Covance Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Analytical Chemist

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    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)

    Analytical Chemist

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    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.

  3. Not bad, not the best.

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    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.

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  5. Good people, interesting work, tendencies to micromanage

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    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.

  6. 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

  7. Helpful (2)

    Client sample coordinator

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    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!

  8. Helpful (3)

    It's a pretty good place to work

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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.

  9. Great company, fun atmosphere, but tough.

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    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.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Employment at Covance

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    Former Employee - Study Technician II in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Study Technician II in Madison, WI

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -The veterinarian staff was wonderful and really cared about the animals.
    -The company paid for AALAS certificate tests, although it took forever to get reimbursed for them and for the raises to be reflected on my checks. (if you can consider this a Pro)

    Cons

    -The insurance coverage was mediocre. Every doctor visit there was a $20 co-pay charge. I had to pay out of pocket for the majority of procedures and doctor’s visits.
    -The shoes they require you to wear are extremely uncomfortable which lead to foot problems, that I still currently am affected by.
    -The management team is awful. They only care about themselves and are very unhelpful, unreliable, and are expected to lead the employees under them but have no idea how to do their job. Talking to them is like talking to a wall. Concerns go in one ear and out the other and nothing ever changes.
    -Covance pays for relocation expenses, but unless you stay longer than 24 months (which most employees don’t make it past 6 months) you are expected to pay the amount given to you back to the company. There are lots of charges that Covance supposedly takes care of when you move that you don’t see or know about until you are expected to pay the expenses back. I was given a total of $500 to pay for all of my moving expenses. However, once I left the company a debt collector contacted me (instead of someone from Covance calling or sending me a letter first) asking for almost $1000 for relocation expenses because I left after 16.5 months of employment.
    -They expect you to work ridiculous hours and numerous days in a row. A majority of the other employees are extremely selfish and will not switch days or hours with you unless you bribe them with money or food. I can recall working anywhere from 12 to 19 days in a row with 12 hour days. You may think that sounds great, with lots of opportunity for overtime and you will be making lots of money. You would be wrong. A majority of your check is taken out in taxes and even after you get your tax return the following year, you do not get much money back.
    -I would often work longer then the amount of time I was scheduled to get a task done correctly and end up working through most of, if not all of my lunch. Eventually, I got in trouble for not taking my lunch because I was going above and beyond to do a great job. In other words, your efforts and dedication to certain aspects of the company go unappreciated, unnoticed, and even get you in trouble.

    Advice to Management

    The animal operations department needs a complete makeover. Try hiring employees that have prior animal care experience, and have an interest in animals. I felt like there was maybe five employees (including me) out of hundreds of total employees, that actually cared about the animal’s well being. If you can’t find enough applicants with animal experience, then at least invest in properly training your employees so that they know how to tell if an animal is sick, injured, or suffering. I know you train the new hires on how to administer the TM, but that isn’t enough. I was so stressed out, unhappy, and depressed each and every day I had to work. Eventually I had enough and forced myself to leave the company and it was the best decision I have ever made.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Analytical Chemist

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits: 21 PTO days starting out, low out of pocket dental and medical costs, low insurance monthly insurance costs, tuition reimbursement. Flexible work schedules. For the most part, enjoyable co-workers. I've met some very great people at Covance that I've become good friends with. For the most part, the company is pretty laid-back. Within the lab you are not expected to wear business attire.

    Cons

    As the company seems to grow, their quality seems to diminish. It is sad to see the company value quantity over quality. I am afraid if they continue on this path they will no longer be a top competitor in their field. Work-life balance is not great if you work on the lab side of things. Covance does not seem to value employees lower on the totem pole. At times, in certain departments, it feels as if it is a 'good old boys' club. Also, at times, it feels like I am in a dead end job. Within certain career paths, there is not a lot of room for advancement. Some departments are a bit younger staffed and it can feel as if you are in high school again. Although laid-back, it is not the most professional work environment always.

    Advice to Management

    Value quality over quantity. It will win out in the long run every time.

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