Management Sciences for Health Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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Management Sciences for Health President Jonathan Quick
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Pros
  • Fun and relaxing work environment (in 4 reviews)

  • Some people are dedicated to the mission (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • In theory the organization promotes collaboration within the organization, but unfortunately it rarely translates into reality (in 3 reviews)

  • Little money for trainings and professional development (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Change is always unsettling but constant

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    Current Employee - Technical Advisor in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Technical Advisor in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have been with MSH for just over 3 years now and I have seen a tremendous change in the organization. The transition from being one big family to a more corporate like environment has been visible but necessary. The organization has great people working here and I personally enjoy working here even if it seems chaotic at times. All organizations experience similar behaviors. The project staff are wonderful and continue to do the good work.

    Cons

    The changes that are currently associated with the reorganization is unsettling and the moral a little low. That is understandable and we all hope that once it is over, we can settle down and hopefully see the change in action. I do believe that it is the right direction and will enable MSH to focus on new business development.

    Advice to Management

    Middle Management need to step up and take ownership. They feel entitled and blame everything on the LT.


  2. Principal Technical Advisor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Management Sciences for Health full-time

    Pros

    Great People, nice office, good benefits

    Cons

    Very little cross organizational cooperation. No strategy for retaining talented staff


  3. Helpful (4)

    Good Bones but Limping Along

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Management Sciences for Health full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Compensation is actually much better than other organizations Flexible work environment Great country based staff

    Cons

    Surprisingly there are some serious issues around race at MSH, senior staff have asked people their ethnic background in interviews and others made negative remarks about "Africans" and no one thought it was a problem. A bit into "patriarchal development" Sending all white people to the country office to "train" the brown people

    Advice to Management

    Get organized Focus on stronger technical staff and staff from developing countries, they are usually more knowledgeable than most of the home office staff More diversity is needed in staff going to the country offices, Medford is almost all white. What message is that sending?


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Good People, Good Company, Poor Management

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Management Sciences for Health full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people who have a genuine desire to help improve the lives of the most vulnerable populations in the world. Wonderful environment, with good work/life balance (if you choose), encouraged employee creativity.

    Cons

    Poor compensation. Lack of good employee morale for junior and entry-level staff.

    Advice to Management

    My review of MSH is not different than any other. I love this organization and invested a good chunk of my passion into it. I enjoyed working with the people I work with and I feel that MSH is making some great changes but the implementation may not be the best. MSH knows its flaws, and they pick and choose which ones to battle. The untouched battle is employee turn around. MSH is losing employees on a fast pace and mainly because of compensation. Value your entry-level staff, this industry is small and one day they will be the technical leads making the changes that will bring the most value to MSH. My advice to management would be- work on keeping staff ($); unless its really your goal to clean house.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Vibrant but sometimes confusing global health organization

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    This organization is focused on promoting global health and strengthening health systems across the globe. Funded mostly by USAID, the organization does a lot of good work with good results across the world but can sometimes be limited by donor strategies and priorities. The staff are highly-skilled, motivated bunch. The atmosphere in offices are usually friendly, familiar, and casual.

    Cons

    Too many organizational initiatives at one time. Top leadership can sometimes be out of the touch with what the rest of the organizations want. Junior staff are often under-valued.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff, including the junior staff. Communicate early, clearly, and often whenever there are initiaves or changes that will be taking place that impact the professional and personal lives of your staff.


  7. MSH review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Global presence with core technical business related to strengthening health systems. Such a diversity provides a great opportunity to work and learn in various settings and health disease areas. Great benefit package for all full-time employees.

    Cons

    Too bureaucratic internal systems. Need to improve management style. Technical leadership is not uniform. There are some silos across many technical areas. Technical centers have also become quite territorial with limited synergies.

    Advice to Management

    Improve efficiency at various levels of the organization. Consider consolidation of technical teams to improve technical leadership. Build better systems in place across a small number of core/key functions.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Change is all around us... Give it time

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    Current Employee - Middle Management in Medford, MA
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Medford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the most intelligent, dedicated, diverse, and wonderful people I have ever worked with. A mission with a world-wide purpose and incredibly intricate. The two US locations might be rocky at the moment, but field offices and projects are the heart of what we do and continue to use their expertise to make the world a better place and remind us what it means to have passion for what we do.

    Cons

    Internal issues rarely get solved because either the wrong people/offices are blamed or information isn't understood or utilized. Staff are so focused on joining the cool crowd of complainers these days that even in the Glassdoor reviews you can find completely inaccurate information that can easily be found by utilizing the company's intranet. Turn over is high at the moment and although salaries and compensation are often the cause, the pay structure hasn't improved.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes you really need to make immediate changes to address a crisis which is what is happening a the moment. Policies, procedures, and analytics aren't going to matter too much if you don't have the people in place to perform anyhow. Long-term goals are essential, but short-term solutions are necessary at times and no one seems to understand this.


  9. Helpful (13)

    Skeleton Crew

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I have met some amazingly talented and brilliant people at MSH however very few remain after they recognized how clueless and self absorbed the Senior Leadership has become.

    Cons

    Senior leadership has forgotten that project staff (not them) are the people that make the organization look good and bring in new work. A multitude of changes in 1 year with no transparency or logic has caused the organization to hemorrhage the best employees. The hardest working staff are paid the least and treated with little respect though most are sitting on years of experience and masters degrees. High paid upper management positions continue to be created and filled while project staff dwindles and stress increases on the few remaining employees. Many departments are short on staff and behind on work because of a lack of direction and understanding causing a ripple effect across the organization. Zero room for growth and any upward movement is only available when staff quit because of frustration with the organization.

    Advice to Management

    In over 3 years I have watched this organization go from a brilliant, respectable functioning place to a sinking ship that everyone can't wait to get off. The CEO used to make a presence in every department and visit staff working after hours, these days no one has seen anyone in upper management visit in over a year. Stop hiring VP's and upper management positions and invest in your project staff and new business teams.


  10. Helpful (8)

    Too many captains, not enough sailors.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Portfolio Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Portfolio Manager in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Management Sciences for Health (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The project work is fulfilling and gratifying. Very diverse group of international colleagues with impressive experience.

    Cons

    The organization is a group of isolated camps, creating fracture lines down through the organization, polarizing the people who have to interact across them. Little incentive to cooperate, collaborate, share information, or team up to pursue mission-critical outcomes. Mentoring or training and is viewed as a cost or expense rather than an investment. There is basically a 1-3% difference in the raise a high performer receives and a lower less engaged employee. If your job requires you to work harder, why bother?

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your lower level staff and promote from within. Hiring layer upon layer of management and executives from the outside doesn't fix the problems, it adds to them. Focus on one primary goal, strategy, or problem long enough to gain momentum in solving it.


  11. Project support (senior project officer)

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Management Sciences for Health full-time

    Pros

    Friendly staff both at home office and field

    Cons

    Management systems, culture, and bureaucracy



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