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BioMarin Pharmaceutical Reviews

Updated March 13, 2019
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BioMarin Pharmaceutical Chief Executive Officer Jean-Jacques Bienaimé
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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 (4)

    "Best Kept Secret in Biotech"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've been here for more than five years, and I love Mondays! I still pinch myself because I get to work in such a positive work environment. I have so much respect for the people here, who are brilliant and humble--a rare combination of traits. It is highly motivating to work for a company that has a clear purpose focused on helping people with rare genetic diseases. It is an exciting time to be at BioMarin while it is growing rapidly and to be a part of cutting edge science.

    Cons

    Fast growth in the company means that sometimes you have to be okay with ambiguity.

    Advice to Management

    Tell me more about what you're thinking.


  2. "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Novato, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team of people supporting your development as a research profession in the biotech industry.

    Cons

    Not a real downside but must be willing to work hard and adapt quickly.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good compensation, little room for advancement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time

    Pros

    Good compensation, teams work well together, interesting science and opportunities for learning, some flexibility with regard to remote working

    Cons

    Little room for advancement, professional development must be sought out by the individual, very top-heavy and flat organizational structure. Also, no fault to the company, San Francisco is very expensive.


  4. "Saving the world shouldn’t come at sacrificing your own WLB"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some great people, somewhat noble mission, overall not a terrible company. They try to do what’s right even if they don’t really follow through

    Cons

    Your experience will depend on your manager/project/group. Some managers are really great. Others are beyond horrible. Expectations that everyone should be passionate about their job means you’re willing to work long hours and do it with a smile, without anything in return. No one dares to say something negative about the company, because, why would you be unhappy when your company is working on the coolest, cutting edge medicine saving little kids? The biotech world is small, bio/chem grads are dime a dozen, there are always people willing to work hard for low pay. This is why people put up with a lot of crap and stay at the same company for 10+ years. Because, if you had other options, why would you put up with it?

    Advice to Management

    Instead of having useless perks like yoga/custom candy etc., how about cash or stock bonus? There are many low level workers who are struggling and would really benefit from having a little more cash in their pockets. All the riches seem to go to the top and not much trickles to the bottom.


  5. "Great company"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    good benefit. 6% 401k and various free insurance.

    Cons

    nothing so far. sometimes the title is not fair.


  6. "Great place to work."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to work. People are friendly.

    Cons

    Company extends your contract and won't hire you full time.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "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

  8. "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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Good company --- poor leadership killing shareholder value"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director
    Current Employee - Senior Director
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Driven people who care for patients
    Great science

    Cons

    Very poor management but with a small company mentality and a TON of politics
    Without any rhyme or reason, people get promoted just because they "appear" qualified
    Terrible BD group currently led by someone without any BD experience

    Advice to Management

    Change or retire before destroying even more shareholder value
    Hire people who know how to grow the company
    Promote people who are qualified with experience


  10. "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