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Covance Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
4 Reviews
2.0
4 Reviews

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Covance Chairman and CEO Joe Herring
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • there is much more camaraderie at the greenfield site and there is a much better work life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • Covance has good benefits but pays less then most companies (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance in the toxicology department is a very unbalanced (in 23 reviews)

  • There is rampant lack of communication (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Okay but wouldn't recommend to a good friend.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England (UK)

    I have been working at Covance full-time

    Pros

    Covance offers the opportunity to work from home or part-time for those that need it which is good for those with families. The Maidenhead office is brand new and quite bright so at least you can see the sun outside even if your skin will never feel it.

    Cons

    The office is very far away from the town center, the bus into town takes 15 minutes each way and with a 45 minute lunch break that leaves 15 minutes to rush around town, eat and get back to the bus. The canteen food is supposedly subsidised but it makes you wonder what the original cost was when a bag of quavers can set you back 90p and a main meal is normally £5+. The company do not like to pay for anything other than salaries, there is a 'sports and social club' that charges monthly but the money mainly goes towards events organised and attended by one particular group without notification to anyone else. Christmas parties will set you back £30+ and Christmas lunch (in the canteen) will set you back nearly £10.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show more appreciation to your long-term employees. Moral and productivity are strongly related, most employees feel very uninspired at the moment. Appreciation could be shown by giving opportunities to attend conferences or train in new skills. The pharmaceutical industry in general has a reputation for treating it's employees well but Covance is the odd one out in this case.

    Also more care should be taken when hiring new employees, this might help reduce the extraordinary employee turnover rate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Looking to leave ASAP - seems to be the consensus

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Maidenhead, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    I actually can't think of any pro's. Well the money is decent

    Cons

    Micromanagement - doesn't work for me. No work life balance. Individuals are friendly but no sense of team or team spirit. Every person I speak to seems to be looking to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try treating employees with more respect, I have heard the way people talk to each other and it does not impress me. Line management patronising their line reports in an open plan office. And non issues being escalated unnecessarily.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great industry experience, but not very enjoyable. Such a shame.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Scientist in Harrogate, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    - The salary isn't too bad.
    - Paid overtime.
    - Some of the people who work there are great.
    - A reasonably good system in place for progression.
    - Quite a large emphasis on training.

    Cons

    - Employee turnover is quite high.
    - The decent people often end up leaving.
    - Too afraid to get rid of incompetent employees.
    - Not afraid to make people redundant when there is a drop in work.
    - Money is by far the company's highest priority - the employees get forgotten.
    - The senior management make poor decisions, often at the expense of the employees.
    - Lack of recognition or reward for hard work.
    - Will take on far too much work to make a bit more money.
    - I regularly work over 50 hours a week.
    - A lot of the staff are rude and unfriendly.
    - Some of the equipment is outdated and barely works.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that a companies most valuable asset is it's employees - don't take advantage of them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Trample employees to attain maximum profit

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)

    I worked at Covance full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    This company offer an excellent salary

    Cons

    A blame culture exists to compensate for ineffective management systems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your staff with more than money to reduce your high turn over. It will save you money in the long run

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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