Management Science Associates

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Management Science Associates Reviews

Updated February 12, 2015
Updated February 12, 2015
62 Reviews
2.6
62 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.  

    my thanks to company

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst
    Former Employee - Data Analyst

    I worked at Management Science Associates

    Pros

    Great Learning place to be

    Cons

    not enough communication involved there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great People, Mediocre Career Path

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IMS in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - IMS in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Management Science Associates

    Pros

    The people that work at MSA are great. Easy to talk to, easy to get along with, and easy to make new friends.
    Pretty laid back, but there is also a lot of mico managing that does occur.
    Very casual dress, and accomodating when it comes to time needed to take off.

    Cons

    The company has not really made any big strides in recent years, and all revenue is based on a few clients. Not a lot of movement. The pay won't blow you away, or the benefits either.
    Career path is suspect. Easy to fall into a rut.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop different revenue streams, ways to better compensate your employees, and more freedom to work from home. If you trust them enough to hire them, you should trust them enough to work from home occasionally and do a good job. You have great people there, now its time to do something to keep them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Lot's of potential but living in the past

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Manager
    Current Employee - Applications Manager

    I have been working at Management Science Associates full-time

    Pros

    Company has great clients and great potential

    Cons

    Old technology and any innovation is living off past accomplishments. Mid level managers are not good people managers. Senior managers seem afraid to make decisions and to be accountable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the steps to progress and make changes to adapt to industry and competition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A decent start to a data management career

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of exposure to different facets of data management, data mining, and relational database theory. Huge data sets to work with. Job can be interesting at times.

    Cons

    Pay is about 20% below average for most positions. Entrenched management and developers keep things moving at a glacial pace. The company needs new blood but young, talented people tend to leave due to constant frustration. Mediocrity is celebrated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please retire, you are killing this place.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great start, slow finish

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Management Science Associates

    Pros

    Good starting place to work

    Cons

    No communication to employees from management, no retirement, not growth

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good to get office experience and then move on.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    Great place to work if you are fresh out of college

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    What is this company's identity?

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    Still Innovating

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    Very Nice Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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