BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc Employee Reviews

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Good place to work
Associate Director, Global Supply Chain Process (Current Employee) –  Novato, CAJune 25, 2018
Good place to work
Good salary
Culture changing. Sometimes there is a clash between old and new culture, being brought by former Genetech execs
Salaries are quite competitive
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Good out of college job
Senior Manufacturing Associate (Former Employee) –  Novato, CAJune 20, 2018
Many people apply for this job out of college.
Teaches you good basic GxP principles.
Not much room for lateral movement.
If you want to work in management then there are opportunities. However, the average worker here is not the most driven and you have to individually take it upon yourself to make yourself stand out.
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3.0
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Satisfactory Place to Work
Technical Scientist 1 (Current Employee) –  San Rafael, CAJune 10, 2018
Good science. Some very talented and intelligent people mixed in with unsavory people. Management is a mixed bag. Some departments are good with others quite poor. Recent reorganization in some departments has wrecked good team chemistry and ruined corporate culture. Don't be surprised to catch up on work during the weekends as a multitude of meetings during the week can disrupt the balance between accomplishing tasks in a lab setting.
Overall C/C+
Pros
Good science. Overall most people are great.
Cons
Management and work life balance can be poor.
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PM Role -temp
Consultant (Current Employee) –  San Rafael, CAMay 31, 2018
Managing projects and teams are very supportive. teams are very involved but allow your space to complete projects. Overall good place and good environment.
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Pretty Great
Manufacturing Compliance Intern (Former Employee) –  Novato, CAMay 20, 2018
The atmosphere there was pretty awesome and I really enjoyed every aspect of working there. I guess the only complaint that I can think of is that I think they should pay their employees more.
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Unnecessarily Complex Environment
Manufacturing (Former Employee) –  Novato, CAApril 26, 2018
Unnecessarily complex environment. Difficult people on many shifts that make the job harder than it has to be. No Quality Associates on the floor which makes the deviation rate astronomical. The deviations are blamed on the employees if they are not machine malfunctions. Operators are held responsible for deviations when there is a clear lack of leadership on the manufacturing floor. High turnover due to lack of training. This company has a "your on your own, responsible for you own training" company has no dedicated trainers on the shifts. Backstabbing is a great way to get ahead. Management sits across the street and has little interaction with employees. Management is clueless in Human Resource issues. No conflict resolution. Easier to fire an employee than solve problems. Shift wars constantly.
Pros
Great medical
Cons
Poor management
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Thoroughly enjoyable, open and flexible place to work
Senior System Administrator (Current Employee) –  Novato, CAFebruary 18, 2018
Each workday was punctuated by typical IT duties of log review, user account management, break-fix mitigation, and meetings.

You learn a ton about operations and scheduling, qualification testing, and validation.

The culture in the office is very relaxed and open with an emphasis on getting the work done. There are rules to follow, but as long as the work is done according to procedure they are not onerous.

The hardest part of the job is working on cross department projects where the goals are not in alignment. You may have to stretch a timeline well beyond the desired endpoint to accommodate another department's higher priorities.

The most enjoyable part of the job is the camaraderie of the people within the department. They will really treat you like family and help you to grow in the field.
Pros
Camaraderie, relaxed environment, large field of technology, great benefits, great pay, upward mobility and growth is strongly encouraged
Cons
commute, inter-departmental conflict, lack of telecommuting
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Fun work place, great people
Research Assistant (Former Employee) –  San Rafael, CAFebruary 11, 2018
Loved it, which contract hadn’t expired. Everyone there is super nice and welcoming. Great place to work, and even the upper management treat you amazing
Pros
Laid back
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Somewhat scattered environment
Sr. Tech Cell Culture (Former Employee) –  Novato, CAJanuary 31, 2018
A fast-paced, non-modern environment, with a fractured culture. A company that was experiencing growth pains; one that was a expanding global firm that was still functioning like a small fledgling one.
Pros
Short commute; good, solid niche therapy durg
Cons
Was recruited & offered a FTE position, which I accepted but ultimately, less than 2 weeks before I was to start, HR pulled & changed the offer to a contract position due to over-extending themselves.
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Poor management creating cycle of stress
Senior Manufacuring Associate (Current Employee) –  Novato, CAJanuary 31, 2018
The management and leadership for the manufacturing group is extremely poor at evaluating individual's performance. This results in nepotism where promotions are given to people who brown nose, are lazy, and have no process knowledge. The knowledgeable hard workers are then forced to deal with the incompetent superiors. This then causes the knowledgeable hard working employees to be overworked and poorly supported eventually ending with them burning out and quitting.

Issues are not addressed in a timely manner. Manufacturing employees often have to bring up an issue half a dozen times before any progress is made on addressing the issue. If the manufacturing employee does not frequently push to have the issue addressed it will likely never be fixed.

Poor management decisions are often made that overburden manufacturing employees. These decisions often request the impossible to be done by the employee or require the employee to work well into overtime.
Pros
Learning opportunities due to high turnover rate of knowledgeable employees
Cons
Poor work life balance, high turnover rate of employees, haste and waste workplace
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Typical turnover 2 years
Project Manager 2 (Former Employee) –  San Rafael, CAJanuary 17, 2018
Workplace culture was one of the best I have ever experienced
Great team building activities yearly.
Clear communication on expectations.
Training could be better when employees first start.
Good opportunity to interact with Stakeholders
Pros
free lunches if meeting was scheduled during lunch
Cons
no Cafeteria. Company updates were done off site because they never had an auditorium
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Great environment
Research Assistant (Former Employee) –  San Rafael, CADecember 31, 2017
Innovative and creative individuals who always work at 150%!
Was part of a great team where all members were always willing to help and teach.
Great company and amazing manager!
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Great company and a great atmosphere
Sr. Systems Engineer & Software Architect (Current Employee) –  San Rafael, CADecember 6, 2017
Busy but micromanagement seems to be an issue in some departments. The rest of the atmosphere appears to be in line with other companies. The collaboration between workers is very good.
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extremely fast-paced; good management
Senior Program Manager (Current Employee) –  San Francisco Bay Area, CADecember 2, 2017
I am a contractor and am limited to 40 hours per week but my performance is judged based on full-time permanent standards of those who work most nights until 11. That being said, I work hard, get as much done as I can. I am mostly allowed to do things the way I believe they should be done. In my group the flexibility to work remoted is very limited. Management is very oriented toward progress and is always looking for what can be done to make it. My immediate boss always listens to my perspective when I need to share it. He is also realistic and communicates without fuss about reality. I trust him to do the best he can within his constraints.
Pros
if you are a regular employee, the benefits are good and they are fairly decent about time off
Cons
being a contractor you don't have much flexibility for work-life balance
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BioMarin has a great culture and supportive work environment
Associate Director (Current Employee) –  San Rafael, CAOctober 27, 2017
BioMarin has a great culture and supportive work environment. It is a little far from San Francisco proper but against traffic. I've really enjoyed working in pediatrics.
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4.0
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Fast paced, continual re-org, motivated workforce
Associate Director (Former Employee) –  San Rafael, CAOctober 2, 2017
Great people working towards common goal of bringing new medicines to patients and family affected by rare diseases for which there are no therapeutic options.

Constant change in strategy, constant re-org, fast-paced, high pressure.
Pros
great people
Cons
continual re-thinking of strategy
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Temp positions not paid well
Research Associate (Current Employee) –  Novato, CASeptember 29, 2017
Temp to hire positions are paid poorly by contract companies. Other than that, it has a good atmosphere and colleagues are generaly nice and helpful people.
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5.0
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Good company to work for
CAD Specialist (Current Employee) –  Novato, CASeptember 19, 2017
Good people to be around good company to work for, they do a good service for children all over they really care about people and that people who work with them
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Keeps you busy!
Engineering Documentation Senior Supervisor (Current Employee) –  Novato, CASeptember 11, 2017
You will always face new exciting assignments that will keep you busy to meet the deadlines. And when you meet those goals you will be rewarded with skills and knowledge that you can take with you.
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Productive and Satisfied
SQA (Current Employee) –  San Rafael, CASeptember 5, 2017
It was great working with mixed version of team which has both Juniors and Sr Testers. The work culture is awesome and I would like to work there again if given a chance.
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