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Updated October 12, 2017
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  • Good work life balance at company (in 44 reviews)

  • Good benefits, great leadership, opportunities for growth (in 63 reviews)

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  1. "Standard CRO"

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    Former Employee - Study Director in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Study Director in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits and reasonable career opportunities in the right department

    Cons

    Old fashioned, no real leadership for changing convoluted processes.
    I suspect competition from China will hard them hard in the not to distant future

    Advice to Management

    Evolve with the times


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Incredibly high staff turnover"

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most people are lovely to work with

    Cons

    High staff turnover
    Rushed training (for some elements of the job)
    Understaffed
    Pressured environment
    No proper career structure- unclear why some people are paid more and are higher than others even with the same level of experience. Difficult to progress.

    Advice to Management

    Pay graduates equally, have a proper training scheme for new starters, do not give new starters supervisors who are based in a different country.

  3. "Facilities Manager"

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    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.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Reputable for research but left due to Bullying Culture"

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    Former Employee - Nurse in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Nurse in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Covance full-time

    Pros

    Huge company, some staff members are great and genuinely nice to work with, strong funding, great staff perks!

    Cons

    Strong bullying culture. One of the older female doctors is notorious for doing this and I saw her speaking to even volunteers as well as some student nurses in a disgusting way, but I mentioned it to management informally and NOTHING was done. I suspect it is because she's been with the company for many years. Cliquey nurses (especially some of the younger ones - there is too much of a schoolground atmosphere about things that should be taken seriously, especially when multiple trials are taking place with many volunteers in residence).

    Sometimes I have been concerned about mis placed paperwork and so on and been completely ignored because I am not part of the "in crowd." Made me concerned for patient safety but could do nothing. As a nurse you expect the busy times but this is why I left!

    Advice to Management

    Stamp out bullying. Just because certain staff members have been with Covance for years doesn't make it OK for them to speak badly to nurses or occasionally volunteers. Some staff retraining and firm workplace rules on bullying would not go amiss!!

    Also, the company needs to handle paperwork a LOT better - we have patient safety on the line because we are conducting trials, it's not OK to be messing up GP reports and so on.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Awful since LabCorp takeover"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Covance full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Location of the office is convenient. Used to have management that listened to overworked staff and rewarded innovation.

    Cons

    There is a payrise, promotion and headcount freeze company wide. Managers expecting unpaid overtime to cover workload. Morale is at all time low.

    Advice to Management

    Reward your staff and listen to their concerns or they will leave. Small departments can't afford to lose anyone without impacting client deliverables more than they already are.


  6. "Project Manager, PV&DSS"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager, PV&DSS in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager, PV&DSS in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice Team, Flexibility in WFH, Benefits, Pay

    Cons

    No work and home life balance, Dis organised.


  7. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Covance full-time

    Pros

    Good staff' facilities and vision

    Cons

    Nothing to report. All good.

    Advice to Management

    Carry on achieving

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Terrible management and work hours"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Staff in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Clinical Staff in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Covance full-time

    Pros

    Can request days off in the week for appointments etc, just have to work the weekend. Can learn some skills in clinic

    Cons

    Awful management, bullying culture within the workplace that is not addressed by management, actually seems to be encouraged (one of the main culprits actually encouraged by management to apply for a supervisor job!!). Awful pay compared to average, ridiculous working hours, either rushed off feet and completely understaffed or boring as hell. Would actively encourage people to not join.


  9. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Covance full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, fair wage, core office hours with the benefit of overtime if wanted.

    Cons

    Peaks and troughs in workload can result in very busy times.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your operational areas in regards to scheduling-they know how to do the job to a high quality.


  10. "Great experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Covance full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people
    very interesting work
    growing company
    Great benefits as expected from such a large multinational company

    Cons

    Can work long hours, but the overtime is great


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