The United States Pharmacopeia Reviews

Updated July 11, 2015
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  1. Top Heavy, Focused on planning, not doing. McKinsey driven

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at The United States Pharmacopeia full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I have met wonderful people from all over the world. The facility is beautiful and the benefits are very good.

    Cons

    We constantly hear speaches about expense control but the executives are on a hiring spree for staff positions -- especially in areas like planning. We spend far too much time planning and reporting on plans instead of doing. There are constant forms to fill out and checklists to complete -- all of which get compiled into big reports that few, if anyone, reads. Our CEO, and planning VP are ex McKinsey. USP has spent over $500,000 on McKinsey engagements which were never competitively bid and yielded questionable results. And the Board of Trustees never questioned it which is nothing new for them.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Waited for the old CEO to leave so we could get a good one. Still waiting......

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The United States Pharmacopeia

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    USP staff at my level are the best people I have ever worked with. Sadly, the higher you go, the worse it gets.

    Cons

    We went from poor leadership to no leadership. If the CEO has a vision for USP, he certainly hasn't articulated it to us. All we hear in meetings is consulting firm BS. Maybe if we hire more of his McKinsey buddies, they might come up with a strategy. And forget about meritocracy when it comes to promotions and recognition. Suck ups move up -- it is as simple as that. And if you ever make any mistake -- no matter how small -- the Legal department comes after you and takes over your staff or fires people.

    Advice to Management

    When will the consultant leave and the CEO show up? And when you hire the new CSO, can you find someone who has actually used their PhD or MD and done real work instead of consulting?


  3. Helpful (2)

    Politics rather than science and yet going downhill even with a new CEO!?

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    Current Employee - Senior Level
    Current Employee - Senior Level

    I have been working at The United States Pharmacopeia full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits is the only perk here!

    Cons

    Politically driven company, lots of bad decisions due to wrong placement of management positions, crazy directions that can only be linked to lack of expertise by the management assigned to the departments. I don't foresee a good outlook for the company.

    Advice to Management

    Think twice in your decisions and consult the experts not the current people in management before it is too late. You will soon lose the experts that are competent enough to find other positions outside USP and will be left with the rest of the crowd that can only drive USP to sink even further. The month of July will prove this with a large number of resignation after receiving their portion if any at the end of Fiscal year!


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  5. Helpful (2)

    One of the most disfunctional organizations I've ever seen

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The United States Pharmacopeia full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very nice Meeting Center but not the best

    Cons

    Management is so out of touch it is sad to see

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together, there is so much potential withing your walls


  6. Helpful (2)

    CEO is ruining his legacy in his last 6 months

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The United States Pharmacopeia full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Not many. Pay the pay checks.

    Cons

    Everything else that the CEO thinks of causes huge problems for those that are doing the actual work.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Every day is a new opportunity for management failures....

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The United States Pharmacopeia

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The lower level staff (i.e. MY level) are great. It's a diverse workforce and that stimulates me intellectually.

    Cons

    CEO. CEO. CEO. CEO. CEO. CEO. (Get the hint -- I can't type that enough). We have a CEO who hires, fires, and reorganizes on a whim regardless of the instability that it causes. The only competent executive (the COO) left the company and now the B team is at the helm. I always wondered why the Board of Trustees didn't take action -- and then I met some of them. WOW. Clueless is a level of performance that is well above where they are today so I can see why the CEO gets away with what he does.

    Advice to Management

    Management is beyond reach. I will just keep my head down and hope that I don't have to interact with many people beyond my direct supervisor. I will also hope that the new CEO that we will be getting in the next year makes rapid improvements -- if I am still here to see them.


  8. Get rid of Roger Williams and get back on track

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD

    I worked at The United States Pharmacopeia full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Retirement and health benefits. Location to the Metro.

    Cons

    Roger Williams is crazy. He fires people with little reason. If it weren't for Maryland's labor laws, I'm sure legal action could be taken against him. He could be endangering the publics health with his decisions. The board needs to take notice and get rid of him.

    Advice to Management

    Impeach the CEO. Replace senior management and get back to USP's core mission and repeal all of Roger's decisions since he started.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great Mission Gross Mismanagement

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD

    I worked at The United States Pharmacopeia

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    NIce Building . Public Health Mission. Good Benefits and Salary. Flexibility in work hours. Some competent staff but they are either completely ignored or fired.

    Cons

    Senior management is completely out of control, focused more on private enrichment and world travel than public health. Constantly tries to outsource US jobs overseas and has created a toxic environment where very little real work gets done. Waste and incompetence rewarded and encouraged, no accountability for major public health fiascos. A board that is either completely out of touch or completely misinformed.

    Advice to Management

    Replace the entire senior management group. Focus on core mission to improve the quality of drugs and not the quality of senior management lifestyles. Stop outsourcing US jobs.


  10. USP Mismanged

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD

    I worked at The United States Pharmacopeia

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Global exposure to scientific experts

    Cons

    Very poor management and leadership. Self serving organization that does not care about the pharmaceutical industry or public health that it maintains is at its core mission. It is hiding behind the law to make money, although it is a not-for-profit organization.

    Advice to Management

    Resign and let better qualified scientists try to save whats left of USPs good name.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Very Interesting place, needs new CEO -- SOON.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The United States Pharmacopeia

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    USP has a great mission. The work that it does in the world is truly honorable and has impact around the world. The staff is very diverse and a wonderful and interesting group of people.

    Cons

    The CEO is more interested in creating his own legacy than in building a world class company and having real global impact. He has a key Senior VP who really doesn't deserve that title but is completely focused on HIS agenda. Thankfully, the Chief Counsel and the COO look out for company operations -- and the COO came close to leaving about a year ago out of frustration with the CEO's decisions. The company has meeting after meeting with little action resulting afterwards. Incompetent staff are largely allowed to remain employed especially in the science areas. On rare occasions when an incompetent staffer is fired, they are kept on as a consultant which makes no sense.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the new projects and focus on the core standard setting activities before they collapse. Rumor has it that the CEO's time is limited. We can only hope.



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