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Management Sciences for Health Reviews

Updated February 14, 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 9 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)

  • No opportunity for growth for entry, junior- or mid-level staff (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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!


  2. "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.

  3. "Great communication from new CEO!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  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. 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.


  6. "Business Development"

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    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


  7. Helpful (2)

    "MSH in decline"

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    • 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. "Senior Advisor"

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    • 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.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Think twice before accepting a position here"

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    Former Employee - Business Development Specialist in Medford, MA
    Former Employee - Business Development Specialist in Medford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Was once a great organization but out of touch, self-involved and arrogant leadership has taken its toll.

    Cons

    Behind the times, out of touch and the concepts of quality leadership, management and accountability do not exist here. The focus seems to be on stroking the egos of those who have been around for decades despite having nothing new to share and generating no real results for the organization. Good people are bullied and chased away, or left to rot in middle management. Junior staff are given the work of managers but will never see a promotion or meaningful raise. It is really a shame to see what was once a good organization fall so far behind, seemingly unable to learn from its own mistakes or to hold anyone in leadership accountable.

    Advice to Management

    Get serious about losing dead weight and actually getting back in touch with what is happening in development or you will be closing the doors for good sooner rather than later.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Quoting WaPo, Lower pay, passed over, treated as incompetent and subjected to slights"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Technical Advisor in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Principal Technical Advisor 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

    Great mission, good intentions, some really smart people, reasonable benefits

    Cons

    A terribly sexist environment with at best, technically out of date, and at worst, thoroughly incompetent men retained in high paying positions while women (who are the majority) get passed over, treated as incompetent, subjected to slights and eventually laid off - and with no severance, even after more than a decade of service. The organization is losing so much talent. What will be left? And all this with a female CEO!

    Advice to Management

    Please take a long hard look at who's left and do some serious disrupting. The company is not in good hands and things can only go south from here.


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