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Covance - too much talk and not enough substance

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Current Employee - Study Director  in  Harrogate, England
Current Employee - Study Director in Harrogate, England

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

Other Reviews for Covance

  1.  

    A lot of career development in Ph II-IV

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Nashville, TN (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN (US)

    I have been working at Covance full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Middle management cares about employees and offers a lot of career development opportunities. Flexibility with working from home. Really talented colleagues to learn from.

    Cons

    Striking work life balance can be hard, especially when you are really committed to your team. Salaries are lower than other CROs. 401k match was reduced to 4.5%.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We appreciate your focus on community service. There needs to be a re-evaluation of benefits (salary, bonus, stock, 401k match, PTO, etc). Thank you for making solid business decisions that help us continue to grow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Interesting experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Bucharest (Romania)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Bucharest (Romania)

    I worked at Covance full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Type of studies (global, complex)

    Cons

    No work-life balance; office politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach

    No opinion of CEO
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