Covance – Why Work For Us?


Imagine working in one of the most exciting and professionally satisfying industries anywhere. Imagine contributing to cutting-edge projects which impact the lives of millions of people around the world. You can do this at Covance, and at the same time enrich your own life by building a rewarding career.

No one at Covance settles.

We relentlessly strive to find the best solutions and generate results for our clients and their patients. That’s why we’ll encourage you to develop your skills and advance your career.

Career development is not one-size-fits-all.

We’ll work with you to create an individual career plan that builds on your existing skills through online, in-person and experiential training. Internal mobility will broaden your experience and insightful, approachable colleagues will share their knowledge. Add international exposure, and you’ll uncover new interests and hidden talents while growing your career.



At Covance, we understand, respect and value differences. We know that embracing the skills, cultures, ideas and experiences of every employee around the world gives us a clear competitive advantage. Our diverse perspectives make us a more insightful partner and reveal new opportunities for our clients.

Our Employee Resource Groups range from advocates and allies for women, parents and veterans to our GLO (Gay, Lesbian, Other) group; and from our GoGreen Committee to our Diversity Awareness Committee(s). Many members partner with local volunteer organizations too, building awareness and strengthening our bond with our communities.

Our groups are united in purpose to:

  • Create networking opportunities for employees with a common interest or culture.
  • Strengthen our commitment to an inclusive working environment.
  • Attract, develop, grow and retain proactive, insightful talent.
  • Increase awareness of and respect for diversity and inclusion.
  • Generate learning opportunities.
  • Serve as ambassadors who deliver on Covance’s mission.


We share your respect for the environment and are committed to integrity, diversity, inclusion and philanthropy.

They’re not just good business practices. They make a difference and they’re the right things to do. We bring these core values to life in our business practices, in our relationships with our clients and strategic partners, and in our community. We believe helping improve people’s lives is our responsibility as well as our business, and we are committed to it.

We recruit top talent from universities around the world. Technical excellence in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) discipline is vital. But so are thought leadership, integrity, critical thinking, global perspective and creativity. If you’re keen to grow in a fast-paced, client-focused environment, find out how we prepare you for great things ahead.

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Covance Reviews

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Covance Chairman and CEO Joe Herring
Joe Herring
150 Ratings

    Successful and Upbeat Organization...But Still Maturing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President  in  Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Vice President in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at Covance full-time for more than 10 years


    Take people matters seriously (training and development, career development, feedback)
    Long term business successes (reflected in stock price)
    "Nice" working environment (at least in larger offices - respectful, collaborative, collegial)
    Strong benefits package
    Competitive compensation
    Strong "pay for performance" culture
    Leadership continuity


    Still a financially-driven organization (financial implications of decisions a point of emphasis for management)
    Often business decisions are made with a short term view (in terms of meeting quarterly results)
    Tho the leadership team is overall effective majority have been in their roles for ~8-10 years and inertia (re: direction, strategies and decisions) exists
    Weak infrastructure (particularly IT)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Balance a longer-term view when making decisions and assessing opportunities (even if there is a short term hit) over the current predominant quarterly focus
    Consider some "new blood" (external to Covance) for select future leadership roles
    Make it "easier" for employees to work at Covance (in tangible and meaningful ways)

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

Covance Interviews

Updated Sep 13, 2014
Updated Sep 13, 2014

Interview Experience

Interview Experience


Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview


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Interview Difficulty




    Program Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Covance in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and my initial interview was done by phone. Within about a week I heard back from the recruiter and was scheduled for a panel interview. There were three people from Senior management that conducted the interview; it was in targeted selection format (hint: this is the format for all of the companies interviews, apparently). I was hired as a Program Specialist a week after my panel interview. Once hired I learned that typically for the Call Center Department all employees were typically first temporary staff hired through a staffing agency and then hired as a full time employee after at least working for 1 year or more temporarily.

    Interview Questions
    • Explain a time you were placed in a situation where you were asked to do something unethical. What did you do?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

Covance Awards & Accolades

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Alliance Excellence Award, Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals, 2014
World’s Most Admired Companies, Forbes, 2013
Top 100 Employer, Diversity Employers, 2013
Top 100 Employer, Diversity Employers, 2012
Top 100 Employers, Diversity Employers, 2011
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Additional Info

Headquarters Princeton, NJ
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1987
Type Company - Public (CVD)
Industry Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
Revenue $2 to $5 billion (USD) per year

To advance from discovery to market, pharmaceutical companies need scientific, therapeutic, diagnostic and regulatory expertise. Covance's team of over 1,600 experts with advanced scientific and doctorate degrees provide targeted support the development journey. From early research and discovery, preclinical evaluation to clinical trial design and implementation, Covance is a... More

Mission: Combine unique perspective and precision delivery to shape new possibilities

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