Covance Reviews

Updated June 21, 2015
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  • Compensation Benefits Work Life Balance (in 15 reviews)

  • Company has good benefits/time off (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance in the toxicology department is a very unbalanced (in 23 reviews)

  • Lack of communication with employees (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Scientist

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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 full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Global company, involve in helping pharmaceutical companies to put their medicines sooner on the market

    Cons

    staff cut, not enough resources in production

    Advice to Management

    to concentrate on resources and production rather than metrics and meetings


  2. Scientist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Covance full-time (More than a year)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good training and opportunties available.

    Cons

    Poor wages and staff retention

    Advice to Management

    Improve IT and IS infrastructure


  3. 3.5 years experience with Covance from CRA Assistant to Associate project manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Project Manager in London, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    Great growth opportunities. The company can well recognise the value of the individual employees. Great team work

    Cons

    IT still needs big improvements although a lot has already been done in the years.


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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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    • Senior Management
    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 (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.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Worst Place I have ever worked

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    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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    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?


  10. Helpful (2)

    Looking to leave ASAP - seems to be the consensus

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    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.


  11. Good experience

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    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



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