Management Sciences for Health Reviews

Updated May 31, 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. MSH review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Management Sciences for Health

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    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.


  2. 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

    I have been working at Management Sciences for Health

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    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.


  3. Helpful (13)

    Skeleton Crew

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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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    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.


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  5. Helpful (8)

    Too many captains, not enough sailors.

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    Current Employee - Portfolio Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Portfolio Manager in Arlington, VA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  6. 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


  7. Lots of passion, diversity in the office, working towards a common goal

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    Current Employee - Program Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Program Associate in Arlington, VA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I love working alongside passionate individuals who have the same mission that I do I feel like I am being supported and have the ability to seek out resources to grow professionally The organization really is creating health change abroad and has created a number of tools that are being used by individuals all over the world. I'm proud to work for MSH and proud of what the organization continues to accomplish

    Cons

    Not being used for my skillset I have a Master's degree but am not doing any type of work that is worthy of a Master's degree The organization is very USAID project focused - need to focus on innovation and thinking outside the box (away from government funding) and do something different to really ensure the organization's survival People in high level positions are afraid to stray from what they are used to doing - there is general mentality that if it's different than what has been done in the past, it won't work Low salaries, little money can be budgeted (if any) for career development Few opportunities for mid-level careers (many entry level and high level positions)

    Advice to Management

    MSH needs to become more of a supportive community. Staff from all over the world needs to know one another. It is especially telling by the fact that staff work on different floors in the same building in Arlington and Medford and don't know each other


  8. OK

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  9. Helpful (6)

    Interesting work but dismal atmosphere

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Program Associate

    I have been working at Management Sciences for Health

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (5)

    Most stressful workplace

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Management Sciences for Health part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (8)

    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)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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