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Management Sciences for Health Reviews

Updated September 18, 2017
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Management Sciences for Health President and CEO Marian Wentworth
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Pros
  • Great benefits - generous 401k match, TONS of vacation (in 17 reviews)

  • Much better work/life balance at entry-mid level than at other similar nonprofits (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • No opportunity for growth for entry, junior- or mid-level staff (in 12 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. "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


  2. Helpful (4)

    "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.

  3. Helpful (8)

    "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.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "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


  5. 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.


  6. "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.


  7. "Transforming itself for a brighter future"

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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

    Very inspiring mission, resilient organization even in times of change and funding constraints.

    Willing to seek advice and benchmark its performance and scheme of work to redesign its global strategy

    Cons

    Recent changes were not well understood by former employees.

    Perhaps could do more to develop career plans for junior-mid level staff

    Advice to Management

    Keep going with the restructuring plan, but work on better communicating the changes and change management that will rebuild trust and improve work environment

  8. Helpful (1)

    "An organization on the way up."

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    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.


  9. "Senior payroll specialist"

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    Former Employee - Senior Payroll Specialist in Medford, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Payroll Specialist in Medford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a very nice company to work for. Have a greet management team

    Cons

    Even though the company is only 25 miles but the travel going home took two hours or even more

    Advice to Management

    I really have no advice other than saying it is very nice to work with the employees as well the management team


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Still needs a lot of work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You gain a lot of experience here and you can make incredible friends.
    Good benefits but no maternity leave

    Cons

    Still paying former CEO
    Board is all white and admits it does not know about major donor
    CEO talks a lot but isn't saying much

    Advice to Management

    Answer real questions
    Explain why the FCI program is still so seperate
    Why is the website so poorly managed


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