressing for their insurance provider

    Cons

    when I can there I loved it. Slowly I was introduced to reverse sexisim and age discrimination. Lots of Political correctness to the point of the inability to function on a pragmatic level. If your from Cal or Stanford you'll have lots of buddies more emphasis who and where you went to school vs what you can do. Mid level mangers are obsequies sycophants who rarely stand up for the workers. Lots of political games.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the walk not just talk. Stop the cronyism from the Genetech Mafia. EH&S should be more responsive Safety and environmental issues vs how to limit company liability.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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