Covance

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Covance Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
326 Reviews
2.8
326 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Opportunities, commitment, and quality

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

    I have been working at Covance full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to try new things - the culture is to look internally for quality staff before hiring new staff into positions, they are often willing to invest training in a high performing employee
    Intelligent, well-educated, professional co-workers
    Leadership in Early Clinical Development is committed to training, quality, and staff. Initiatives in new training methodology, new programs and foundations, employee engagement and retention are constantly ongoing
    Work/life balance is always a struggle with the varied demands of the industry but the commitment of managers to assisting with the balance for all employees is strong
    Educational re-reimbursement
    PTO goes up to 6 weeks with tenure

    Cons

    It would be nice to see on-site daycare on the campuses
    With few exceptions (state/country requirements) accrued PTO does not roll over past Q1 of the next year (use it or lose it)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Rewarding and satisfying, I have worked at many CROs and Product Based companies and Covance is the best!

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

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

    Pros

    Management engagement is high, very positive culture, I find everyone at Covance to be very professional and supportive. There is no finger pointing, only a great attitude and drive to solve challenging issues. Covance cares about their employees. Benefits are great and 6 weeks of vaction time is nice.

    Cons

    none, I really love my job!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on caring about your employees like you do and you will be the best company to work for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great environment - fast growing and lots of opportunity for development and advancement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior CRA in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior CRA in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Covance full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Managers who really care about employees. Focus on developing people and taking a keen interest in career paths. The culture is very welcoming, and employees go out of their way to make new comers feel welcomed and integrated into the team.

    Cons

    It's a high performance culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company - Great Mission

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Covance full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Career Growth. Personal Growth & Advancement - Their is plenty of room for growth if you network and perform

    Cons

    Benefits and compensation are good, but could be better. Interview process can be improved upon

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management should lead by example on diversifying their senior leadership.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A lot of career development in Ph II-IV

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

    I have been working at Covance full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Middle management cares about employees and offers a lot of career development opportunities. Flexibility with working from home. Really talented colleagues to learn from.

    Cons

    Striking work life balance can be hard, especially when you are really committed to your team. Salaries are lower than other CROs. 401k match was reduced to 4.5%.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We appreciate your focus on community service. There needs to be a re-evaluation of benefits (salary, bonus, stock, 401k match, PTO, etc). Thank you for making solid business decisions that help us continue to grow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Not great

    • 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

    The people are great and it's very laid back.

    Cons

    Low salary. We're working hard to avoid getting laid off, but the company is making lots of money!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cross functional training, more pay!

  8.  

    Great place

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Covance

    Pros

    Great place, happy to work for company

    Cons

    Don't have anything negative to say

  9.  

    Incredible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Marketing in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at Covance part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing culture, great thought leaders.

    Cons

    Wish there were more opportunities for full time hiring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Absolutely excellent.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Report Coordinator in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Report Coordinator in Madison, WI

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

    Pros

    Paid time off, health benefits, quality of employees hired, and general atmosphere are unparalleled. A three hour interview process for all employees was helpful in creating a great team atmosphere.

    Cons

    No cons working at Covance. If you're working at any of the midwest sites it may be a bit cold, but they keep the heat on. Plus you can snowboard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Pharmaceutical R&D Sector Leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Geneva (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    Financial and operational leadership of central lab business model.

    Cons

    Work-life balance challenge for personal development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Professional mid- and long-term forecasting of cash flows by business unit

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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