Covance

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Covance Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
282 Reviews

2.7
282 Reviews
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Covance Chairman and CEO Joe Herring
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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 11 reviews)

  • It was a good company with good benefits and treated all employees fairly until Sr (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Compensation and work-life balance is undesirable (in 16 reviews)

  • Too many changes - company is constantly changing senior management (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Exciting, challenging, never a dull moment.

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Leeds, England (UK)

    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
  2.  

    Nice place to work, Nice people

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator  in  Alnwick, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Alnwick, England (UK)

    Pros

    Nice place to work, nice people

    Cons

    high turn over of staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    good experience for a first full time job

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    Current Employee - CRA Assistant  in  Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - CRA Assistant in Leeds, England (UK)

    Pros

    good and secure company. gives training towards progression. The management team is very helpfull and good benefits. The people are friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work routine is tedious. No other negatives from my side as it depends on how satisfied you are with your job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good management team

    Recommends
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  5.  

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

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

    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
  6.  

    Good experience

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

    Pros

    Colleagues and company values are pros

    Cons

    Compensation not fantastic for graduate entry

  7.  

    Good place to work

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

    Pros

    Good team
    good learning sessions
    Good office etiquette

    Cons

    horrible packages
    Stress
    Micro management
    non flexible timings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rewarding talent
    reduce management positions in between

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Covance - too much talk and not enough substance

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    Current Employee - Study Director  in  Harrogate, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Study Director in Harrogate, England (UK)

    Pros

    Can be a fairly dynamic work place. Opportunities do exist to move upwardly within the organisation if you are willing to tow the company line.

    Cons

    Poor systems, unwillingness to change, static thinking, lack of togetherness. Attracts some good staff but doesnt retain them. Most managers appear to be people who have stayed at the company for years and have created there own little kingdoms. This tends to result in a lack of cooperation and an insular approach to the other departments. More emphasis needs to be put on performing quality work and producing a quality product. This may impact on throughput and cost but the client retention is likely to improve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to have a thorough update of in house reporting systems and listen to staff about the problems with these systems. 6 sigma is too slow to remedy many of the immediate faults.

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    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)

    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Scientist  in  Harrogate, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Scientist in Harrogate, England (UK)

    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Trample employees to attain maximum profit

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

    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

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