Management Science Associates Reviews

Updated August 22, 2015
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Management Science Associates President and CEO Cathy Opsitnick
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Pros
  • The company has managed to keep some very nice people (in 9 reviews)

  • The work life balance is fantastic (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. Good starting job

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Lead in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Production Lead in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Management Science Associates (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed, dress down atmosphere. Good job for new graduates but most leave after a few years experience for better pay and benefits.

    Cons

    low salary and terrible benefits. Must park in a shuttle lot a mile away and get shuttled to and from work.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your current employees instead of having to hire and train new ones.


  2. Life in the basement

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Management Science Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some managers are pretty flexible with work life balance. Casual dress. Free parking - although you might have to park in a lot and take a shuttle. Nice Christmas parties. HR is extremely helpful.

    Cons

    You are a cog in a wheel. Bonuses are ridiculous. Work in a basement with no windows. 401k matching is pathetic. They match $400 PER YEAR! Bathrooms sometimes overflow.

    Advice to Management

    Ask for the advice of the employees. Reconsider the amount of matching funds. Keep politics out of the company. Not all believe they should vote for who you think they should vote for. Upgrade the facilities!!


  3. MSA

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Relationship Specialist
    Current Employee - Client Relationship Specialist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good Intern Program. A great place to work right out of college. Very flexible schedule and casual work atmosphere.

    Cons

    Benefits are the biggest Con for this company.


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  5. Data processor

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Processor in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Data Processor in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and some ability to work from home. Casual dress. Free parking although it is off site and requires taking a shuttle. Nice people generally but that is more a function of how people are in Pittsburgh overall rather than the company culture.

    Cons

    The culture in the company is very poor. There is a lot of finger pointing and blame between departments. The benefits are extremely poor. You can't add a spouse or family to your health insurance without paying an outrageous amount of money. Data processors are paid substandard wages relative to the industry. Given the importance of that particular job in this particular company, this is unacceptable. The coding (data processing) staff are expected to perform work at a much higher level than is normal for the industry and are paid far less. The job requires the equivalent of a college degree to perform properly and is paid at the level of a retail associate who may or may not have obtained a GED. The facilities also need a major upgrade.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to those employees who are your "front line". Understand the importance of what they do and pay them and treat them accordingly. Fix the culture. There is an over abundance of negativity. Realize where it exists and work to overcome it.


  6. MSA Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great company to work for, great employees

    Cons

    Offsite parking is only con


  7. People are great the culture is terrible

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Relationship Associate in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Client Relationship Associate in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Management Science Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people I work with at MSA are great especially my managers.

    Cons

    The culture is terrible. There is tells communication between groups and the ET is the worst offender.

    Advice to Management

    The overall mission and goal of the company is obscure, and communication between the silos is terrible please fix this


  8. Lots of potential!!!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Management Science Associates full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work, people are really nice and a lot of cool things are happening here. Best kept secret in town!

    Cons

    Medical Benefits and some management and long term employees resistance to change.

    Advice to Management

    You have a lot of very smart people working here, use their expertise and knowledge. Listen to what they have to say and their ideas AND run with them.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Can Easily Go Somewhere Better

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Management Science Associates (More than a year)

    Pros

    Casual Dress, Flexible Hours, some of the other employees are great.

    Cons

    Questionable management. Sometimes it seems like the lowest level employees are the smartest and managers should be the lowest. Remarkably low pay, minimal benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Look at some of the leads and managers.. Do they really deserve to be there? Some areas need a complete overhaul.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    New hired employees are changing the company

    Cons

    Mid level management needs to go


  11. Good changes happening

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company is full of smart, analytical people. Casual dress is a plus and there is some working at home...although not company-wide. Recently the company leadership has taken significant steps in correcting many of the negative comments listed here. Company activities are on the increase through a re-activated Employee Committee. The president seems to be taking a more public role, and emphasis has been placed on increased communication and transparency. Anyone who is looking to do serious analytical work should be happy working on some of the cool projects that shape how major decisions are made in a variety of industries.

    Cons

    Family benefits costs are still prohibitive and there are no signs of this changing.

    Advice to Management

    Please continue to focus on improving the work climate...formally institute work-at-home guidelines, allow more sick days for hourly workers, etc.



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