The United States Pharmacopeia Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
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  1. 4 people found this helpful

    This Game Has Gone Into Overtime

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Mission, perks, location, comfortable/clean facilities, benefits, work/life balance, my awesome supervisor.

    Cons

    The games continue. USP swapped one set of empiralists for a revised version. Executive managers who were kept under thumb by previous CEO have now seized the moment to use his and her influence to exact revenge on past "enemies". Execs have so many personal agendas to build/rebuild their kingdom within the empire, the mission of the organization gets lost. Several staff members have gone past their expiration date of usefulness (e.g., CSO, global Sr. VP) though concensus says they never were of much value and have survived by sucking up to the former CEO. Still the case. People in in the right clique get to keep their jobs, get promotions, regardless of the quality of their work. Conversely, those who consistently go above and beyond, but are "outsiders" get crumbs or nothing at all. No incentive to do more than the minimum when the work will not be rewarded. There is a new set of elitists within USP. I'm so grateful for my supportive (and highly qualified) supervisor who consistently makes meaningful contributions to the organization and helps his staff members to survive the madness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop claiming to want to save money while hiring 6-figure executives and keeping hangers-on on the payroll instead of cultivating existing staff with organizational knowledge and experience. Staff generally cares a lot about the mission but politics and back-biting are huge distractions if not derailments. The new CEO should reconsider in whose basket he's put his eggs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Diverse organization, shouldn't be as stressful as it is

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The United States Pharmacopeia (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    People are nice, nice environment. Public health mission. Varied positions: scientists, finance/accounts, sales, shipping/inventory, admins, IT, etc. Respected organization.

    Cons

    Confusing priorities, can seem arbitrary. Can take a very long time to get things done. Hires most leadership from outside, little room to move up.

  3. 1 person found this helpful

    It all depends on your department

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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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The building is fairly new and pleasant. Many of the people are nice and can be very helpful. The mission of the organization is worthwhile.

    Cons

    it really depends on your role. USP can be very difficult to navigate, especially if you are in a non-science group. They seem to like to hire primarily non-US people (work cheaper?). So, on one hand PhDs w/ impenetrable accents coupled with imperious personalities, each with agendas that often conflict. On the other, quietly fearful, pliant people struggle in silence to stay below the radar. Some directors seem perversely proud of the culture of fear they administer. Leadership is more likely hired from outside than promoted from within.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Perfect for supporting families or gaining experience

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    UNBELIEVABLE benefits
    Flexible schedule
    Good location
    Great name on resume

    Cons

    Can feel like a robot at times
    No vertical movement
    multiple reorganizations aka no one is irreplaceable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask low level employees for input before making changes that will drastically affect their day to day
    There are people breaking their backs while others skate by

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful

    A gem - or a lump of coal?????

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are still awesome, but I expect that we will have to start paying more for them. Small-ish company - opportunity for getting involved in lateral projects and tasks.

    Cons

    Extremely high turnover amongst upper management. No career path or room for advancement. Managers are allowed to make their own rules and/or choose to ignore corporate standards.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful

    Looking up

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The United States Pharmacopeia

    Pros

    Very good benefits, smart and valuable middle management and staff level employees. New CEO seems to want to increase knowledge between departments, but it is too early to see if he truly does.

    Cons

    Still too much silo mentality; staffing changes seem arbitrary. Some SVP and long standing VP level who contributed too previous poor culture are still in positions of power.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more than lip service to values of transparency, shared decision making, and respect. Lower level employees appreciate being heard and involved.

  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Organization in for lots of change

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, and important mission. Looks like things are changing for the better with new CEO, but need to repair relationship with FDA and other stakeholders. Many new change initiatives underway.

    Cons

    Previous CEO burned a lot of bridges, and new management might be trying to do too much too fast to repair. Little to none opportunity to advance for young professionals. Some of the senior management that did not function well under last CEO still here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the lower level employees. Take advantage of the momentum currently created, and don't let it disappear in fluffy strategic plans. Get rid of the yes-men and women from last CEO.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Benefits, decent work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Relative job security due to the nature of the work for the greater good of the health community worldwide at this company is definitive a positive factor. The workload is sufficient and challenging (the day never gets boring). Management knows how to motivate and instill a sense of pride in the work that is being done. The benefits are excellent!

    Cons

    Sometimes management appears to be too lenient which tends to lead to toxic situations among employees. Negative office culture within other departments spills over and can create bad atmosphere. Very little room for growth within the same department.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Unrealized potential

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Senior Art Director in Rockville, MD
    Former Contractor - Senior Art Director in Rockville, MD

    I worked at The United States Pharmacopeia as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Lovely physical work environment, great pay, cushy hours

    Cons

    Layers and layers of intrigue

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your not as smart as y'all think. You've walled yourselves off from the rank and file and over think yourselves into corners.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful

    a sad example of mismanagement and a dysfunctional culture

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The United States Pharmacopeia

    Pros

    Highly educated, diverse, and dedicated staff. Good benefits package (medical, dental, and disability). Globally oriented with offices in China, India, and Brazil. Public mission dedicated to public safety with medicines, food ingredients, and supplements.

    Cons

    Strategy changes from week to week, resulting in inefficiency and confusion. Lack of ability to focus on key initiatives because of strategical fickleness. Adverserial culture in management team, more interested in one-upping each other than working together. CEO lacks good judgment, controlled more by his whim of the week than sound judgment, which places the organization at fiscal risk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Creating a culture of listening, respect, and cooperation. The divisiveness between departments as well as within departments keeps the organization from working optimally, producing inefficiency and poor morale.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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