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BioMarin Pharmaceutical Reviews

Updated August 18, 2017
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BioMarin Pharmaceutical Chief Executive Officer Jean-Jacques Bienaimé
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Pros
  • Happy place to work, with good work life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Good people, Interesting work, Good pay and good benefits (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is the worst I've seen in the industry; everyone walks around stressed and constantly overworked (in 15 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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    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. Helpful (1)

    "BioMarin is loosing focus and personnel"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good product pipeline, great people at the 'worker bee' level.

    Cons

    Worst upper management ever experienced, talk a good game but no reality. JJ is loosing focus of orphan products and going for the almighty dollar. Was a good place to work but no longer cares about patients or employees.

    Advice to Management

    look to the past to see what a great company BMRN 'used' to be.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Very Disappointing Experience"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Novato, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, average pay, stock options, ESPP, and mostly friendly people at individual contributor level.

    Cons

    Orwellian like work culture, there is a lot of whispering and looking over your shoulder. Many business procedures were justified by what "seems to work" and not necessarily what was the most productive and/or efficient way of accomplishing tasks. Management often sets unreasonable timelines, creating high levels anxiety within project teams. Management is unclear in communicating what the objectives or timelines of project are, which lead to confusion and frustraton. Project teams seem to be in a constant battle for resources and attention. Also, poor work-life balance, over inflated titles that don't mean much, and very unprofessional work environment where bad behavior is ignored by management.


  4. Helpful (10)

    "Worst work experience of my entire life"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of potential, good pay, inflated job titles, good benefits, nice perks like free lunch on Friday

    Cons

    Management is awful and not qualified for the positions they are in. They speak poor of each other behind their backs and to other Employees. I have never worked in such a unprofessional environment. If you are ethical and have morals this is not the place to work.


  5. Helpful (9)

    "Women Avoid This Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pipeline, good product, novel science

    Cons

    BioMarin discriminates against women. The management is 90% white men. Women aren't promoted into the Vice President level. The company has data about this discriminatory practice and is not acting on it.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Horrible mid lvl management team. Political games by some "managers". Racism in the shadow"

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

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

    Pros

    You can still run into good people with great knowledge and nice to work with! Chances are rare. Most of them left the company already!

    Cons

    1. San Rafael office is almost getting rid of racism. Getting there!
    2. So many free riders here---Spending the company money on "business trip", "talking" a lot during meetings, looks like "I am working".
    3. Mid level managers are poisoning and toxic. Many of them are lacking of knowledge of what they are doing and unwilling to help.

    Advice to Management

    Open eyes? But it is so hard for them.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "A lawless place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate II in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate II in Berkeley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It is not located in crowded silicon valley so, it's easy to commute! There are a free lunch every other week and, that would save underpaid associates who are usually the minorities few bocks a month.

    Cons

    Senior management's sheer discrimination made me leave BioMarin. My invention was given to an underperform scientist to gain credit. They broke every decency and roles that govern scientific community, took information from me verbally in a corner of the hallway and, presented the data officially, in a cross company meeting without giving me any credit.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up the corrupt culture at BioMarin!

  8. "Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good work environment , good benefits.

    Cons

    No cons to say


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Fine if you can avoid the 4th floor of the Lindaro building"

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

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Great pay (which is still not worth working with the executive's personalities )
    Free food all the time
    Decent tech

    Cons

    You are basically selling your soul to the devil . Expect to be on call 24/7. The top executives have horrific, abusive personalities and enjoy flexing their "power" with ridiculous demands and basically treating everyone else who works there like a peon.

    Advice to Management

    Overhaul the 4th floor. There may be 5 decent top executives, but the rest are extremely ugly to your employees. How these people can get away with treating other humans the way that they do, tells you exactly how BioMarin operates. There is back stabbing, gossip, abuse and every other ugly personality trait you can think of, and these are the types that are picked to rise to the top.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Lindaro Building, 4th floor - enter at your own peril"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A great therapy area to be involved in

    Cons

    Where do I start...

    Advice to Management

    You need to stop fostering the bullying culture among your managers


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