Management Science Associates Reviews

Updated May 4, 2020

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Management Science Associates Owner and Founder Alfred A. Kuehn (no image)
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7 Ratings
Pros
  • "2 work from home days per month, flexible hours, casual dress(in 24 reviews)

  • "I really enjoyed my time at MSA(in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • "MSA has been bleeding money for years, and continues to lose clients with no end in sight(in 19 reviews)

  • "Some offices are in the basement(in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Positive company with a great work life balance."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Relationship Associate in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Management Science Associates full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I work with a great team, and the flexibility allows me to develop a career as well as maintain an active and social lifestyle outside of work.

    Cons

    Everyone could have better pay and better benefits, right? The same applies here.

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great coworkers, collapsing management"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Management Science Associates full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Smart, down to earth coworkers, interesting things to work on.

    Cons

    Top management is punitive and is completely undermining the business.

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  3. Helpful (5)

    "Don't be fooled by a parking lot"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Management Science Associates full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There is a relaxed dress code, but that is about it.

    Cons

    Don't be fooled when you interview and you see a parking lot. There is absolutely no parking tags given out and you have to street park. They mention you get 3 holidays in your first year, but that's also not true. They will tell you what you want to hear but it is all lies. The benefit packages, especially the health care through CIGNA will bankrupt you.

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  4. Helpful (5)

    "You'll be wasting your time"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Management Science Associates full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The everyday employees and lower-level employees, managers and directors are good, friendly people.

    Cons

    Upper management and corporate are horrible. No bonuses, little to no room for growth and expansion. The "CEO" as others have pointed out is an 89 year old man who isn't involved in the day to day at all. The company does nothing to improve the lives of its employees and the benefits are horrible. If you work here, you'll be stuck in a black hole with no chance to do any better. This company is like the Pittsburgh Pirates, it's the minor leagues for employees to prepare to work for a real company.

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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Great to get experience with Fortune 500 but terrible to break the ceiling if female/want to retire"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Relationship Specialist in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Management Science Associates full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexibility - MSA is incredibly flexible with flex time, WFH is dependent on your manager (no more than 2 days per month)

    Cons

    Below industry/geographic location pay, directors and above got bonuses whereas anyone below did not, 401K is $650/year and you have to be there 6 years to vest, females do not get promoted unless you're physically attractive and know the right executives, there is no room for growth or learning opportunities, HR/legal team is adding more watch dog initiatives such as limiting entry/exit points and adding cameras to the doors, HR unwilling to make improvements... Even refusing to provide pizza for an intern learning event, health benefits are terribly expensive if you have a family, trapped under managers that take the credit for the work below them, management that does not contribute to the workload, IMS is the only division that is making a profit but the rest of the divisions are tanking thus the entire company is struggling

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  6. "Great people"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Software Engineer 

    I have been working at Management Science Associates full-time

    Pros

    Great people, comfortable work environment

    Cons

    its a small private company, so don't expect much..

  7. Helpful (11)

    "Crazy Life Science Division"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Management Science Associates full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The working people in Life Sciences are great!

    Cons

    The management team in the Life Sciences division is still living in the 1950's. Micro-management style, no people empowerment, high school mentality for attendance policy, no work from home unless it is after 8 hours in the office, treats most people very poorly.

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  8. Helpful (7)

    "You can do better than this company"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Management Science Associates full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    No effort required - showing up to work guarantees your employment for life (or at least until the next round of layoffs)

    Cons

    Where to begin? The other reviews are not exaggerating even slightly. The tech is old, benefits are poor, pay is low, bonuses have been eliminated, culture is non-existent, the office is cold and windowless. MSA has been bleeding money for years, and continues to lose clients with no end in sight. The "CEO" listed on this page is actually the elderly owner/founder who appears not to really be involved with day-to-day operations. Instead, two senior "lifers" appear to be running things, but this was never formally announced - it's just sort of an open secret known around the whole organization. In fact, nothing about the state of the company is ever disclosed directly to employees, unless there is a surprise round of layoffs (the latest of which happened last fall).

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  9. "Decent training ground"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Management Science Associates full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flex time Work from home Onsite parking

    Cons

    Low pay Lack of documentation Lack of communication

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  10. "Data center technician 1"

    3.0
     

    I worked at Management Science Associates

    Pros

    Simple, fast, great VP and manager.

    Cons

    Help desk included, lack of accountability, no real mention of goal trying to be achieved ever. Lack of growth opportunities.

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