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BioMarin Pharmaceutical Reviews

Updated April 22, 2017
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BioMarin Pharmaceutical Chief Executive Officer Jean-Jacques Bienaimé
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  • work life balance is not the same across the board (in 13 reviews)

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

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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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. "BMRN"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time

    Pros

    People are nice and professional

    Cons

    There is no downside working at BIOMarin


  3. "Excellent Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist in Novato, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture is dynamic. Management is very accessible due to the open-door policy. The employees are smart, friendly, dedicated and committed to the company and the patients they serve. Although everyone is super busy there is work-life balance. Direct managers seem very committed to ensuring that their teams have what is needed to succeed. IT is awesome.

    Cons

    I'm still in the honeymoon phase after only a few weeks with the company but it is inconvenient having so many campuses. It's often necessary to go between Novato and San Rafael for meetings to ensure you get the face time you need. Other than that, there are no cons.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Everyone I've met so far is satisfied and willing to go the extra mile.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "BioMarin great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Laid back culture
    talented and intelligent people
    opportunities to advance career
    free lunch on fridays!
    mixers once a month

    Cons

    It can be intense at times with the growth the company is experiences (growing pains!)

    Advice to Management

    Add some tools to help employees manager their time resources better
    less meetings!
    implement 2 semi-annual reviews to help performance


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great salary, benefits, smart people, lots of free food, great to feel part of company helping rate disease patients"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Novato, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love my colleagues, great salary benefits, stock doing great, great to be part of helping patients suffering from horrific diseases, paid holiday shut down, ESPp, bonus pay is high.

    Cons

    Long hours, unsophisticated management, inefficient, little span of control

    Advice to Management

    Give all employees equity again.


  7. "Great Community Feel"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Small company feel, employees are close to one another

    Cons

    North Bay location not convenient


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good Company...A lot to learn"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Supportive colleagues and supervisors. They want you to learn and give you independence to use your own skills. You get a lot of high level exposure. Good Location !!! Yes, Friday lunches are good !!!

    Cons

    Poor HR!!! They just want to keep people on contracts. Does not want to pay the employees what they deserve. Employees feel undervalued and ultimately leave for better options.

    Advice to Management

    Try and retain people. A lot of movement does not send a good message. Try and build trust.


  9. "Intern"

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Good opportunity to meet other interns and management

    Cons

    Company location makes it difficult.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company with excellent company culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time

    Pros

    Collaborative environment, hard working individuals, management is present and connected to staff

    Cons

    No cons to list here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work fostering growth and development for BMRN employees


  11. "Review 2015"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    RSUs upon hire, 12% bonus, fast paced, work-life balance.

    Cons

    Isolated to Marin county requiring move away from south San Francisco.

    Advice to Management

    None


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