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Covance Reviews

Updated September 19, 2018
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  • "Work life balance , Amazing potential to develop yourself" (in 49 reviews)

  • "Remote work allowed; Good benefits; Flexible" (in 71 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (16)

    "Good company to work for"

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    Former Employee - CTL in Fischer, TX
    Former Employee - CTL in Fischer, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone I worked with were very knowledgeable and great group of people. I also liked their benefits as there were many choices.

    Cons

    As I enjoyed working at covance, it wasn't easy advancing up to a line manager. They had management openings but required two plus years experience; there was only one management opening for those who had no managerial experience with 20 people applying for it.


  2. "clinical monitor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    working from home.Team orientated . growth opportunity

    Cons

    Befits are the bare minimum. Pay is below average

    Advice to Management

    none

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Database Design in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Database Design in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance
    Good management
    Good communication
    Easy movement
    Good career outlook

    Cons

    Benefits have changed dramatically
    Wages could be better


  4. "Program Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Program Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Program Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Covance offers a great benefits package and pays very well. The job is not hard but has lots of changes through out. Things are constantly changing but as long as you pay attention it is not a hard job.

    Cons

    The only thing i dislike is the occurrence policy for missing work. There should be ways to prove your absence was valid.


  5. "Foot in the door"

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

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

    Pros

    Good supervisors and people to work with.

    Cons

    Have no life outside of work. Your life is covance.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "DSPM"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Covance full-time

    Pros

    There were a few dedicated individuals amd the pay was decent.

    Cons

    Horrible costly benefits, everything moved to low cost centers and all other employees downsized. The low cost center employees are not capable and in the wrong time zone to complete all the tasks so it ends up getting picked up by the PMs or late. Unhappy disgruntled coworkers always looking for other jobs and everyone having to pick up where they leave off when they find them.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people in the US and quit trying to save money at the expense of quality and all of your workers.


  7. "Sr. Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Covance full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Promotion to deserving individuals is difficult to come by.

    Advice to Management

    Establish clear career paths for employees wanting to grow within the company.

  8. "Program specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Covance full-time

    Pros

    Solid 40 hours a week

    Cons

    Attendance policy is too strict

    Advice to Management

    Don't make sick people go to work just to keep their job!


  9. "Great people, but uncertain futures... Not for the faint-hearted"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Covance full-time

    Pros

    Passionate people who want to improve lives through their efforts.

    Cons

    Disenchanted workforce that continues to focus on looking for work in other places versus looking inside the company, due in large part to ongoing rolling layoffs for the last 2 years.

    Advice to Management

    Covance's mission was to get medicine to market faster. For years, they were very good at doing that. The company had heart, passion and vision. LabCorp took over several years ago and the bottom fell out. People were downsized by growing numbers and that trend continues today. I've seen a number of the Covance Way winners tossed out the door. Why would any company do that to the top 1% of their producers? The cost to replace these dedicated performers cannot compare to the commitment they had for their jobs and the company's mission. Perhaps the HR team needs to revisit their own team, but will that ever happen? Probably not. For now, it seems that dicarding the best of the best is a trend that continues.


  10. "No Balance"

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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

    Pros

    They'll pay you what you work for. In my department, there's unlimited overtime.

    Cons

    In life toxicology (also known as animal operations) is a horribly managed department. Pay is not sufficient for the amount or quality of work we do. They require you to work 4 out of every 12 weekends, and 4 holidays a year. There is no work/life balance. Employee turnover is very high. Benefits aren't great. The job is physically demanding, and after doing it for a while, my body is starting to show wear. There's limited opportunity for growth in the department.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to improve training and growth to keep good technicians around. Hold people accountable when they are unable, unwilling, or incapable of doing their job efficiently. Provide some benefit other than compensation for staying in the department for extended lengths of time (fewer weekends/holidays).


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