I've worked in the in-life department at Covance for 5 years. The only positive thing I have to say about my experience at Covance is that they're willing to pay you for the work you do. There is unlimited overtime. The next best thing is that you will probably form lifelong friendships, which is saying something post-college. The animals are fun for a while.
This department is horribly managed. There is no incentive for moving up in the department (besides a monetary one). You will work four out of every twelve weekends (that's 1/3 of the weekends a year) and four holidays. The work-life balance is non-existent. You start at 6am. On weekends, you'll probably be there by 5:30am. You don't get breaks. You get a lunch most days.
The money is great. My first full year at Covance, I made over $50k with no prior lab experience. In 2017, I made over $70k. I have coworkers who have made over $90k/year. It only took me 5 years to reach the advancement ceiling. But you will work for it. I've put in 80-90 hour weeks. This job takes a physical and mental toll. I'm exhausted at the end of the day, and have very little energy to put toward anything else productive. My body hurts. At 27 years old, I have the beginning symptoms of carpal tunnel, I have tendonitis in my foot, tennis elbow, and back pain.
If you're looking for an easy job to burn out on, Covance is the place for you. If you feel like keeping your soul, I suggest you look elsewhere.
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