Covance Reviews

Updated February 19, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Typical CRO, lots of work but little reward and progression

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Covance (more than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The chance to work on multiple projects and with some of the industries biggest companies
    Good levels of technology used and vendors
    Ok basic salary

    Cons

    Lack of career progression and oppertunity to develop
    outdated views on work life balance
    basic salaries do not correlate to the huge levels of work

  2. Not too bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Covance

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

    Pros

    Great learning experience, friendly colleagues

    Cons

    Under staffed Clin Ops department

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people

  3. Helpful (1)

    Okay but wouldn't recommend to a good friend.

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    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.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    If they can get way with paying you less, they will.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)

    I worked at Covance full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great training, very interesting work, the company culture is very focused on quality (quite rightly), everybody knows their role. Constantly striving to improve. I loved my job at Covance. Most of the people are nice, but there are some toxic colleagues, who should be avoided.

    Cons

    Less room to try something new, a real lack of career progression. Seriously under-trained line managers often with poor interpersonal skills and issues of their own, creating an an evironment of favouritism and crass decision-making. Some colleagues do not seem to have a handle on quality, but they are carried by their colleagues who are. The promotion criteria seem arbitrary to most people, including those promoted!

    Advice to Management

    Consider giving your staff who turn out high-quality work - consistently - a better salary, rather than giving others a raise just because they did something 'more' than their job. If they weren't doing their original job to high quality standards, why are they getting a raise if they are joing more, but badly?

  6. Helpful (2)

    Worst Place I have ever worked

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    It is a science factory

    Cons

    They dont care about their staff and seem to accept a rotating door policy

    Advice to Management

    Pay your staff better and have more respect for them.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Looking to leave ASAP - seems to be the consensus

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    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  8. Good experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Covance

    Pros

    Colleagues and company values are pros

    Cons

    Compensation not fantastic for graduate entry

  9. Helpful (7)

    HORRIBLE!!!!! HORRIBLE!!!!! HORRIBLE!!!!! DON'T GO THERE!!!!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harrogate, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    NO PROS! DON'T GO THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cons

    I had absolutely horrifying experience working for Covance! I wish I would have read reviews before accepting position at Covance! The traumatasing experience left me depressed! There was no training, back stabbing at all levels, not just management! Management are purely stupid, mostly uneducated and been put in their positions by same stupid unedicated higher management, who only cares about their own interests! Management have no idea what is going on in the company, they don't care about the company, have very unrealistic expectations of employees! Employees expected to work a lot of extra hours with no extra pay. There is bullying, harassment and discrimination at all levels! Management makes everyone feel missarble, encouraging reporting on other employees, therefore there is a huge mistrust between employees.There are whole disfuctional families are working at Harrogate site, including husbands, wifes, sisters etc... This people have been working in Harrogate site in excess of 30 years... They have no idea what is going on outside of Covance walls! They have been put in management positions purely for their time with the company and because they are useless outside of Covance! They are bullies and racists! I can't fully explain and put down in writing my horrifying experience! I do hope Covance will go out of business very soon! This company shouldn't exist, as it must be one of the worst employers in the world!

    Advice to Management

    I know that management don't listen and don't care, so it doesn't matter what we write here. They dont even bother to write comments to all negative reviews. They simply don't care! For something to change, there have to be complete change in management , who will be open to critisism and advise from employees, but I know this will never happen!

  10. Helpful (5)

    Great industry experience, but not very enjoyable. Such a shame.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Scientist in Harrogate, England (UK)

    I have been working at Covance full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    - The salary isn't too bad.
    - Paid overtime.
    - Some of the people who work there are great.
    - A reasonably good system in place for progression.
    - Quite a large emphasis on training.

    Cons

    - Employee turnover is quite high.
    - The decent people often end up leaving.
    - Too afraid to get rid of incompetent employees.
    - Not afraid to make people redundant when there is a drop in work.
    - Money is by far the company's highest priority - the employees get forgotten.
    - The senior management make poor decisions, often at the expense of the employees.
    - Lack of recognition or reward for hard work.
    - Will take on far too much work to make a bit more money.
    - I regularly work over 50 hours a week.
    - A lot of the staff are rude and unfriendly.
    - Some of the equipment is outdated and barely works.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that a companies most valuable asset is it's employees - don't take advantage of them.

  11. Exciting, challenging, never a dull moment.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Leeds, England (UK)

    I have been working at Covance full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Best in the industry; wide range of services on offer and really good ideas. Has a huge potential to wipe out the opposition.

    Cons

    Poor career development in some areas unless the face fits. Very US-centric approach in some areas of the business, but has a good global footprint.

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