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Covance Harrogate Reviews

Updated October 7, 2016
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Pros
  • Great management - helps a lot with your development and maintains a good work life balance though good work scheduling (in 37 reviews)

  • Good benefits and career opportunities (in 57 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is nearly impossible to have (in 53 reviews)

  • NO work Life, Managment fire happy (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Covance full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, fair wage, core office hours with the benefit of overtime if wanted.

    Cons

    Peaks and troughs in workload can result in very busy times.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your operational areas in regards to scheduling-they know how to do the job to a high quality.


  2. "Great experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Covance full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people
    very interesting work
    growing company
    Great benefits as expected from such a large multinational company

    Cons

    Can work long hours, but the overtime is great


  3. Helpful (1)

    "could do better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    currently not much in terms of pros

    Cons

    since Labcorps merger/takeover poor morale with too much work and not enough staff to do it.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and hear what they say


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  5. Helpful (7)

    "Don't stay too long!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Covance full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits (pension etc), opportunities to work abroad if you're a high enough grade (110), struggling to find any more though...

    Cons

    Upper management are dinosaurs, company has many shareholders who seem to swallow up all the profits leaving departments without functioning equipment (buy a new pH meter FFS!), I worked in PharmCMC Small Molecules and there are so many two-faced and catty individuals. Whole place is full of young scientists who are so busy watching what's going on in other people's careers and telling them they don't deserve a promotion, rather than working towards their own! If you're working there/going to, just stay for maximum 3 years to gain some experience and then get a better job.. Oh also, POOR PAY!!!!! Worst pay in its field and has been for quite a while! Overworked and underpaid does not make a happy analyst!

    Advice to Management

    Pay your analysts more, maybe you'd keep the good ones for more than 3 years! It costs you more in the end to train new people than it does to pay your good analysts more money to make them stay!!


  6. "Na"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Covance (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits package and health care. Its good to have those available to staff
    Good online portal to use for changing situation and communications globally
    Good to employees
    Well structure

    Cons

    Expensive city to live in should alter the pay according to the expense
    Alarms goes off too often
    Poor public transport for those who do not drive no lt enough buses are in operations to and from the city and for those who drive provide better parking spaces

    Advice to Management

    Improve transportation for staff, and parking spaces. The roads needs to be reconditon at some of the site as they a big holes everywhere.


  7. "Good company to work for as long as management like you."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate Ia in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Associate Ia in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly team, lots of opportunity for progression, free parking, hard work is recognised and awards are given in the form of vouchers.

    Cons

    For the amount of work you're given, the salary is not good, there seem to be managers for the sake of it.


  8. "BioCMC - Great Place to Work, Great Opportunities and Amazing People!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Experimental Officer in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Experimental Officer in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment with great emphasis on training and development. Lots of opportunities to progress and learn about other areas. Provide full training, including buddies, mentors and managers. Lots of support available.

    Cons

    Not flexible working hours.

    Advice to Management

    The open door approach is good. Keep it up!


  9. "Scientist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Study Director in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Study Director in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Covance full-time (More than 5 years)

    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


  10. Helpful (14)

    "HORRIBLE!!!!! HORRIBLE!!!!! HORRIBLE!!!!! DON'T GO THERE!!!!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Covance full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    NO PROS! DON'T GO THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cons

    I had absolutely horrifying experience working for Covance! I wish I would have read reviews before accepting position at Covance! The traumatasing experience left me depressed! There was no training, back stabbing at all levels, not just management! Management are purely stupid, mostly uneducated and been put in their positions by same stupid unedicated higher management, who only cares about their own interests! Management have no idea what is going on in the company, they don't care about the company, have very unrealistic expectations of employees! Employees expected to work a lot of extra hours with no extra pay. There is bullying, harassment and discrimination at all levels! Management makes everyone feel missarble, encouraging reporting on other employees, therefore there is a huge mistrust between employees.There are whole disfuctional families are working at Harrogate site, including husbands, wifes, sisters etc... This people have been working in Harrogate site in excess of 30 years... They have no idea what is going on outside of Covance walls! They have been put in management positions purely for their time with the company and because they are useless outside of Covance! They are bullies and racists! I can't fully explain and put down in writing my horrifying experience! I do hope Covance will go out of business very soon! This company shouldn't exist, as it must be one of the worst employers in the world!

    Advice to Management

    I know that management don't listen and don't care, so it doesn't matter what we write here. They dont even bother to write comments to all negative reviews. They simply don't care! For something to change, there have to be complete change in management , who will be open to critisism and advise from employees, but I know this will never happen!


  11. Helpful (6)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Scientist in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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 Management

    Remember that a companies most valuable asset is it's employees - don't take advantage of them.



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