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BioMarin Pharmaceutical Reviews

Updated May 25, 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 (4)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. "Manufacturing Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Novato, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture created around quality and excellence for the patients in need, combined with hard-working, energetic, and genuinely happy employees.

    Cons

    Management and promotion structure is lacking efficiency.


  3. "project manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great team work and amazing products

    Cons

    Top heavy company and too many temps and contractors

    Advice to Management

    contract more employees and give more opportunities of advancement


  4. "Sr. Buyer/Planner"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Buyer/Planner in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Buyer/Planner in Novato, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovate and fast growing company

    Cons

    Poor infrastructure and trouble keeping up with company growth

    Advice to Management

    invest more time and energy into staffing and infrastructure required to run as an global organization


  5. "Great Place to work!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    Great Dept and collaboration amongst peers! Opportunity to grow and awesome trainings.

    Cons

    Still improving our processes but getting there.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Research Associate II"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate I - Senior Research Associate II in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate I - Senior Research Associate II in Novato, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most employees are great, motivated and intelligent people that want to do constantly do their best. The work we do is very meaningful and fulfilling since it helps make life changing impacts to patients and their families.

    Cons

    Inconsistent messages from upper management. It's obvious the company wants to grow much larger but has done it the wrong way by not staying true to what got us there in the first place. Instead they took large risks that have not panned out and cost people their jobs. Think rabbit vs the turtle. It's clear we have mandates from Wall St. to be profitable two years ago but good science takes time and does not reward people looking for short cuts or grabbing low hanging fruit.
    Additionally, people in the technical sector of the company seem to have a different set of promotion requirements than other groups making it more difficult to move up or rather a different set of criteria to do so. I love that we have a group here of 10+ people where the lowest person in the group is a senior director. That was a stellar idea.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your employees (better pay, compensation, and holiday party maybe?). Clearly defined promotions, instead of it going to a committee with vague feedback from groups that have no understanding what you have accomplished. Remember when we used to get ISO's (stock)?? That would be nice. Stop listening to Wall St. Stop taking idiotic risks. Stay closer to the core values that got us here in the first place. There are no short cuts or "good" get rich quick business deals in science. You are not smarter than the genentechs, pfizers, Amgen's etc.of the world. If they pass on a drug its probably for a reason. There are plenty of great internal ideas that need adequate time and resources to develop. Don't ditch them for a "great value" deal that just soaks up the very limited resources we have.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Regulatory Affairs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hands-on experience working on regulatory projects.

    Mid-size company allows you to wear many hats.

    Lots of exciting programs with aggressive goals.

    Collaborative environment.

    People are committed and driven.

    Cons

    Not much negative to say. It would be great if the company could connect and celebrate employees at offsite like we used to.

    Advice to Management

    Need support from Management for career learning and growth to keep top talents around.


  8. "manufacturing Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    Good people, nice coffee, not bad benefit

    Cons

    need better management, better compensation and need to appreciate employee more with a good individual development


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good People High Expectations"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer I in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer I in Novato, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, driven coworkers, compelling mission

    Cons

    It is a culture of workaholics. Rarely a 40h week.

    Advice to Management

    Be more generous with resources and give people more productivity training.


  10. "Manufacturing Association"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mfg Associate in Vacaville, CA
    Former Employee - Mfg Associate in Vacaville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people working off shifts are amazing colleagues.

    Cons

    A lot of politics, leaders don't lead. Low-level professionalism..

    Advice to Management

    Ideas are easily brushed of, and that has been the culture that has been created.


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