BioMarin Pharmaceutical Reviews

Updated 14 Jan 2021

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4.0
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BioMarin Pharmaceutical Chief Executive Officer Jean-Jacques Bienaimé
Jean-Jacques Bienaimé
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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (1)

    "Great place, feels like family"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Research Associate II in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    CEO and upper management that care for their employees. A family-friendly environment that allows you to be home for the holidays (if your work schedule allows). Generous benefits, plenty of company gatherings, and a culture that tries to encourage togetherness. I wake up and enjoy going to work, I have made friends that feel like family, I love my company and what we stand for.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to move around within the company. The upper management encourages it however the different areas don't necessarily recruit from within and sometimes prefer to take their efforts externally first.

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  2. "Great place to work"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Culture is great, benefits are great and pay is great!

    Cons

    The company is a bit disorganized especially in the quality response department.

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  3. "Good"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Costa Mesa, CA

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time

    Pros

    It has Good environment for working

    Cons

    It is a small compnay

  4. "first job"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Novato, CA

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time

    Pros

    Decent place to start your career

    Cons

    RAs don't seem to be appreciated

  5. COVID-19

    "Fantastic Place"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Operations Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fast paced, great learning opportunities, slightly disorganized but getting better. On the cusp of greatness. Response to COVID has been very positive.

    Cons

    equity package, before COVID remote work benefits were non existent. Your experience is really dependent on your group and senior management.

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  6. "NA"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Project Associate in San Rafael, CA

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time

    Pros

    Culture is great and people are awesome.

    Cons

    Professional Growth is not likely unless you're already ranked highly.

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good people, good company"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Associate Director in London, England

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good people and a good company at heart

    Cons

    I found the work and senior management uninspiring

  8. "Job duties were ok, but culture was weird"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Temporary Employee in San Rafael, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Available parking, free snacks, nice co-workers, straightforward job duties

    Cons

    We all work for the same company with same goals, and yet it felt like we were fighting against each other. BioMarin doesn't do a good job explaining the process of how each department works and how each department. affects the other department. I just knew my own job duties and the data I received from other departments, but it was difficult to tell other departments the correct info I needed from them because they kept fighting me. I tried explaining to them, but it was like yelling into the void. They don't recognize good workers, and they keep the flailing employees.

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  9. COVID-19

    "Supportive culture"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Novato, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent HR. Shows concern for employees and their families. Whenever natural disaster or during the current COVID-19 environment, HR response has been great.

    Cons

    Development opportunities are limited because of manufacturing consolidation.

  10. "Dysfunctional and toxic"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Finance in San Rafael, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay is above average (have to in order to lure anyone to join) Products and mission of helping patients

    Cons

    The most dysfunctional company I have ever experienced. Leadership is inexperienced and constantly changes direction, no vision for the future, teams work in silos, everything is “biomarin-ized” aka the company thinks they are special and require exceptions to standard best practices and heavy configuration of systems, speaking of systems nothing is setup right therefore nothing works/is easy and IT support is a joke. The company has good intentions at times but everything feels cheap and thrown together last minute.

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