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Covance Maidenhead Reviews

Updated April 13, 2017
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  • Work life balance is nearly impossible to have (in 63 reviews)

  • Absolutely no work life balance (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Facilities Manager"

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    Former Employee - Facilities Manager in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Facilities Manager in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great management, Good salary and benefits, Modern building with very good facilities, excellent support from the senior team, excellent personal development.

    Cons

    Not many downsides to working at Covance but the Industry not for everyone, Location of office is a bit remote but is very well equipped.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and dont change any of the manage styles or the culture of the company any time soon.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Awful since LabCorp takeover"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Covance full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Location of the office is convenient. Used to have management that listened to overworked staff and rewarded innovation.

    Cons

    There is a payrise, promotion and headcount freeze company wide. Managers expecting unpaid overtime to cover workload. Morale is at all time low.

    Advice to Management

    Reward your staff and listen to their concerns or they will leave. Small departments can't afford to lose anyone without impacting client deliverables more than they already are.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Rubbish place to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nothing much to talk about

    Cons

    Drug Safety section: Too much work, unorganised systems and processes. No work/ home life balance. Expects so much but gives nothing back! Does not look after it's staff- especially the permanent staff!

    Advice to Management

    Be more flexible with your permanent staff. Appreciate them and look after them. If not you will never be able to keep staff!


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Okay but wouldn't recommend to a good friend."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Covance full-time

    Pros

    Covance offers the opportunity to work from home or part-time for those that need it which is good for those with families. The Maidenhead office is brand new and quite bright so at least you can see the sun outside even if your skin will never feel it.

    Cons

    The office is very far away from the town center, the bus into town takes 15 minutes each way and with a 45 minute lunch break that leaves 15 minutes to rush around town, eat and get back to the bus. The canteen food is supposedly subsidised but it makes you wonder what the original cost was when a bag of quavers can set you back 90p and a main meal is normally £5+. The company do not like to pay for anything other than salaries, there is a 'sports and social club' that charges monthly but the money mainly goes towards events organised and attended by one particular group without notification to anyone else. Christmas parties will set you back £30+ and Christmas lunch (in the canteen) will set you back nearly £10.

    Advice to Management

    Show more appreciation to your long-term employees. Moral and productivity are strongly related, most employees feel very uninspired at the moment. Appreciation could be shown by giving opportunities to attend conferences or train in new skills. The pharmaceutical industry in general has a reputation for treating it's employees well but Covance is the odd one out in this case.

    Also more care should be taken when hiring new employees, this might help reduce the extraordinary employee turnover rate.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Looking to leave ASAP - seems to be the consensus"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I actually can't think of any pro's. Well the money is decent

    Cons

    Micromanagement - doesn't work for me. No work life balance. Individuals are friendly but no sense of team or team spirit. Every person I speak to seems to be looking to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Try treating employees with more respect, I have heard the way people talk to each other and it does not impress me. Line management patronising their line reports in an open plan office. And non issues being escalated unnecessarily.


  6. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good team
    good learning sessions
    Good office etiquette

    Cons

    horrible packages
    Stress
    Micro management
    non flexible timings

    Advice to Management

    Rewarding talent
    reduce management positions in between


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Simply not worth the effort"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    lots of nice people to work with

    Cons

    the environment is very political
    Senior leaders are incompetent and promote people in their own image

    Advice to Management

    Need for new leaders is evident at senior levels, they have simply been there too long


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