Covance

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Covance Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
342 Reviews
2.8
342 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • there is much more camaraderie at the greenfield site and there is a much better work life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • Covance has good benefits but pays less then most companies (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance in the toxicology department is a very unbalanced (in 23 reviews)

  • There is rampant lack of communication (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Solid, growing company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Collaborative work environment, values talent, promotes personal development, strives for excellence in delivering value for our customers. The project work is challenging and adds value to the organization. The employees who have been around for years are unique in that they are extremely knowledgeable and also welcome new ideas.

    Cons

    Decentralized internal support processes increases the complexity of delivering consistent support to the global business units. That variance becomes the opportunity to deliver highly valuable process improvements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep an eye on your primary resource - your people. Continue to take care of your people and they will take care of you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A lot of great people, but enough bad eggs in management to frustrate you

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Covance

    Pros

    Lots of great coworkers, people are always willing to help out. Awesome benefits as far as time off and flexibility. For the most part no one looking over your shoulder all the time.

    Cons

    Some bad policies in HR and throughout departments keep people in positions that are a bad fit, when there are better opportunities. Even if another dept. wants you, you may not be able to leave.

    Way too many decisions are based on some VPs new idea to show that he/she is working toward the corporate goal for the year. This usually means changes are driven by people who don't understand the business at ground level, and efforts to improve from the ground up run into resistance from risk averse middle management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Delegate responsibility at a lower level and be more flexible with internal opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    It was my first entry level office attending college Associates in Business my position Admin. Services Specialist

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Princeton, NJ

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

    Pros

    The company values talent, I had a work life balance with many opportunities to grow

    Cons

    As an Administrative Services Specialist member we had a very committed culture, taking advantage of the variety of trainings and... with many opportunities for promotions, personal growth, I had the experience with the approval of my former manager William Powell, to participate, volunteer in a charitable event funded by Covance. I had the life changing of volunteering as a Translator in Spanish and to coordinate the application process for the uninsured in New Orleans, LA

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The support received from management, from my director William Powell gave me the opportunity for growth. I was able to learn and manage daily Administrative task, heavy phone calls, billing, Accounts payable. I had a very big interaction with the Finance team... Made sure that our third party vendor payment would be send on time. Certified FSA purchaser, Certified ePro desktop receiver. And had approval to use our business unit check book, with the approval of Director William Powell to make payments.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Would recommend

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Covance

    Pros

    Nice benefits, schedule flexibility

    Cons

    Poor work life balance for project managers, but improving

  6.  

    It's a job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Covance full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent bonus and pay structure, but merit increases are minuscule. Year upon year, stock offering numbers for performance were reduced.

    Cons

    Worked at Covance for a long period of time. Constant chaos- leadership is virtually nonexistent. Upper management makes decisions which don't mesh with other decisions so priorities are not clear. Employees are beat up daily over the hours it takes to do the work. While quality is shouted from the rooftops, budget is clearly the primary consideration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide your teams with the resources required to ensure quality for your clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Client sample coordinator

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Service Representative in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Client Service Representative in Madison, WI

    I worked at Covance

    Pros

    Great work environment, everyone I worked with was great.

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Amazing Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Covance

    Pros

    Great management, compensation, flexibility, benefits

    Cons

    Work/life balance, Heavy workload, scheduling

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work-life balance

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big Pharma-like resources, small company feel

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor
    Former Employee - Supervisor

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

    Pros

    Well developed career ladder system offers ample opportunity for advancement, overtime is low relative to other food testing laboratories, strong history of commitment to building solid IT, HR and technological infrastructure, total compensation exceeds industry averages

    Cons

    Too much red tape involved to encourage bottom-up change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline the messy senior management matrix.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It has been good so far

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Covance

    Pros

    The people are good to work with

    Cons

    The pace could be faster

  11.  

    Everything is about short term bottom line That needs to be balanced with strategy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Covance

    Pros

    Good colleagues, benefits are competitive

    Cons

    Forced distribution system, expectation that work follows you everywhere

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