Covance

  www.covance.com
  www.covance.com

Covance Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
318 Reviews
2.8
318 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Covance Chairman and CEO Joe Herring
Joe Herring
160 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • there is much more camaraderie at the greenfield site and there is a much better work life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • Covance has good benefits but pays less then most companies (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance in the toxicology department is a very unbalanced (in 22 reviews)

  • No work-life balance; office politics (in 7 reviews)

More Highlights

15 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst Place I have ever worked

    • 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 full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It is a science factory

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your staff better and have more respect for them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Looking to leave ASAP - seems to be the consensus

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5.  

    Good experience

    • 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

    Colleagues and company values are pros

    Cons

    Compensation not fantastic for graduate entry

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Exciting, challenging, never a dull moment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Wish I hadn't taken the job

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

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

    Pros

    Pension, pay was better than last position

    Cons

    Constant cuts, stressful, threats of job loss always around, poor infrastructure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on hiring more support staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Nice place to work, Nice people

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

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

    Pros

    Nice place to work, nice people

    Cons

    high turn over of staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Trample employees to attain maximum profit

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    This company offer an excellent salary

    Cons

    A blame culture exists to compensate for ineffective management systems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your staff with more than money to reduce your high turn over. It will save you money in the long run

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

Work at Covance? Share Your Experiences

Covance

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.