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Management Sciences for Health Reviews

Updated March 7, 2017
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Pros
  • Much better work/life balance at entry-mid level than at other similar nonprofits (in 9 reviews)

  • Great benefits and good work/life balance (in 10 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 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Management Sciences for Health full-time

    Pros

    Pays good, very good work environment

    Cons

    there are no downsides of working at MSH


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Incredible mission and vision, LOUSY infrastructure and culture...."

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

    I worked at Management Sciences for Health full-time

    Pros

    Incredible mission, vision and company history. Location is great - some feel it's isolated, but it's "out" of the city, which can be a huge pro, office building is fantastic and has great amenities. Great benefits and some departments allow for flexible and remote working.

    Cons

    The culture of the organization can only be described as back-stabbing, short-sighted and unproductive to growth and development. The decisions being made are not based on any sort of logic or reason from a business perspective. Generally horrible treatment of individual employees in most departments.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to business basics, especially "respect for people."


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Needs to refocus management"

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    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.


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  5. Helpful (7)

    "Heartless"

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

    I worked at Management Sciences for Health full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues. Nice office space. Flexible work arrangements.

    Cons

    No appreciation of long-term employees who have dedicated their careers to the organization. Rushed them out the door with not so much as a good bye lunch during the last round of lay-offs. Cruel and mean spirited.

    Advice to Management

    Revisit your mission. Remember that you are a nonprofit and not a fortune 500 company!


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Unknown direction"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Management Sciences for Health full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful, dedicated staff
    Open office
    Mission-driven organization

    Cons

    Haven't won many projects recently
    Not sure where the organization is headed
    Lost a lot of good staff
    Cumbersome internal processes hinder efficiency

    Advice to Management

    Focus on core competencies
    Streamline internal processes
    Work on boosting morale
    Attract and retain good staff


  7. "Review"

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    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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    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 (13)

    "Director"

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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

    Some very bright, talented, and mission driven individuals work or have worked at MSH.

    Cons

    The management chases its tail like a puppy, with no vision, no communication, and no purpose. There is absolutely NO respect or value for employees or their work. The mission is forgotten completely in favor of hanging on to dead-weight or playing favorites. Would not recommend coming near MSH until all leadership changes, and they are able to produce some viable wins that will keep your job steady. MSH just laid off over 70 people, huge gutting.

    Advice to Management

    Get a direction, stop being secretive and acting like there is a huge stock market impact to your decisions. You are a non-profit with a mission we supposedly all share. Make that the mission, what we ALL share. It isn't about you and your salary.


  10. Helpful (13)

    "Stay away"

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

    Pros

    MSH used to be a good place to work with moral, mission driven leadership and committed people. Still many good people and projects.

    Cons

    Incompetent, irresponsible CEO and senior leadership team who have not provided smart, unified,strategic leadership in this current environment. Occasional infighting among leaders and badmouthing and backstabbing of each other as well as employees. Many bad management decisions that wasted money, time and energy and negatively impacted the organization and its people. Poor role models. Very sad to see what has happened to MSH

    Advice to Management

    Let go of rest of senior leadership team. They are also part of the problem and toxicity. Get expert help from outside people who know what they are doing. Elect a board that knows what they are doing. MSH has had problems for years. where was the board all this time? Hopefully the new CEO will make a positive difference but huge changes needed. Hire moral smart leaders who know how to lead and manage and care.


  11. Helpful (9)

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

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    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.



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