Beginninng my career at Covance it was exciting to work on Phase 1 trials as my experience up to that time was Phases II 0 IV. The work load began at 5 - 6 protocols which was easily managed within a 40 hour work week. As time progressed the protocol load worked its way up to at least 12 protocols going at a time. This caused many long days of at least 12 hours and working weekends trying to catch up. All reports were on time for the 5 day draft and 10 days to finalization but it took a lot of extra time outside of monitoring the studies. It was difficult to find any family time with this schedule. Since these were all Phase 1 studies the stress began to climb where eventually it became so stressful it was difficult to manage. I enjoyed the team I worked with and the manager as they were all very supportive and felt the stress also. Covance has a couple of mergers recently that completely shifted the supportive culture that once was Covance to the stressful environment of nothing was enough.
Great managers, good benefits