BioMarin Pharmaceutical Reviews

Updated May 4, 2021

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BioMarin Pharmaceutical Chief Executive Officer Jean-Jacques Bienaimé
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Pros
  • "good benefits, sick days and pto(in 23 reviews)

  • "There is great work life balance(in 18 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Work life balance for non shift workers is not good(in 23 reviews)

  • "I found the work and senior management uninspiring(in 13 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years
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      Great place, feels like family

      Oct 8, 2020 - Research Associate II in San Rafael, CA
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      Pros

      CEO and upper management that care for their employees. A family-friendly environment that allows you to be home for the holidays (if your work schedule allows). Generous benefits, plenty of company gatherings, and a culture that tries to encourage togetherness. I wake up and enjoy going to work, I have made friends that feel like family, I love my company and what we stand for.

      Cons

      It can be difficult to move around within the company. The upper management encourages it however the different areas don't necessarily recruit from within and sometimes prefer to take their efforts externally first.

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    2. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great place

      Apr 30, 2021 - Technical Lead in Novato, CA
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      Pros

      Great place to learn and grow.

      Cons

      Work-life balance could be better

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      A true patient-focused biotech

      Apr 21, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Biomarin is an organization entering a new growth stage as it learns how to operate in competitive therapeutic categories. A lot of opportunity exists for those who can help the various teams navigate this growth. Every person I’ve worked with in the organization is truly patient-focused and comes to work prepared to do the right thing by the patients we support.

      Cons

      A very lean organization that stretches folks to prioritize, prioritize, prioritize. Not a con so much as a reality for those who come from larger pharma organizations, there is no hiding behind your role here. Everyone is expected to pull their weight and work across teams.

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    4. 2.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Stupid management team

      May 4, 2021 - Scientist 
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      Pros

      The coworker here are generally great. Good compensation.

      Cons

      The management team is stupid. No one knows how the decisions are been made. The newly hired management team is even worse. They pretend they want to listen to us but actually just doing whatever they want. They want someone who can follow their instruction not someone who can do the real work. This company is going down. Too much politics in the company. Not some place to be creative and do real work. People are treated unfairly.

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    5. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Relationship-based organization

      Apr 24, 2021 - Director in San Rafael, CA
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      Pros

      Interesting technologies (gene therapy, gene editing, small molecule) in ultra-rare diseases space, though moving to "medium rare" space

      Cons

      Senior management unable to grow from small biotech roots to a "real pharma" company; all decisions made by one person, rest of C-suite does not speak their minds at internal governance; current "transformation" efforts across all functions is not going well - actions don't match words; pipeline needs work; lots of turnover in middle management now due to poor managers; always worried about being taken over

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      4 people found this review helpful
    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great place to work

      Apr 5, 2021 - Clinical Supply Chain Specialist in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      Benefits package is great Company Culture- first time i've love where I work, BioMarin attracts good people. Several employee resource groups provide a way to be involved and feel a sense of community.

      Cons

      Top heavy organization structure. Seems to only be flat at the entry/mid-level. Upward mobility completely contingent on your manager.

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    7. 2.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Highly Political, Lacking in Career Advancement

      Apr 22, 2021 - Senior Associate 
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      Pros

      Good work life balance, nice colleagues

      Cons

      Highly political, it all depends on who likes you and who you know to advance in the company. Senior management of different groups do not seem to really get along with each other, so there is internal strife between groups which leads to inefficiency. Lack in career advancement and the promotion process is highly opaque.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great company

      Apr 26, 2021 - Facilities Engineer in San Rafael, CA
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      Pros

      Clean campus, awesome managers here

      Cons

      Commute stinks but it is in a great location

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great folks to work with, upper management not so much

      Apr 14, 2021 - QC Analyst in Novato, CA
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      Pros

      Flexible schedule, lots of learning opportunities

      Cons

      Compensation not as competitive, communication between management becomes more muffled going down the totem pole

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Fast-paced, cutting edge R&D

      Apr 17, 2021 - Scientist II in Novato, CA
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      Pros

      Exciting R&D programs and a diverse commercial portfolio

      Cons

      Difficult commute if not in Marin county

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