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The United States Pharmacopeia Reviews

Updated November 2, 2018
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The United States Pharmacopeia Chief Executive Officer Ronald T Piervincenzi
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Pros
  • "Great benefits, good work life balance for most workers" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Great benefits and Work culture is good" (in 22 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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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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. "Getting better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Upper management commitment to staff, quality and mission

    Cons

    Losing markets despite tremendous marketing leadership

    Advice to Management

    Continue path to transparency, honesty and clarity

  3. "Company that cares about what's important"

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

    I have been working at The United States Pharmacopeia full-time (More than 5 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


  4. "Amazing organization!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The United States Pharmacopeia full-time (More than 5 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


  5. Helpful (6)

    "USP brotherhood"

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

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

    Pros

    Good health benefit and a lot of PTO days

    Cons

    The current management has no vision as they are trying to establish one in the last few years. You can only do well if you are a friend of CEO, or friend of his friends. The Chef Science Officer has done nothing since his onboard in 2016.

    Advice to Management

    Please get serious on your work, and do not fool your employees anymore.


  6. "Scientist II"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at The United States Pharmacopeia full-time

    Pros

    A non-profit organization with ties to regulatory agencies focused on assuring quality of pharmaceuticals and bio-pharmaceuticals and setting industry standards. I had some of the best managers while working here. Great benefits and Work culture is good.

    Cons

    I had good experience while working in USP India so I have no cons to share.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Manager is weird"

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I like some people that know what they are doing

    Cons

    Manager does not know how to use technology

    Advice to Management

    What is going on? Please communicate growth strategy so everyone can do their work with quality and not worry about their manage’s incompetence.

    The United States Pharmacopeia Response

    Oct 1, 2018 – Director, Talent Acquisition

    Fair point that staff wants to know more about the strategy, perhaps you didn’t get a chance to join one of the strategic initiative teams. The upcoming Town Hall meetings will be covering... More

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Set right expectations"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    They provide great benefits and compensation.

    Cons

    They don't really value the employees as much as they say. Employees treated as just means to an end.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees and really listen to them

    The United States Pharmacopeia Response

    Aug 28, 2018 – Director, Talent Acquisition

    So sorry to hear how you’ve experienced USP. Staff members have shared they love having many ways to be involved and heard, through task forces, initiative committees and innovation challenges. Staff... More


  9. Helpful (3)

    "good organization with worthwhile mission"

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

    I worked at The United States Pharmacopeia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    USP has a very talented and skilled staff. They have effectively annually increased their output of reference and monograph standards without sacrificing quality. They continually strive for ways to improve their processes and procedures. Excellence is more than a catch phrase to the organization.

    They offer a generous benefit package with employer contributions to 401K, a comprehensive healthcare package, paid time off, and tuition reimbursement. Their benefits package is one of the reasons that many staff members have been there 10+ years.

    Cons

    The atmosphere is very politically, and savvy networking skills and desire to do whatever it takes are necessary in order to get ahead. It's not enough to just do your job and do it well if you want to advance. Overtime has become more the norm.

    UPS endorses an open working environment so there are no cubicles and few offices. This is fine if your job requires maximum collaboration, but not so good for those that need more privacy and quiet.

    The organization has a very vertical hierarchy. This leads to communication and "silo" issues. Reorganizations are frequent, and the structure seems to always be in a state of flux. It has resulted in staff turnover over the last few years, some voluntary and some lay-offs, particularly among those in management.

    The United States Pharmacopeia Response

    Aug 16, 2018 – Director, Talent Acquisition

    Thanks for sharing some of the great things about USP. No doubt we have seen change, as we work hard to meet the ever changing global health landscape. It’s exciting for some and a bit scary for... More


  10. Helpful (13)

    "Hmm...these glowing reviews seem planted. Reader beware."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free coffee and parking

    Cons

    Out of touch, tone deaf executive team but they like it that way. Any long time employee knows this and expect a disparity between newcomers and old timers. Expect lots of lip service to core values and empowerment and other buzzwords but all talk and no action as they literally gloss over obvious deficiencies/inefficiencies, even in meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Step out your little lofted and self congratulatory bubble of other execs and see how work actually gets done by the little people. Hire more people of caliber and less, incompetent, “yes” people and your buddies from your last job if you sincerely care about the health of company.

    The United States Pharmacopeia Response

    Jul 25, 2018 – Director, Talent Acquisition

    It’s disheartening to hear your perspective. We’re always on the lookout for actionable feedback or ways to improve. Please share your recommendations at feedback@usp.org.


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