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Management Sciences for Health Reviews

Updated July 24, 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 13 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 10 reviews)

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  1. "Transforming itself for a brighter future"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "An organization on the way up."

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    • Culture & Values
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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.

  3. "The future looks bright"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and excellent mission. One of the few jobs where you really feel you're making a difference.

    Cons

    Government minded bureaucracy gums up decision making speed. Upward mobility can be limited.

    Advice to Management

    think outside the box! Our donors are looking for innovation and fresh strategies.


  4. "Senior payroll specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  5. "Project Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Diversity Of Staff, opportunities for travel and lots of experience

    Cons

    Severely underpay younger staff and overpay older staff who no longer contribute or put work off on younger employees.


  6. "Principal Technical Advisor"

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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

    Organization has many talented staff across many aspects of global health

    Cons

    Much of the funding (>90%) comes from the US Government

    Advice to Management

    None right now - they are doing their best


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Spare yourself the grief"

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

    I worked at Management Sciences for Health full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, decent salary, most people who worked there had good intentions of saving the world

    Cons

    Constantly rotating management both at mid-level and senior level, feedback from staff rarely implemented, red tape all around to get stuff done, most projects passed through so many hands that it was a headache to figure out where things left off, stuck on old ways of doing things and relied on those who had been there the longest (and who were often too old to get with the times) to set the tone for the rest

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent to new staff about the fact that most people who work there are simply going to be shuffling paper, creating useless reports and attending wasteful meetings. Unless you've got a PhD or an MD, you aren't part of the "saving the world" mission even though from a branding purpose they'll claim that you are.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be a great place to work, but slowly turning into a complete mess."

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

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

    Pros

    -great colleagues
    -wonderful mission
    -great benefits
    -beautiful office

    Cons

    -horrible communication from new leadership on direction of company
    -employees leaving in droves and no contact from management to everyone else on what it means for the organization
    -current staff are being overworked because of staffing issues
    -HR processes are painful. Getting a promotion or altering your job for the better in any way requires ridiculous hoops to jump through and even then it's not guaranteed that you'll get anything even if your supervisor asks for it.
    -huge gaps in salaries and unexplained inequality in job titles and banding

    Advice to Management

    If you want to keep the valuable staff that you need a major overhaul needs to happen with regards to organizational communication. Employees need to be told about the state of the organization and what's being done to correct the huge problems with morale and staffing.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Keeping it real"

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    Former Employee - Principal Technical Advisor in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Principal Technical Advisor in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worthwhile mission, some good people (though many leaving each week), interesting work

    Cons

    Hopeless 'leadership' team, poor commercial outlook, lack of up to date technical skills, still very focused on supply chain management, lots of serious sexism. More and more a bunch of middle aged men with mediocre skills patting each other on the back. Just awful.

    Advice to Management

    The new CEO needs to really understand and respond to the organisation's fundamental technical and personnel problems - which should be red flagged by the numbers (and types) of people leaving.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Grants/Finance"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Management Sciences for Health full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Total benefits compensation package and the 401K

    Cons

    Lack of leadership skills and listening to the staff


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