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Gone downhill

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Covance full-time for more than 8 years

Pros

Working remotely, benefits, PTO, Bonus

Cons

Lack of company culture, greediness, male dominated funnel

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst job I've ever had

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Princeton, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ (US)

    I have been working at Covance full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - PTO time isn't bad (of course, that assumes you can actually take time off without getting grief from your project leads)
    - Some managers allow work at home

    Cons

    As my title states- overall the worst job I've ever had (and that includes retail jobs I worked at in high school!). Some of the key issues:
    - Poor management. Example- after 6 months, employee asked their manager if they had any input on their performance. Manager gave employee a blank stare and said "Well, I don't really work with you on any studies.".... Manager was actually the project lead assigned to supervise 2 of the employee's studies.
    - Occasionally abusive management. I have seen more than a couple people practically (or actually) in tears after getting screamed at by their manager or project leads. Some people called on the carpet in front of clients without prior notice, which is just ridiculously unprofessional.
    - Appallingly poor training. I have never worked at a company with such a scatter-shot training program.
    - Slow path to advancement in some departments. Several good employees in my department have been leaving because they were frustrated with the promotion process. You need to serve a 2-year minimum "sentence" - it does not matter how well (or how poorly) you work.
    - Good workers are slammed with work and others (namely, pals of management) slide. Some people spend most of their day screwing around, while others have to work overtime just to keep up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TRAINING!!
    - Teach your managers how to manage- some of the managers that want to try, don't seem to know where to begin
    - Train your staff on how to do their jobs rather than just berate them when they don't meet your (unclear) expectations

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    great training, no career path

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant III  in  Chantilly, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant III in Chantilly, VA (US)

    I worked at Covance full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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