Management Sciences for Health Reviews

Updated March 18, 2015
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  1. OK

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefit. Compensation is average or below. Very diverse culture. People from all over the world. Generally have great personalities.

    Cons

    No room for growth despite the efforts. It's common for people to leave. You see people come and go.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful

    Interesting work but dismal atmosphere

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    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
  3. 4 people found this helpful

    Most stressful workplace

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Management Sciences for Health part-time

    Pros

    I gained valuable experience in government relations and event planning. The office was also a beautiful location and we had access to complimentary coffee and tea all day.

    Cons

    I experienced poor communication from supervisors both to me and between each other which made my job uncessisarily difficult. I also saw very clear favoritism and disrespect for deadlines among department leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please take a course on interpersonal communication and lead by example in managing event related stress.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 8 people found this helpful

    Great public health NGO...on paper.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Management Sciences for Health full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits including medical/dental coverage, 401K, vacation/sick leave. Fun and relaxing work environment. Colleagues are very knowledgeable in their subject matters.

    Cons

    One's success at MSH largely depends on which center/project you're on, and how much experience you have. Senior level staff don't really take the time to train junior level staff. The pay is horrible, and there's a lot of turnover. Unless you're well established in your career, most people leave within less than 5 years as there is little opportunity for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat entry and junior level staff as equals, not as expendable commodities. Take the time to train and nurture them and allow them to grow within the organization.

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 9 people found this helpful

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

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    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 a 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
  7. 12 people found this helpful

    Some great people, great mission, but imploding because of "leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Management Sciences for Health full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    MSH has some great people, great mission, very good systems (in some cases), dedicated support staff who work hard and long hours, very well recognized by USAID, strong pharmaceutical programming, excellent COO, finance, and contracts staff. Very wide current footprint around the world. Smart junior technical staff. Some departments give great moral support and work-life balance.

    Cons

    Poor leadership at the very top, terrible HR - cold, "black box" decisions, zero "human" qualities, very tightly tied to USAID work (so extremely precarious if they lose projects - which they are), some very senior technical staff give junior staff NO opportunities, some senior long term MSH technical staff are rude, insulting and self-congratulatory which is extremely distasteful in "team" meetings, very poor business development senior staff. Due to lack of vision and focus, the project scope is shrinking and quality or projects and proposals dropping significantly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on listening to people who give advice rather than penalizing them. Reward staff for the hard work they put in. Conflict is not always bad in discussions, it can lead to resolution of problems. Morale is terrible due the poor decision of moving to Medford and not being transparent with the staff about this move. The "pep campaign" to get people excited in moving to Medford was a complete failure - showing pictures of smokestacks, not being transparent on who gets the few offices and the terrible open-plan office is completely opposite from the Arlington office. CEO getting a huge private office, conference room and river view is a complete morale destroyer. You are losing staff from lack of vision, support, and terrible morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful

    upper management needs to be more transparent

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Management Sciences for Health full-time

    Pros

    - nice, intelligent colleagues who know their field well
    - can-do IT department
    - nice support staff
    - good finance and program management expertise

    Cons

    - HR department is slow to respond and not detail-oriented
    - old-school cabal leading the company
    - kill-the-messenger attitude at leadership level
    - bureaucratic
    - hire older, staid chiefs of party in the field and pass over dynamic middle managers
    - lack of transparency at upper levels in HQ and field offices
    - quality of management and operations in different field offices varies widely
    - some shady things appear to be happening in field offices and donors are starting to notice
    - some support offices in HQ are staffed by people that don't want to do their jobs - just pass the buck

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - sunlight is the best antiseptic
    - don't punish staff who bring issues to your attention - approach the issues with an open mind and seek to learn from those below you
    - foster a culture of transparency and openness to new ideas
    - don't hire only older COPs - look at how donors are hiring these days (younger, more dynamic managers) and follow suit
    - conduct internal financial and programmatic audits at both HQ and in field offices - and follow the recommendations to continually improve the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Good experience once out of college

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Management Sciences for Health full-time

    Pros

    Very interesting International project experience. Great work environment. People there are very friendly.

    Cons

    Technical work limited to senior technical staff. Limited growth opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    O

    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful

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

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    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
  11. 4 people found this helpful

    Good Learning Experience- but Overly Bureaucratic and Slow to Change

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    • 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 a 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

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