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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

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

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.

Advice to Management

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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  1. BioMarin is loosing focus and personnel

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

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good product pipeline, great people at the 'worker bee' level.

    Cons

    Worst upper management ever experienced, talk a good game but no reality. JJ is loosing focus of orphan products and going for the almighty dollar. Was a good place to work but no longer cares about patients or employees.

    Advice to Management

    look to the past to see what a great company BMRN 'used' to be.


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    A Great Place To Work. Just Don't Do It In Clin Ops!

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

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. The best thing about working for BMRN was the benefits package! They actually pay your yearly health insurance premiums. 2. Second best would be their employees, management excluded. I can and will only give feedback on BMRN's Clinical Operations Department, as it was the only department that I worked in. BMRN's CRAs are the best, most knowledgeable, and hardest working associates in the business. They are dedicated employees who work very hard because they respect their profession and really feel that they are making a difference in other people's lives. 3. JJ. JJ Bienaime is the best thing to have happened to BMRN. With him as CEO, it really boosted morale, and gave BMRN the confidence the company definitely was missing.

    Cons

    One of the major downsides of working in Clinical is definitely the senior management. The Senior Director, an MBA, lacks basic communication as well as people skills! I can't decide if this individual is afraid of people, or if this person just doesn't know how to relate to others. The AD is very mediocre, bordering incompetent. This person enjoys busy work, and happily assigns it others as well. A complete lack of vision and confidence is pretty dangerous for a biotech company that is often compared to Genentech in the early years. I believe it is important for a company to advance their own employees through promotion. However, there is great disservice when individuals are promoted just to fill a vacancy. This disrupts working relationships and balance. What is apparent is that it's very hard for BMRN to attract excellent talent because there are so many biotech companies in the Bay Area. Not too many are willing to make that commute across the bridge(s) to get to Marin to work.

    Advice to Management

    I would say to the VPs of BMRN to take a very close look at the management of the Clinical Operations Department. The turnover rate is too high. People don't leave companies. They leave managers.


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