The United States Pharmacopeia

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The United States Pharmacopeia Reviews

Updated November 11, 2014
Updated November 11, 2014
42 Reviews
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42 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    How can such a wonderful company have such bad management and Board oversight????

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Mission is the best -- promoting quality of medicines and food ingredients -- it doesn't get any better than that. Staff is very diverse and those in my department were very friendly and supportive. I love fact that all cultures are present and appreciated.

    Cons

    The Board of Directors and executive management is destroying the company. The BoD selected a new CEO who has NO experience with any of USP's constituencies and is simply NOT qualified to run the company. This opinion is widely held by staff and is growing among volunteers. He places his full confidence in the Chief Counsel and Acting COO who are trying to shut down programs and activities that they don't support despite past achievement and investment and the fact that they support resolutions made by our convention in 2010. Of course, they have formed "initiative teams" to give themselves cover and make it look like a consensus decision. Make no mistake -- it is not. And the Board fiddles while Rome burns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staff knows that bonuses accrue on June 30th. I hear more and more people looking outside of USP so except a lot of resignations in July. I hope I will be one of them. And good luck explaining your decisions to the 2015 convention delegates. Hopefully the FDA wakes up and takes over USP once and for all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Benefits, decent work

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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 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
  3.  

    Good, public health organization

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The United States Pharmacopeia

    Pros

    Strong focus on pharmaceutical, biologic, and food standards. Nice expansion into international markets including India, Brazil, and China. Terrific people to engage with.

    Cons

    As a not-for-profit, there is not an opportunity to share in any kind of equity. It might encourage further innovation and "entrepreneurialism" to have some form of upside compensation opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on keepin' on

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    USP is an excellent company to work for; I had a wonderful experience here.

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Rockville, MD

    I worked at The United States Pharmacopeia full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The benefits provided by USP are internally known as the "golden handcuffs" because they are so good no one wants to leave. The caliber of employees here is way above average and makes for a wonderful work atmosphere. The company really cares about work-life balance.

    Cons

    The company is built around very scientific work and this can be an unusual culture if it's not what you're looking for. I found that the "normal" office politics are slightly skewed because of the scientific focus and can take some adjustment, but this is not inherently a bad thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing; this is a wonderful company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

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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 an year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great pay, room for advancement.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more autonomy to those you have selected as leaders

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    One of the most disfunctional organizations I've ever seen

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Very nice Meeting Center but not the best

    Cons

    Management is so out of touch it is sad to see

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together, there is so much potential withing your walls

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unrealized potential

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    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in Rockville, MD

    I worked at The United States Pharmacopeia as a contractor (less than an 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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Dysfunctional management style counters employee productivity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The United States Pharmacopeia full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and overall there is a community of really nice people. There are several opportunities to meet others through employee activities throughout the year. The USP headquarters (Rockville, MD) offers good conference rooms and a great meeting services staff. USP has (almost 200) years of history, and offers an open library and interactive exhibits to inform others and to preserve this history. USP also continues to attract many expert volunteers who give back to the community.

    Cons

    Overall, a military mentality with scant growth opportunity for most. Punishment is used more often than guidance. Disrespect from management is shown when being too independent or stepping outside of what is defined dysfunctionally as the norm. Many employees keep head down and do minimal to survive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and show more respect and encouragement to the employees that can make a difference! Do good research on what you hear - there is usually another part of same story that should be considered.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bad Management and poor employee support

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The United States Pharmacopeia full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, good public health mission, friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    Bad management, from the CEO down. HR is overly concerned with monitoring employee e-mail and web site visitations (they e-mail your manager regularly with a list of all the websites you've visited), yet when you go to them for help with HR-related issues, they are not very willing to help. It feels as though your manager, HR rep, and all senior management are working against you, rather than with you. Expectations are unreasonable. High turn-over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    CEO is ruining his legacy in his last 6 months

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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 8 years)

    Pros

    Not many. Pay the pay checks.

    Cons

    Everything else that the CEO thinks of causes huge problems for those that are doing the actual work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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