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Poor place to work, good wage
Data entry (Former Employee) –  Leeds8 August 2018
wouldn't work here again if I could help it. No proper training, expect the highest standard which is fine, however without proper training how can you succeed, the wage was good, which is the best thing I can actually say about it to be honest. Worked all the hours god sent, had a tough time with partner in and out of hospital which seemed to get held against me.
Pros
good wage
Cons
not properly trained, bad management no work life balance
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Hated it
SAS Programmer (Former Employee) –  Leeds1 August 2018
It always seemed to me that the people working there weren't especially happy, and would rather have been somewhere else. I certainly wanted to be somewhere else! I recently read an article that a big motivator in people changing jobs is not to leave the role itself, but to get away from their manager. I would have left sooner if I could have done! It's in the past now, so I can let it go.
Cons
Terrible line manager
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Project Manager (Current Employee) –  Leeds, West Yorkshire1 May 2018
I enjoy the work at Covance however there are too many changes happening all at once and Senior Management are showing very poor leadership so the Project Managers do not know what processes they should be following. In the end we are defi ning the processes ourselves.
Pros
Friendly colleagues
Cons
Poor leadership
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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 workplace
Materials Technician (Former Employee) –  Harrogate, North Yorkshire10 January 2018
overall good place to work. had weekends off, standard monday to friday 9-5 job. quite diverse place to work with different opportunities. good work culture, and quite friendly
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very busy successfull unit
Clinical Operations Manager (Former Employee) –  Leeds20 November 2017
very professional well trained staff
well run clinical research unit
excellent facilities for clinical trials volunteers
free coffee
free fruit fridays and free popcorn firdays
Pros
excellent training
Cons
work life balance
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Productive
SAS Programmer I (Current Employee) –  Leeds2 October 2017
Excellent workplace with flexible hours. A typical day includes reading emails and working with leads on studies, to ensure we meet the deadlines for each client
Pros
Flexi time
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Great people but hard work
Animal Husbandry Technician (Current Employee) –  Harrogate, North Yorkshire15 September 2017
The hours can be long and the work stressful, especially if you are working weekends. You work one in three weekends with no time back during the week, which can mean you work for 12 days in a row. Normal day is 7:45 to 16:00, weekends are 7:30 up to anywhere from 13:00-17:00, whenever the work is done.

The people are fantastic, they are what keep you going through the day. There is a great social side to the job with lots of birthdays and parties organised.

You can get lots of qualifications if that's what you're there for. Progress as far as you like. Management is hit and miss, some good some bad.
Pros
Great social scene, canteen and vending machines onsite, great staff, working with animals
Cons
long hours, stressful work at times, management can be useless
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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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Feasibility Associate (Former Employee) –  Leeds, West Yorkshire18 August 2017
Acts as a key contributor to the proposal team to support Covance in winning new business. Working independently, and being responsible to deliver an optimized integrated strategic approach to deliver the right countries, right sites and right patients for Request for Proposals in phase I-II studies including programs.
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Great colleagues, bad management and work/life balance
Administrator (Current Employee) –  UK2 July 2017
Management expect far too much and constantly under-allocate resources for tasks and entire departments.There is some great career progression possibilities, but it is dependent on the influence of management on senior management/finance.
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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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Reasonable Employer
Study Director (Current Employee) –  Harrogate, North Yorkshire1 May 2017
Benefits/remuneration are acceptable, work life/balance difficult to juggle due to number of studies active at any given time, rewarding career pathways and interesting work.
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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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Very competitive
Process Development Analyst (Former Employee) –  Harrogate, North Yorkshire30 March 2017
Covance are a very American style company. There is a lot of internal competition and political infighting. The perks are good and they support internal training though.
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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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