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Covance Leeds Reviews

Updated March 16, 2017
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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 41 reviews)

  • Good benefits and career opportunities (in 58 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is nearly impossible to have (in 62 reviews)

  • Absolutely no work life balance (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Covance full-time

    Pros

    Good staff' facilities and vision

    Cons

    Nothing to report. All good.

    Advice to Management

    Carry on achieving


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Reputable for research but left due to Bullying Culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Nurse in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Nurse in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Covance full-time

    Pros

    Huge company, some staff members are great and genuinely nice to work with, strong funding, great staff perks!

    Cons

    Strong bullying culture. One of the older female doctors is notorious for doing this and I saw her speaking to even volunteers as well as some student nurses in a disgusting way, but I mentioned it to management informally and NOTHING was done. I suspect it is because she's been with the company for many years. Cliquey nurses (especially some of the younger ones - there is too much of a schoolground atmosphere about things that should be taken seriously, especially when multiple trials are taking place with many volunteers in residence).

    Sometimes I have been concerned about mis placed paperwork and so on and been completely ignored because I am not part of the "in crowd." Made me concerned for patient safety but could do nothing. As a nurse you expect the busy times but this is why I left!

    Advice to Management

    Stamp out bullying. Just because certain staff members have been with Covance for years doesn't make it OK for them to speak badly to nurses or occasionally volunteers. Some staff retraining and firm workplace rules on bullying would not go amiss!!

    Also, the company needs to handle paperwork a LOT better - we have patient safety on the line because we are conducting trials, it's not OK to be messing up GP reports and so on.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Terrible management and work hours"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Staff in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Clinical Staff in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Covance full-time

    Pros

    Can request days off in the week for appointments etc, just have to work the weekend. Can learn some skills in clinic

    Cons

    Awful management, bullying culture within the workplace that is not addressed by management, actually seems to be encouraged (one of the main culprits actually encouraged by management to apply for a supervisor job!!). Awful pay compared to average, ridiculous working hours, either rushed off feet and completely understaffed or boring as hell. Would actively encourage people to not join.


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  5. "Student Intern"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student SAS Programmer in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Student SAS Programmer in Leeds, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome environment.
    Everyone offers you help.
    You Learn a lot.

    Cons

    Training can be boring and long.
    May find yourself doing some work that make you feel not important.

    Advice to Management

    At the moment, I think it would be better to focus on training methods. Also making sure that someone is trained for that specific job role is important.


  6. "Research technician"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Technician in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Technician in Leeds, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Get to meet lots of different people everyday due to working on the volunteers.
    Every day is different- can be working on different studies, the nurses station, the volunteer entrance, or qcing data.
    Has a kitchen and cafeteria which serves hot food every day, plus free hot drinks!
    Shift work- tend to finish early around 3pm.
    Pay for taxis if you rely on public transport and you have an early or late shift.

    Cons

    Working on a bank contract can be very unpredictable- you may be doing 50 hours a week or just 3 hours.
    Days can be long- may be required to work 12 hour shifts.
    Shifts usually start at 7am (or earlier).
    Hard to move up in this role- unless someone leaves from a higher department.


  7. "Great colleagues, poor progression opportunities"

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    Current Employee - QC Scientist in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - QC Scientist in Leeds, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    excellent colleagues, great intro to the industry, ideal as a first job

    Cons

    career development pathways poorly defined


  8. 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)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Covance full-time (More than 5 years)

    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?


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Exciting, challenging, never a dull moment."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Trample employees to attain maximum profit"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company offer an excellent salary

    Cons

    A blame culture exists to compensate for ineffective management systems

    Advice to Management

    Reward your staff with more than money to reduce your high turn over. It will save you money in the long run


  11. "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)
    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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