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BioMarin Pharmaceutical San Rafael Reviews

Updated February 18, 2017
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San Rafael, CA

3.6
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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 12 reviews)

  • Senior Management concern with hitting timelines, not employee's well-being (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

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

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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. "Great Place to work!"

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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 a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Still improving our processes but getting there.


  3. "Project manager"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    talented team and great company

    Cons

    Too many temps and contractors

    Advice to Management

    Give more opportunities to employees to grow in their careers


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  5. "manufacturing"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - LINE MANUFACTURING in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - LINE MANUFACTURING in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great work environment and benefits

    Cons

    high turn over rate it seems


  6. "IT is out of control"

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    Former Employee - Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The research science being conducted is good and interesting. Folks will benefit from this research. Good benefits and great comradery within the labs.

    Cons

    IT is out of control. They don’t finish what they start and expect users to Ping-Pong between applications.

    Advice to Management

    Take a hard look at the upper management in IT.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "The truth"

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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
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, interesting therapeutic area, new staff less than year nice, nice facility

    Cons

    Too many silos, too many clicks, not innovative enough, to much favoritism

    Advice to Management

    Allow and acknowledge the true workers not just because they are your friends. Give more trust to workers to build morale. Be fair


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Regulatory Affairs"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hands-on experience working on regulatory projects.

    Mid-size company allows you to wear many hats.

    Lots of exciting programs with aggressive goals.

    Collaborative environment.

    People are committed and driven.

    Cons

    Not much negative to say. It would be great if the company could connect and celebrate employees at offsite like we used to.

    Advice to Management

    Need support from Management for career learning and growth to keep top talents around.


  9. "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


  10. "Research Associate"

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    Current Contractor - Research Associate in San Rafael, CA
    Current Contractor - Research Associate in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Decent pay. Allows for exposure to pharmaceutical companies in bay area.

    Cons

    lead you on as a temp worker, conversion isn't possible unless a position opens up (usually by chance). At least in the BAT department


  11. "Sr. Associate"

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits and great area

    Cons

    Traffic heavy around the area

    Advice to Management

    Promote within



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