Covance Reviews

Updated August 23, 2015
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  • Compensation Benefits Work Life Balance (in 15 reviews)

  • Company has good benefits/time off (in 25 reviews)

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

  • Lack of communication with employees (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Good company to work for as long as management like you.

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    Current Employee - Research Associate Ia in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Associate Ia in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly team, lots of opportunity for progression, free parking, hard work is recognised and awards are given in the form of vouchers.

    Cons

    For the amount of work you're given, the salary is not good, there seem to be managers for the sake of it.


  2. Scientist

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    Current Employee - Study Director in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Study Director in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Covance full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Global company, involve in helping pharmaceutical companies to put their medicines sooner on the market

    Cons

    staff cut, not enough resources in production

    Advice to Management

    to concentrate on resources and production rather than metrics and meetings


  3. Scientist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good training and opportunties available.

    Cons

    Poor wages and staff retention

    Advice to Management

    Improve IT and IS infrastructure


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Typical CRO, lots of work but little reward and progression

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Covance (More than a year)

    Pros

    The chance to work on multiple projects and with some of the industries biggest companies Good levels of technology used and vendors Ok basic salary

    Cons

    Lack of career progression and oppertunity to develop outdated views on work life balance basic salaries do not correlate to the huge levels of work


  6. Not too bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great learning experience, friendly colleagues

    Cons

    Under staffed Clin Ops department

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people


  7. Helpful (3)

    If they can get way with paying you less, they will.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great training, very interesting work, the company culture is very focused on quality (quite rightly), everybody knows their role. Constantly striving to improve. I loved my job at Covance. Most of the people are nice, but there are some toxic colleagues, who should be avoided.

    Cons

    Less room to try something new, a real lack of career progression. Seriously under-trained line managers often with poor interpersonal skills and issues of their own, creating an an evironment of favouritism and crass decision-making. Some colleagues do not seem to have a handle on quality, but they are carried by their colleagues who are. The promotion criteria seem arbitrary to most people, including those promoted!

    Advice to Management

    Consider giving your staff who turn out high-quality work - consistently - a better salary, rather than giving others a raise just because they did something 'more' than their job. If they weren't doing their original job to high quality standards, why are they getting a raise if they are joing more, but badly?


  8. Good experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Colleagues and company values are pros

    Cons

    Compensation not fantastic for graduate entry


  9. Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good team good learning sessions Good office etiquette

    Cons

    horrible packages Stress Micro management non flexible timings

    Advice to Management

    Rewarding talent reduce management positions in between


  10. Helpful (1)

    Covance - too much talk and not enough substance

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    Current Employee - Study Director in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Study Director in Harrogate, England (UK)
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Can be a fairly dynamic work place. Opportunities do exist to move upwardly within the organisation if you are willing to tow the company line.

    Cons

    Poor systems, unwillingness to change, static thinking, lack of togetherness. Attracts some good staff but doesnt retain them. Most managers appear to be people who have stayed at the company for years and have created there own little kingdoms. This tends to result in a lack of cooperation and an insular approach to the other departments. More emphasis needs to be put on performing quality work and producing a quality product. This may impact on throughput and cost but the client retention is likely to improve.

    Advice to Management

    Try to have a thorough update of in house reporting systems and listen to staff about the problems with these systems. 6 sigma is too slow to remedy many of the immediate faults.



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