The United States Pharmacopeia
2.4 of 5 40 reviews
www.usp.org Rockville, MD 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Jul 10, 2014

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    Wonderful sense of mission, but also a sense of being a little disconnected

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Rockville, MD

    ProsThere is a strong sense of mission and it is a very diverse environment, not just in terms of people but of roles: scientists both in labs and working with volunteer experts, across multiple disciplines within Medicine and Food science and some very specialized roles having to do with publications. Then the 'regular' corporate roles: HR, events coordinators, IT, Legal, Exec, Facilities, Sales/Marketing, etc.. Benefits good, people are really great for the most part, and the office is relatively new and pleasant. It is a very pleasant place to work, and if you see an opening that fits you, and you like a sense of mission, join.

    ConsUpper management is not engaged with anyone above the director level if that. Mid level micromanagement is encouraged. Change moves at a glacial pace but then can be sudden-- so you can get the sense your work is important, but then devalued .There is a hardcore group of long-timers, a sense of some ingrained feuding: disagreements can be long remembered, and new people are just above furniture.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunication: People are always reading/listening between the lines, but they really do want clear guidance. When you are unclear, it goes all the way down the chain and rumors propagate.
    Culture: Recognize that it's not just the Americans being sensitive to other's culture, but the others adjusting to ours.
    Goals: The hardest part is knowing what will be most important in 5-10 years. There are some smart people there that can help with that.

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    Strong organization with a history of week leadership

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat benefits and stability. Lot's of opportunities to move around in the organization to find something you like.

    ConsAdvancement to management positions isn't easy unless you have a Ph.D. The organization values Ph.D.'s over anything else, which means that they overlook leadership qualities. This inevitably means they end up with leaders who are great at science and not much else. Ultimately, it stifles the growth of the organization and has a tendency to cultivate a passive-aggressive culture.

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    It was a valuable experience but one that I will not duplicate

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsYou feel like you are making a difference working for such a great cause. They offer great benefits and the salary for most positions is above market level. But make sure to bargain for it a bit. Great team environment too.

    ConsThe management was not the best, too much micromanagement. There is very little opportunity to grow, at least in the position and department that I was in.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible hours, great pay, room for advancement.

    ConsManagement tends to get buried in the weeds - too much detail.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive more autonomy to those you have selected as leaders

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Supportive, celebrates employee success, amazing people.

    Editor (Current Employee)
    Rockville, MD

    ProsThe benefits are amazing, but the best asset is the people. The company is very focused on a collegial culture and fostering relationships across silos. The focus on educational advancement is something not found anywhere else. Standards are very high, but there is a great process in place for training employees to meet them. Work/life balance and flexibility can't be beat.

    ConsIt probably depends on departments, but there is little to complain about in the Information & Services division.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work in supporting employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company with excellent benefits, decent pay, good people and a beautiful building. Do watch for occasional layoffs

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Rockville, MD

    ProsExpect to work with highly educated people. Chances are, you will come across a scientist or five while working there, and many of the departmental folk possess a Masters. USP provides excellent benefits including three types of health packages, dental, visual (the best I've seen so far), health spending account, tuition reimbursement, professional certifications, training, summer hours, flexible work-schedules, metro subsidies, and a company gym.

    There is plenty of training for nearly any position you may apply for. Employees make sure you are well established and comfortable before piling on work (and there is plenty to be done). I did not feel the "hit the ground running" yolk, and I appreciate that immensely. Not many companies provide training at company expense nowadays, so this is definitely a plus.

    There are some perks as well - such as the fact that nearly everyday there is free food somewhere in that building! The company hosts many out of town guests, and as a result there are often catered breakfasts or lunches, as well as the occasional birthday cake. There are always Christmas and Halloween parties as well. People are generally fun there.

    The USP building is GORGEOUS. There are various state of the art meeting rooms, complete with plasma TVs and new computers. The conference room is absolutely beautiful. The lunch room is large, with plenty of microwaves and refrigerators, and a well kept courtyard for outdoor lunches. The building is high security. Everyone is required to have a key card to maneuver around the building.

    Salaries are decent, especially entry-level salaries.

    There is definitely opportunity for growth, especially since USP has multinational offices, and there are even plans to build one in Dubai.

    ConsThe primary downside is perhaps the downside of MANY private companies - layoffs disguised as "department reorganizations". In the past two years many people were kicked off, some of them had worked there for 20+ years. Unfortunately, the lack of respect for seniority and loyalty is an issue.

    Temporary workers have a hard time there. They pay temps well, but they also fire them sometimes with only one hour notice.

    Most managers and especially supervisors are good. However, you can come across a couple of managers who are too "hands off" and as a result, they wait until the last minute to tell you bad news.

    If you work for the Publishing department, be aware of deadline crunches and overtime without pay. Many people work extra hours, and even weekends during deadlines, which are often.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncorporate your employees in the decision making a little more. Make sure your managers are amongst their employees - have them check in on employees from time to time. Don't get rid of people who have worked there for decades. If they are "behind the times", educate them - you do provide tuition reimbursement. There is no excuse.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    ProsGreat company to work with. Management cares and listens to Employees and take appropriate measures for the career enhancement. Excellent work life balance with good office timings.

    ConsChallenge is to keep up to continue the current practices

    Advice to Senior ManagementTo focus and keep up to continue the current practices in future.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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