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Supportive, celebrates employee success, amazing people.

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Editor in Rockville, MD
Current Employee - Editor in Rockville, MD

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

Pros

The 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.

Cons

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

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep up the good work in supporting employees.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    a sad example of mismanagement and a dysfunctional culture

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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
  2. 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
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