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Management Sciences for Health Reviews

Updated June 23, 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 12 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. "A good organization that is on the path to becoming a much better one."

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

    I have been working at Management Sciences for Health full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    New CEO who is committed to the organization.
    Great people to work with.
    Very competitive benefits package.

    Cons

    Need to work on operational processes.

    Advice to Management

    Give the new CEO time to create and manage change. MSH has been through a lot of upheaval and it has been painful. But the new CEO is bringing energy and a more caring culture to the organization.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Keeping it real"

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

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Grants/Finance"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Sad Place to Work - Despite an Excellent Mission"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Associate in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Project Associate in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lower cadre employees are left to fend for themselves and overworked.

    Cons

    Excellent mission, Excellent Health Benefits

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone like people not favor some, while others without a connection are left to fend for themselves.


  5. "MSH does great work and takes good care of their employees."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Operations Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work in world health, diverse staff (including in the US offices) excellent benefits and very competitive non-profit pay, & opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    Some challenges/divides between operational and technical staff (a common challenge in these types of orgs) as well between home office and country offices.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Needs to refocus management"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Advisor in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Technical Advisor in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    - Employee benefits package.
    - Laid-back.

    Cons

    - Salaries are usually low for middle to entry level employees.
    - Management

    Advice to Management

    Must take more risks and look outwards instead of always looking inwards and doing the tried and tested.


  7. "Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great organizational system, kind, smart and professional people to work with.

    Cons

    Poor communication of organizational changes.

    Advice to Management

    Engage staff before making policy changes, do not engage staff after having made policy changes.

  8. "Senior Project Support Officer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerville, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerville, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great training opportunities
    - Fantastic colleagues: truly committed and qualified
    - In my division: strong mid/senior-level leaders
    - Much better work/life balance at entry-mid level than at other similar nonprofits

    Cons

    - Top-level strategy not apparent in past two years
    - Risk management prioritized at the cost of efficiency and effectiveness

    Advice to Management

    Given the belt-tightening, hopefully the new CEO can revamp MSH's structure to match the scope of business and nature of projects.


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Large scale layoffs in January, heed with caution if you want a career"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    MSH was a great place to work many years ago and still has some talented and committed staff.

    Cons

    Huge financial constraints due to significant losses and poor leadership at the top has left the organization as place that anyone should carefully consider before joining. Recent layoffs resulted in the termination of approximately 70 staff, and it is the second downsizing that has been announced in less that two years. Resource constraints have led to turfy behavior among senior and mid-senior staff. Several large programs are scheduled to end in the next twelve months, which will likely compound existing problems. If you are considering a position at MSH, do your homework, understand your positions funding, and heed with caution.

    Advice to Management

    Replace leadership vacant CEO and COO positions with individuals who can pull the organization out of this mess and bring it back to a place where it can deliver on it's mission.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Can MSH be investigated for discriminating hiring practices like Chemonics was?"

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

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

    Pros

    Some people's intentions were good

    Cons

    Read through the other reviews, CLEARLY MSH has a discrimination problem and I am wondering when they will be investigated for it the way Chemonics was. Chemonics was found guilty of discriminating against African Americas ( can you believe organizations that work in black countries discriminate against blacks???? And we wonder why the field of international development is a joke) and was ordered to pay $482,000 by the US department of labour in "back-pay, interest and benefits" to 124 African-American job applicants. I wonder what the outcome would be if the US department of labor investigated this company?

    Advice to Management

    it's 2017, get it all the way together


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