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Covance Madison Reviews

Updated April 25, 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 40 reviews)

  • Good benefits and career opportunities (in 58 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is nearly impossible to have (in 59 reviews)

  • Absolutely no work life balance (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Microbiology Technician"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Microbiology Technician in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Microbiology Technician in Madison, WI

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

    Pros

    Awesome coworkers!!! Great people to work with.

    Cons

    No home/work balance. If you only want to work 8 hours a day, this is not the place to work.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "20+ Year Employee Left Due to Covance being Sold"

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    Former Employee - Early Clinical Biometrics in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Early Clinical Biometrics in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Covance full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place for someone with no experience to learn and then leave after a few years. Rating given is after 2016 - prior that I would have given 4 or 5 stars in every category except work/life balance.

    Cons

    Covance WAS an excellent place to work until 2016 when LabCorp purchased them. LabCorp got rid of the day after Thanksgiving as a holiday, got rid of year-end bonus program, got rid of excellent health care benefits (best in industry) and replaced with bad, very expensive health care plan. They implemented wellness program, which was a joke.

    No work/life balance, management doesn't listen to their staff, location issues with communication and sharing of ideas. Need to be more competitive with salary otherwise you will lose long-term employees.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to listen to their staff rather than putting blinders on to any issues/problems. Too much is expected of supervisors and managers that they burn out after a few years. Covance needs to get back to old Covance philosophy of providing clients a quality product - rather than just getting it done quickly, cutting corners and saving money. LabCorp needs to let Covance be Covance instead adopting LabCorp philosophies.


  3. "Analytical Chemistry"

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    Current Employee - Analytical Chemist II in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Analytical Chemist II in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible Hours, Overtime is there if you need it. Great people to work with. Lots of great learning experiences that cause you to want to learn more.

    Cons

    Politically Driven, you need to basically get to know the managers and do more work then normal to get promoted faster.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Avoid at all costs"

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    Former Employee - Technician in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Technician in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great benefits prior to LabCorp merger

    Cons

    Covance has eliminated the only thing that has kept their employees around - the benefits. I have had more conversation with my new supervisor of 2 weeks than I had with my supervisor at Covance for 2.5 years. Extremely hostile work place. You'll be lucky to get a person to say good morning once per quarter - very unhappy employees. Management ignores daily animal welfare concerns but create issues out of thin air for employees that cost the company too much money. It's a true wonder how they get the number of clients they do. The work Covance does is entirely dependent on employee skill yet they seem to think a new hire fresh out of college will produce the same quality of results as a seasoned employee. Based on my tenure of 2.5 years alone, roughly one third of employees are let go for no apparent reason. Even after employment, management does everything in it's power to limit your growth in the industry. Don't be a Covance statistic, avoid at all costs.

    Advice to Management

    grow up


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Pros and Cons..."

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    Current Employee - Analyst III in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Analyst III in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large company, lost of different departments to choose from, plenty of exposure to big-name clients

    Cons

    New benefits are sub-par compared to other companies in the industry, generally ineffective management


  7. Helpful (7)

    "PIP Happy"

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    Current Employee - Administrative in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Administrative in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are decent; very nice to you for your training during the first year or so; work-life balance is strong;

    Cons

    They do not let mistakes go; they punish you for mistakes some of the time but not other times; if they give you a task and you fail at it, due to their insufficient training, you get put on a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP); watch out and make sure you do not make any mistakes; people are overall rude to one another and think they are God's gift to science; people whine behind your back to your boss if they do not like your attitude, rather than giving you a chance to make things right;

    Advice to Management

    Lighten up, grow up, and treat employees with more respect!


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Research assistant"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As much overtime as you want. No limit ever. Flexibility in some areas. The best coworkers anywhere. Good place for new college grads to gain a lot of experience that will serve them well elsewhere.

    Cons

    Bullying management style, poor compensation for long term employees, horrible benefits. Not a good place for workers looking for a stable long term job to support a family on.

    Advice to Management

    Turn over is high for a reason. You don't seem to care, but you might want to look into the benefits of having a satisfied and stable base.


  9. "PM"

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    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Madison, WI
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Madison, WI

    I worked at Covance as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very structured company, highly regulated.

    Cons

    Going through a re-structure. Need to improve some processes.


  10. "Nutritional Chemistry"

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    Current Employee - Analytical Chemist in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Analytical Chemist in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to get experience and build a career. There is a lot of room for career growth and promotion. Flexibility with schedules.

    Cons

    There is a lot of meetings and management "involvement". They like to implement new procedures even when they do not work well.


  11. "The hours are awful, you're treated fairly poorly, and are taken advantage of quite often with no accolades."

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    Current Employee - Study Technician II in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Study Technician II in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits (a bit pricey), you get overtime pay and time and a half pay on holidays. The level of security is nice.

    Cons

    You are expected to stay as late as it takes to finish your work even if the mistakes made are not your own, the work levels between technicians is never split in a fair way with some people getting to leave early every day and other staying 10+ hours everyday, retention rates are terrible so you are always understaffed

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to actually be leaders. Listen to our complaints and actually try to do something about it, and don't leave before the last technician. That shows how much you truly don't care about us.


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