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Management Sciences for Health Reviews

Updated October 10, 2018
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Pros
  • "Much better work/life balance at entry-mid level than at other similar nonprofits" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Great benefits - generous 401k match, TONS of vacation" (in 13 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. "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


  2. "Poor management from head to toe...the supply chain “savvy” NGO"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in West Medford, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in West Medford, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Long tradition in the field of global health

    Cons

    The Management team lacks capacity and vision

    Advice to Management

    Please move away from supply chain and SIAPS you could do much better

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible Culture...."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    There are not many pros of the company, but there many great people here who are smart and good at their jobs. Benefits are also good for the sector.

    Cons

    Culture is horrible and leadership uninspiring. They keep promising change, but nothing happens. It is unclear where the organization is going both technically and operationally.

    Advice to Management

    Please, fix the culture. We need a culture that brings people together, not drags us down. Please get out of your offices and find out what is happening to those doing the work. It is harder out here than you think it is.


  4. "Senior Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great people, committed and hardworking

    Cons

    Leadership crisis decimating the organization of its talent

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and rescue MSH


  5. "Adjusting headcount to smaller revenue stream"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, committed, reliable people. Interesting and important work

    Cons

    Too much reliance on a single donor. Also, work does not always seem cutting edge

    Advice to Management

    Need to articulate a strategy and show how investment line up against it


  6. Helpful (1)

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

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    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.


  7. "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.

  8. "Great communication from new CEO!"

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    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Project Associate"

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    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.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "MSH in decline"

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    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.