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Management Sciences for Health Reviews

Updated October 12, 2017
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Management Sciences for Health President and CEO Marian Wentworth
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Pros
  • Much better work/life balance at entry-mid level than at other similar nonprofits (in 9 reviews)

  • Great benefits - generous 401k match, TONS of vacation (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • No opportunity for growth for entry, junior- or mid-level staff (in 11 reviews)

  • Very little mid-level staff so jr staff are way overworked while senior leadership travel a lot and accumulate frequent flier miles (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great mission, poor operations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The mission and the opportunity to work toward it make the struggles somewhat more bearable. Excellent benefits, both health insurance and paid leave. Many of the people who work at MSH are highly dedicated and are experts at working in challenging contexts and with governments around the world. If you get lucky and join a team with strong direction, the work can be very satisfying. There is an opportunity to learn tremendous amounts about contracting for USAID and other global health institutes. Recommended for young people new to USAID contracting.

    Cons

    Inefficient operations. Disconnected systems. Tons of gossip and talking behind backs, even at leadership level. Low morale, although that seems to be improving. Scatterbrained strategies, if any, that change often. Inconsistent priorities coming from leadership teams. Lack of trust from upper management in their teams' ability to make decisions, leading to delays and inefficiencies. Lots of siloes, whether between VA/MA/NY, technical v. project mgmt v. central services, or field/HQ. Unequal work distribution with some people coasting and some people overwhelmed. Loads of waste due to poor planning (e.g., thousands of technical briefs get printed and then are out of date three months later).

    Advice to Management

    Before making changes to operations, consult employees who actually perform the functions (i.e., not just the corporate team) to ensure all bases are covered and efficiencies achieved. Put an end to developing technical documents of many hundreds of pages that will never get read -it's 2017 and information needs to be packaged for this day and age. Use HQ experts, including for comms and operations, to develop capacity of and empower field teams. Identify rising stars in the field, give them visibility, and amplify their voices. If the focus will stay on health systems, actually define them and get staff trained in communicating what they are and how MSH supports HSS.


  2. "Updating strategy for health systems strengthening"

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    Current Employee - Technical Advisor in Medford, MA
    Current Employee - Technical Advisor in Medford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Long tradition in the global health sector, successful delivery en many parts of the world, friendly and talented staff. Know how and solid reputation.

    Cons

    Undergoing transformational change and the organizational efforts this means. Needs improvements on career pathway development plan. Opportunities for implementing systematic strategic planning with senior staff.

    Advice to Management

    Allow some flexibility for strategy development and be willing to think outside of the box

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Misguided strategy for growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Management Sciences for Health full-time

    Pros

    Best benefits in the "industry", many well intended employees, great mission albeit difficult to demonstrate actual impact.

    Cons

    Senior leadership lacks vision for growth. New CEO is having difficulty getting her hands around the organization since arriving 6 months ago and doesn't appear to have a vision of her own for how to manage/offset the downturn of USG funded opportunities. While junior/mid-level employees loose their jobs by the dozens as major programs and corresponding funding draws to a close, upper/mid level management also seem to retain employment.

    The MSH board of directors also have little understanding of the work that MSH performs and in turn, the value that the BOD brings to the organization is very limited.

    MSH was once great but has lost its relevance.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Technical Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Medford, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Medford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work and mission is good and potentially interesting

    Cons

    Please donot work for MSH. If you need to take longer looking for a job, take longer, stay one more month on unemployment. The waiting time will be worth it. I was the person on the other side of the computer, reading these reviews. I read all reviews and thought that it surely cannot be that bad. I took the job and have been through hell. I am working away, disappointed in the organization. It is not a meritocracy, the people doing most of the work are not the ones promoted. Upward movement is based primarily on allegiance, who is looking out for you and politicking. There are other organizations that are worth your talent, passion and hard work. Please do your research carefully and talk to people in the organization before you take a job with MSH. Your might have to wait a long time before the new CEO turns things around. Dont bet on it

    Advice to Management

    None.


  5. Helpful (10)

    "Profoundly disappointing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart dedicated people

    Cons

    Projects ending, new business scarce, lots of layoffs (with no severance pay), extremely poor leadership - lack of management skills, favouritism, sexism and out of date technical skills - lots of people who've been in their jobs for too long, haven't kept up and are resistant to new ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Sad to see a once highly regarded organisation sink so low. There needs to be some serious soul searching if the company is going to recover, and removal of a lot of dead wood.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Isn't It Ironic"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Management Sciences for Health full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are no pros to joining this horrible organization

    Cons

    For an organization promoting universal health care, employees are being laid off without severance and only a couple of months of paid COBRA.

    Advice to Management

    Weed your garden


  7. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Management Sciences for Health full-time

    Pros

    Technical excellence, great benefit, great opportunity for professional growth and wonderful staff. The current CEO looks wonderful!

    Cons

    Huge work burden on some staff

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Cautiously Optimistic"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medford, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people; great benefits. New CEO is promising.

    Cons

    Currently hemorrhaging staff; it is hard to recognize this place for folks who have been here a while. Without enough support, home office support functions are slow and the field- understandably- gets frustrated. The relationship between the field and HQ is a bit strained these days for this reason.


  9. "Senior Executive Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Senior Executive Assistant in Medford, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Executive Assistant in Medford, MA
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Management Sciences for Health full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Best global health organization to work for.

    Cons

    I enjoyed working at MSH.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "An organization on the way up."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chief Executive Officer in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Chief Executive Officer in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    In times like these we need to be more committed than ever to securing our world, our health and our nation. That is what the people of MSH do every day.

    Cons

    Recent changes have been stressful, but the organization is now moving in a positive direction again. Employees are starting to look towards the future.

    Advice to Management

    Stay true to the mission of this fabulous organization. Don't let the tyranny of current events distract you from what you know works.


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