Research Assistant II in Bio Analytics (Former Employee) – Chantilly, VA – January 26, 2018
- Busy and Productive. - Organize, conduct ,and evaluate analytical testing and result - Maintain study documents and laboratory records - Promote a cohesive team environment - Maintain a clean and safe laboratory work environment - Train and assist less experienced staff - Perform other lab related duties
Clinical Experience (Current Employee) – New Jersey – December 13, 2017
A typical day consists of data reviews, corresponding with management, vendors, and sponsors. Work load has peaks and valleys they can really gear up and depending on the team some can make this very unpleasant. When I first started it appeared there were eyes everywhere from management. This place can have a big brother quality while wearing a smile and trading pleasantries. They almost appear to be running tests some litteral tests you may take and never get the results. Other tests are designed more to gauge your responses to dealing with a gray area. Nothing is well defined depending on the project and team members, some are better than others communicating but as a whole communication is horrible in this company. Things change all the time without notice in this environment. The employee atmosphere is very clicky and like some of the other reviewers said it's like high school. There is rampant gossip, pettiness, and in teams and out teams. I have seen them boot out those they don't like. Not cool or professional. The organization of the company changes almost monthly with new upper management structures - very weird. I have noticed very subtle language from some management but full of emotional manipulation. Be careful how much you reveal of yourself. There are some pros like working from home if your in a position able to do it and somewhat relaxed atmosphere.
The main take a ways are to be alert, know that things change frequently and not all are in your favor despite what they say, benefits and pay are okay but you can probably do better elsewhere or don't acceptmore... the first offer given to you because it will most likely be low, clicks are highschoolish and un-avoidable, your personal privacy may be trampled on and management can suck or be an out right joke all together.
Would only recommend for a starting job not long term.less
Work from home flexibility, good PTO, some benefits are decent
Big brother atmosphere, clicky co-workers, micromanagement
If you want to have no life, and work yourself silly, go to Covance.
Manager - Clinical Data (Former Employee) – Princeton, NJ – December 13, 2017
The WORST job I have ever had by far. The pace was impossible to maintain, and within ONE month, I had traveled to meetings in 4 continents (not countries... CONTINENTS). I was constantly overworked and exhausted. It was almost as if they expected you to be in more than one place at a time, which is not sustainable by any means.
However, because you have to work with multiple Sponsor companies, I learned more about cultures, communication, and business processes than at any other job. You just need to keep your eyes and ears open and glean as much information at a time as you can. I had to find a silver lining somewhere in that nightmare of a company!!!
Working at Covance was a very good learning experience as a Quality Specialist, but opportunities are extensive for a new college employees, experienced workers like myself are considered until certain point (train new employees, making them feel welcome and walk them into the organization environment), but overall it was a good working place.
This company has a lot of turn over and the management is not good at all. It may have gotten better since I was there back in 2011. It seem nothing was resolved until you had to contact HR, and it seem that HR did not try to help. It was like they talked and did everything around the problem. I was an alright company, it has it pros and cons about it. Great benefits and hours
Diverse environment with strict policies that do not look at individual situations.
Program Associate (Current Employee) – San Diego, CA – November 10, 2017
The environment can be fast paces and stressful. A lot of demanded of your as an employee. Unfortunately, the management could be improved and more praise could be given to individuals who are team oriented and reliable. The majority of people who advance are those who mainly look out for themselves and pay more attention to meeting minimal performance requirements. Helping others around you and being to team oriented has a tenancy to backfire.
office is over crowded, policies ignore individual circumstances, no recognition given to harder working employees, poor leadership and management.