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Covance Reviews

Updated May 18, 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 41 reviews)

  • Good benefits and career opportunities (in 58 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is nearly impossible to have (in 61 reviews)

  • Absolutely no work life balance (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work. Benefits are standard, Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K, stock purchase. People are also very nice."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Conshohocken, PA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Conshohocken, PA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, Management is very flexible concerning time away from work.

    Cons

    Sometimes they advance people that are not deserving of advancement.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  2. Helpful (1)

    "research and development associate"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate I in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Research Associate I in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    the benefits are good. The management is very encouraging and understanding and they do not micro manage. The compensation provided is also good

    Cons

    I do not see any downsides of working for Covance except that the work can be hectic at times but that can happen at any place

    Advice to Management

    Continue the good work and we can surely achieve all the goals that we set for ourselves. Look forward to working for you for a long time


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work with lots of friends."

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    Current Employee - Quality Control Technician in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Quality Control Technician in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is very friendly atmosphere with some of the best benefits in the area. Covance allows adjusted start times to allow for family schedules.

    Cons

    Some positions require 60+ hours of work a week just to keep up with work. While this provides great paychecks, it can put a strain on a persons social life.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Very rewarding. Science and helping health outcomes for people are cutting edge."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very exciting industry. Client interaction is always very postivie. We are solving health problems world wide. It is very rewarding.

    Cons

    Some decisions made by our clients are out of our control. Poor study results may force a customer to change it's mind on pursuing a drug in development and that affects our forecast for the future as well.

    Advice to Management

    Senior level relationships with industry are key. Keep making those strategic deals that are awin/win for all parties involved... customers, employees and the communities we live in.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Hit the ground running, because this place moves fast!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If management agrees something is going to happen and it gets funding, it gets done! The culture is open, not very hierarchical. Covance is honest with themselves about where they are good and where they need to do better. Decision making is swift and unequivocal. Deadwood employees have a very short half-life.

    Cons

    Salary is lower than big pharma because CRO industry margins are lower. Business is more sharply cyclical than pharma so you need to stay alert to sudden changes.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up your improvements in your Informatics capabillities.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great, unexpected experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Medical Technologist I in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Medical Technologist I in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was really worried about starting at Covance because it is such a big company with so many employees. It looks a lot like a factory. However, in my first couple of months I have learned that the people are very friendly and easy to get along with. There really is no drama like I have had in past jobs. I like it a lot so far and can't imagine working for a better company. Also, it pays about $4 an hour more than most hospitals in the area with plenty of opportunities for advancement in you work hard.

    Cons

    So far I have seen no cons.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Absolutely excellent."

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    Former Employee - Report Coordinator in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Report Coordinator in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Covance full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Paid time off, health benefits, quality of employees hired, and general atmosphere are unparalleled. A three hour interview process for all employees was helpful in creating a great team atmosphere.

    Cons

    No cons working at Covance. If you're working at any of the midwest sites it may be a bit cold, but they keep the heat on. Plus you can snowboard.


  9. "Incredible"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Marketing in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing culture, great thought leaders.

    Cons

    Wish there were more opportunities for full time hiring.


  10. "Great place"

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

    Pros

    Great place, happy to work for company

    Cons

    Don't have anything negative to say


  11. "Not great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The people are great and it's very laid back.

    Cons

    Low salary. We're working hard to avoid getting laid off, but the company is making lots of money!

    Advice to Management

    Cross functional training, more pay!


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