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Corium International Reviews

Updated March 21, 2017
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  1. "Industry leader in transdermal drug delivery systems"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Corium International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Corium has life changing innovative technology platforms. Core team of executives and directors have been with the company for years and dedicated to getting products to the marketplace. Great place to work if you are willing to put in the hours and be flexible.

    Cons

    As usual in an R&D environment, prioritizes change, projects demand urgent attention and everyone has to be flexible and put in the long hours to meet the deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate long range plans with staff.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Process Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Corium International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Strong Core Engineering Team, Potential Social Good.

    Cons

    Culture, Compensation, Emphasis on Quality early on in the project, Management.

    Advice to Management

    Think about why would those under you want to work at this company?


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of changes the last few years"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Grand Rapids, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Corium International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits (health insurance in particular was very good with a reasonable premium cost), good vacation plan, 401K, and ESPP was very good!

    Cons

    After company became publicly traded (April 2014) NUMEROUS changes were made. Management expected too much from salaried staf, which made it very difficult to balance work and personal life. Engineers, in particular, were always expected to work whatever hours and shifts needed to support their projects. However, thay were not given much recognition when they went "above and beyond" to do so, nor were they given any incentive to do so (i.e. flextime).

    Advice to Management

    People get burnt out when you expect so much from so few people. It is necessary to recognize all employees (even salaried staff) for good work, numerous hours/shifts worked, and provide incentives of some type. Management neds to emphasize the balance of work vs. personal life too.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Scientist I"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Scientist I in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Scientist I in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Can learn a lot of medical device manufacture, development and production knowledge. Can work with different kind of professional from manufacture, formulation to clinical trail. Have chance work in different kind of drug compounds from small molecule, peptides to proteins.

    Cons

    Company was money oriented. Financial situation was very unstable. When they have money, they would expand rapidly and hire many people. When the stock go down, they laid off many employee without any notice. Management team had no idea what is the focus. Just rush to any directions randomly to try keep survive.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Lab Related in East Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Lab Related in East Grand Rapids, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Corium International (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay, co-workers, flexibility with your work schedule if needed. Future of this company looks great.

    Cons

    Don't be late for work 6 times, and no call no show twice in your 1st 90 days. This is a serious job, they're not that cool...

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, hope you still won't have to walk outside to get to the lab still.


  7. "Mediocre company who needs to focus on better culture."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Laboratory Research Technician in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Laboratory Research Technician in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Corium International (More than a year)

    Pros

    They work on pretty cool stuff. Non senior employees are all pretty cool.

    Cons

    Management needs work.
    They really don't care about their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to treat your employees better.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Proceed with caution"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Scientist in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Scientist in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good location on the peninsula. High turnover of quality people so there's a lot of of chances to network

    Cons

    - management structure is confusing and dysfunctional
    - most workers are strung along on aerotek contracts for up to 2+ years then let go with a week's notice
    - company culture doesn't exist
    - old boys club mentality within directors - they all worked together before - or something along those lines. Lots of bickering and constant peeing contest - very male-dominated environment

    Advice to Management

    Define roles and responsibilities from the top-down.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Compelling product, acceptable culture, slow pace"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Corium International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The technology is very exciting and has great potential. With both R&D and production aspects, there is less pressure than in a typical 'startup' with respect to funding. On the R&D side at least, work life balance is well maintained. Recently, management seems to be trying to address some of the issues of employee compensation and appreciation.

    Cons

    The upper level management is often quite removed from the day-to-day, and can have somewhat limited understanding of the technical aspects of new technologies. The lack of 'startup pressure' can result in slower timelines and less urgency. Efforts to address compensation and employee recognition have been slow to implement and limited. This may be related to push back from the board of directors.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to appreciating the work of the employees. Think of them less as cogs, and more as individual contributors with talents and expertise to offer. Don't assume that the task can be accomplished without the right focus on hiring and retaining quality contributors.


  10. "Good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Menlo Park, CA

    Pros

    The work environment is good
    The work hours are flexible and personal time is well respected
    New ideas are appreciated by others

    Cons

    Management communication with employees is poor
    Management seems like hiding something all the time
    Mangement do not show loyalty to employees

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication with employees and overla attitude towards employees
    The right atitude would be to treat employees as "owners" of the company


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Average"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Corium International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company overall is good, benefits, full-time work, pay rate is average. Employees are treated fairly for the most part.

    Cons

    My perspective is that the is favoritism for choice jobs instead of who is the most qualified for the position. Lack of communication to employees or redundant information in meetings.Crisis management seems to be the norm, instead of well thought out plan.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication between management and employees. Be open and honest about what is going on with regards to the company and plan accordingly


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