Management Sciences for Health

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Management Sciences for Health Reviews

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
45 Reviews
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Management Sciences for Health President Jonathan Quick
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting work but dismal atmosphere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Program Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Program Associate

    I have been working at Management Sciences for Health

    Pros

    Very exciting to be working in Global Health and to have opportunities to travel. Inspired by the Mission.

    Cons

    Leadership feels fragmented. Too many "priorities," some at cross purposes. Work is more stressful than it needs to be. In spite of values statement, disrespectful communication is tolerated. Poor morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO and COO need to be on the same page. If not, one of them should go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Increased productivity and stronger work ethic does not translate to better opportunities for advancement.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Associate in Medford, MA
    Current Employee - Project Associate in Medford, MA

    I have been working at Management Sciences for Health full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good social work environment, excellent benefits, plenty of time off, highly entertaining stream of conciseness rants from the CEO. If one is so inclined, it is quite easy to coast by doing the minimum required of a position.

    Cons

    Management does not seem interested in developing its employees to build a strong and dedicated internal pipeline. Those who have been at MSH longer term have not had a steady career track allowing for specialization. Instead you are on your own to find new opportunities within the organization ignoring any strengths one may have. The culture promotes mediocrity in their pay scale increase structure. Everyone falls into the middle tier regardless of actual output/ productivity. There is little emphasis on trying to retain or develop good employees. Specifically for project associates, those with a significantly larger workload (5+ projects) are regarded and (not) rewarded at the same level as those with less demanding workloads (1-2 projects).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shift the corporate focus back to facilitating the success of project design and implementation. The project win rate has plummeted and project performance has also suffered due to a lack of resources and man power dedicated to project implementation and management. The recent shift seems to focus on building a more vertically integrated corporate structure losing sight of the intended purpose of MSH. There is also a very strong "good old boys'" club mentality based on mutual back scratching instead of workplace/ project performance.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good organization but some parts of the organization need some major work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medford, MA

    I have been working at Management Sciences for Health full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    MSH is very well respected in the industry. There are opportunities for advancement and career growth if you are in the right departments and/or work for the right people. Most people are nice and very helpful.

    Cons

    It can be very bureaucratic. Not sure what direction MSH is trying to go - it changes year to year. HR lacks the people skills needed for human resourcing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When MSH has new goals, provide resources (including sufficient money) to allow staff to truly work towards that goal.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good Learning Experience- but Overly Bureaucratic and Slow to Change

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Management Sciences for Health full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Great learning experience if you are interested in Government contracting, global health

    Cons

    -SLOW to change despite all of the "initiatives". Overly bureaucratic complicated structure
    -Too many initiatives! Work loads are already demanding and now are coupled with new initiatives and task which are flowed DOWN from Senior Management without buy in from staff actually doing work.
    -Compensation department is unfair and non transparent despite compensation reviews completed recently.
    -Little money for trainings and professional development.
    -Most staff are pleasant however at times some staff can be rude, unprofessional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to get buy in from the lower level employees when creating new initiatives. LEAD rather than manage. Allow departments to have flexibility to create own intitiatives in line with goals.

    Seriously review consistency and fairness of pay policies. Why does one unit average 2% increases and another much higher? PPRD is too burdensome. Not value for money! Also, be transparent about career ladder, pay policies, and salary scales. TRAIN HR! Inconsistencies and unfair practices have led to several staff leaving.

    You say that MSH's goal is to be a learning organization however no resources are dedicated to ensuring that goal is reached. All staff should have the opportunity for professional trainings. Invest in your staff!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good people, mediocre organization

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Management Sciences for Health full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    On an individual level, the company has many interesting, accomplished, and competent people. It also has a good benefits package, lots of vacation, and tends to be pretty accommodating of its employees life demands.

    Cons

    There is little attention paid to to lower- and mid-level employees. Technical work tends to stay only at the highest level, and doesn't give younger staff opportunities for professional growth. Also, there is a lack of transparency in how decisions are made about promotions and salaries. The pay differential between lower and high level staff is pretty substantial for an NGO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move away from the "old boys club" mentality at the upper level of the organization, and start encouraging and rewarding growth and contributions at all levels of the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Mid-level and junior staff not given a chance to do technical work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Management Sciences for Health full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    MSH's DC office is in a good location, ability to work with field staff has been a good experience, I've learned a lot from senior staff (but haven't been allowed to practice it).

    Cons

    Many of the administrative/program coordinator level staff wind up leaving after 1 year since there is no movement up unless you have a masters, ditto for Progam Officers/Associates. Often much of the "technical" work is only done by the older staff who have been at MSH for 10-15 years. There isn't a desire across the centers/projects to train junior staff, and this causes many of us to want to leave.

    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Management Sciences for Health---Great Benefits!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Management Sciences for Health

    Pros

    Excellent benefits!
    This is a good place for people who want to get hands on experience in the international public health field.

    Cons

    If you are not part of a clique you will have a hard time advancing your career or getting the respect you deserve. In theory the organization promotes collaboration within the organization, but unfortunately it rarely translates into reality. Employees rarely display humility, i.e. an eagerness to try something new and embrace ideas no matter the source.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to embrace change and advance people no matter their clique status within the company. Diversity, Diversity, Diversity --- needs to be a priority for the board of directors, management team and upper management. An ethnically diverse environment in the rank and file only is not an ethnically diverse organization.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Work life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Central Project Manager in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
    Current Employee - Central Project Manager in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

    I have been working at Management Sciences for Health full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good worklife balance. Better pay compared to other NGOs

    Cons

    Little career advancement opportunities. Few personal development and trainigs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to consider employees development seriously

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great employees, poorly managed.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Management Sciences for Health

    Pros

    MSH employees are extremely committed, passionate, and hard-working individuals from all over the globe. Working in teams with these individuals is the best part of the job.

    In addition, pay is ok for the non-profit sector. The benefits, however, are great.

    Cons

    For a firm that positions and considers itself as a leader in the field of management, senior leadership is remarkably deficient in management skills.

    Communication from senior management and from human resources is not entirely honest and can best be described as lip service.

    MSH does not take career development seriously, especially for those that work in primarily support roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend less time trying to grow the organization and more time focusing on the growth of those that already work there.

    Approves of CEO

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