Covance Compensation FAQ

Read what Covance employees think about their compensation at the company.

Covance has a compensation and benefits rating of 3.7. If you want to know how much Covance employees make, head to their Salaries page to see a list of salaries per occupation, along with bonuses.

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January 7, 2020

What is the salary like at Covance?

Pros

I worked there for a year and a half. Parking is easy, there are nice people there, and catered lunches when I was there once a week. Would be a good and easy place for someone who is fresh out of undergrad to find a job; as they hired them quite often. For someone who is new to the industry, you'll be exposed to a lot of new techniques that they will teach you. The more you're willing to learn above your normal day to day techniques, the more responsibilities they will give you (however, keep in mind, this does not mean any increase in pay at all even though responsibilities can drastically go up). If you know all of the pros and cons here, it's not an awful job. You can use this job as a way to gain experience and springboard into a better job. I suggest you go in, keep your head down and get your work done. Don't feel guilty when you leave 'on-time' as people will 100% try to do that. There is nothing wrong with working a 40 hour work week here, even though many people will say otherwise. If you get to run a team, sometimes they will send some people to off-site conferences to learn soft skills that they can't teach, which is nice.

Cons

The hours there aren't terrible, but they aren't great. Expect to start pretty early in the day, you will have to work nights, weekends and holidays - there is no way around it. When I was there, if you're salary, you will not get compensated for those extra hours/days with extra money or compensated time. It is just expected you do it. If you were lucky enough to be hourly, like most of the people who were fresh out of undergrad, good for you. That is what I would recommend you stay at. That way, you get to get paid a bit extra for your extra time, but they pay you your hourly rate for the first 8ish hours you work overtime. After that, you have to get management approval to go over and paid more - which does happen during busy season. They don't want to pay you more than they have to. They try to instill a close knit community there, but often times use this against you for not volunteering to helping out on top of your heavy work load or during off hours and your personal time. They will notice when someone does this often, and claim it helps in promotions/ect. However, I only saw people who were frustrated with lack of promotions for all of their extra time spent and time lost. With having a lot of people who are fresh out of college, there is a lot of gossip. Try your best to avoid it. As I was leaving, there was talk about getting comped time if you work holidays or weekends, but management was fighting the issue. Since you are working with animals, you have to have 24/7 care, which likely means on the weekends and holidays you work, you'll be there for a good portion of the day. A lot of this job is repetitive, and you won't critically think much at all. For that reason, I suggest if you have a higher education degree, you stay away from a place like this. Your degree is virtually worthless, and people in management have come out and said this to us. You won't use it or benefit a great deal from it here. I think one of the most frustrating things was that since they used to be a small company, and now are a medium sized, all of the original people who started there are now up in management positions, for better or for worst. What this means is that there are people in those positions who may not be 100% qualified but are there now and likely will not be leaving those jobs any time soon since they are now away from all of the grunt and overtime work. So keep that in mind if you are thinking you want to work here and stay for a while to work up to a management style role. A lot of times management will not budge on change because it is the way the company has always been run - regardless if it is a good idea. Yearly bonus is not great. One year, even though we had record sales, we had to fight for a yearly bonus. Management was not going to give it to us. In the end we got about half of what was expected, a couple hundred bucks was better than nothing. Lastly, they really don't care about any of their employees who wasn't with them from early on and in management. They view everyone as replaceable and they 100% have said that in company meetings.

Advice to Management

Reward your employees for their hard work, extra time put in, and lost holidays. Get rid of this culture that "we are all a family and we all should look out for each other;" because what this really means is that you want them to do more work without extra compensation. They want you to break your back so they look good, and don't have to pay you extra. Pay your employees a bit more and be more flexible. Same as another post; assign management based on management skills, not seniority and favoritism. Realize that you have a high turnover rate and you need to do something about it! Don't ignore it and think that there isn't a high turnover rate. People are leaving for a reason. It's always cheaper and easier to retain talent than hire in and train a new person. The reviews in here are real and people at the company feel this way all the time. Perhaps you should listen and try to fix it.

That way, you get to get paid a bit extra for your extra time, but they pay you your hourly rate for the first 8ish hours you work overtime.

January 7, 2020

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April 22, 2020

Does Covance offer a weekly bonus?

Pros

Can allow flexible working. Not much else.

Cons

Disappointing behavior during the COVID crisis, where salaries have been frozen and 401k contributions have been stopped. I wonder if the CEO and senior management will take a hit to their multi-million dollar salaries? I highly doubt it. As usual, the day to day staff who actually do the work, who take time away from their families and lives to work overtime during the COVID crisis are being hit the hardest, while the senior level staff still get to enjoy over-inflated salaries and bonuses at our expense.

Advice to Management

Try not to be so condescending when sending out messages of "we're all in this together" when it's blatantly clear we're not.

inflated salaries and bonuses at our expense.

April 22, 2020

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October 1, 2019

What are other benefits and incentives like at Covance?

Pros

Allowed me to work from home with limited industry experience. Work at times can bleed into personal time, but for the most part the work balance has been good. This industry has high likelihood of working late nights, but my experience here has shown that to be limited. Upper management generally has your back and is willing to give you opportunities to shine if you can prove your utility. There is an understanding that work just needs to be done well and there are no constraints on how it gets done. I feel like no one is hovering over me to see how I perform and I have the ability to work at my own pace as long as it gets done within the timelines.

Cons

Some luck is involved in terms of what client group you're placed in. The group can be really unorganized making life difficult. SOP's don't always match up with what is actually being done, and can cause confusion and inefficiencies. I have a problem with most benefits packages in the US, but I feel like the health benefits here are more expensive than other places I've been. Also, there is no bonus incentive unless you are senior level, and even then it isn't very much (not based off a % of salary).

Advice to Management

Maintain SOP's and strive for technology that is efficient and simple. Remove unnecessary processes that increase the chances of user error.

Also, there is no bonus incentive unless you are senior level, and even then it isn't very much (not based off a % of salary).

October 1, 2019

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March 25, 2021

Does Covance offer a yearly bonus?

Pros

Great colleagues, many growth opportunities, ability to work from home

Cons

High work load, no yearly bonus

High work load, no yearly bonus

March 25, 2021

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April 16, 2019

Does Covance offer a daily bonus?

Pros

you stay busy a lot because you have a daily quota

Cons

system down alot, daily quotas, favortism very young and inexperience worker w/ life or w/ life eligibility situations working w millennials and they are wrong when correcting your work and they don't take responsibility. bill Hanlon believed in the five cultural beliefs and it is not practiced there. you basically could not disagree or you are labeled difficult and fired because management did nothing to help you. as a matter of fact if you are a bilingual minimum or gay you have a tough time there

Advice to Management

grow up, listen to your staff, permanent or not and have some respect and learn how to were something other than jeans.. but most of all they suck as mamangement and not involve oe engaged w/ the workers

you stay busy a lot because you have a daily quota

April 16, 2019

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