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Covance Reviews

Updated April 20, 2018
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  • Good work life balance at company (in 45 reviews)

  • Remote work allowed; Good benefits; Flexible (in 69 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (10)

    "Good company to work for"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. Helpful (2)

    "Covance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company affords a flexible workday, which allows me to spend time with my family and get my daughter to activities that she does. I also have the capability to work remotely for part of the week. The work/life balance is great and that is important to me.

    Cons

    The benefits are not very good since being bought by LabCorp. There is a lot of change going on right now and the company is not as transparent about the goings-on as its employees would like.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Lots of work always to be done"

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Officer in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Officer in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    (Other areas not around animals) have flexible hours. Just communicate with supervisor and pretty flexible start and end times. If your work is spent viewing items on a computer, you may be able to do part of your work at home— again communication with your supervisor is critical. I love being able to work from home after being at the dentist, etc!

    Cons

    Some of the areas of the business suffer from very poor management. Look up Linked in article— the seven reasons people leave their jobs are because of bad management— yes this is true in some areas of Covance. Ask about turnover rates and steer clear of the areas with that high turnover! Other supervisors are some of the best I have worked with. Some supervisors micromanage and delegate their job duties to those they supervise, then in turn discuss the work as presented by themselves, so they get the glory from uppermost management without acknowledging that it came from the workerbees who did the work. (SOP writing, data mining, to name examples where this occurs)

    Advice to Management

    Ask those supervisors who have been constantly losing their employees why, or look for trends to determine the ones who most likely need to be relieved of the “supervisor” status. Clean house with the ones who have been there over 15 years and have a hard time resting employees. It’s not rocket science.


  4. "Not great"

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    Current Employee - Program Specialist in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Program Specialist in Gaithersburg, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    easy to get hired, plenty of parking

    Cons

    management, salary, office politics, stress, turn over rate


  5. "It's a review!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Covance full-time

    Pros

    You can really feel like you're helping people. Knowing that you can help people live better lives is really a great thing.

    Cons

    Pay is not as good as it can be working for medical manufacturers directly.


  6. "They don't practice what they preach"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Covance full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Money, benefits, location, cafeteria on site since you work so hard

    Cons

    Hours, workload, culture, management

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach


  7. "Client Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Coordinator in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Client Coordinator in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and opportunity for growth

    Cons

    Supervisors could be more hands on.

  8. "Poor Candidate Care"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great company at the core

    Cons

    The way recruitment and the powers that be take care of prospective employees/candidates is extremely poor. They should be ashamed of themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your candidates. Don't make them wait over a month for a response - whether it is a yes or no. That isn't fair and makes it look like you do not care whether you fill a position or not


  9. "Sr. PM"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Covance full-time

    Pros

    - Great and helpful team members

    Cons

    - Training is sub-par
     - Sr. Mgmt poor with communication as well as line management

    Advice to Management

    Allow people to properly line manage so not just getting 5 minute calls every other month to 'check in' to see how one is doing. Line managers need to be engaged.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Mistake"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Services
    Current Employee - Client Services
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Starting PTO is great. Benefits and pay are outstanding as long as you are comfortable with the starting salary. Increases are minimal.

    Cons

    NO work/life balance. No flexibility. Many long evenings. Training is better for office based employees. Discord among teams is toxic and awkward for those involved.

    Advice to Management

    Train your management to be managers, don't expect them to figure out people management. Have employees provide feedback on managers.


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