Covance Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
291 Reviews
2.7
291 Reviews
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Pros
  • there is much more camaraderie at the greenfield site and there is a much better work life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • It was a good company with good benefits and treated all employees fairly until Sr (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Compensation and work-life balance is undesirable (in 16 reviews)

  • Too many changes - company is constantly changing senior management (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Worst Place I have ever worked

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Covance full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It is a science factory

    Cons

    They dont care about their staff and seem to accept a rotating door policy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your staff better and have more respect for them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    HORRIBLE!!!!! HORRIBLE!!!!! HORRIBLE!!!!! DON'T GO THERE!!!!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Harrogate, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harrogate, England (UK)

    I worked at Covance full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    NO PROS! DON'T GO THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cons

    I had absolutely horrifying experience working for Covance! I wish I would have read reviews before accepting position at Covance! The traumatasing experience left me depressed! There was no training, back stabbing at all levels, not just management! Management are purely stupid, mostly uneducated and been put in their positions by same stupid unedicated higher management, who only cares about their own interests! Management have no idea what is going on in the company, they don't care about the company, have very unrealistic expectations of employees! Employees expected to work a lot of extra hours with no extra pay. There is bullying, harassment and discrimination at all levels! Management makes everyone feel missarble, encouraging reporting on other employees, therefore there is a huge mistrust between employees.There are whole disfuctional families are working at Harrogate site, including husbands, wifes, sisters etc... This people have been working in Harrogate site in excess of 30 years... They have no idea what is going on outside of Covance walls! They have been put in management positions purely for their time with the company and because they are useless outside of Covance! They are bullies and racists! I can't fully explain and put down in writing my horrifying experience! I do hope Covance will go out of business very soon! This company shouldn't exist, as it must be one of the worst employers in the world!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know that management don't listen and don't care, so it doesn't matter what we write here. They dont even bother to write comments to all negative reviews. They simply don't care! For something to change, there have to be complete change in management , who will be open to critisism and advise from employees, but I know this will never happen!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Wish I hadn't taken the job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Harrogate, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harrogate, England (UK)

    I worked at Covance full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pension, pay was better than last position

    Cons

    Constant cuts, stressful, threats of job loss always around, poor infrastructure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on hiring more support staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Less chatter, more work please!!! Clique. Female management have "Women empowerment" group. A chance to "Network"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Its a job. It pays. If you are good at politics and dont want to work very hard it is an excellent place to work. Probably the best.

    Cons

    Incentives are talked about but never followed through. Females are the first to be promoted. Systematic bullying due to the poor management skills in some departments. Female management will simply team up against any highly skilled worker that may question their decisions and force them to be unhappy and resign. Also you may be forced to work against your own work ethics, i.e. not give full facts to customers,take short cuts to allow drug approval and report to management with personal information on your co-workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at yourselves. What do you actually do that improves the business. Do you really need to have all day meetings that involve you talking about your family and holidays when you have staff working hard and getting little recognition? Value your staff . Also , why are ALL black employees either working in the kitchen or cleaners? 300 people in the building. All management are female in every department with exception of one (the director). Mix it up a little. If you are going to have "DIVERSITY" as your buzzword for the millenia, then follow by example and bring everyone to the table.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Simply not worth the effort

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England (UK)

    I have been working at Covance

    Pros

    lots of nice people to work with

    Cons

    the environment is very political
    Senior leaders are incompetent and promote people in their own image

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need for new leaders is evident at senior levels, they have simply been there too long

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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