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Nice small company with a business-like atmosphere

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA

I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical

Pros

Good people, good products. You're doing mostly orphan drug work for small, underserved patient populations, which can give you a pretty good feeling when compared with cranking out yet another drug for blood pressure or cancer. Decent atmosphere, but very business-like. There's not a lot of joking around or playing around - people come to work and go home.

Cons

Management often sets unreasonable timelines, creating unnecessary anxiety within study teams. I don't feel that senior management does a great job of communicating what they want at the start of a project, and I haven't seen any evidence of an overall company plan that we're all working toward. Molecules exist in their own little worlds, and teams seem to be in a constant battle for resources and attention. Also, it's a little quiet - they're breaking out of their shell as a small company into something bigger, but it still has the attitude of a small company (ie, poor work-life balance, very serious, expecting employees to basically give up their lives to get the work done).

Advice to ManagementAdvice

I understand we want to drive drugs to market, but setting unrealistic timelines can cause real problems when programs feel pressured to move forward without a fuller understanding of the molecule. You can't go into phase III when phase I is still up in the air, and telling a team to just "do it" won't magically make it happen. Someone at the top needs to take a real look at everything this company does and come up with a reasonable, realistic business plan, and then communicate this plan downward so that people know where their priorities should lie. A little bit of upper management input would go a long way toward smoothing out the rough patches.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful

    Disappointing considering its potential

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical

    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

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

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  2. 4 people found this helpful

    Growing pains, but much potential

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

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical

    Pros

    - Highly competitive salary
    - Good work / life balance
    - Good culture (friendly, smart people who are fun to work with)
    - Company is very patient-focused. You can really see the results of your work.
    - Great perks (catered lunches, travel, ESPP, medical, dental, etc.)
    - Company's pipeline of drug candidates has a lot of potential.

    Cons

    - Cost of living in the Bay Area and Marin County especially is very high. Many people have long commutes (45min+) to live in more affordable areas.
    - Huge growing pains. Almost 50% growth in headcount in last few years.
    - Faces organizational issues of a company twice its size, such as lack of communication between departments, many "managers" with no one reporting to them, and unclear advancement for entry or mid-level positions. Trying to get things done can be very challenging.

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    A lot of work needs to be done to the organizational structure while the company is still small enough to do it.

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