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"Growing Rapidly and Awkward"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Products make major positive difference in patient's lives. Reverse commute from SF and East Bay. Opportunities to grow in your career if you have the right manager. Competitive benefits. Start up mentality with plenty of latitude for those who want to push the boundaries of professional appearance and behavior. Great opportunities for consultants and contractors.

Cons

Unrealistic timelines and expectations; this is a problem for workers and potentially a problem for patients. Currently lacking some systems which are necessary for sustained success in the biotech industry. Start up mentality with plenty of latitude for those who want to push the boundaries of professional appearance and behavior. Turn over rate is problematic.

Advice to Management

Pay attention to the turn over rate and investigate root cause.
Inability to manage resource loading will continue to hinder the organization as it continues to grow.
Avoid becoming like Johnson and Johnson (Alza). Be more like Genentech.

Other Employee Reviews for BioMarin Pharmaceutical

  1. "Excellent Experience"

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

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

    Pros

    The culture is dynamic. Management is very accessible due to the open-door policy. The employees are smart, friendly, dedicated and committed to the company and the patients they serve. Although everyone is super busy there is work-life balance. Direct managers seem very committed to ensuring that their teams have what is needed to succeed. IT is awesome.

    Cons

    I'm still in the honeymoon phase after only a few weeks with the company but it is inconvenient having so many campuses. It's often necessary to go between Novato and San Rafael for meetings to ensure you get the face time you need. Other than that, there are no cons.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Everyone I've met so far is satisfied and willing to go the extra mile.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Very Disappointing Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Novato, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, average pay, stock options, ESPP, and mostly friendly people at individual contributor level.

    Cons

    Orwellian like work culture, there is a lot of whispering and looking over your shoulder. Many business procedures were justified by what "seems to work" and not necessarily what was the most productive and/or efficient way of accomplishing tasks. Management often sets unreasonable timelines, creating high levels anxiety within project teams. Management is unclear in communicating what the objectives or timelines of project are, which lead to confusion and frustraton. Project teams seem to be in a constant battle for resources and attention. Also, poor work-life balance, over inflated titles that don't mean much, and very unprofessional work environment where bad behavior is ignored by management.

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