Covance Reviews

Updated June 15, 2015
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Pros
  • 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. Helpful (3)

    Analytical Chemist

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I enjoyed my time at Covance because of my co-workers. The benefits are excellent. You start out with 21 days of PTO. 6% 401K match.

    Cons

    Down side of excellent benefits is lower pay, much lower than its competitors. It's also very difficult to have a 40 hours work week there. Too many changes in the leadership team, which cause discontinuity.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees' needs before making major decisions. Although you have the right to choose who gets to work under you, you should also consider if the person is being perceived by his/her peers.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Study technician

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Study Technician in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Study Technician in Madison, WI

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Plenty of overtime, work with animals, good benefits, including health, eyes, and dentist. Good 401k matching program

    Cons

    Way too much working. Get ready to have two weekends off per month. Way too much focus on what you're doing wrong, with little to no recognition on what you're doing right. And the management staff has little to no idea what you're doing in lab, which means they have little to no ability to support you if problems arise. It's pretty much, "you figure it out, but God help you if you do it wrong."

    Advice to Management

    Gotta be aware of what's happening in lab, not just spending five hours a day screwing up tomorrow's schedule. And try to recognize that your overworked employees are trying their best, so maybe cut some slack on mistakes.


  3. Good job for the start

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analytical Chemist in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Senior Analytical Chemist in Madison, WI

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    quick promotions at first
    extra pay for overtime
    you can learn a lot
    fun young stuff

    Cons

    low salary
    working all the time
    not a lot of chances for advancing
    big turn around


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Analytical Chemist

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analytical Chemist in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Analytical Chemist in Madison, WI

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits and the teammates I work with .

    Cons

    The leadership and lack of appreciation. Negative issues get highlighted more than positive ones. Pay is low for the work.

    Advice to Management

    More appreciation. Greater pay. Actually promote people on time and help them develop.


  6. Not bad, not the best.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant I in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Research Assistant I in Madison, WI

    I have been working at Covance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, good benefits.

    Cons

    Can be high stress in a high production environment.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people.


  7. Good people, interesting work, tendencies to micromanage

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Technician in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Research Technician in Madison, WI

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Good benefits
    - Lots of variety, lots to learn
    - Fast paced work (if you enjoy that)

    Cons

    - Micromanagement - lack of trust in staff
    - Awkward scheduling sometimes, not very flexible
    - Rotating overnight, weekend, 12 hour shifts
    - Limited room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Trust your staff and have higher expectations of them. Treat staff like adults, don't play favorites.


  8. It is a great place to work but hectic work schedule

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    Current Employee - Proposal Analyst in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Proposal Analyst in Madison, WI

    I have been working at Covance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Big cro company. Many departments to choose from and opportunities to pick. Must ope locations available.

    Cons

    Expect employees more time than needed outside of regular business hours. Management training could be increased.

    Advice to Management

    More training


  9. Helpful (3)

    Client sample coordinator

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Service Representative in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Client Service Representative in Madison, WI

    I worked at Covance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment, everyone I worked with was great.

    Cons

    NO work life balance......AT ALL!


  10. Helpful (4)

    It's a pretty good place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Research Assistant I in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Research Assistant I in Madison, WI

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Health benefits are good. Leadership is awesome. Promote from within which is very nice. Once you have a degree it's very easy to get promoted by working hard. Lots of overtime is nice.

    Cons

    Well, you end up working a lot in order to try to get promoted. And I guess it isn't as much money as you would think if you went through all that work to get a degree in Chemistry. But I think that could also be the economy in general being not the greatest. Also, there's this policy where you are in competition with other members of your team. One member of the team will get the highest raise at the end of the year and one member will get put on probation. So...yeah...the work culture is pretty cutthroat. But, again, I was only working in one part of it and the company is huge so it's really hard to say definitively one way or the other.


  11. Great company, fun atmosphere, but tough.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Technician in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Student Technician in Madison, WI

    I have been working at Covance part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Professional setting, good experience, good pay.

    Cons

    Must be a fast paced worker and work for your growth.



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