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Covance UK Reviews

Updated October 12, 2017
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  • Good work life balance at company (in 43 reviews)

  • Remote work allowed; Good benefits; Flexible (in 66 reviews)

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  1. "Standard CRO"

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    • Senior Management
    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. "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.

  3. "Student Intern"

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    Former Employee - Student SAS Programmer in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Student SAS Programmer in Leeds, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome environment.
    Everyone offers you help.
    You Learn a lot.

    Cons

    Training can be boring and long.
    May find yourself doing some work that make you feel not important.

    Advice to Management

    At the moment, I think it would be better to focus on training methods. Also making sure that someone is trained for that specific job role is important.


  4. "Great colleagues, poor progression opportunities"

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    Current Employee - QC Scientist in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - QC Scientist in Leeds, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    excellent colleagues, great intro to the industry, ideal as a first job

    Cons

    career development pathways poorly defined


  5. "Good company to work for as long as management like you."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate Ia in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Associate Ia in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly team, lots of opportunity for progression, free parking, hard work is recognised and awards are given in the form of vouchers.

    Cons

    For the amount of work you're given, the salary is not good, there seem to be managers for the sake of it.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Study Director in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Study Director in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global company, involve in helping pharmaceutical companies to put their medicines sooner on the market

    Cons

    staff cut, not enough resources in production

    Advice to Management

    to concentrate on resources and production rather than metrics and meetings


  7. Helpful (3)

    "If they can get way with paying you less, they will."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great training, very interesting work, the company culture is very focused on quality (quite rightly), everybody knows their role. Constantly striving to improve. I loved my job at Covance. Most of the people are nice, but there are some toxic colleagues, who should be avoided.

    Cons

    Less room to try something new, a real lack of career progression. Seriously under-trained line managers often with poor interpersonal skills and issues of their own, creating an an evironment of favouritism and crass decision-making. Some colleagues do not seem to have a handle on quality, but they are carried by their colleagues who are. The promotion criteria seem arbitrary to most people, including those promoted!

    Advice to Management

    Consider giving your staff who turn out high-quality work - consistently - a better salary, rather than giving others a raise just because they did something 'more' than their job. If they weren't doing their original job to high quality standards, why are they getting a raise if they are joing more, but badly?

  8. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good team
    good learning sessions
    Good office etiquette

    Cons

    horrible packages
    Stress
    Micro management
    non flexible timings

    Advice to Management

    Rewarding talent
    reduce management positions in between


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Covance - too much talk and not enough substance"

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    Current Employee - Study Director in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Study Director in Harrogate, England (UK)
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Can be a fairly dynamic work place. Opportunities do exist to move upwardly within the organisation if you are willing to tow the company line.

    Cons

    Poor systems, unwillingness to change, static thinking, lack of togetherness. Attracts some good staff but doesnt retain them. Most managers appear to be people who have stayed at the company for years and have created there own little kingdoms. This tends to result in a lack of cooperation and an insular approach to the other departments. More emphasis needs to be put on performing quality work and producing a quality product. This may impact on throughput and cost but the client retention is likely to improve.

    Advice to Management

    Try to have a thorough update of in house reporting systems and listen to staff about the problems with these systems. 6 sigma is too slow to remedy many of the immediate faults.


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