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Updated February 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 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. Featured Review

    Helpful (22)

    "Going Strong"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company strives to improve, take care of its customers and grow the business. It is a very positive environment with great co-workers, benefits and compensation.

    Cons

    Hours tend to be a bit long. Rapid growth means the organization is perpetually understaffed despite continual hiring of new talent

    Advice to Management

    Beware of acquisitions. Your success is in your people not those behind the curtain.


  2. "So-So"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Healthcare was pretty good, pay was mediocre.

    Cons

    Absolutely no work life balance.


  3. "Best corporate work experience in my LIFE!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Assistance Counselor
    Current Employee - Financial Assistance Counselor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flexible and accommodate to your needs. They allow you enough time to learn the material as well. I love working here.

    Cons

    Very high paced environment and continous updates and changes. Don't get too comfortable because procedures change often but not too complicated.


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  5. "Clinical Line manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Have a great manager here

    Cons

    Good opportunities for growth and getting clinical experience


  6. "Marketing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Covance full-time

    Pros

    People, projects and mission of the organization.

    Cons

    Work/life balance and shortage of well-trained managers.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on people and training managers of people.


  7. "Easy Job for the Pay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Specialist in Greenfield, IN
    Current Employee - Program Specialist in Greenfield, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent Benefits. Coworkers are great. If your supervisor finds out that you're looking at other jobs within the company, some will go out of their way to help.

    Cons

    No more bonuses. Since they were purchased by LabCorp the benefits have gotten much worse. Micro-managed beyond belief. Some supervisors will play favorites and it's very obvious. Expectations are set by clients who have little to no experience actually doing the work that is being performed.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Pros and Cons..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. "Covance is a good work environment with good peeps but lots of antiquated processes and platforms."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate II in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate II in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Support from line managers is great
    Pay is pretty good
    General 'happy' feeling from most all personnel
    Scheduling is normally in CRA's hands, and company supports this in most cases
    Paid time off is pretty decent
    Line managers generally very responsive and huge ally when it comes to issues and resourcing

    Cons

    Often PMs and Leads don't understand clinical and/or data management pieces well enough to support a team of CRAs
    Technology is behind on a number of levels (CTMS, TMF, expense reporting) which makes extra work across the board
    Numerous things requested if on-the-road CRAs that could easily be done by in-house personnel
    Bases promotions on years of experience and not necessarily quality of work and knowledge of job
    Allocations often don't consider the full scope of work that you're expected to do


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company, Poor Line Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Booming business, interesting work, growth opportunities abound.

    Cons

    Horrible management at the line level, project management is broken and has terrible leadership, new and promising CEO.

    Advice to Management

    Lead from a place of respect and you'll deliver messages much more effectively. Upper management: Put in place leaders who are knowledgeable on the work the people they manage do--it will go a long way.


  11. "Not all its cracked up to be..."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Covance full-time

    Pros

    The agents made it feel like family. The new health benefits are great.

    Cons

    Upper management was weak and unorganized. Short sighted and often known to play favorites. Hypocritical in many situations. If you were well liked you were protected. The anxiety in that place is palpable. The actual working environment is subpar for a company of this size and there are no plans to improve it. What company allows bedbugs to be an issue for over 5 months. And to house agents in a room next to the animals is a huge distraction.



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