Covance Senior Leadership FAQ

Read what Covance employees think about senior leadership and the CEO at the company.

Covance has a Senior Management rating of 3.5, and Paul Kirchgraber, the CEO of Covance, has an approval rating of 91% across the organization.

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April 1, 2020

How are senior leaders perceived at Covance?

Pros

Learning, overall organization culture, flexibility, global exposure

Cons

Team culture and leadership needs heavy improvement, interventions with respect to specific individuals was very slow

Team culture and leadership needs heavy improvement, interventions with respect to specific individuals was very slow

April 1, 2020

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March 14, 2021

What are some insights into the strategy or vision at Covance?

Pros

- Solid foundation and secure outlook based on the core growth strategy used to the drive the business. - Diverse, hardworking individuals throughout the company, especially on the front lines of every department - Strong investment in the core operational functions - Recent shift in focus on employee, leadership and brand development across the board, which has sparked a wave of new ideas and initiatives.

Cons

- Lagging investment in most of the support functions - Complex business structure with limited leadership focus on an enterprise level - Lack of a continuous improvement strategy in the various support areas (and possibly operations areas as well) - Lack of resources throughout the business as a whole, in proportion to company size and complexity. - Missed opportunities on a daily basis due to training deficiencies, lack of resources, choppy communication, an ever-growing scope and an overall business strategy that is not well-defined. - Culture clashes between divisions that haven't yet been addressed and improved. - Too much focus on future investments while choosing to keep an outdated business model in place. - Difficulties with management at all levels in putting pencil to paper when it comes to translating ideas into action. Other than the above, it's a great company to work for!

Advice to Management

Stabilize, Analyze, Simplify, Decide, and Communicate - Stabilize the current company structure and its chaos. Slow down the M&A activities until all functions can get their game plan together and get enough resources on board. - Analyze where the chaos lies and what can be done better. Create a continuous improvement team tasked with a)identifying wastes and inefficiencies throughout and b)helping each function better operate both separately and together as a group. This team practically pays for itself in other organizations, as the waste and inefficiency equates to millions of dollars lost each year. - Keep things as simple as possible. Part of the chaos experienced daily is the high level of complexity between points A & B. We realize this is not the company it was 20 years ago, however employees are not robots. They also shouldn't be expected to work more than 40 hours per week to cover the slack left behind from inefficiencies and a disproportionate level of resources. - Decide what the future should look like for the company as a whole and develop the underlying strategies needed to get us to a more efficient place within the next few years. This will help us to achieve and actually sustain that "industry leader" title. - Maintain an open and constant level of direct communication with employees at all levels. Employees want to know why something is being done and why you're seemingly asking them to do more with less on a daily basis. If they hear it directly from you, then it will hopefully make it easier for you to put yourself in their shoes (and will lead to a better allocation of resources on the front lines). I've watched great employees leave the organization over the years due to issues surrounding the above. While we've made progress, we definitely need to pick up the pace! Just like we wouldn't let a perfect business investment slip through the cracks, we shouldn't let great opportunities and outstanding talent pass us by either.

Recent shift in focus on employee, leadership and brand development across the board, which has sparked a wave of new ideas and initiatives.

March 14, 2021

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