Management Sciences for Health

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Management Sciences for Health Reviews in Arlington, VA

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
39 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to work, ability to make impact, and contributions valued.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    The mission is great and a lot of smart, committed people are dedicated to the core principle of the organization. A good place to make meaningful impact in global health. Lots of opportunities for career growth and advancement. Supportive, team oriented work environment.

    Cons

    I've been here a little less than a year and it takes a while to learn the various systems and processes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sinking Ship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Officer in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Program Officer in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    There are flexible working hours and management is not strict about leave/vacation days..

    Cons

    no structure. every depart is siloed with their processes. no room for professional development (even senior staff jump ship after a brief stay) and most manager's have no sense of time management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    we dont win many bids because of lack of planning and sending appropriate & qualified staff for pre-positioning.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Toxic Work Environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Management Sciences for Health as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great work location convenient to the Metro and shops.

    Cons

    The culture of the work environment is very toxic. Management may be knowledgeable but they lack people skills. I have been exposed to many different work environments and this place does not encourage a sense of teamwork. It seems that everyone is out for themselves or if you are not part of an alliance you are left on the outside of the group. Managers have poor communication skills, for example, you are told one thing face to face but then you are told otherwise through an email or the manager simply changes their minds without acknowledghement. Managers also openly favor certain employees. Perhaps this company treats its full time on staff employees better than they do their contractors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve communication between management and employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to start a career in international public health or international development.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Management Sciences for Health full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The engaging nature of the work, opportunities for international travel, and interesting colleagues make working here worthwhile.

    Cons

    Salaries are on the low for recent graduates without experience.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Hierarchical organization that is slow to adapt

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Management Sciences for Health full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Location is pretty good, and most people are nice. The office was recently renovated and has nice cafeteria.

    Benefits are good for non profit work (4 weeks vacation for all staff, good health insurance, 401k, etc).

    If you are on the right project you may have the opportunity to travel

    Good work/life balance and teleworking is possible

    Cons

    There is very little opportunity for career growth, especially for Junior staff, as a result there is high turnover, most leave after 2 years in the entry level position. HR often doesn't hire the right people for the right positions and many of the entry level positions are filled by temp staff. In general HR is very ineffective in almost all of their functions and unfair during salary negotiations and are very resistant to negotiating. Performance reviews are conducted annually, but getting a good review means you will get a standard 3% raise and getting a bad review means nothing, maybe a 3 month performance plan.

    Depending on the project you are there may be opportunities for travel, but generally senior staff do the most traveling. This is also true for technical work.

    A LOT of senior management have large egos and are territorial about projects. There are a few who are very approachable and open to new ideas.

    Culture tends to be very cliquey, there is a "old boys club" of long time senior MSHers who promote each other and make decisions behind closed doors. Many have a 1st world view of development and on a whole, MSH doesn't practice what they preach internally when it comes to management and leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the people who work at the organization, set aside money for professional development and create more opportunities to recognize and celebrate staff. Create more opportunities for staff to get to know each other and bond. Work on building culture of Trust and collaboration across centers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good people, mediocre organization

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Management Sciences for Health full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    On an individual level, the company has many interesting, accomplished, and competent people. It also has a good benefits package, lots of vacation, and tends to be pretty accommodating of its employees life demands.

    Cons

    There is little attention paid to to lower- and mid-level employees. Technical work tends to stay only at the highest level, and doesn't give younger staff opportunities for professional growth. Also, there is a lack of transparency in how decisions are made about promotions and salaries. The pay differential between lower and high level staff is pretty substantial for an NGO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move away from the "old boys club" mentality at the upper level of the organization, and start encouraging and rewarding growth and contributions at all levels of the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Mid-level and junior staff not given a chance to do technical work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Management Sciences for Health full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    MSH's DC office is in a good location, ability to work with field staff has been a good experience, I've learned a lot from senior staff (but haven't been allowed to practice it).

    Cons

    Many of the administrative/program coordinator level staff wind up leaving after 1 year since there is no movement up unless you have a masters, ditto for Progam Officers/Associates. Often much of the "technical" work is only done by the older staff who have been at MSH for 10-15 years. There isn't a desire across the centers/projects to train junior staff, and this causes many of us to want to leave.

    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Management Sciences for Health---Great Benefits!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Management Sciences for Health

    Pros

    Excellent benefits!
    This is a good place for people who want to get hands on experience in the international public health field.

    Cons

    If you are not part of a clique you will have a hard time advancing your career or getting the respect you deserve. In theory the organization promotes collaboration within the organization, but unfortunately it rarely translates into reality. Employees rarely display humility, i.e. an eagerness to try something new and embrace ideas no matter the source.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to embrace change and advance people no matter their clique status within the company. Diversity, Diversity, Diversity --- needs to be a priority for the board of directors, management team and upper management. An ethnically diverse environment in the rank and file only is not an ethnically diverse organization.

    No opinion of CEO

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