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BioMarin Pharmaceutical Reviews

Updated January 15, 2019
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  • "Work life balance for non shift workers is not good" (in 21 reviews)

  • "Large company feel with multiple levels for lower to senior management" (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work if you are willing to work hard"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Operations Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Operations Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great learning environment, lots of extremely smart people, room for advancement, study teams are great, flexible hours

    Cons

    Resourcing issues can come up frequently especially with the location of the office . Commutes can be long for a lot of employees.

    Advice to Management

    While planning out the clinical development plans, evaluate resourcing needs earlier on. Also, management should consult with the study teams on realistic timelines.


  2. "Great company, positive atmosphere"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time

    Pros

    Good people, interesting projects, lots of resources, opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    Faster paced environment, but buying into that is up to you

  3. "unknown"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people and the fact we are here to benefit many people with health problems

    Cons

    no formal structure to advance. good old boy club
    Too many different software to learn in every department that don't talk to each other. Waste of time.

    Advice to Management

    don't advance clinker people that are full of hot air and no intellect.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Decent company"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in San Rafael, CA

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Generous salary and willing to change

    Cons

    Genetech execs are arrogant and too full of themselves


  5. "Sr. Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great People
    Great Company Mission

    Cons

    Many growing pains as the organization transitions from a small company to a profitable Biotech


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Corporate Finance Group"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Respected CFO, several great finance directors among the leadership team

    Cons

    Becoming "too corporate" , some people should not be managing people

    Advice to Management

    Yearly review Directors & above, direct reports, pros/cons, what is working, what isn't working


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company, Iffy Leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Driven people that support BioMarin's goal to pursue rare genetic diseases.

    Cons

    Promoting people to leadership positions who show no leadership desire or skill to retain them.

    Advice to Management

    1) Promote leaders based on merit NOT years worked or retention. Some people are better suited and desire to remain individual contributors.
    2) If you are going to promote unqualified people to leadership, then offer trainings and a lot of support systems.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Job seekers beware"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time

    Pros

    Extra time off around holidays

    Cons

    POOR leadership, many self entitled coordinators and sales team members, HIPPA violations occur on the daily, no work/life balance, do not be blindsided by all the promises as the culture here is a living hell

    Advice to Management

    Take a hard look at your leadership teams and hire individuals that have a pharma background. It is amazing the HIPPA violations you are allowing to occur daily! Your employees can’t even speak with HR confidentially as they share everything said with management causing retaliation towards the employees.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Top heavy, not so good managers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and salary, the reason why most employees stay as long as they do!

    Cons

    Lots of bad managers unfortunately!

    Advice to Management

    Promote those to be manager of others that truly know how to manage people. Or give them the skills before they are promoted. And realize that some people should just stay as individual contributors even though they have a Director title.


  10. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful benefits, and plenty of opportunity to branch out and define your career.

    Cons

    Not near the hustle and bustle of San Francisco