Management Science Associates

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Management Science Associates Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
57 Reviews
2.6
57 Reviews
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Management Science Associates President and CEO Cathy Opsitnick
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Nice people and many loyal and hardworking employees who really care about their work (in 9 reviews)

  • Commute wasn't far, work life balance wasn't too bad (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • The health insurance is very expensive for (in 5 reviews)

  • Low salary, expensive benefits, virtually non existent 401 k match and extremely high turnover of employees (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good to get office experience and then move on.

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    Former Employee - Senior Data Specialist in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Data Specialist in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Management Science Associates full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Casual dress code- some people would wear flip flops....Nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Upper Management needs to get with the times. I think there is a lot of nepotism going on. High premiums for health coverage if you want to cover your family. Very low pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure your insurance program- premiums were astronomical. Also align pay for employeess with current market.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work if you are fresh out of college

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Management Science Associates full-time

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Compensation. Benefits. Bad management. If you have a family, there is no way you can support them working here. Most people leave this place eventually after starting their careers here. Understandable because of how poorly we are compensated and how bad the benefits are if you have dependents. Compensation needs to be at least somewhat competitive. Too many people leave.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Still Innovating

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    Current Employee - Worker in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Worker in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Management Science Associates full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities to contribute for everyone.

    Cons

    All organizations have negatives but I like the work and that's enough for me

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    What is this company's identity?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Management Science Associates full-time

    Pros

    MSA generally takes chances on new college grads and surrounds those new hires with good training and exposure to intelligent people. For this reason, this could be a good fit for a young person.

    Overall, there are a ton of good, smart people at MSA. As MSA's senior leadership runs the place into the ground, many of its department level employees work hard to develop and progress.

    The work life balance is fantastic. There is value in a low stress environment and MSA has it.

    Cons

    What are they doing? They're a software company with only enough developers to maintain the status quo. An analytics company with an inability to keep its analysts. Too many people disinterested in cross-collaboration. And they're stretching themselves thin by entering new industries and countries without any focus on making difficult and important decisions on their established products. It's a company with a laissez-faire leadership system established at the top with absolutely zero power given to department-level management. The company's goals or mission was never communicated to me. They're buying half-abandoned air strips in nowhere PA while their flagship products bleed customers.

    The benefits are substandard. Pay is on the lower end of the comparable range, but more importantly, the retirement benefits are atrocious and the health coverage for dependents and families could not possibly be any less competitive in the industry. Consider holding out for another company, any other company, if you need insurance to cover your family.

    As for the building, if you like temperature fluctuations, working in a windowless basement that is prone to flooding, and watching the good old boys park onsite while the bulk of the employees park offsite and get shuttled in a conversion van, this place is for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of your entire senior leadership and start over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Love the other employees-OE ruining the company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Management Science Associates full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You will appreciate the people you work with. The company has a vital role in the data mining industry. You get flex start time. If you do your job well you will be left to do just that.

    Cons

    The pay stinks, Too many directors, VPs, head honchos. Secrecy reigns. Infighting among the management is obvious. Managers suck the life and ideas from you and use them as their own. Fake is SOP.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fair and recognize those who are holding the company together. Share the wealth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Very Nice Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Management Science Associates full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Casual environment, casual dress, overall very nice people work there. Executive leadership is very approachable. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Total comp could be a little better, health care benefits cost are on the high end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communications to staff about business - existing, development, leadership initiatives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Ancient management

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    Former Employee - Senior Data Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Data Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Management Science Associates full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    None

    Really nothing positive to mention... Compensation and benefits are far under market standards, employees are far from professional... Managers (mine) were inadequate...

    Cons

    Not much to comment on: under payed, out dated management, working without any day light in a basement....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Refresh the management, be open for new ideas and employees thinking out of the box...

    If you have new innovative ideas, management feel threatened and you will be terminated....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    This company operates in the medieval ages. Stand with them or off with your head!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Management Science Associates full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Some of the people are very good and enjoyed working with them. Most were contractors.

    Cons

    This is the absolute worst place to work in Pittsburgh PA. It is amazing that they made it 50 years. Between the nepotism and inbreeding the new incumbent walks in the door with all the cards stacked against them. If you choose to work here it could be that you will be making the worst career choice of your life. Benefits are awful, management especially at the VP level is horrendous, and I wish I had done further research before joining this very screwed up company. Beware... you have been warned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire and hire new thought leaders you obviously are ruining the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    ok place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Management Science Associates full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    flexible schedule, casual work environment and dress code. nice people. decent location

    Cons

    sick time is a joke (3 days for full time employees), highly underpaid, horribly expensive health insurance for a family. high turnover. parking offsite is ridiculous

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work on better benefits and better pay for your employees....maybe you wouldn't lose so many good people

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to start, not for long term

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Management Science Associates full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great entry level positions. Relaxed atmosphere.

    Cons

    Too many bosses, and all or their projects are the top priority.
    Little chance for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide a reason to stay, reduce turnover. More money, vacation, benefits, etc.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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