The United States Pharmacopeia Reviews

Updated February 14, 2015
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  1. Helpful (4)

    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.

  2. Helpful (4)

    Good company, very little room for advancement

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

  3. 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.

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  5. 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.

  6. Helpful (1)

    No excitement, no inspiration, heading for mediocrity

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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 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Building is beautiful. Benefits are great,

    Cons

    I have worked here for years and remember when I was excited to come to work. That was back when the company really tried to have a positive impact on public health. Now, days go by, work gets done, paychecks come, but there is no excitement or inspiration. The old CEO and executive team could mobilize the organization and accomplish good things. The new CEO and executives that has stuck around or were put in place after the old CEO retired can't even talk a good game. There are a lot of bored, disillusioned people here who only stay for the paycheck. The company is a sad shadow of what it once was.

    Advice to Management

    Time for many of you to go and bring in a team that can get the company moving again.

  7. Perfect for supporting families or gaining experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

  8. Helpful (3)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

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

    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.

  9. Helpful (5)

    Strong organization with a history of week leadership

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    • Senior Management
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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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Advancement 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.

  10. Helpful (4)

    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 Management

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

  11. Helpful (1)

    Organization in for lots of change

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 a year)

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

    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 Management

    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.

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