The United States Pharmacopeia

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior scientist

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at The United States Pharmacopeia full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    International and diverse workforce, great benefits, competitive salaries. Significant analytical resources and good possibilities.

    Cons

    Organization still recovering from the disarray it was left by the previous CEO, and slowly progressing into a positive change. Hopefully it changes before people loose hope.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Changes are needed! So, just do it before we loose hope.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Political Intrigue Abounds at USP

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    Former Employee - Middle Management in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Middle Management in Rockville, MD

    I worked at The United States Pharmacopeia full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits were this organization's only appeal beyond small pockets of rank and file employees who truly cared about their jobs and the organization's noble mission.

    Cons

    Top management was primarily interested in playing games--finding fault with one other, derailing each other's projects and initiatives, or attempting to absorb part of each other's groups in an effort to build their empires. Many senior managers were totally incompetent and seemed to possess little or no understanding of their departments' workflows, schedules or goals. There was very little if any fiscal accountability within departments and I witnessed much waste. Bullying was encouraged by senior management in an effort to strong arm or intimidate other work groups to satisfy political agendas. Most alarming to me was the lack of clear goals and measurable goals and outcomes beyond exceeding the previous year's sales numbers for books and reference standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The senior management needs to work together as a unit and not as independent despots. They also need to bridge the divide between science and the rest of the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Dysfunctional management style counters employee productivity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The United States Pharmacopeia full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and overall there is a community of really nice people. There are several opportunities to meet others through employee activities throughout the year. The USP headquarters (Rockville, MD) offers good conference rooms and a great meeting services staff. USP has (almost 200) years of history, and offers an open library and interactive exhibits to inform others and to preserve this history. USP also continues to attract many expert volunteers who give back to the community.

    Cons

    Overall, a military mentality with scant growth opportunity for most. Punishment is used more often than guidance. Disrespect from management is shown when being too independent or stepping outside of what is defined dysfunctionally as the norm. Many employees keep head down and do minimal to survive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and show more respect and encouragement to the employees that can make a difference! Do good research on what you hear - there is usually another part of same story that should be considered.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bad Management and poor employee support

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The United States Pharmacopeia full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, good public health mission, friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    Bad management, from the CEO down. HR is overly concerned with monitoring employee e-mail and web site visitations (they e-mail your manager regularly with a list of all the websites you've visited), yet when you go to them for help with HR-related issues, they are not very willing to help. It feels as though your manager, HR rep, and all senior management are working against you, rather than with you. Expectations are unreasonable. High turn-over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Must be the most schizophrenic organization (great staff, great mission, if upper management only would know)

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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

    Pros

    Lots of great, committed and smart people (mostly however only at mid-management and below)
    Great benefits for non-profit
    Such a great, compelling mission, who could not buy in that?
    International organization, lots of potential and opportunities
    Lots of science (good for the nerds)
    Could be a fantastic organization but mind the cons below

    Cons

    Current spending spree is unlikely to be sustainable
    Most investments occur in international sites (without any efforts to integrate all sites)
    Board mostly absent
    Most of upper management fail to connect to employees
    Silos, silos, and did I mention silos (or think about even smaller entities than silos)
    And where there are no silos, there are way too many firewalls
    Isolation of activities, no congruent and comprehensive strategic approach
    Most what is presented as strategy is tactical stuff at best
    Unpredictability of which whim of the day will be wafting down from the C-level
    Decisions (at most of C-level) are made without any effort to gain buy-in and where attempts for consultations are faked any information, knowledge, advice shared is blatantly ignored
    CEO in a position of almost absolute control and fully taking advantage of that resulting in an imperial, totalitarian, absolutarian, micro-managerial style (it is that bad) originating from CEO and (unsurprisingly) copied by most but very few upper managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees actually care very much about the organization, its mission and its products; they just would like to be proud of it too. Any and all help would be a good start. Any sign of appreciation you could throw in for good measures would make a nice change. Most of all, you are leading an organization of very educated and dedicated staff; showing any sign of respect for that would be a another great initiative. Your employees may have something to add, and at the very least they deserve some efforts from their managers to gain their buy-in.

    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Impartiality for public health and saftey over profits of a private, not-for-profit incorporation.

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist II in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist II in Rockville, MD

    I worked at The United States Pharmacopeia full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A common mission to form a more perfect union of authority for precise and accurate informative guidelines for the arts of pharmacy practices protecting the public health with purity, quality, efficacy of pharmacuetical standards and their related devices.

    Cons

    When profit obfuscates the mission of public health and saftey from the casualty of partiality and self-interests of the corparate over preservation of the corporal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People will endure. Profits will perish.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Gross, imperial mismanagement -- all about the money rather than the public health mission

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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

    Pros

    Compensation (salary and benefits) are well above most comparable non-profits, especially for those in senior management.
    Great facilities in Rockville, MD and several overseas sites
    Wonderfully diverse staff and really important public health mission

    Cons

    Imperial-style management, driven by a controlling CEO who gets whatever he wants
    Board is informed about the trivia and is misled willfully , demonstrates no business sense, and truly has no understanding of how his behavior and his colleagues' self-enriching acquiesence offends FDA, prominent international agencies, and not least of all -- the organization's many very talented and committed employees. This, despite awful public health-related decisions and a recall of the organization's most prized collection of standards relied upon by regulators, manufacturers, and consumers of prescription and non-prescription drugs. The CEO is a total disaster area. HIs senior managers are partners in his exploits by enabling them or by their silence--which is essentially bought by providing them with salaries frequently exceeding $350,000 and much more..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Board should fire the CEO, the COO, if not the rest of the senior management team. (Check out the turnover rate of senior managers who don't play the game.) The Board should hire a firm to help bring in a competent CEO and the organization will take off. Employee morale would skyrocket. and the public's health would be much better served.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor senior management with no room with dissension

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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

    Pros

    The benefits are excellent- generous 401k contributions, tuition reimbursement, health care, etc. This is a huge reason that people stay at this company and also a big part of the reason it is voted one of the best non profits to work for. There are many very experienced and smart people working here and the employees are extremely diverse.

    Cons

    Senior management is a complete embarrassment. One person runs the ship and ship goes willy nilly where ever he likes. If you don't agree you're thrown overboard. There is no expectation that senior management needs to act appropriately or competently in public, with stakeholders, or at any time as far as I can tell. The company is stuck in its ways in terms of technology, which keeps it from being competitive and fosters poor communication and silo-ing between departments and divisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on stability, bring in business oriented leadership, improve the awful morale, and put some HR policies in place that value current employees rather than outside hires

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Historic organization with a strong public health mission - but watch out for falling rocks.

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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

    Pros

    Great benefits and stability. You could work there your entire career - if you wanted to - without working very hard at all. Government mentality, 37.5 hour work week. Half-days on Friday during the summer.

    Cons

    Poor leadership. Lack of accountability. What the CEO wants, the CEO gets, even if it makes zero business sense. Disagree at your own risk. Headed for trouble with the pharma industry. Could be obsolete in the next 5-10 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doesn't matter. They wouldn't listen anyway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    USP Mismanged

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Global exposure to scientific experts,set standards for pharma ,food etc.

    Cons

    Very poor management and leadership in HQ and international site. 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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