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Avoid this place!
Lab Technician (Former Employee) –  Harrogate, North Yorkshire16 April 2018
Having worked at a variety of similar establishments over the last 20 years, I have to say this is the worst place I have ever worked. Workload is ridiculous, very rarely do you get a proper break (whilst management sit in their office!) Huge blame culture, any small mistake is made into something huge... although if your 'face fits' management will sweep it under the carpet!!!
If you have family or want a life outside of work, don't bother. You have to put your work before anything! There is absolutely no flexibility.
A lot of people who stay there have done since school so they know no difference. Frustratingly, a lot of the technicians are more qualified then management. Another example of 'if your face fits'!
AVOID!!!!
Pros
Can gain some good experience
Cons
Management, long hours, no flexibility, blame culture
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The place is a joke
Animal Technician (Current Employee) –  Harrogate13 April 2018
The management is a joke they do not care about the workers. Its all about the money the company make. If you have kids stay away. If you like to get people in trouble it the job for you they pay more if you get people in trouble.. The wages are a joke for the work you do unless you are a manager.. You will be asked to do overtime of free no payment. But you can have loo time off. Weekends are a joke. Sometimes you can not leave if some of the work is not done even if you have something to do. If have a long term illness and need a lot of time off good luck.
Pros
Some nice people
Cons
To many to mention
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Terrible place to work
Experimental Officer (Current Employee) –  Harrogate, North Yorkshire18 March 2018
Awful company to work for. The Harrogate site is especially poor. Management have no idea what they are doing. There is a terrible blame culture which means noone speaks out when problems arise. The pay is distribution between operational staff and senior management is shocking. Avoid Covance at all costs.
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Good environment and staff members
Laboratory Technician (Current Employee) –  Leeds10 September 2017
Great place to get experience as a recent graduate, options to be cross trained and progress, extra pay available on weekends, evenings and overtime also. Casual contracts is a downside to the company.
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negative
Technician (Former Employee) –  Leeds, West Yorkshire30 June 2017
Very busy work environment.
I wouldn't recommend staying here for any length of time as I think it would be difficult to move on due to the narrow range of the work. Many staff seem to spend much time trying to get others into trouble and this seems supported by the management. Culture therefore can be oppressive and borders on bullying.
It would be much better if managers were all appointed who were personable, knowledgeable, bright and effective .....ie people you would wish to be around.
Pros
good canteen
Cons
ineffective and demoralizing managers
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Horrendous place to work
N / A (Current Employee) –  Harrogate, North Yorkshire12 April 2017
If you are a hard worker, with good ethics and aspirations, run as fast as you can in the opposite direction. Working here will wear you down until you are a shell of your former self; management openly say that they don't care who does the work, as long as it gets done. So if you are the fortunate few who can show up late, go for long lunches and leave early, you will enjoy: for the rest, long days, unpaid overtime and no breaks will be your life. And don't even bother with HR and Management; they don't follow the policies so you are on your own, until you realise the grass is most definitely greener.
Pros
Good canteen, free exercise classes
Cons
Unpaid (and forced) overtime, no support, poor holiday allowance, poor company overall
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Alright for a new graduate
Cellular pathology scientist (Current Employee) –  Harrogate, North Yorkshire17 March 2017
They hire a lot of new graduates without experience which is great, but the pay is pretty low for the amount expected from you and the advancement is pretty much nonexistent.
Pros
Decent employee benefits
Cons
Low wage, long hours, stressful work, little advancement
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Disabled employees beware. Poor HR and bad management
Lab Technician (Current Employee) –  Leeds, West Yorkshire8 March 2017
Disability discrimination. Bullying in the workplace. HR not caring for employees unless 100% fit and never ill. If this doesnt show you what the work environment is like I dont know what will. HR will bully you and make you feel bad for going to hospital if you need to, they will put you on observations unnecessarily and will protect their long term employees at all costs, to the detriment of new employees. Even if old employees are lying and backstabbing.
Avoid this company if you want to be a healthy happy individual. This company will make you stressed beyond belief and then wonder why its employees are off sick.
Pros
Decent training
Cons
Disability discrimination
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Excellent work enviroment
Laboratory Assistant (Former Employee) –  Harrogate23 February 2017
Enjoyed the experiences
Learned so much and gained experience to a higher level
All worked as equals as a team

The time trials and responsibilities for studies were the most
Enjoyable


The most difficult part for me at the time was data logging
Your studies.
Pros
You gain so much experience
Cons
Without a degree it's difficult to climb the ladder
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Professional to the Max
Security Access Manager/Infrastructure Team Leader (Former Employee) –  Global9 February 2017
Covance was a great place to work and pay very well and as such they demand excellence which is no bad thing. This can seem daunting at first however once you get your head around the idea that the are paying a premium salary in order to receive a premium service from you, then it all makes sense. I would heartily recommend working here, if for no other reason than for the self improvement you will inevitably go through.
Pros
Excelent remuneration
Cons
Demands Excellence
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Bad Management and very poor training terrible work life balance
Senior Drug Safety Associate (Former Employee) –  Maidenhead7 January 2017
regularly have to work non paid overtime due to extreme high workload which must be completed before end of day before you can finish. Majority of staff work through their breaks and lunch to meet unrealistic targets and even work throug conference call meetings as so busy. Given far too much workload with very little training if any all online and expected to work everything out independently. The management have no time for your training needs or for support and also far too busy to even notice you never mind mentor you.Underpaid for level of hours have to put in. Stressful culture where everyone is overworked and worried do to their own targets. Foreign managers with poor English, lack of HR sensitivity or professionalism in weekly one to ones. Only good to gain experience in short term and leave for something better.
Pros
Gain experience
Cons
long hours, bad work life balance, lack of support and training
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Small, friendly and professional
New Product Development Laboratory Technician (Former Employee) –  Reading1 January 2017
Typically I would check in with the rest of the team and confirming any queries before heading to the laboratory to continue with a range of projects.
I was supported in this role by all my colleagues and was given a range of training.
Pros
Friendly environment
Cons
n/a
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Unrealistic working environment
Clinical Research Associate (Current Employee) –  Reading, Berkshire20 December 2016
working out of hours, lack of trust, work overload, unsupportive management, restriction to the systems made processes hard to execute tasks. Favourisim if a family member is in a high postion in the company.
Unrealistic working environment......
Pros
none
Cons
long hours, uncertainty
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Complete lack of Work/Life Balance
Laboratory Technician (Current Employee) –  Harrogate21 July 2016
The department has been seriously understaffed for many years. The inability to accurately forecast and plan the daily workload has resulted in staff essentially being held hostage for up to two hours after normal finish time, the mentality amongst management being that nobody can leave until all the work is done, or until given permission. Mandatory overtime in excess of 50 hours a month makes a mockery of the work/life balance the company claims to promote. Staff is treated poorly and are expected to routinely skip breaks or cut breaks short to manage the workload. Staff turnover has been absolutely insane and no attempt has been made to retain experienced staff. Management lacks people skills and appear to have been promoted as a consequence of incompetence at the previous level rather than actually possessing any sort of management qualities.

On the plus side, for those new to the industry, the company does offer the opportunity to learn a lot in a very short time. There is also always extra overtime available for those who want to top up their earnings.
Cons
Work/Life Balance
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Fun place to work for a short period of time
Research Technician (Current Employee) –  London14 March 2016
Overall good atmosphere amongst employee, high staff turnover rate at bottom level as no security is assured in relation to hours of work/pay
Pros
Good Canteen
Cons
Poor job security
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Friendly Supportive Workplace
Clinical Project Administrator (Current Employee) –  Maidenhead20 September 2015
Great experience and friendly teams. Able to make an impact and work with a variety of teams globally.Role is highly administrative.
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Excellent place to work if you are prepared to work hard. Slackers need not apply.
Manager (Former Employee) –  Harrogate18 May 2015
A lot of folks are putting Covance down in these reviews, I can only assume they did not meet the company expectations as this place is great to work for as long as you are prepared to work hard and accurately. Yes they are aggressive and yes they demand only the best from their employees, but they deliver a highest quality service and pay salaries above the norm to ensure they keep the right people. There is a good matrixed management structure so if you know how to make use of that, then you will get recognition where it is deserved. Fully recommended.
Pros
Salary, Good management, generous with money and training
Cons
none!
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Great structure and oportunity
Senior Analytical Chemistry (Current Employee) –  Harrogate24 February 2015
The structure of Covance impressed me, the company gives the opportunity to develop a career. Commuting was the main issue to me when having to work until late.
Pros
Potential to grow with the company
Cons
Balance life and work
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A lovely place to work in
Clinical Trial Associate (Former Employee) –  Crawley26 January 2015
Transitioning of study documents to a new shared location.

Different clinical trial systems

Responsible for setting new starters IT equipment up and manage my studies.

Worked well in a team and independently and lucky to have very cooperative colleagues.

Transitioning of studies to different location as the deadline given by study manager would not be possible so I had to give a detail explanation of what the job entails and this was appreciated by study manager and a sensible deadline was made which was met.

Covance values her employees.
Pros
free legal advice, bonus, subsidiced meals
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Productive company with professional attitude
Data Co-ordinator II (Current Employee) –  Maidenhead, ENG8 September 2014
There is plenty of work and hard working colleagues with room to learn.
Pros
Nice offices
Cons
Not enough flexibility
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