BioMarin Pharmaceutical

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A good place to learn how science works in a pharmaceutical settings.

Former Employee - Intern in Novato, CA
Former Employee - Intern in Novato, CA

I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical as an intern (less than an year)

Pros

-Fun atmosphere. The company did a lot to let interns interact with each other even though we were in different parts of the company.
-The company provided catered lunch every Friday as well as breakfast (fruits, bagels) every Wednesday.
-The people I worked with were very social and helpful.
-Pay was good for an internship.
-Made an effort to include the interns in the discussions and weekly meetings.
-I learned a lot just by being there. Because they are a small company, it's not difficult to pick up information from other sectors of the company.

Cons

-I definitely worked longer hours than I expected. But that was more in the beginning of the internship when I was learning new scientific techniques.
-A fair amount of repetition in terms of experimental techniques.
-Steep learning curve. I felt like I had to master all the techniques very quickly in order to do the experiment. But once I got them down, I started to get bored doing the same thing constantly.
-You will be on your feet for the majority of the day while in the lab. It is tiring for the first couple of weeks until you get used to it, even if you're in good shape.

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Positive Outlook

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    poor senior leadership, insane profit margins save company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    CEO very adept at building enterprise value- great for stockholders
    Good work life balance
    Decent salary
    Definite focus on patients
    Job security

    Cons

    No career growth potential unless you work in Quality Assurance
    Company will always seek to secure skills externally (at great expense) instead of developing internal staff
    CEO has track record of building up phama companies just to sell them off
    Dysfunctional Board of Directors
    Many senior leaders lead by title- weak leadership benchstrength
    No vision among senior leaders
    Very silo'd functional areas
    Decisions are often short sighted- penny-wise and pound-foolish
    Definite problem attracting qualified talent- often hiring weak players from larger Biotechs in area

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Nice people, okay job

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Manufacturing Technician in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Manufacturing Technician in Novato, CA

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very nice, supportive people. Really great teamwork and team dynamics.

    Cons

    Large turnover and mostly temp workers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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