Covance Employee Reviews in United States

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Terrible place to work
Stationary Engineer II (Former Employee) –  Greenfield, INAugust 6, 2015
I worked in powerhouse for 13 years. The last 3 after Covance took over were the worst three years I have ever had. Supervisor was unqualified and played serious favorites. Several employees needed to be reigned in, but never were. Work load was never fairly distributed. Personal confrontation was the norm and seemed to be encouraged. Just an all around terrible experience under Covance. Before Covance powerhouse was a great place to work.
Pros
Schedule
Cons
Supervisor, narcissistic fellow employees, good old boy system
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Terrible Management
Contract Management (Former Employee) –  Princeton, NJJuly 24, 2015
This was the absolute worst position I have ever had. Management talked about people, treated people unfairly, played "favorites" and provided little to no feedback unless it was putting you down. The turn-around for employees was terrible, a total revolving door. Very long work days and unreasonable hours, which didn't matter to management. Some people we're able to work from home others we're told no with no explanation. The only plus was having decent co-workers that we're looking out for each other.. including helping each other leave this place!
Pros
Co-Worker's
Cons
Childish Management, Long Days
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Caring company, friendly environment
Specialist, Global Document Review Lead (Current Employee) –  Nashville, TNAugust 18, 2015
The people in the Nashville office are friendly. You will find a variety of ages and ethnicities. It's casual and professional all at the same time! Covance itself cares about people and how Covance can make a difference in this world.
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Fast paced environment
Sample Management Specialist I (Current Employee) –  West Trenton, NJOctober 7, 2015
Very busy and attention to detail is a must. there is always overtime available. Working with numbers all day and can be easy to make mistakes.
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Not a Good workplace
Program Specialist (Former Employee) –  Gaithersburg, MDJune 15, 2015
Not a good job they make you do all the senior employee work I would never work there again. only 30 minute lunches. You work like a slave. As a temp they except you to make 50 calls a day. while the permanent employees sit on there butts and talk all day. I never enjoyed this job the whole time the supervisior watched you like a hawk,
Cons
supervisior Marneda See
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Very Diverse
Program Specialist II (Current Employee) –  Gaithersburg, MDSeptember 22, 2015
The co workers and other agents are very friendly. The company has made alterations and improvements to the working enviroment. This has made work more enjoyable.
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Good for a starter job.
Analytical Chemist (Current Employee) –  Indianapolis, INJuly 8, 2015
This is a nice place to work for a starter job, to get your feet wet. A very high turnover rate. No chance for advancement. Also ways new management and employees.
Pros
Monthly Outings in an atempt to keep everyone sane and happy.
Cons
They expect you to give up your life outside of work.
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Acceptable
Program Representative (Former Employee) –  Gaithersburg, MDJune 18, 2015
I would recommend this company to anyone that is in need of a job but not necessarily for advancement or room for growth. It is a great job if you are looking to maintain a stable job with no room for advancement. Busy environment and multi-tasking are daily necessities.
Pros
Diversity
Cons
Short lunch breaks
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Be ready to be abused as a temp and get lied to by Covance
Production Specialist II (Former Employee) –  Gaithersburg, MDFebruary 6, 2016
If you survive their torture training for one month then keep reading. Time sheets are tracked by a software CISCO that constantly logs you out giving the appearance that you left from work. Employees constantly receive emails alerting them that CISCO has logged them out, therefore NO pay. You constantly have to submit email notification begging to please fix and approve your hours so you can get paid for the errors CISCO made.
Every week you get scored via pdf report. If on the phone with a customer you did not say "could i please put you on hold" vs "I am going to put you on hold". You get marked down.

If you are a Randstad temp, they give the power to Covance supervisors to modify your time sheet as they please, if there is a discrepancy and you argue too much, they will let you go on the spot with no warnings.
Run by females. A black supervisor has envy of other attractive female temps and in 6 months of work will speak with you 4 times max.

The manager of the entire call center never speaks to a temp. She constantly scary emails to warn you that if she sees your cellphone on your desk, you are gone. No questions asked.

Most employees are black in their 20s, if you are above 40 you have more chances to be let go. I saw it with my own eyes.
Pros
Elegant building, over time
Cons
short breaks, hostile feel, 65-68 degree temp
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Terrible, office politics, bad management, advance only if you are buddy buddy with management
Program Specialist (Former Employee) –  Greenfield, INMay 15, 2015
I worked at Covance for awhile as a Program Specialist. I loved the work I was doing, but I started to hate it when I realized how high school Covance is. There is lots of drama, no privacy, once you clock in that's it, you can't talk to anyone else without being looked down on, lots of office gossip, the only people that get advanced in the company are the ones that all stick together and are buddy buddy with management, and half the people who get promoted don't do their job well and abuse their leadership. The best feeling I ever had was leaving that company. You have to be a yes man to work there, and you also have to be friends with management to advance in your career.
Pros
Benefits, and decent schedule
Cons
Terrible management, bad training, unorganized and very high school environment
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Poor Management, No Organization, Mgmt Doesn't Have a Clue
Accounting (Former Employee) –  GreenfieldJune 1, 2015
One of the worst experiences in my life. Your supervisor/mgr doesn't really even take an active role in your position. Very high school like. Supervisors have their own 'click' of employees that they go to lunch with and such. Supervisors don't even put in an 8 hour day at the office. No organization. Training is pathetic if you get it. Most of the times you have to find other people you work with and get them to try and train you. Don't question anything because then you are seen as not being a "team player" yet that team doesn't seem to have to include managers as they just come and go as they please and are more worried about who they are going drinking with after work. Run very fast in the other direction. Very sad situation. Most in the department would like to speak up but they can't because they need their jobs. Sinking Ship !!!!
Pros
co workers were nice
Cons
Management is bad, Training is bad, Very Clicky environment
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Productive and Helpful work environment
Program Representative (Former Employee) –  Greenfield, INAugust 6, 2015
Productive work environment with helpful associates and supervisors. Everyone is able to work as a team in a calm, collect environment.
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Another great work culture that was "family oriented"
Supervisor - Lab Animal Care (Former Employee) –  VirginiaMay 30, 2015
I had the privilege of supervising a group of dedicated and knowledgeable employees. The management staff was supportive and I learned a great deal from everyone at the site.
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Informative workplace
Program Specialist (Current Employee) –  Gaithersburg, MDJune 5, 2015
very busy, micro managed, co workers family oriented., rate of pay low. management not friendly. looking for new opportunities were I am able to enhance my current skills while growing with the company.
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Work extremely hard, and play hard!
Miration Team Lead (Former Employee) –  Madison, WI,January 16, 2015
My typical day at work as the Team Lead involved every aspect of rolling out over 3,500 win7 computers. Scheduling with project managers, leading best scheduling bets time , as not to interupt production.

Metoring the Techs, dealing upset clients, managers, etc. I olisten, and offer solutrions,not excuses.
Pros
freedom to run my crew, cross training and also placing to naturally strng player in the correct roles.
Cons
high security making it sometime difficlt to perform you duties, locked doors, etc.
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Most employees are Temps
Program Specialist (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAJanuary 26, 2015
The work environment is friendly and enjoyable. You are only employed until they loose there contract with a specialty drug company. If they are able to keep the contract for more than two years then they decide who they are going to make permanent. There was A LOT of overtime given during the first 3-4 months of the year.
Pros
good pay, a lot of overtime
Cons
they lost the contract
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Negative Atmosphere no Room for Advancement
Employee (Current Employee) –  VirginiaDecember 18, 2014
Should have the small company relaxed atmosphere where everyone knows everyone and management would not avert their eyes when they pass you in the hallway. What it is, stressful atmosphere, please the clients at your personal sacrifice, relinquishing PTO, outside work normal lifestyle, be a yes person, if you speak up you will get reprimanded, only golden children will advance, even if they can't do the job. There is constant backstabbing, nobody is ever willing to speak up, especially if they erred. There is no appreciation from management, there is no open door policy, they will not even listen to anything you might have a view, idea, comment on.
My opinion, if you are looking for a job, look elsewhere unless you are desperate!
Pros
paycheck
Cons
pto is frowned upon, no appreciation, lack of
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Stressful but great benefits
Global Project Manager (Current Employee) –  Indianapolis, INApril 7, 2015
Covance is a high pressure results oriented workplace. They have good training and mentoring programs in place to try and help you get adjusted early in your new position. Management is very good and listens to feedback.
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Could be a great job if they listened to the employees of why they can't retain trained employees.
Project Specialist (Former Employee) –  Greenfield, INJanuary 13, 2015
A typical day is starting 60 seconds after shift starts or you are late and 60 seconds to clock out at end of shift or considered OT and frowned on. Inbound calls screening patients for financial assistance for medication that they can not afford or do not have insurance for. Training is extremely fast paced and if you can not produce immediately you are terminated and most of the staff is based on temporary employees. Co- workers were fine to work with and it was great being able to help someone in need find coverage for the medication. The hardest part of the job is it changes continuously daily and there are too many people telling you how to do it and they don't agree on the process. Standards are not consistent for the way they treat employees and show much favoritism.
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Exciting and demanding place to work
Vice President (Former Employee) –  Princeton, NJFebruary 13, 2015
Covance is a company that nicely balances delivering value to clients while also investing in their employees. The staff highly skilled and care deeply about the quality of the service delivered to clients.
Pros
great opportunities and work/life balance
Cons
vision not always clear
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3.1
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