The United States Pharmacopeia Reviews

Updated August 1, 2015
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  1. Great Compensation (incl. Benefits) and reward system

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Customer Service Representative in Temple Hills, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Customer Service Representative in Temple Hills, MD

    I worked at The United States Pharmacopeia full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Overall a great company to work for considering their mission to improve setting standards for medicines around the world as well as helping to cut down or eliminate fraudulent production and distribution of medicines. Supervisor was always helpful, co-workers were ok, the benefits were excellent. Work and Life balance was very good also, the company in fact made great efforts to be as accommodating as possible to all its employees when it came to schedules (days off, holidays, vacation etc.); they offered family participation in company events. I also appreciated the fact that employees were officially recognized for outstanding work and rewarded accordingly. I hope that this will be continued in the future, as it boosts employee morale.

    Cons

    Sometimes it felt that the mission of the company got lost under pressure to keep the company running and to make money. Perhaps some restructuring might be needed in order to either downsize in management or to make processes efficient and speedy.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the mission of the company rather than profit.


  2. Solid science, polarizing managment

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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 8 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits and great opportunity to build professional networks in pharmaceutical and dietary supplement areas. While management has a lousy history, it is slowly improving.

    Cons

    The historical management of USP is a sad story that you will see detailed in other reviews. It struggles finding a way to measure it's impact and spins its wheels (and has wasted a lot of resources) as a result. is slowly getting better, but at the expense of a feeling like a for-profit corporation instead of a non-for-profit public health organization. Remains highly political for such a small organization.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving in the direction that you are headed, but don't forget that good science and public health cannot always be monetized.


  3. Top Heavy, Focused on planning, not doing. McKinsey driven

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The United States Pharmacopeia

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. Laudable mission which is codified in the FDCA of 1938. Stable business model.

    Cons

    Poor organizational culture. Any company which constantly feels the need to administer an organizational culture survey and then refuses to share the results saying some feedback was 'hurtful' obviously has serious problems.

    Advice to Management

    Top heavy management. Limited growth opportunities. Telecommuting supported in theory but not in practice.


  6. Just a stepping stone for career advancement

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The United States Pharmacopeia

    Pros

    Good benefits, pays well, nice new building

    Cons

    No room for advancement, bad management


  7. Helpful (4)

    Good company, very little room for advancement

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The United States Pharmacopeia

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

    Pros

    They have a lot of great benefits

    Cons

    Too many inexperienced managers. Inability to use employees' resources and talents. Little to no room for advancement. Culture is incredibly bad and is beyond repair.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and stop punishing them for speaking up (even though you say it's okay for people to talk about things that are not working)


  8. Helpful (5)

    This Game Has Gone Into Overtime

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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 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


  9. 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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    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)

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

    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.


  11. Perfect for supporting families or gaining experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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



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