Management Science Associates Reviews

Updated March 31, 2015
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Management Science Associates President and CEO Cathy Opsitnick
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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. Just a paycheck

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    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 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The work environment and flexible schedule are definitely the reason that I stay at MSA. Casual dress and work from home occasionally are great.

    Cons

    The medical benefits are very expensive for a family. Unless you are willing to be difficult there is no room to grow. The only people that seem to get promoted are the ones who are difficult to work with, instead of firing them they just give them a new title and a promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to the employees actually doing the work. Too many decisions are made before talking to the people who really know if the changes or improvements can be made.

  2. Behind the times

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Management Science Associates

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

    Pros

    New website is vast improvement over previous version

    Cons

    Employee benefits, workplace environment, and career paths are not competitive. Extremely high turnover

    Advice to Management

    May be time to sell the company to another organization who can offer employees more

  3. my thanks to company

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst
    Former Employee - Data Analyst

    I worked at Management Science Associates

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Learning place to be

    Cons

    not enough communication involved there

    Advice to Management

    n/a

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  5. Great People, Mediocre Career Path

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IMS in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - IMS in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Management Science Associates

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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.

  6. 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

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

    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 Management

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

  7. A decent start to a data management career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Please retire, you are killing this place.

  8. 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

  9. Helpful (1)

    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)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  10. 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

  11. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities to contribute for everyone.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    None.

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