BioMarin Pharmaceutical

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BioMarin Pharmaceutical Reviews

Updated August 6, 2014
Updated August 6, 2014
42 Reviews

3.5
42 Reviews
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BioMarin Pharmaceutical CEO and Director J.J. Bienaimé
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice to work there. No chances to be promoted no metter how hard you are working or not working

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    Former Employee - QC Manager  in  San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - QC Manager in San Rafael, CA

    Pros

    Nice to work there. No chances to be promoted no metter how hard you are working or not working

    Cons

    Nice to work there. No chances to be promoted no metter how hard you are working or not working

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Mediocre

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fast pace, ambitious pipeline, friendly work environment

    Cons

    Inexperienced management, poor compensation, lack of lateral movement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    BioMarin great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst  in  San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in San Rafael, CA

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Commercial dfevelopment

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    Former Employee - Commercial Development Director  in  São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Commercial Development Director in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    Pros

    nice produts and interesting niche

    Cons

    poor senior management at headquarter

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more delegation, less micromanagemnt

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Growing Rapidly and Awkward

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA

    Pros

    Products make major positive difference in patient's lives. Reverse commute from SF and East Bay. Opportunities to grow in your career if you have the right manager. Competitive benefits. Start up mentality with plenty of latitude for those who want to push the boundaries of professional appearance and behavior. Great opportunities for consultants and contractors.

    Cons

    Unrealistic timelines and expectations; this is a problem for workers and potentially a problem for patients. Currently lacking some systems which are necessary for sustained success in the biotech industry. Start up mentality with plenty of latitude for those who want to push the boundaries of professional appearance and behavior. Turn over rate is problematic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the turn over rate and investigate root cause.
    Inability to manage resource loading will continue to hinder the organization as it continues to grow.
    Avoid becoming like Johnson and Johnson (Alza). Be more like Genentech.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst work experience of my entire life

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Fast Paced Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Opportunities to wear multiple hats and lots of responsibility

    Cons

    Not much support, long commute, no work life balance, more work than employees can handle leading to burn out. Does not recognize or reward hard workers and tend to promote those who talk a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward those to helped get this company where it's at and stop with the trend of downsizing or removing employee benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent Experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist  in  Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist in Novato, CA

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very Disappointing Experience

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    Former Employee - Research Associate  in  Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Novato, CA

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Positive

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Small but rapidly growing company, everyone has an open door policy.

    Cons

    None that I found in the short period I was there for.

    Recommends

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