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The United States Pharmacopeia CEO 	Ronald T Piervincenzi
Ronald T Piervincenzi
57 Ratings
Pros
  • "Best work life balance, amazing benefits, amazing people and most importantly a people focused company(in 16 reviews)

  • "Great benefits and Work culture is good(in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • "Although it touts its "public health mission" can be very deferential to industry(in 12 reviews)

  • "Some of the senior management that did not function well under last CEO still here(in 10 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great organization that gives opportunities for growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The United States Pharmacopeia full-time

    Pros

    Culture Opportunities for learning and growth Company invests in their employees Global exposure Brand name

    Cons

    Only well known in Pharma/biotech sector. Remote location in Hyderabad

    Advice to Management

    Continue to develop leadership skills

  2. Helpful (3)

    "Feel Lucky to Work Here"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The United States Pharmacopeia full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, do no have to communte into the city. Strong public health mission. Always something interesting and exciting going on. Many growth opportunities.

    Cons

    High performing culture environment can be stressful. Always numerous initiatives and projects going on that take time away from getting routine tasks done.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes it is OK for management to make decisions rather than driving everything down and spreading it out. Participantion is great but decisions are slow coming and it causes stress to those who are under pressure to get work done and creates sense of upheaval. Would be better to allow core group of SMEs to come up with solid plan and get it approved by leadership, rather than dividing decisions across several dozen...

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    The United States Pharmacopeia Response

    March 12, 2019Employee Engagement Manager

    Thank you for your review! At USP, we’re committed to ensuring our culture reflects our global public health mission, and it’s very heartening to hear this is contributing to your positive work experience at USP. Also, your candid feedback on decision making is helpful. This was ...

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  3. Helpful (2)

    "Confused Bunch and Gross Favoritism at Play..Couldn't Wait to Leave"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The United States Pharmacopeia full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Good benefits. Telework for some people and inconsistent for others.

    Cons

    Too many starts and stops with initiatives...advancement happens for privileged few...grossly in need of sensitivity training...bad outweighs the good. Not even trying to do better.

    Advice to Management

    Take a good look at the leaders who don't know how to do that well! Good people leave because of BAD bosses!

  4. Helpful (4)

    "Hard worker with good observation skills"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The United States Pharmacopeia full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Some benefits are above average. Healthcare insurance is of declining quality. There are a few good divisions leaders with credible vision.

    Cons

    High stress is created by political power games and excessive secrecy. Several out of touch division heads and their direct reports are not listening and removed from reality and business needs. They allow senior toxic managers and a few admins to discriminate against staff below them and show a good face to management. Many new initiatives are led by old timers with no intention to make changes. Finance and HR need...

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    Advice to Management

    Simplify the hierarchy, remove power from known bullies who also refuse to share institutional knowledge. Hire many more talented worker bees. If you truly mean to enforce the diversity program, start right now. Trust won’t happen without. USP will become irrelevant with old hierarchical structure rolling out restrictive blanket policies instead of addressing individual culprits, assuming all workers are guilty and...

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    The United States Pharmacopeia Response

    February 25, 2019Employee Engagement Manager

    Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We take your concerns very seriously and have flagged them with our Ethics and HR groups. If you believe you or your peers have been discriminated against, we ask you to report it immediately through the Ethics Hotline, a trusted supervisor ...

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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Lots of Perks, No Real Benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The United States Pharmacopeia full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    As others have mentioned, the benefits and compensation are above average. Flexible work schedules and an investment in employee training. Good location by metro in new building and plenty of parking. Open cubicle floorplan - no offices even for upper management to avoid culture of hierarchy. Gym. Regular department and company-wide employee team-building activities. Lots of open positions and opportunity for diverse...

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    Cons

    It may be a "nonprofit" but it runs with a big business mentality. USP continues to struggle to be a household name despite its role as the United States pharmaceutical standards setting body. Never-ending, forced mandatory training filled with corporate jargon that is neither relevant to their employees' roles nor productive in terms of skill-building and takes significant time away from their actual responsibilities....

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    Advice to Management

    HR needs training in mental health. Action is greater than words. You get what you give - pass judgment on your employees and expect the same in return.

  6. Helpful (11)

    "This company was too good to work for 2 years ago but currently very bad environment."

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The United States Pharmacopeia full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Benefits, Gym and social life

    Cons

    There is too much work and employees can not even enjoy their vacation time . Everyone work 24-7 since new CFO - Stan came on board . He needs to give employees their family lives back.

    Advice to Management

    Distribute work evenly and hire more employees.

    The United States Pharmacopeia Response

    January 18, 2019Director, Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for sharing your experience. We have passed along your feedback on the challenge you faced to help inform our efforts in providing a great experience for all staff.

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Workday"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The United States Pharmacopeia full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    You have flexibility to frame your schedule. Can telework one day/week after six months of full time employment.

    Cons

    There is not much career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage and allow staff to move around.

  8. Helpful (9)

    "Scientific Liaison"

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    Former Employee - Scientific Liaison in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The United States Pharmacopeia full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Good health benefits, bonus, telework and a ten percent employer 401(k) contribution after one year of service.

    Cons

    The not-for-profit organization is in a constant frenetic state of upheaval, reorganizations and trying to do more with less. In this environment, managers naturally tend to be most focused on essential day-to-day operations and less interested in longer-term activities. So, the organization pay a high price: the loss of top talents.

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Company that cares about what's important"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The United States Pharmacopeia full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    • Global health mission is easy to get on board with • Sense of pride in working for USP • Small company feel in a large, multi-national non-profit • Leadership that listens to staff • Family-first/great quality of life

    Cons

    • Commute isn't great • Best kept secret in the DC area

    Advice to Management

    Continue to communicate your strategic goals to staff

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing organization!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The United States Pharmacopeia full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Mission driven organization Global organization Best in class benefits Lot of opportunities to do cool things Fun place to work

    Cons

    Office not close to I-270, commute can be long

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