This review explained so much for me. Covance is by far the oddest place I have interviewed with for a job. Here are "some" of the reasons, due to space constraints.
1. Every other company I have interviewed with set me up to meet with the person I would be directly working under for my first interview. I interviewed with someone from HR at Convance for my first interview.
2. When I asked what position I was interviewing for, the recruiter wasn't able to give me an answer. However, I was informed that I would "probably" be interviewing for a position generally reserved for Masters level candidates.
3. The recruiter told me upfront what my income would "probably" be. This was considerably low in my opinion for a PhD candidate in my field.
4. During my second interview, the person I spoke with didn't introduce him/herself, aside from saying his/her name. They just asked me a question upfront and continued asking me questions for about 5-10 minutes. All of the sudden I was interrupted and the person apologized profusely for not introducing him/herself. He/she then told me how many years he/she has worked for the company and then dove right back into questioning.
5. Most of the questions were either unrelated to my field of research or were in regards to data sources I have used in the past. Eventually, the person acknowledged that he/she was not from the research area of the division I would be working in, which explained why I was being asked about potential experiences that seemed wholly irrelevant for the type of position I would expect to fill. I spent most of the interview answering questions about data I had used in the past, which seemed fairly straightforward to me.
6. When I asked the interviewer what he/she liked most about Covance, he/she listed the Matrix management structure they use. It sounded like a bureaucratic nightmare and probably the reason I was interviewing with someone unrelated to my field of research.