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BioMarin Pharmaceutical San Francisco Reviews

Updated April 20, 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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    • 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. "Great company !!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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


  3. "Manufacturing Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture, awesome people there - most everyone is very friendly, positive, and passionate about the work, one or two bad apples of course.

    Cons

    A couple departments have growing pains, they try to emulate the same strong culture as the rest of the company but traditional management styles by middle management are at odds with upper management and the associates on the floor. (Galli West and Galli North). Positive change is coming, albeit slowly.

    Some extra tedious administrative work requested by the traditional middle management. Will not be required in several years.

    Advice to Management

    Traditional hierarchy and micromanaging by middle management leads to several problems:
    -Less productivity
    -Too much admin work for operators, especially to Area Leads
    -Area Leads are then pressured to delegate and reduce teamwork and efficiency
    -Middle management focuses on the "blame game" on individual operators for deviations, instead of focusing on what happened and how to fix it, or realizing it was unavoidable.


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  5. "Manufacturing Associate"

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    • 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.


  6. "project manager"

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    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


  7. "Contributor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice work culture. Team oriented. Management perceived to be kind and they care about their people. High ethical standards. Really smart and talented group, and I am proud to be a part of this organization. Strong product pipeline in development; JJ is steering this company to great success.

    Cons

    There are too many contract workers.

    Advice to Management

    Please address issues/weakness in clinical operations area. Possibly need more resources, training and higher accountability.


  8. "Good place to work. Good people"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    People are committed to developing drugs for unmet needs. Benefits and salaries very good

    Cons

    Large company feel with multiple levels for lower to senior management. Less exposure to Senior Managements vision.

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. "Facilities"

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    Former Employee - Facilities in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Facilities in Novato, CA

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good team - worked well together

    Cons

    Management was terrible and hard to work with


  10. "Sr. Buyer/Planner"

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    • 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


  11. "Great Place to work!"

    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 a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Still improving our processes but getting there.


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