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Covance Reviews

Updated April 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 40 reviews)

  • Good benefits and career opportunities (in 58 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is nearly impossible to have (in 59 reviews)

  • Absolutely no work life balance (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Sr Clinical Operations Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Covance full-time

    Pros

    - Forward thinking leadership, setting clear goals & expectations
    - Engaged workforce
    - Quantity of PTO that allows for true work-life balance

    Cons

    -- change sometimes takes too long to implement
    - health care deductible high , seems to be standard though in industry

    Advice to Management

    Continue to seek open communication and new opportunities to engage the workforce and our clients. Critically evaluate what is being measured.


  2. "chemist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Covance full-time

    Pros

    The working environment is good. The people are nice and willing to teach you.

    Cons

    underpaid
    Heavy workload
    Understaffed
    Benefit slowly being removed due to reason of reducing operation cost


  3. "Clinical Research Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Ok Benenfits, Good Management, Yearly Raises based on performance

    Cons

    No Bonuses, Work Life Balance isn't great

    Advice to Management

    Bring back bonuses


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Clinical Research Associate"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Outstanding CRA training. It would be made even better if they offered protocol training once assigned to a project. I was given the protocol and the monitoring plan and that was pretty much it.

    Cons

    The infrastructure/systems are shockingly antiquated....Lotus Notes anyone! The CTMS and eTMF systems desperately need to be updated. Success or failure really depends on your LM or CTL. If you get a good one you are golden, it you get a bad one you life will be miserable.

    Advice to Management

    CRA's who are home based can feel very isolated from HR and support if there are issues with a LM or CTL.


  6. "Program specialist...at a daycare."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Specialist
    Former Employee - Program Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay. As an entry level position with no minimum qualifications besides breathing, it pays well. Ample PTO, when they 'authorize' it. Good place to learn basic skills: data entry, customer service, multi tasking.

    Cons

    The "team". Because this place hires mostly temps, the people you are working with have basically zero work ethic. Managment wont fire people who are clearly not fit for the job until they dont show up enough times. If you are a person who has work ethic, integrity and a fully functiining brain you will go crazy here. Most of the temps come in to collect a paycheck and countdown till lunch/ end of shift. Rude, childish and lazy behavior is standard here. As much as you try to do your best, there are 10 others who are doing the bare minimum making your job harder and more stressful. The turnover rate is insane and sometimes that can be good to weed out the duds. Management breathes doen your neck like youre back in elementary school and ita fitting because most of the time youre left working with bratty children. I cant stress enough how hard it is to do a good job when youre surrounded by people who should be working in fast food or retail.

    Advice to Management

    Please vet the temps you hire. Stop bringing bodies that are clueless and make everyones lives difficult. Quality always beats quantity. Maybe it wouldn't be such chaos if your employees actually payed attention to what theyre doing.


  7. "Don't GO!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Covance full-time

    Pros

    Co-workers are great! over time good when they offer it

    Cons

    it's hell, a septic tank. you're a temp for a year and get converted over for a dollar and some change. the management is very sensitive and doesn't know how to do their job!! always feels disrespected when you give your opinion. very high turn over

    Advice to Management

    grow a pair, and care about your employees


  8. "senior scientist"

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

    Pros

    good place as a first job out of school. Nice team work for training.

    Cons

    benefit needs to be improved.


  9. "Meaningful work, balanced life, career growth at a pace you set."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Director in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My corporate group's leadership walks their talk. I work long hours (late night calls with the US), but they are on my terms: flexibility is embedded in my team culture. I am able to dive deep into stimulating work while still carving out space to enjoy my young family. My manager cares about my growth and finds opportunities for me to pursue my interests, but allows me to set the pace. I get to work on interesting problems that matter.

    Cons

    Some processes are outdated and overly complex - bloated with waste built up over time. Parent company Labcorp is still HQ-centric.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace technology. Invest in innovative tools that enable productivity.


  10. "Facilities Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Could be better"

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

    I worked at Covance full-time

    Pros

    Huge company so lots of room to grow.

    Cons

    Poor work environment and long hours.


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