Covance Reviews

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Covance Chairman and CEO Joe Herring
Joe Herring
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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 (1)

    Okay but wouldn't recommend to a good friend.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England (UK)

    I have been working at Covance full-time

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

    Pros

    Covance offers the opportunity to work from home or part-time for those that need it which is good for those with families. The Maidenhead office is brand new and quite bright so at least you can see the sun outside even if your skin will never feel it.

    Cons

    The office is very far away from the town center, the bus into town takes 15 minutes each way and with a 45 minute lunch break that leaves 15 minutes to rush around town, eat and get back to the bus. The canteen food is supposedly subsidised but it makes you wonder what the original cost was when a bag of quavers can set you back 90p and a main meal is normally £5+. The company do not like to pay for anything other than salaries, there is a 'sports and social club' that charges monthly but the money mainly goes towards events organised and attended by one particular group without notification to anyone else. Christmas parties will set you back £30+ and Christmas lunch (in the canteen) will set you back nearly £10.

    Advice to Management

    Show more appreciation to your long-term employees. Moral and productivity are strongly related, most employees feel very uninspired at the moment. Appreciation could be shown by giving opportunities to attend conferences or train in new skills. The pharmaceutical industry in general has a reputation for treating it's employees well but Covance is the odd one out in this case. Also more care should be taken when hiring new employees, this might help reduce the extraordinary employee turnover rate.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Looking to leave ASAP - seems to be the consensus

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Maidenhead, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    I actually can't think of any pro's. Well the money is decent

    Cons

    Micromanagement - doesn't work for me. No work life balance. Individuals are friendly but no sense of team or team spirit. Every person I speak to seems to be looking to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Try treating employees with more respect, I have heard the way people talk to each other and it does not impress me. Line management patronising their line reports in an open plan office. And non issues being escalated unnecessarily.


  3. Good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England (UK)

    I worked at Covance

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good team good learning sessions Good office etiquette

    Cons

    horrible packages Stress Micro management non flexible timings

    Advice to Management

    Rewarding talent reduce management positions in between


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Simply not worth the effort

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England (UK)

    I have been working at Covance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    lots of nice people to work with

    Cons

    the environment is very political Senior leaders are incompetent and promote people in their own image

    Advice to Management

    Need for new leaders is evident at senior levels, they have simply been there too long



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