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Management Sciences for Health Reviews

Updated May 17, 2018
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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 10 reviews)

  • Great benefits, talented staff, a long track record in global health and redirecting its business strategy for the upcoming years (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Junior staff are given the work of managers but will never see a promotion or meaningful raise (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. "A great opportunity for changing the landscape in global health"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Deputy Project Director in Medford, MA
    Current Employee - Deputy Project Director in Medford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, talented staff, a long track record in global health and redirecting its business strategy for the upcoming years

    Cons

    Funding for NGOs has stagnated, very US Government dependent and USAID processes oriented. Needs a generational transition pathway very soon

    Advice to Management

    Needs to design career development plan for junior staff


  2. "Wonderful people, sad decline. Hopeful for future."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful people work at MSH who care about the mission and are quick to lend a helping hand. Very friendly staff and it feels like family. The benefits and work-life-balance are also phenomenal. Management has made some key strategic hires to get the organization back on track.

    Cons

    Unfortunately MSH is in a severe decline. Massive layoffs happened in January of 2017 and even with the addition of a new CEO, CFO, CCO, and Chief People and Culture Officer, the organization is struggling to win new business due to outdated technical approaches and some mismanagement of current projects. MSH is an organization that means so well, however bureaucracy, former financial problems, and current technical approaches that miss the mark are slowly eating MSH away. Personnel attrition and turnover is also very high and remaining staff are left wondering if new CEO can stop attrition.

    Advice to Management

    Revamp new business development and technical strategy including letting go of top technical personnel that are not contributing to project wins. Define clearer paths for advancement for junior staff, although this is nearly impossible currently since there is so much change and turnover.

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Focused on global health work all over the world. Worked with many talented staff.

    Cons

    Junior staff needed more opportunities to grow and advance.


  4. "Short-term"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great mission, great people to work with

    Cons

    Continuous change in management made it difficult to advance


  5. "Great communication from new CEO!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    MSH has some good people, great field offices, and an inspiring history.

    Cons

    MSH struggles to connect with its history and mission. The funding environment is getting tougher too.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good communication from the CEO.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Project Associate"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medford, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can definitely tell people are passionate about the work. There are a plethora of growth opportunities available if you are motivated and know where to look (also helps having a committed supervisor and/or collègues).

    Cons

    Very hierarchical, with people preferring to be polite over truthful with collègues. This results in frustration and a lot of times delays in providing adequate support.
    -Support is often delayed due to jmeccesry bureaucracy and an inflexible internal structure. Especially when it comes to co tracts, it’s really hard to provide support to staff that work under non-USAID funding.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more bilingual people (especially in shared services like contracts and accounting). Make career growth opportunities available to international staff and in languages besides English (a lot of professional development opportunities internally offered are only in English).
    -Increase possibility of working across teams (offer Pm people opprtunities to work as a contracts officer for example). I think this will help increase cross-department communication and understanding.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "MSH in decline"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, flexible schedules, good admin staff, new CEO

    Cons

    Incompetent people are protected and kept in key positions, sexism, nepotism, unnecessary bureaucracy, poor quality technical work, absence of leadership

    Advice to Management

    Recruit and hire better people, fire people who aren't performing (especially within management), make a plan to deal with rampant sexism, implement better quality control.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Business Development"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good mission - great people/friends

    Cons

    no career opportunities - hierarchal - higher levels do not speak directly to lower levels- inefficient communication- select few are in "the club"

    Advice to Management

    look at the skills available in house and build on those. Promote from within to motivate staff


  9. "Great place to work!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Advisor in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Advisor in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best place for career growth and experiences in global health with great compensation and benefits!

    Cons

    Need to diversified source of funding. So far USG/USAID funding dependent (>80%)

    Advice to Management

    Diversify source of resources!


  10. "Senior Advisor"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Management Sciences for Health full-time

    Pros

    Paid well compared to similar organizations.

    Cons

    Contracts unstable and has had to lay off many employees in the last few years.


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