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BioMarin Pharmaceutical Reviews

Updated July 24, 2017
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BioMarin Pharmaceutical Chief Executive Officer Jean-Jacques Bienaimé
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  • Work life balance is the worst I've seen in the industry; everyone walks around stressed and constantly overworked (in 14 reviews)

  • Large company feel with multiple levels for lower to senior management (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (6)

    "Excellent company to work for; one that values work/life balance"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, including generous vacation and holiday policy. Modern offices in downtown San Rafael. Free parking and close to public transportation. Proximity to San Francisco.

    Cons

    Some departments exhibit larger than average employee turn-over rate.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time and resources bringing existing employees up the ranks rather than hiring from the outside.


  2. "research associate 2"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    people are genuinely kind and helpful

    Cons

    the commute is just horrendous

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Potential to be great, but some glaring flaws"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It's rewarding to contribute to life-changing/life-saving drug therapies for unmet needs. Multiple filings/launches within the last couple years and some innovative technologies, which is pretty good for a mid-size biotech company
    Salary and benefits can be competitive (recruiting and retention is a challenge).
    Most colleagues are friendly and collaborative, genuinely care about helping patients and want to do the right thing.

    Cons

    The most top-heavy organization I've ever seen, and some reporting structures make no sense (e.g., qualified individuals reporting to someone vastly less qualified). Lack of transparency in titles and promotions. Employees get frustrated seeing someone 2-3 levels above them despite comparable responsibility level, work experience, education credentials, etc.
    VPs want to call the shots on issues that they are frankly out of touch with, and make little attempt to fully understand the situation. Subject matter experts who voice concerns are patronized or bullied. I quickly learned to just keep my head down and brace myself for the next fallout due poor management decisions. Then I end up working 14 hour days and weekends to help clean up a mess that could have easily been prevented.
    A lot of individual contributors are overworked, with few professional development opportunities. There aren't many internal promotions. The former Genentech old boys club prefers to tap their friends for these opportunities instead.
    Company is fragmented geographically, which results in silos between teams/departments. This is exacerbated by having fewer company social events like lunches, coolers, etc. where people used be able to network.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring your buddies from Genentech who aren't right for the job.
    If you're going to have inflated titles, you need to inflate them for everyone.
    If you're going to pay top dollar to recruit talent, then it's worth listening to the expertise you hired them for. You also need to provide professional development opportunities if you want to retain good employees.
    Listen to the subject matter experts, who are closer to the challenges on hand. VPs don't need to make every single little decision... BioMarin isn't a startup anymore.


  4. "Specialist"

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

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

    Pros

    Overall the people are what make Biomarin a great place to work. Lots of exciting projects being worked on and good networking opportunities.

    Cons

    Poorly defined promotion timelines and structure. People from other big pharmaceutical companies (think Roche, Genentech and Gilead) have brought in their "throw you under the bus mentality." Supervisors in various Manufacturing plants can be incredibly unprofessional towards their employees and other groups, with no noticeable consequences. Loss of free lunches and the holiday party was not a good idea either! Toxic areas full of gossip are really affecting various departments!

    Advice to Management

    Promote the right people not just the ones that strut around talking a good game but have substance and are dedicated to their teams. You're quickly losing talent due to all the unfortunate changes!


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Downhill"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate II in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate II in San Rafael, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice facilities, occasional events, on par compensation, enjoyable co-workers

    Cons

    Management breathing down your neck, perks progressively getting taken away, all the cons of working for a big company minus the pros. Glass ceilings for research associate, the whole company's future is riding on the faith of one project, no telecommuting because managers want to watch your every move, penny pinching budget, impossible for temps to convert to FTE, lifeless stock ($BMRN), little career development opportunities, very limited interaction between departments (Very few networking opportunities within the company), no holiday party, horrible commute unless coming from SF

    Advice to Management

    We had culture 3 years ago, employees were enabled and we felt like we were saving lives now we're more worried about saving our own lives from management


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Gang-Like, Racist and Low quality Work Enviroment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting drug products and process development and analytical works, employee can learn from diverse drug product portfolio

    Cons

    QC has a racist executive director with initials (M. N) who harasses employees and makes gender, race insensitive comments call people bad names and make inflammatory comments all the time. Work environment is not based on quality work but based on who fits in with the culture which is very toxic and gossipy. People constantly back stab each other to get a head. Those who just talk too much and "act" confident get a head

    Advice to Management

    Give value to those who actually work hard and do quality work rather those who only act, use slick tongue, smile and get by


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great co-workers but horrible management with multiple layers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, great benefits, paid time off, decent perks. Great co-workers who have become close friends. Great office space and location.

    Cons

    Too many layers of management, middle management across all departments are known to be inexperienced, individual contributors do all the work.

    Advice to Management

    Consider rekindling your passion and commitment to your role. Consider leading by example and showing your direct reports that you work just as hard as they do. Get some training on how to manage employees and how to perform the duties required in your role rather than delegating and taking credit for their work.

  8. "Mission with meaning"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time

    Pros

    Patient interaction and excellent networking opportunities

    Cons

    Salaries are lower than private sector


  9. "Tech-Op Intern"

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    Current Employee - Intern
    Current Employee - Intern

    Pros

    Just started. So far so good! Snacks and fruits are provided for employees!!

    Cons

    Too much traffic around the area.


  10. "Conusltant"

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

    Pros

    I was a temp in this company. Great eperience

    Cons

    I don't have any Cons. Would like to return there


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