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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 (2)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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. "Mission with meaning"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time

    Pros

    Patient interaction and excellent networking opportunities

    Cons

    Salaries are lower than private sector


  3. "Technical Operations"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, pay is decent. There is on site gym at two locations. There used to be lunch every Friday, but that got cut to save money for management bonuses.

    Cons

    Extremely top heavy. Management is unsupportive, leaves work at 4pm the latest, does not communicate to lower levels, does not ask for feedback, does not reward top performers, but schmoozers. Offsite courses and training is openly discouraged because of "lack of funds this year", but we have money to fund all the pointless and childish coolers.

    Accountability is on worker, not on management. With few exceptions Directors are not involved in projects. Contractors manage and execute projects leaving a mess since there is lack of ownership feel.

    HR is there for show. Again mostly directors managing directors. No low ranks. Check out the org chart if you don't believe me.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to say... because they will not listen constructive feedback. It will keep going like this until it spills over. Time to look elsewhere.


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  5. "Worst work-life balance in R&D anywhere, beware the managers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time

    Pros

    - Smart and talented colleagues, many of the 'lower level' employees are impassioned by the company's mission and willing to work long hours without compensation.
    - Amazing HR team.
    - Fantastic 401k match and good benefits.
    - Company gym has some decent equipment, free weight rack is very complete.

    Cons

    - Your manager dictates your experience here. In my department we were at times expected to work 60 hour weeks with absolutely no compensation or recognition.
    - Work life balance is the worst I've seen in the industry; everyone walks around stressed and constantly overworked.
    - Constant unrealistic deadlines and

    Advice to Management

    Allow your employees who are discontent with their department or manager to move around internally; spend time growing managers so that they understand how to be leaders, rather than bark orders.


  6. "Tech-Op Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern
    Current Employee - Intern

    Pros

    Just started. So far so good! Snacks and fruits are provided for employees!!

    Cons

    Too much traffic around the area.


  7. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time

    Pros

    The scientific goal of helping rare diseases is great.

    Cons

    Company hiring isn't keeping up with growth, leading to everyone working long hours or not keeping up with all demands.

    Advice to Management

    Employees don't have a way to voice issues. HR needs to be more involved. Add 360 reviews.
    The culture is stale and lacks energy. New jobs should be in Dublin for profitability.
    The company has an excellent IT staff!!!!


  8. "Conusltant"

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

    Pros

    I was a temp in this company. Great eperience

    Cons

    I don't have any Cons. Would like to return there


  9. Helpful (1)

    "If you like a disfunctional company....this is the place for you!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    New facilities
    Can pay well (due to turnover and long commute times)
    Lots of free foods

    Cons

    Reputation of a sweat shop is very real
    Finance/accounting department is a mess......unhappy, overworked zombies
    TOP HEAVY.....too many Directors (most are bitter and unsupportive)
    Bully mentality
    Churn and burn staff below Director......truly sad to see so many talented people leave
    Leads to an overreliance on contractors (telltale sign they have retention a problem)

    Advice to Management

    Time to purge the folks running the finance departments.......rotten to the core. Only then will you be able to stop hemorrhaging staff


  10. "No longer the company it used to be"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    People who work there are generally comfortable and fun to work with.

    Cons

    Questionable promotions, people are held back for no reason, no career advancement unless you can talk big, benefits are shrinking by the year.

    Advice to Management

    losing all the key people who made the company great due to questionable manaement decisions


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great company !!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Niche industry working on cutting edge tech in biotech/pharma, fast paced work, good culture, good location in north bay

    Cons

    Workload can be high at times

    Advice to Management

    Clearer focus on employee development activities


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