BioMarin Pharmaceutical
3.5 of 5 35 reviews
www.bmrn.com Novato, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

BioMarin Pharmaceutical Reviews

Updated Apr 9, 2014

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86% Approve of the CEO

BioMarin Pharmaceutical CEO and Director J.J. Bienaimé

J.J. Bienaimé

(22 ratings)

76% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Excellent Experience

Senior Specialist (Current Employee)
Novato, CA

I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time for less than a year

ProsThe 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.

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Very Disappointing Experience

Research Associate (Former Employee)
Novato, CA

I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time for more than a year

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

ConsOrwellian 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Positive

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

ConsNone that I found in the short period I was there for.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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I led the start-up of BioMarin operations in Latin America

Senior Director; Latin America (Former Employee)
Buenos Aires (Argentina)

I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time for more than 5 years

ProsInteresting niche, great products, good people

ConsBad senior management, lack of support outside US

Advice to Senior Managementgood company to work for, nice opportunities in US and Europe

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Quite a mix of good and not good

Senior Manager (Current Employee)
Novato, CA

I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time for more than 8 years

ProsGreat salary and benefits.

ConsC- and VP- level management is great. Below that, it's hit or miss. Very director-heavy. Little promotion from within.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Mafia management

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time for more than 5 years

Prosstock price keeps climbing higher and higher

Conspolitics and positioning all day, every day

Advice to Senior Managementmore Indians, fewer chiefs...

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Love it

Research Associate (Current Employee)
Novato, CA

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

ProsThe 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

ConsBeing 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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A career highlight to work at BioMarin

Senior Scientist (Current Employee)
Novato, CA

I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time for less than a year

ProsBioMarin 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.

ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementKeep up the great work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time

ProsGood benefits, incentives, stock plan, future growth

ConsManagement lack soft skills. Most managers lack former mgmt training and are often promoted from lower position without adequate training .

Advice to Senior ManagementImprove PM training, improve soft skills.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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BMRN

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time

ProsPeople are nice and professional

ConsThere is no downside working at BIOMarin

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