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BioMarin Pharmaceutical Reviews

Updated November 7, 2018
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BioMarin Pharmaceutical Chief Executive Officer Jean-Jacques Bienaimé
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  • "Work - life - balance is what you make it, Tough at start but on shift now so not an issue anymore" (in 19 reviews)

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

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "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. "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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  5. "Statistical Programmer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time

    Pros

    easy going culture, friendly people, great site at Brisbane

    Cons

    limited growth , not much compounds and the indication is orphan drug, not much upside there


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Good place to work, nice people, very poor leadership and management"

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    Current Employee - QC Analyst in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - QC Analyst in Novato, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Good place to work and learn about the industry, especially at the entry level if you are fresh out of college, but not necessarily a place where you will grow and be rewarded for your hard work.

    -Most people are nice

    -Laid back type of work atmosphere

    Cons

    -Lots of politics, feels like people aren't really rewarded for their hard work, especially at the lab and manufacturing floor levels, It feels like hard work is taken for granted more times then not.

    -Management is very disorganized, but the blame roles down hill to the "average joe's" who tend to get the majority of the blame whenever something goes wrong but the majority of the time it is due to very poor planning by upper level management who seem to think they are the only ones that are busy and never take a step back to realize that everyone is working hard.

    -Very little chance at a promotion, and when there is a chance, the decisions are quite questionable.

    -It seems to be more about who you know rather then actual hard work put in.

    -Long hours, crazy insane day's with unrealistic demands, constantly working different hours.

    Advice to Management

    It seems that for every 1 QC analyst or MFG associate, there is about 3-5 managers/directors. Huge disparity if you look at actual people working on the floor, and how many people are in management, which makes absolutely no sense. How is the company going to retain talent when it is only the one's in management getting all of the promotions. Very poor management in my opinion, upper level management never actually comes onto the floor to talk to the hard-working individuals that call it home.

    -Blatant favoritism, its not about hard work. When people aren't rewarded for their hard work, they lose their incentive to continue working hard. Its not rocket science, you think people in upper level management would be able to figure this out.


  7. "Struggling"

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    Current Employee - Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary is ok, colleagues, location, nothing else

    Cons

    Nepotism, inadequate managers, people are after job titles and not getting job done, far too political.

    Advice to Management

    If you really care you need to proceed with a culture change throughout company. Keep your stats and get rid of people who care about their job roles and not the company.

  8. Helpful (1)

    ""Not such a good place to work as they advertise""

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and salary, nothing more.

    Cons

    Expect no work-life balance. Incompetent and disqualified managers with lack of authenticity . Incapable of building strong relationships with teams. Upper management is totally out of touch with the needs of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Be more selective when promoting employees into managerial positions. Hire successful leaders that can earn authority by establishing mutual trust and accountability among colleagues. Be aware about the consequences of empowering unqualified employees into managerial positions. Also, be certain to fill leadership roles with emotionally intelligent people.


  9. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA

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

    Pros

    All Pros at this company

    Cons

    No Cons to think of


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Clinical Trial Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time

    Pros

    none that I can think of.

    Cons

    Work environment is terrible, trainers are not clear


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