BioMarin Pharmaceutical Reviews | Glassdoor

BioMarin Pharmaceutical Reviews

Updated December 4, 2017
172 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

172 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
Cons
  • Work life balance is the worst I've seen in the industry; everyone walks around stressed and constantly overworked (in 17 reviews)

  • Large company feel with multiple levels for lower to senior management (in 11 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Insincere Leaders"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company has some really amazing people in middle management and the science talent is amazing. Cannot say enough good things about the effort people put in!

    Cons

    There is a lack of good leadership, leaders are insincere. They tend to create chaos and churn in the organization for no reason. There is an expectation for working weekends and nights for salaried employees. There is constant miscommunication because "leaders" will not communicate openly or provide true sponsorship.

    Advice to Management

    You can recognize bad leadership, everyone knows where it is.. do something about it. Don't expect employees to work like dogs. Stay true to your word. Recognize that there is no value add in churn.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "uneven critieria fro promotions"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, interesting work, at times a decent work-life balance.

    Cons

    Your chances of advancing vary greatly depending on who your boss is friends with, who you kiss up to, and which department you are in. Criteria for promotion vary greatly from department to department. In certain departments, to be a male who previously worked at Genentech is a great advantage. Ladies, be prepared to fight for yourselves.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Manufacturing Associate"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job is straight forward reliable and easy to grasp

    Cons

    Minimal room for growth. Disorganized management.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring associates out of two-year programs.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Great Place to work (Tech-Ops)"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior QC Manager in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Senior QC Manager in Novato, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love working for BioMarin! I don't know if all departments are like this, but TechOps seems to value competence and creative problem solving over titles and bureaucracy.
    -Getting to help produce treatments for ultra rare diereses with such a significant impact on lives is a privilege and honor.
    - Great co-workers
    - Friendly open management style (mostly)
    - Good compensation and benefits
    - Modern work environment (natural light, sit/stand desks etc.)
    - Engaged HR department
    - IT is efficient and helpful

    Cons

    - Lots of systems and multi level departments create a confusing start (takes months to lean how to navigate) and is inefficient
    - Some departments/managers seem to have lost sight of the objective (patients) and seem to be focused more on politics/advancement
    - Long commute between campuses (and regular commute but that's everywhere in B-area)
    - Work Life balance is poor because there is always an emergency/high priority initiative that does not realistically take into account the man hours needed to complete it

    Advice to Management

    Work directly with area managers to slim down and harmonize the bureaucracies/systems that have been developed to deal with such rapid growth.
    - Reward and value managers who dedicate time for meticulous planning and resourcing before a project not just the ones who can make projects happen whatever the cost.


  5. "Director"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time

    Pros

    -Salary
    -Benefits
    -Rare Disease to address illness in patients with limited options

    Cons

    -Lack of diversity
    -Company has no desire to diversify upper level management

    Advice to Management

    Treat all employees equally


  6. "Horrible upper management"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Free food. nothing really positive about this place

    Cons

    No work period. would sit for 5 hours with out work

    Advice to Management

    reduce the bottleneck


  7. Helpful (5)

    "@ a tipping point (Tech Ops)"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mid-Level Manager in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Mid-Level Manager in Novato, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working at BioMarin gives me a chance to have a real positive impact on the lives our patients and future patients as we provide and develop life saving therapies. I'm proud of the work I do and the mission of the company.
    The company has grown so fast that there is a culture of 'just get it done no matter the cost' which is great at first but now every department & subgroup has poorly thought out bureaucracies and processes that feed discord rather than collaboration and teamwork. Many folks complain about the work life balance. In my opinion it is time for BioMarin to put on her big girl pants and invest in streamlining tech-ops processes and management practice.
    *New training from HR for mid level managers has started to improve the day to day culture in the trenches
    * 401K match has increased
    *Pay is competitive (although living close to work is not feasible for entry to mid level employees so think about that commute!)
    *IT Department has done a complete 360 and is fantastic. I hope the rest of the company follows.
    *HR has made great improvements to the employee coaching and assessment process
    * (if you get a good manager) There is a chance to have a real impact on the process and growth of the company
    *If you are assertive and creative with the support of a good manager then there are allot of career opportunities

    Cons

    *Upper Tech-Ops management has hired some former Genentech buddies for Sr. level positions who don't have leadership skills, and are not qualified/capable. When Sr. level management who perform poorly are finally exposed they are generally coddled, and transferred to continue to cause discord and wast time/$.
    * Extremely fast growth has led to lots of silos of poorly thought out bureaucracies
    *lack of innovation from mid level management, and lack of commitment from Sr. leadership to streamline and fix broken bureaucracies so that the worker bees are left in emergency/panic mode all the time often affecting work/life balance.
    *Culture in some areas like QA is punitive, leading to risk adverse employees who are not empowered to innovate or apply good risk management strategies
    *Culture in QC does not foster accountability, is gossipy and passive aggressive. Moreover the Sr. leader often publicly shouts at and belittles workers
    * Manufacturing has some 'Tough guy' managers that use bullying tactics although there are some really good innovative leaders in that group too.
    * There are several Directors in a sudo-IT group in Tech Ops who do as little as possible and cost the company hundreds of K dollars in lost productivity and stupid mistakes.
    *There is a constant onslaught of new IT applications with little focus on user experience. The IT dept seems to be addressing this but there is much work still to do.

    Advice to Management

    *Keep focusing on the managing for performance training. Realize that the higher a bad manager is the more damage they to the company for a longer period
    * HR could consider training classes on how to hire for and develop a high performing TEAM. Maybe recognize existing managers who do this and have them mentor
    * HR Consider mandatory 1on1 mentoring of Director level and above. (you know where the problems are from the exit interviews)
    * * Executive Leadership needs to really listen to the worker bees and stop promoting engineers/scientists into supervisory positions when they lack even the basic personality skills needed to innovate and lead people
    *IT needs to think about the user experience and long term ROI.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "RA"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time

    Pros

    Good people, Interesting work, Good pay and good benefits

    Cons

    Career development - Promotions are not the same across the department; Deserving people are not promoted due to the 'strict time line in the job matrix that they follow'.

    Advice to Management

    Give some opportunities to RAs to lead. They can surprise you.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Potential to be great, but some glaring flaws"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It's rewarding to contribute to life-changing/life-saving drug therapies for unmet needs. Multiple filings/launches within the last couple years and some innovative technologies, which is pretty good for a mid-size biotech company
    Salary and benefits can be competitive (recruiting and retention is a challenge).
    Most colleagues are friendly and collaborative, genuinely care about helping patients and want to do the right thing.

    Cons

    The most top-heavy organization I've ever seen, and some reporting structures make no sense (e.g., qualified individuals reporting to someone vastly less qualified). Lack of transparency in titles and promotions. Employees get frustrated seeing someone 2-3 levels above them despite comparable responsibility level, work experience, education credentials, etc.
    VPs want to call the shots on issues that they are frankly out of touch with, and make little attempt to fully understand the situation. Subject matter experts who voice concerns are patronized or bullied. I quickly learned to just keep my head down and brace myself for the next fallout due poor management decisions. Then I end up working 14 hour days and weekends to help clean up a mess that could have easily been prevented.
    A lot of individual contributors are overworked, with few professional development opportunities. There aren't many internal promotions. The former Genentech old boys club prefers to tap their friends for these opportunities instead.
    Company is fragmented geographically, which results in silos between teams/departments. This is exacerbated by having fewer company social events like lunches, coolers, etc. where people used be able to network.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring your buddies from Genentech who aren't right for the job.
    If you're going to have inflated titles, you need to inflate them for everyone.
    If you're going to pay top dollar to recruit talent, then it's worth listening to the expertise you hired them for. You also need to provide professional development opportunities if you want to retain good employees.
    Listen to the subject matter experts, who are closer to the challenges on hand. VPs don't need to make every single little decision... BioMarin isn't a startup anymore.


  10. "Downlhill from here on out"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time

    Pros

    Some good coworkers to work with

    Cons

    micro management, and lack of company culture


Showing 172 of 204 reviews
Reset Filters