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BioMarin Pharmaceutical San Rafael Reviews

Updated September 17, 2017
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San Rafael, CA

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BioMarin Pharmaceutical Chief Executive Officer Jean-Jacques Bienaimé
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Pros
  • Many folks complain about the 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 16 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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    • 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. "Former Employee"

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    Former Contractor - Coordinator in San Rafael, CA
    Former Contractor - Coordinator in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great team environment, truly enjoyed my team. Overall everyone is very nice. Great perks!

    Cons

    Could be better organized with clear direction for job description.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Manufacturing Associate"

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    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 (2)

    "Great co-workers but horrible management with multiple layers"

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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

    Good work life balance, great benefits, paid time off, decent perks. Great co-workers who have become close friends. Great office space and location.

    Cons

    Too many layers of management, middle management across all departments are known to be inexperienced, individual contributors do all the work.

    Advice to Management

    Consider rekindling your passion and commitment to your role. Consider leading by example and showing your direct reports that you work just as hard as they do. Get some training on how to manage employees and how to perform the duties required in your role rather than delegating and taking credit for their work.


  5. "research associate 2"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    people are genuinely kind and helpful

    Cons

    the commute is just horrendous


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great company !!"

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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


  7. Helpful (5)

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

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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

  8. "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


  9. "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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "IT is out of control"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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