Covance

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Covance - too much talk and not enough substance

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Study Director in Harrogate, England (UK)
Current Employee - Study Director in Harrogate, England (UK)

I have been working at Covance

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 ManagementAdvice

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.

No opinion of CEO

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    Stay 3 years, get experience, and move out!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA (US)

    I have been working at Covance

    Pros

    I really geniunely like my coworkers. The workplace and the attaire requirements are pretty informal. People genuinely want to do a good job, and tend to overcome any obstacles to make sure that things are done correctly and ontime. The benefits (health, 401k, dental) are top notch, which makes it very difficult to want to leave this company. The company also really does some amazing work. Very few people get to go home at the end of the day feeling like they've done something for humanity - Covance employees get that opportunity. Benefits and coworkers are the best reasons to work for Covance.

    Cons

    In the past three or four years, Covance has increased the number of rooms, facilities and workload. The senior management was not well prepared to handle the increase in work. They did not adaquately staff and, as a result, exisiting employees were left to carry out a higher workload than anticipated. This resulted in a number of challenges to staff: errors, stress, unhappiness. There are two additional facilities that are expected to come "online" in the next 3 years, but internal recruitment for those facilities has failed miserably. Senior management has required that staff interested in transferring laterally to the new facilities must go through interviews for the positions that they currently hold. Additionally, relocation packages are not discussed until after the interviews. This makes it impossible to judge whether you really would be interested in moving, and wastes both the interviewer and interviewee's time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The biggest complaint would be that management has no idea what their staff does on a daily basis. They have a tendancy of changing or adding tasks without ever thinking through how the new process will be accomplished. They need to start understanding what their product is and how it is being delivered.

    No opinion of CEO
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    Company definitely should be looked at.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Princeton, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Princeton, NJ (US)

    I worked at Covance

    Pros

    Covance gives you great work life balance. The people are very friendly and hard work is recognized. Great CEO and HR. The company gives you great opportunities to move to higher level positions. They provide great training and also give out bonuses.

    Cons

    Needs better competitive pay.
    Needs more diversity. The the pay was more competitive Covance would be an amazing place to work at because you feel good when coming to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people, Hire more young people.

    Recommends
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