Covance Reviews

Updated February 19, 2015
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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)

    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.

  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)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice place to work, nice people

    Cons

    high turn over of staff

  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)

    I have been working at Covance

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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 Management

    Good management team

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  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Helpful (2)

    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)

    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?

  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. Good place to work

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

    I worked at Covance

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good team
    good learning sessions
    Good office etiquette

    Cons

    horrible packages
    Stress
    Micro management
    non flexible timings

    Advice to Management

    Rewarding talent
    reduce management positions in between

  10. Helpful (1)

    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)

    I have been working at Covance

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  11. 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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