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BioMarin Pharmaceutical Reviews

Updated September 19, 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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    • Senior Management
    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"

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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

  3. "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.


  4. "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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  6. "Assoc. Dir. QA Computer Software Validation"

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

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

    Pros

    Open communications with my manager. She was one of the best managers I've had in 49 years at over 15 companies. She expected a lot but was very fair, gave good feedback and could always be trusted. She rewarded people for hard work and made BioMarin a fun place to work with many team building events.

    Cons

    It was a long drive to Novato from Oakland. It is hard to get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the team events and giving feedback to people through a minimum of bi-weekly one on one meetings wit people's managers and bi-weekly team meetings. Also continue to have monthly "cake and communication" department meetings.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Clinical"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time

    Pros

    The company offers great salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Horrible management with no talents to be leaders. Lack of work-life balance. Training is very poor and disorganized.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging people. It does not work!!! Micromanaging is a negative style of managing your employees. It is not the most productive way to approach your team.

  8. "Doing great science on serious unmet medical needs"

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

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

    Pros

    Fantastic opportunity to work with very bright and engaged scientists.

    Cons

    Senior management is sometimes difficult to access. They're trying to change this.

    Advice to Management

    Allow the people in the trenches more access to you - great ideas can come from anywhere!


  9. "BioMarin is the best"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Novato, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very rewarding work. Helping patients with unmet medical needs. Smart people. Good work environment. My boss is the best!

    Cons

    Not much to say here. Commute can be tough coming from east.


  10. "Good company For Growth"

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

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time

    Pros

    Dedicated staff and most individuals are very easy to work with. Company culture really focused on patient health.

    Cons

    Company is growing and so many systems are being put into place currently that could add to already sizable workload.


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