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BioMarin Pharmaceutical Reviews

Updated April 1, 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. "Good place to work. Good people"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are committed to developing drugs for unmet needs. Benefits and salaries very good

    Cons

    Large company feel with multiple levels for lower to senior management. Less exposure to Senior Managements vision.

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "Facilities"

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    Former Employee - Facilities in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Facilities in Novato, CA

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good team - worked well together

    Cons

    Management was terrible and hard to work with


  3. "manufacturing"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - LINE MANUFACTURING in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - LINE MANUFACTURING in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great work environment and benefits

    Cons

    high turn over rate it seems


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  5. Helpful (10)

    "The truth"

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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
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, interesting therapeutic area, new staff less than year nice, nice facility

    Cons

    Too many silos, too many clicks, not innovative enough, to much favoritism

    Advice to Management

    Allow and acknowledge the true workers not just because they are your friends. Give more trust to workers to build morale. Be fair


  6. "Research Associate"

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    Current Contractor - Research Associate in San Rafael, CA
    Current Contractor - Research Associate in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay. Allows for exposure to pharmaceutical companies in bay area.

    Cons

    lead you on as a temp worker, conversion isn't possible unless a position opens up (usually by chance). At least in the BAT department


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Senior Clinical Research Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in San Rafael, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Great modern buildings at SRCC
    - Gym and health benefits
    - Ergonomically correct work space
    - Great work opportunities if you have a good manager
    - Great processes and systems in place

    Cons

    - Managers are not qualified to manage people and their career (HR states emplyee is responsible for their career development)
    - Negative work environment due to office politics
    - Limited opportunities if dubbed Subject Matter expert
    - Not enough work for everyone, which creates a competitive environment to get "good work" or take on a lead role.
    - Lacks work/life balance
    - Senior Management concern with hitting timelines, not employee's well-being
    - Departmental culture stems from Sr. Management, which tends to be negative.

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers who have the education/skill set to manage people.People leave BAD managers, not companies!


  8. "Regulatory Affairs"

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

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

    Pros

    Provides opportunities to the beginners

    Cons

    Would be good to have a cafeteria

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. "Good........but could be better"

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    Former Contractor - Clinical Research Assistant in San Rafael, CA
    Former Contractor - Clinical Research Assistant in San Rafael, CA

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical as a contractor

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Good culture.

    Cons

    The pay is not fair market value. Others there think the same thing.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good company . Questionable management."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA

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

    Pros

    Good people. Interesting work.

    Cons

    Management. Seems like most promotions happen at upper levels.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Commercial Ops in Tiburon, CA
    Former Employee - Commercial Ops in Tiburon, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Innovative company, exciting products, talented people, expanding worldwide.

    Cons

    Mid-management sucks! Micromanagement and too much politics. It's difficult to get promoted, no mater how hard you work.

    Advice to Management

    Hire better managers and directors that encourage the team to do better and to be more engaged.


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