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If you are a robot this is the job for you.
Program Specialist (Current Employee) –  Gaithersburg, MD 20878April 28, 2017
Starting out was great. I was hired as a program specialist. This job goes by a point system. And thats where you have to watch out. I have seen two women carried out on a stretcher from being sick and not feeling well and they were both given a point for being SICK. Even if you have an emergency just know you have to choose whether to get a point or take care of your issue. Sad to say you are a slave working for Covance.
Pros
Good pay
Cons
You get a point for EVERYTHING!
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Never, ever get sick working at Covance
Customer Service (Former Employee) –  IndianaApril 27, 2017
Never, ever get sick at this company, do not take even intermittent FMLA, they don't care and even if you have PTO available they count it against you if it's not planned way ahead.

Management is very poorly trained and not available to employees. Horrible work environment and I think they did me a favor letting me go.
Pros
coworkers were great until they quit or were fired
Cons
no respect for employees at all
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Great learning Experience
Research Assistant III (Current Employee) –  West Trenton, NJApril 25, 2017
Good work chemistry amongst the lab. Chaotic work chemistry from project managers to lab staff. For that reason lab was always playing catch up with work and deadlines making for a fast pace sink or swim type of environment.
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Must Go Along to Get Along!
Program Specialist (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAApril 19, 2017
Good Pay. Health insurance benefits could be better. You are hired as a customer service representative, but its not about customer service. Every Penny will be Squeezed out of you. Very 3rd World Underdeveloped Country Culture/Environment (Covance is Global). Training done by seasoned co-workers (lots of room for moving up), training is horrible, you may be in a room the size of a closet with 15 others, if you complain, you become a target. Attitude here is not about caring for employees, but about producing for the Pharmaceutical clients who are wealthy, so Supervisors are stressed in which you will be stressed. They are just all over the place, NO ONE smiles, Very Depressing environment. You will need the PTO for a weekly "Mental Day".
Pros
PTO offered (will need it)
Cons
Horrible Training
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Inconsistent
Infusion Research Assistant (Current Employee) –  Madison, WIApril 18, 2017
The workload will either go from breakneck pace where you have to work 12 hour days with no break for 12 days straight, or it grinds to a dead halt and work hours become severely limited. The attitude of all the employees is terrible and and the turnover is extremely high.
Pros
Not much
Cons
Work weekends without days off, poor health insurance, irregular work load, Management doesn't care for its employees
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Cookbook chemistry
Analytical Chemist (Current Employee) –  Madison, WIApril 16, 2017
Working at Covance as a first job had its ups and downs in CFS. It was a good opportunity to get my foot into the working force and it helped that the work wasn't too overly complicated to begin a first job. Unfortunately, the work tends to be 'cookbook chemistry' and isn't all that intellectually demanding. Which to me made me feel like I lost some of my skills. The work culture here also seems to have more of an emphasis on quantity and not always quality. Though there have been some recent changes to improve this which is happy to see.
Pros
If you're a good worker most supervisors are flexible. Good PTO/holiday time off.
Cons
Cookbook chemistry, High turnover rate
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All in all, a good place to work
Sample Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Madison, WIApril 1, 2017
The typical day at work is what you make of it. They want to have you work your 40 hours. They have put restrictions on some groups overtime. But, if you have a busy lifestyle, this job works great. I am able to take a day off with my son and use a vacation day without any issues. The management lets you do your own thing, but they can be reminded when you are going above and beyond in the job.
Pros
Employee Stock Plan
Cons
Health insurance is hard to manage in WI
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Does not have a good work/life balance
Lead Study Technician (Former Employee) –  Madison, WIMarch 28, 2017
When working for Covance there is no such thing as a life outside of Covance. It is extremely unfortunate that this is the reason for my separation from the company. I thoroughly enjoyed my team and loved my position but the work load was too much. The expectations that they put on Lead study techs is unreasonable and if you are unable to fulfill their needs you will be pushed out, opportunities taken from you and eventually looking for a new job. If you have no family, able to work every weekend, and do multiple split shifts without question, you will be a great fit.
Pros
overtime
Cons
too much mandatory overtime
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The pay is good! Lots of training involved.
Program Specialist (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAMarch 24, 2017
Management is aweful!! Very young and unprofessional supervisors. A ton of work is expected and the hours are the worst. Plan on driving in traffic to work and going home to a two hour commute if you don't live near by.

There is a very high turn over. The medical is not that great either!! The dress code is a joke. Employees look like they just rolled out the bed. It was not a professional work environment at all!
Pros
Good pay.
Cons
Everything!!
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Good Place to Start
Pathology Technician (Current Employee) –  Madison, WIMarch 7, 2017
A good place to get experience and expand your skills. Lots of training is provided and they prefer to promote within. Most of the employees are young and they have a high turnover rate
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Good company
Research Specialist (Former Employee) –  Gaithersburg, MDMarch 4, 2017
Good place to work, very clean atmosphere, wonderful people. Learned a lot about the company and the services provided to family and members. Great potential for growth.
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Great place
Medical Case Worker (Former Employee) –  Greenfield, INFebruary 28, 2017
This place has a lot of perks to it! excellent staff great environment! but the turn over rate is crazy! Hear today gone tomorrow! Another is there are too many chiefs and not enough Indians!
Pros
Great work environment
Cons
unrealistic amount of work expected
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Good Pay, Bad Work Life
Customer Care Specialist (Former Employee) –  Greenfield, INFebruary 27, 2017
The pay was great, but you work long days, all this over time, and only have an half hour lunch. By the time you get home for the day you do not feel like doing anything else. Your life is completely taken over by this job, and that is why they pay so well.
Pros
Pay
Cons
Work life sucks
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Run like a sweatshop
PROGRAM SPECIALIST (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAFebruary 16, 2017
They time your bathroom breaks and run the place like a sweatshop. Do not expect to be allowed to develop relationships with your coworkers because unless you are strictly speaking about work, you are not allowed to speak to your coworkers (besides breaks/lunch of course).
Pros
It's a job
Cons
Environment, management, etc
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YOu have to make the most of it..
Program Specialist (Former Employee) –  CAFebruary 7, 2017
Especially if you come into the company from a temp agency, no one provides true support. communication is terrible and there is no help for the customers in a timely fashion. The company needs to reevaluate their materials and processes.
Pros
great experience and once permenant the benefits are great.
Cons
no job security, no support, constant change with no time to intgrate change...
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A Fun workpalce
Clinical Research Associate (Former Employee) –  Daytona Beach, FLJanuary 30, 2017
Management did not hold up to there end when it comes to accepting Employees with disabilities. Management Staff needs more training to be well rounded. Employees should not fear the upper authorities.
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Great place to work. Opportunity to advance
Data Entry (Former Employee) –  Greenfield, INJanuary 19, 2017
Great place to work. Opportunity to advance. Management is easy to communicate and work with. Great work place. Awesome co-workers.
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Fair company to work for
Staff Scientist II (Former Employee) –  Greenfield, INJanuary 19, 2017
Work environment / conditions vary widely depending on the department. The company is occasionally disjointed.
My experiences were largely positive. Management direction was frequently distant or lacking.
Pros
Wide variety of opportunities
Cons
Poorly organized on the large scale
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Fast Pace
Animal Technician (Current Employee) –  Madison, WIJanuary 9, 2017
A lot of moving around, fast pace scheduled threw out your day. Interact with different animals and people threw out your day in timed events, Rotational shifts and long work days
Pros
pay
Cons
Benefits and Just always beat going home
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short term
Program Specialist/Medical Call Center Data Entry (Current Employee) –  San Diego, CAJanuary 6, 2017
will not recommend working here.
staff and managers threat you like you are not worth and replace you quickly with new employees.
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