Covance
2.6 of 5 268 reviews
www.covance.com Princeton, NJ 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jun 30, 2014

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Covance Chairman and CEO Joe Herring

Joe Herring

(139 ratings)

38% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "there is much more camaraderie at the greenfield site and there is a much better work life balance"
    in 11 reviews
  • "Good company with great benefits and nice people"
    in 18 reviews
Cons:
  • "Compensation and work-life balance is undesirable"
    in 14 reviews
  • "Too many changes - company is constantly changing senior management"
    in 11 reviews
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    Do as I say, not as I do.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood time off policy, flexible work from home schedule. Good place to cut your teeth in research, learn many aspects of research quickly in a hands on type of way.

    ConsNot all employees treated equally. Policies are spoken, then contradict the written policy. Frustrating to see same mistakes made over and over again as "this is how its always been done" but no attempts to find a better way to resolve or prevent the issues on multiple projects.

    Lack of training leads to major issues down the road, no action taken to resolve the issue.

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    This company is a great stepping stone and a good place to gain experience.

    CRA Assistant (Current Employee)
    Princeton, NJ

    ProsFlexible hours
    Line managers that really care about the advance of your career
    Great learning experiences

    ConsEveryone is not paid at market value
    A lot of self learning and learning from your own mistakes

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest more in employee salary. Such a great company to work for but salary does not coincide with the cost of living, especially in a one income household.

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    Very good

    Process Excellence Project Lead (Current Employee)
    Madison, WI

    ProsPeople are really good to work with. The work culture is awesome, it always encourages you to bring out as many ideas as possible.

    ConsIts a bit difficult to interact with people as many of them are busy with their work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good for new grads

    Study Technician (Former Employee)
    Madison, WI

    ProsPay and benefits are good, with regular raises, sometimes even bonuses based on department performance. Can earn raises when you get certified via AALAS at different levels, which they will reimburse you for. If you're a recent college grad, you'll be working mostly with people your age. You'll learn to work hard. Looks good on a resume if you survive a few years. Solid training program, then you have a "mentor" your first few months who is more experienced to help look out for you and show you the real life ways of the job.

    ConsScheduling is a nightmare. Long days (up to 16 hours) and weeks (up to 14 days in a row), weekend and holiday hours. Also have mandatory overtime, as there is a general problem with understaffing. Breaks are usually nonexistent. They set a "metric" to acccomplish x number of things in x amount of time, and then they'll underschedule you for it. Anything you aren't scheduled time for, you do on overtime. They will work you as much as they can and it burns the good people out. Horrible work-life balance.
    Promotions and praise based more on sucking up to management than the work you are doing - have to play the game and say and do what they want you to do. If you have strong opinions or ideas on something, you might be pushed towards keeping them to yourself, even if they would be a benefit.
    Can be clique-y, remember, all college grads stuffed together...
    Training not based on the individual but instead on monthly/yearly milestones. If you want extra training becasue you're doing well with what you have and it would benefit your team, you'll still probably need to beg for it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop overscheduling and taking on more clients and studies than you have staff to manage. It burns out and drives away all of your good workers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    very unorganized training

    Customer Service (Former Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    Prosthey have a friendly staff

    Consit is nice work environment/building

    Advice to Senior Managementneed to have better preparation for training

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

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    Fast paced, often chaotic

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNice people, adequate compensation, day goes by quickly

    ConsWorkspaces very small and noisy, impacts productivity

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in employees- some office supplies and an adequate workspace would go a long way

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Most unprofessional place I've ever been

    Subject (Former Employee)
    Daytona Beach, FL

    ProsPays well if you are a contractor.
    Food is good.
    A few members of the staff do a very good job.

    ConsDaytona location: Most of the staff is very unprofessional. They don't treat you like a human being and impose draconian policy that they make up as they go along. It is almost as if it is a sadistic game they are playing in order to fuel their egos. This behaviour is unacceptable for a company that stands between bad drugs and the general public. If a company has employees who treat the subject as unprofessionally as they do here, showing arbitrary favoritism and disdain. I tried as hard as I could to avoid drawing attention to myself and just taking whatever psychological abuse dumped on me, but eventually they perma banned me. More so they did so when I needed the money the most and they knew it. I would not wish this on anybody.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to fire around 90% of the employees at the Daytona location. They act like a gang and it becomes impossible for any individual to get a fair shake when ANY issue arises.

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

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    Awful company and people.

    Anonymous (Current Employee)

    ProsNothing good to say at all.

    ConsIt was a nightmare working here and the worst experience I have ever encountered in my professional career. I felt like I was back in high school with all the catty females. Awful company I hope it goes under

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet your isht together!

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    Great place

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat place, happy to work for company

    ConsDon't have anything negative to say

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    Good benefits, poor leadership

    Security Guard (Former Employee)
    Madison, WI

    Pros4 weeks of vacation as a new employee, tuition reimbursement, 401k matching

    ConsI worked in security and the manager was extremely unprofessional and didn't care about his employees. I was forced to quit because I wanted to go back to college and the manager wasn't willing to work with me in accommodating a slight change in my schedule. Horrible, horrible management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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