Covance Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
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  1. It was a great company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Computer Tech in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Computer Tech in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Covance

    Pros

    Meeting people and fixing their computer

    Cons

    Helping other team players get the job done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes listen to the other team players to help with situation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Overall great place to work

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    Current Employee - Sample Handling in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Sample Handling in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Covance

    Pros

    Great benefits, tuition reimbursement, always providing new ways to learn & develop

    Cons

    Many positions do not offer upward movement, fostering a stagnant departmental environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not hesitate to engage your lowest levels of staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. Project Manager

    Current Employee - Project Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    Location in Indpls and short commute

    Cons

    Tries to be all things to all

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  5. 9 people found this helpful

    Should I stay or should I go

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    Current Employee - Program Specialist in Greenfield, IN
    Current Employee - Program Specialist in Greenfield, IN

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

    Pros

    The benefits offered are out standing; each healthcare professional I have given my Dental, Health, Vision or prescription card has consistently remarked "Wow you have really great insurance." The majority of my co-worker are a pleasure to work with and a few have become dear friends.

    Cons

    There is rampant lack of communication. I personally have had several different supervisors in my years of employment with Covance. Just this year I realized that each time I changed to a new supervisor they had absolutely no idea of my accomplishments. This was rather surprising especially as every employee is subject to a mid-year and year-end performance review, which lists the employees accomplishments that year. Also when you put forth what you feel is a lot of effort into training, data base testing, and other things that are not technically listed as one of your job duties only just to receive review that you "MEET" expectations and after applying for promotion told you were not chosen because not everyone knows your skills you have. It's just ridiculous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In a large company you should always want to know why great employees are leaving and not just consider it an acceptable cost of doing business. These great employees are leaving because they have ambition for growth that is not being met while what appears overall less qualified colleagues are rewarded. I personally am at a cross roads about whether I want to stay with a company where I feel I am just suffocating and that is a feeling is becoming unbearable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Good Company. a few managers can be out of touch.

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    Current Employee - Lab Assistant III in Greenfield, IN
    Current Employee - Lab Assistant III in Greenfield, IN

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

    Pros

    -Decent Benefits
    - I was able to move up in my area and move on to a better position in a different area, however I had to work very hard at it.
    - I was able to receive several promotions in the 3 years I worked there.
    The Greenfield site, from what I have heard, compares very favorably to the Indianapolis site. there is much more camaraderie at the greenfield site and there is a much better work life balance. My suspicion is that this is leftover from the "Lilly days" of greenfield. My fear is that as the ex-Lilly employees leave or are replaced, the experience and the work environment may be lost.

    Cons

    - some of the managers can be very bully-ish. if you do not completely fall into rank and file, you can become a target.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Bioanalytical Gone Wrong

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    Former Employee - Analytical Chemist in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Analytical Chemist in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    They are willing to take on newly graduated college individuals.

    Cons

    Compensation and work-life balance is undesirable. Leadership is changed out continually. Turnaround is horrible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Plenty of opportunities

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    Current Employee - Chemist in Greenfield, IN
    Current Employee - Chemist in Greenfield, IN

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits with a lot of opportunities for advancement if you put in the extra work and have the drive.

    Cons

    Salary not as competitive as big pharma/ag.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Good Company With Not So Good Management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    There is plenty of room for growth. Very Diverse. People are very friendly. Company has a very good work from home policy. Company has good core values but are they practiced?

    Cons

    Upper management could be so much better. It is like the blind leading the blind at times. In the department I work in there aren't any processes or procedures. This is a company of nepotism. Pay is not good but employees that have been there for a number of years thinks the pay is great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company needs to hire sound experienced managers. Turnover rate is too high. They are listed with the Dept. of Workforce Development as one of states top employers. It is not because of growth it is due to the high turnover rate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Pays the Bills

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    Current Employee - Nub in Greenfield, IN
    Current Employee - Nub in Greenfield, IN

    I have been working at Covance full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pays the bills. Not much else

    Cons

    The way the company is run on a shoestring with a skeleton crew.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Decent company poor management

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    Former Employee - Operating Engineer in Greenfield, IN
    Former Employee - Operating Engineer in Greenfield, IN

    I worked at Covance full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay for someone to start out. Easy place to gain some working experience.

    Cons

    No career growth. Started as a career and turned into just a job. The local management doesn't listen to anyone that does not have a title behind their name. Could be a great place to work if they would be willing to adapt to new methods of conducting business and valuing employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the eployees with experience in their positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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