Management Sciences for Health

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Management Sciences for Health Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
45 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting work but dismal atmosphere

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Program Associate

    I have been working at Management Sciences for Health

    Pros

    Very exciting to be working in Global Health and to have opportunities to travel. Inspired by the Mission.

    Cons

    Leadership feels fragmented. Too many "priorities," some at cross purposes. Work is more stressful than it needs to be. In spite of values statement, disrespectful communication is tolerated. Poor morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO and COO need to be on the same page. If not, one of them should go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Smart people and great company mission but limited leadership direction

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    As junior staff, I feel that my inputs are valued. My supervisor is supportive and always "has my back". There are many opportunities for growth within the organization and the benefits are fantastic.

    Cons

    Leadership doesn't have a thorough understanding of MSH's role in the health sector. Although not a major problem in my particular department, many junior staff in other departments feel there is limited room for growth. Senior staff are often disrespectful to others (including fellow senior staff) and there seems to be limited consequences for such behavior. There is an overarching "negative" culture that is hard to combat - but it is doable and it takes the efforts of many to change organizational culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Exciting place to work with great opportunities for growth.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medford, MA

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

    Pros

    A strong mission that attracts intelligent, and passionate individuals.
    Supportive environment that fosters professional and personal growth.
    Endless opportunities to engage with and learn from a diverse group of dedicated professionals.

    Cons

    I truly enjoy working for MSH; nothing negative to say.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Most stressful workplace

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Management Sciences for Health part-time

    Pros

    I gained valuable experience in government relations and event planning. The office was also a beautiful location and we had access to complimentary coffee and tea all day.

    Cons

    I experienced poor communication from supervisors both to me and between each other which made my job uncessisarily difficult. I also saw very clear favoritism and disrespect for deadlines among department leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please take a course on interpersonal communication and lead by example in managing event related stress.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Many changes

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

    I have been working at Management Sciences for Health full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Superb collection of talent with diverse training, experience, background, nationality.
    Major contributions to public health on many fronts

    Cons

    Senior Management are not aligned

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    A triumph of rhetoric over reality

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Management Sciences for Health full-time

    Pros

    Potentially interesting work, lots of well qualified people, important missiom

    Cons

    lack of professionalism, inadequate skills, poor management, absent leadership (they preach the tao of leadership but are clueless as to what it means), many senior people who are at best mediocre and at worst downright incompetent, and the constant forelock-tugging to USAID is pathetic; terrible bureaucracy and possibly the dumbest HR department ever

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need a CEO and COO who are actually interested in leading and managing; put HR back in its box - it's a support function not core business and should support the staff not get in their way; figure out what the organisation wants to do and do it - instead of just talking about it; above all put the management and the science back in because the only thing about the name that is remotely accurate is the bit about health

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great public health NGO...on paper.

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

    I worked at Management Sciences for Health full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits including medical/dental coverage, 401K, vacation/sick leave. Fun and relaxing work environment. Colleagues are very knowledgeable in their subject matters.

    Cons

    One's success at MSH largely depends on which center/project you're on, and how much experience you have. Senior level staff don't really take the time to train junior level staff. The pay is horrible, and there's a lot of turnover. Unless you're well established in your career, most people leave within less than 5 years as there is little opportunity for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat entry and junior level staff as equals, not as expendable commodities. Take the time to train and nurture them and allow them to grow within the organization.

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Mission...great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medford, MA

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

    Pros

    Without question, most staff are dedicated to MSH's mission and the Tao of Leadership. The recent move of the Massachusetts location to a LEED Gold Certified building in Medford was a move in the right direction. Rather than the cubicle farm being relegated to the dark recesses of the interiors of the previous office, the cubicles are in the sunshine and open spaces. This environment tends to foster more collaboration among the staff.

    MSH is currently undergoing a lot change initiatives, which will keep MSH from stagnating and living in the past. Once these initiatives have landed, MSH will be much more streamlined and efficient in its processes and systems.

    Cons

    Some of the more long-term staff exhibit a strong sense of entitlement and are so entrenched in their "old MSH ways" that they continually against the change initiatives that are being implemented. They are being very short-sighted and their negativity can be trying on the rest of the staff, particularly since new staff should be able to look up to those with more experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find and rid the barrel of bad apples. They bring down morale and just create an atmosphere of negativity. What MSH does is priceless and it should not be ruined by a few bad seeds.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    A great public health organization... in its own mind.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good vacation time (if you can take it) and good 401K contributions.

    Cons

    The name, "Management Sciences..." is a joke. Management is clueless - many don't know how to manage staff or are put in charge of departments they know nothing about and yet feel entitled to dismiss input from staff with proven experience. Leadership knows (has stated!) certain departments and staff are mistreated and clearly doesn't care as nothing is done. Rewards mediocrity, penalizes hard workers that try to make a difference. Long-term "technical staff" are frequently unprofessional at best, rude and abuse at worst (yelling, harrassing, slamming doors) - both to new and/or younger colleagues as well as external stakeholders. High turnover as a result, including those leaving for lower salaries just to get away. Organizational ego is incredible. A lot of thinking that external criticism is flawed rather than assessing and revising strategies to improve performance. As a result, donors have closed several projects early or shifted the funding from MSH to another organization, yet MSH maintains its "we're the best, there's nothing wrong with us" mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let go of the ego. Start treating staff fairly and thinking about the future, instead of favoring "old friends" and clinging to the past.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Former long term employee

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Management Sciences for Health full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The stated mission is inspiring and the technical people are for the most part great. The use of "brown bags" open to all are a great way to learn about international public health.

    Cons

    The leadership is either clueless or on a power trip, "yes men" are appreciated and differences of opinion or style discouraged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take advice from others, do not assume that resistance to an idea is because of fear of change but consider that it might be grounded in experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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