Covance
2.7 of 5 244 reviews
www.covance.com Princeton, NJ 5000+ Employees

Covance Reviews in Madison, WI

Updated Mar 6, 2014

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48% Approve of the CEO

Covance Chairman and CEO Joe Herring

Joe Herring

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44% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Absolutely excellent.

Report Coordinator (Former Employee)
Madison, WI

I worked at Covance full-time for more than 8 years

ProsPaid time off, health benefits, quality of employees hired, and general atmosphere are unparalleled. A three hour interview process for all employees was helpful in creating a great team atmosphere.

ConsNo cons working at Covance. If you're working at any of the midwest sites it may be a bit cold, but they keep the heat on. Plus you can snowboard.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Toxicology Supervisor (Former Employee)
Madison, WI

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

ProsCompetitive salary if you don't mind giving up your life.

ConsShort-sighted; profit-driven; revolving door; horrible management; favoritism. When I started there, I thought I would stay until retirement. They brought in new management in the mid-2000's. They were profit-driven, widget-minded, short-sighted scalpers. They focus only on the bottom line.

Advice to Senior ManagementMy advice would be to replace all of them with people who value people over profits. That is the recipe for long-term success.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Madison, WI

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

ProsThe people I work with are great, hard working, and provide a real team oriented environment. The type of work is personally satisfying, ultimately helping people. There is a lot of flexibility in the job for certain positions. There are a lot of opportunities for career advancement and changes in positions within the company

ConsCovance has had some hard times, and we lost some good people. When the company is really busy, people are overworked. The benefits are really good despite the fact that they have been reduced over the past couple of years. The benefits are still better than most companies.

Advice to Senior ManagementHire sufficient staff so that when we are busy people don't get burned out

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Full of great learning opportunities

Research Technician II (Former Employee)
Madison, WI

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

ProsThey offered Great Benefits
The hours were flexible depending on need
There was great camaraderie amongst the employees

ConsLittle chance for promotion
Little incentive for employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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It's all politics

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Madison, WI

I worked at Covance full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat benefits, wonderful city, fun coworkers (for the most part), opportunity to explore a variety of jobs within drug development (sales, project management, lab work)

ConsManagement, employee recognition, senior leadership doesn't understand what is happening in each department

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees. Don't look at numbers/budgets and make decisions, actually talk to the department directors before deciding on actions. The best part of my job was the people who I worked with, not the people that I worked for.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good company with great benefits

Associate Project Manager (Former Employee)
Madison, WI

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

ProsBenefits, accessibility to connect with colleagues around the world

ConsGlobal company means it is too large to focus on each employee. Career opportunities, especially for advancement is possible but often comes down to who you know that will lead to promotions.

Advice to Senior ManagementImprove the focus on employees. Treat all employees fairly.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Interesting, and employee driven.

Supervisor (Current Employee)
Madison, WI

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

ProsFreedom, people, and location, Madison is great

ConsPay structure can be a challenge

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to promote from within.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Worst professional experience ever

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Madison, WI

I worked at Covance full-time for more than 5 years

ProsReasonable benefits package, with employee appreciation events and mechanisms for peer appreciation

ConsBlatant gender-based wage discrepancies; glass ceiling in certain departments, with relatively pervasive nepotism; emphasis on financial success over quality and ethics

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Just so-so

Manager (Current Employee)
Madison, WI

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

ProsGreat People. The people are what make this place tick. Your colleagues are excellent for the most part and the benefits are strong.

ConsThe culture is one of cut, cut, cut! Company seems to be most interested in minimizing costs, not maximizing profits. Reorganizations are just an everyday occurance leading to a lot of discomfort amongst the employees.

Advice to Senior ManagementFind a direction, then stick to it for 1 year. That'd be a very nice start.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Thinking the past will save the company if we just worked harder to get back there

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Madison, WI

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

ProsThis company could service a NCE from discovery through to product launch.

ConsThe company can't figure out how to make this integration of all the dept's into "the one company that can service a NCE from discovery through to product launch". Departments are silo's of talent.

Advice to Senior ManagementFind the leaders in the company who do know how to interprate the drug development life cycle and plan accordingly.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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