“I think the environment in CROs and pharma companies is pretty much the same, but what is nice within Covance is the people,” she said.
“I find the work environment very constructive. If there is ever an issue, no one is blamed. We work together to solve our problems. Of course, it is always a challenge to keep up with a sponsor’s expectations, but the difference at Covance is how people work with each other.”
A global perspective
Ulrike also appreciates the scope of her projects. “As a large CRO, Covance is really global. You learn so much about various countries. I’ve been able to travel to investigator meetings in many places around the world, like Seoul and Chicago.”
Her exchanges with colleagues also keep her motivated. “I like the international part of this job and getting to know people from different regions.”
When she is not travelling, Ulrike works from her home-based office. She first built up her network at Covance through onboarding classes.
“It can be isolating to work from home, especially if you are new to a company,” she admitted. “But Covance made it easy to know who to talk to. Each new PM will quickly get connected to the network, and department meetings will help us meet PMs from other regions.”
Fostering her potential
Earning a promotion within two years since starting at Covance has been motivating for Ulrike.
“When I first started, I had a very challenging project that was extremely difficult, but I had so much support from my managers. Through this experience, I felt that Covance is really fostering my potential.”
Return to Project Management Page