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"Too much outsourcing!!"

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Former Employee - Associate Project Manager in Princeton, NJ
Former Employee - Associate Project Manager in Princeton, NJ
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Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

The company provides a pleasant work environment, flexible schedule, and overall nice people to work with. Good pay and benefits as well.

Cons

Too much outsourcing - I had worked there for 5 years and every year they were outsourcing a new department. Otherwise, it is very bureaucratic, hard to get things done without approvals from 10 different people.

Advice to Management

Stop outsourcing! It is not the answer. A lot of the functions that have been outsourced have been failures. Sometimes it is most valuable to keep things in house.

Other Employee Reviews for Covance

  1. "Principal Investigator/Study Director"

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    Former Employee - Principal Investigator in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Principal Investigator in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the smartest and hardest working people work at Covance. The companies biggest assets are the people. Vacation and heath benefits are very good.

    Cons

    Top heavy company, management is selffish and not trained well for the job. The goal of the company is to find supervisors and managers who do not know daily activities, tasks or science. Their role is to "manage" people. Performance reviews are meaningless and unfair. People are chosen arbitrarily every year for improvement plans that allows the company not to pay out a bonus or increase salary.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up senior management and change strategy. There are too many zeros in your ranks! No one tells the truth and each manager muddles through until they get moved or promoted. The company is broken. You use your employees until they are burned out. You expect them to work late, early, weekends holidays and then you kick them during annual review time. The good managers leave the company our take demotions just so they don't have to the dirty deeds.


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    "great training, no career path"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant III in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant III in Chantilly, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    very flexible for family, great training opportunities, company is well recognized by other companies, great starter job, feel like i can work almost anywhere after here

    Cons

    unsupportive of employees desired career paths (for example if you want to be a development scientist they will train and prepare you to be one then transfer you to management or human resources even if you have no interest in that area), poor compensation in relation to other companies, managers did not seem to have much influence or control over developing their team of employees, high employee turnover

    Advice to Management

    a lot of time and energy is put into training employees but no incentive is given to them to stay with the company. also during my 3 years the company went through 5 restructuring. it would have been a better place to work if a little more thought went into the shakeups and there was more time for the dust to settle in between major policy changes

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