Management Systems International

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Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. Smart people and nice environment to work in but not many opportunities for growth for junior level staff

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Management Systems International

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, great reputation, decent benefits.

    Cons

    Salary isn't great for junior level staff. Not a lot of opportunities for growth

  2. Profit driven, no respect for employees, outdated

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Consultant/Systems Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Consultant/Systems Analyst in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Management Systems International (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent salary, quick hiring, good standing with USAID so they get good contracts.

    Cons

    * Profit driven
    * Lack of corporate culture that values empathy, unprofessional behavior among management, prioritizes relationship with client over relationship with staff.
    * Poor investment in equipment but claim to provide high-tech services but won't invest in the requisite tools. (So then high paid staff can perform work like cavemen and make mistakes while they are at it)
    * Can be an acrimonious working environment.
    * Negotiation used to be fare, but seems to have turned sneaky and cut throat (ie. contracts rushed at last minute and contract queries not answered until you ask multiple times).

    Advice to Management

    Start valuing and listening your staff members overseas as they are the ones who actually deliver. Improve resources/ fora for staff to express grievances about workforce morale, questions about MSI policies, without it turning into a political issue where one's job is on the line for asking too many questions.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Limited growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Management Systems International

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

    Pros

    The staff are some of the most dedicated in the industry, very smart and committed to the work that they do and the company as a whole.

    Cons

    Senior leadership doesn't put much stock in the advancement of junior or even mid-level staff, despite the years of service. There is little room for advancement and once you're in a role, it's almost impossible to move outside of that space.

    Advice to Management

    Provide growth opportunities for young talented staff in order to keep them interested and invested in the company longer.

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  5. Salary

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Intern in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Management Systems International

    Pros

    Good work environment, possibility of hiring high

    Cons

    Interns get very menial tasks

  6. MSI Company Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Management in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Management in Washington, DC

    I worked at Management Systems International full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    friendly colleagues
    flexible schedules
    work/life balance
    unique location
    some good management

    Cons

    horrible pay
    mediocre benefits
    poor management
    training
    office politics

    Advice to Management

    Provide better training and advancement opportunties

  7. Good leadership and smart people; could be great with a little vision

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Management Systems International full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    I have been at MSI for several years as a consulting professional, and have had a very good experience overall. Hours can be flexible, benefits are decent, and the work can be interesting, depending on the contract. The leadership team is composed of very smart folks who actually care about their people and about the work they are doing. Many employees have been there quite a long time. The new office is very nice, with a stellar view across the Potomac into DC.

    Cons

    It is possible to get stuck doing unfulfilling work for awhile on an uninteresting contract. Office politics can be a chore sometimes, but no more so than most other organizations. Sometimes it seems that the overall vision for the company can get lost in the rush to get proposals out the door (which I understand to a degree - no work, no company).

    Advice to Management

    Keep caring about your people, but also focus more on employee growth and vision.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Ups and downs, but can't complain - it's a great place to start a career in USAID contracting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Management Systems International full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great place to start your career - you end up learning a bit about everything (project management, proposal work, financial management, etc). There are solid project management trainings every week. Relatively steep learning curve but things get much better after 6 months. Very entrepreneurial and fast paced culture - there is never a dull moment, though much of the work can be tedious. Environment is not "too corporate" or stuffy - professional but relaxed. Technical staff (most of whom are in-house - special within the industry) are exceptionally talented. MSI has an great reputation with donors and is a great place to "do good for the world" in a business-like environment.

    Cons

    Heavily audit-sensitive, but that's more a reflection of the industry than MSI in particular. Some senior staff are either too hands off or too detail oriented. Some projects are a bore. Professional development can be a hit or miss here - nothing is given - you'll have to lobby hard to get what you want, and progression past entry-level is unclear.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more support staff and be more selective hiring entry-level project managers. Find ways to provide more opportunities for entry-level staff to do "technical work" - there are simply not enough mid-level people at MSI, which is a shame because most people at MSI are smart.

  9. Great place to learn

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Management Systems International

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of development programs with a broad range of topic and countries
    Lots of training provided to junior staff

    Cons

    Sometimes long hours were required

  10. great first job or internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Management Systems International

    Pros

    one of the few places that offer paid internships

    Cons

    no room for real advancement, have to leave and come back.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Great people, entrepreneurial environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Management Systems International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people at each level. You can form relationships and higher-level SVPs are approachable. Entrepreneurial environment--there isn't a structure so you have to make your niche--flexible in that way. Great place to start your career.

    Cons

    Innovation is hard here. Improving the way the company does business takes a lot of time and effort, with potentially no end results (or very little improvement), despite a large group of supporters.

    Advice to Management

    Check in with each department more often in order to break out of the silo-like environment.

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