BioMarin Pharmaceutical Reviews

Updated April 21, 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. Exciting, Growing Company

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

    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

    If you are in the right department, there are fantastic job growth opportunities especially for mid/upper level managers. Working here gives you the tremendous opportunity to truly impact patients lives as well as learn a lot since the development pace is so fast.

    Cons

    Some entry level jobs seem to lack growth opportunity and they do seem to prefer to hire new employees rather than promote from within. But, hopefully this is changing.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more time into employee retention! There is a big learning curve for learning the "BioMarin" way of doing things and when you have high turnover you end up with a lot of "newbies" who don't know what is going on. :) The company would be better off to keep long term employees which seems like long term here is 2 years.

  2. Great Community Feel

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

  3. Cool Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    good benefits, bonus, stocks, overall it is a good place to start your career

    Cons

    pay grade and promotion is weighted heavily on your education degree

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great to work for a company that is doing great things.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Novato, CA

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The work we do saves the lives of many people that are ignored by larger companies. The benefits are good and get better over time. Most people are really friendly.

    Cons

    Pay is a little lower than our competitors. Work is always busy and stressful. It's difficult to get promoted or to move to another department.

    Advice to Management

    Biotech is a small industry in the Bay Area. We know what our friends are getting paid at other companies, please stop telling us that we are getting a comparable rate.

  6. A company with a lot of potential

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical

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

    Pros

    Good people, strong pipeline

    Cons

    Processes are in progress of being implemented

    Advice to Management

    More hires are needed in the trenches, less upper management

  7. Helpful (2)

    Heart broken!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    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!

  8. Helpful (1)

    Overloaded with work...

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

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical

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

    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 Management

    Compensation for overtime work , holiday work done by employees

  9. Helpful (1)

    Fast-paced, and growing fast

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    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 Management

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

  10. Helpful (1)

    Crunchy timelines are the norm

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 Management

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

  11. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst I
    Current Employee - Analyst I

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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.

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