Management Sciences for Health

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Management Sciences for Health Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
31 Reviews

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Management Sciences for Health President Jonathan Quick
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  1.  

    Great intentions, unclear direction.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    Pros

    I work with extremely gifted individuals and there are few restrictions on the things departmentally I get to learn. That's about it.

    Cons

    Limited growth, overambitious leadership team that ignores the urgency of compliance, looks to phase out "cumbersome" processes, while trying to enforce abstract ideals. Little room for growth and advancement. Too great a focus on technical experts, ignoring the core groups such as Accounting and Finance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please note that your core staff, such as Accounting, Contracts, Procurement and Benefits *need* to be reinforced. Consider creating a compliance and training department instead of abstract goals such as becoming a "learning organization." Fix the wheel before driving. Please stop coupling an inordinate number of initiatives atop already overwhelming daily responsibilities. Understand all sides, and that the organization could run much more smoothly if we grounded ourselves instead of trying to be overly abstract. EG. PPRD: useless to a person whose base work culture does not permit "outstanding" action. Stop discussing accountability when we have no "ownership" of any piece of our processes. Reward all equally. Consider returning to Tuition Assistance/Reimbursement. Avoid discussing the topic of religion at work. Start enforcing workplace equality---those at the top should respect those at the bottom. Try and understand a process before attempting to fix it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very pleasant work environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    Pros

    Diverse, interesting people to work with
    Many travel opportunities
    Great health, benefits, and lots of vacation time

    Cons

    Big company means sometimes change or improvement is slow
    Not many training opportunities but they are working to improve that

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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

    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.

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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Management Sciences for Health---Great Benefits!

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA

    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
  6.  

    Good experience once out of college

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very interesting International project experience. Great work environment. People there are very friendly.

    Cons

    Technical work limited to senior technical staff. Limited growth opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Programme Associate-kenya

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    Former Employee - Program Associate  in  Nairobi (Kenya)
    Former Employee - Program Associate in Nairobi (Kenya)

    Pros

    good pay and benefits and generally good terms of employment.

    Cons

    terrible work environment, extremely bad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop tribalism

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Work life balance

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    Current Employee - Central Project Manager  in  Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
    Current Employee - Central Project Manager in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

    Pros

    Good worklife balance. Better pay compared to other NGOs

    Cons

    Little career advancement opportunities. Few personal development and trainigs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to consider employees development seriously

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Have been able to adopt to a work place environment and develop my career to the next level

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    Current Employee - M&E Intern  in  Kampala (Uganda)
    Current Employee - M&E Intern in Kampala (Uganda)

    Pros

    Being a health related institution, really doing a great job of improving the health of the rest of the population

    Cons

    Have not met any so far

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great work done, continue with the spirit

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    The work is intense but knowing that I am making an impact makes it worthwhile.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    MSH is truly diverse! It is stimulating to work on an everyday basis with the brightest and most educated professionals from different cultures across the globe. Our employees are the "boots on the ground" in the developing world to improve health outcomes for the most vulnerable. MSH has undergone a complete restructuring and has vastly improved its corporate management structure to create more centralized management services, such as HR and Contracts, the results of which have created stronger and better-managed corporate services.

    Cons

    Top leadership is not attuned to communicating on a regular, systematic and written basis about all the good changes going on. The quarterly video-conferenced staff meetings are amazing because they involve all global offices but those meetings should not be the only mechanism for strategically communicating with staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is lots of good change and improvements being made. Communicate about them! Determine what changes need to be made in the top leadership composition and make those changes happen!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    The mission is great, and means well. However, in practice, it's the worst organization at implementing.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fair amount of vacation days. However, this includes days that are floating holidays and basically forced vacation. We all need to get the vacations approved anyway.

    Cons

    For an organization that preaches leadership and development, they sure do a terrible job of it. Senior managers that many do not respect are permitted to continue doing things that do not work and poorly manage people. It's no wonder everyone keeps leaving this organization. No professional growth for junior or mid-level professionals.We are all forced to put together a PPRD that is completely pointless and the merit increase was 2%, which isn't even enough to cover the cost of living adjustment. They argue this has to do with being a non-profit organization, and yet funds are mis-managed during everyday business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    people do not always approve of senior management at the director to C-level but are afraid toi truthfully express their concerns. Open your eyes to see what is going on! We should not have to tell you any of this. Just because individuals have been with the organization for many years does not mean they are effective leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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