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Management Sciences for Health Reviews

Updated November 16, 2017
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Management Sciences for Health President and CEO Marian Wentworth
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Pros
  • Great benefits, talented staff, a long track record in global health and redirecting its business strategy for the upcoming years (in 17 reviews)

  • Much better work/life balance at entry-mid level than at other similar nonprofits (in 9 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 11 reviews)

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  1. "A great opportunity for changing the landscape in global health"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Deputy Project Director in Medford, MA
    Current Employee - Deputy Project Director in Medford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, talented staff, a long track record in global health and redirecting its business strategy for the upcoming years

    Cons

    Funding for NGOs has stagnated, very US Government dependent and USAID processes oriented. Needs a generational transition pathway very soon

    Advice to Management

    Needs to design career development plan for junior staff


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Technical Advisor"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Medford, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Medford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work and mission is good and potentially interesting

    Cons

    Please donot work for MSH. If you need to take longer looking for a job, take longer, stay one more month on unemployment. The waiting time will be worth it. I was the person on the other side of the computer, reading these reviews. I read all reviews and thought that it surely cannot be that bad. I took the job and have been through hell. I am working away, disappointed in the organization. It is not a meritocracy, the people doing most of the work are not the ones promoted. Upward movement is based primarily on allegiance, who is looking out for you and politicking. There are other organizations that are worth your talent, passion and hard work. Please do your research carefully and talk to people in the organization before you take a job with MSH. Your might have to wait a long time before the new CEO turns things around. Dont bet on it

    Advice to Management

    None.

  3. Helpful (8)

    "Isn't It Ironic"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Management Sciences for Health full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are no pros to joining this horrible organization

    Cons

    For an organization promoting universal health care, employees are being laid off without severance and only a couple of months of paid COBRA.

    Advice to Management

    Weed your garden


  4. "Great company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Technical excellence, great benefit, great opportunity for professional growth and wonderful staff. The current CEO looks wonderful!

    Cons

    Huge work burden on some staff


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Cautiously Optimistic"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medford, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people; great benefits. New CEO is promising.

    Cons

    Currently hemorrhaging staff; it is hard to recognize this place for folks who have been here a while. Without enough support, home office support functions are slow and the field- understandably- gets frustrated. The relationship between the field and HQ is a bit strained these days for this reason.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "An organization on the way up."

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


  7. "Good Culture, No Easy Advancement"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Management Sciences for Health as an intern

    Pros

    Great culture, great mission. Learned a lot from the internship, but primarily about office culture, not so much about public health. Most work seems pretty general, they use age old methods for health system strengthening and now are struggling to funding due to nothing new in the pipeline.

    Cons

    However, too reliant on USAID grants and difficult to advance due to being locked into spots that fill roles in USAID grant objectives. Zero funding for professional development, does not pay interns nor care about providing them opportunities to grow and learn besides just placing more work on them.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Still needs a lot of work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You gain a lot of experience here and you can make incredible friends.
    Good benefits but no maternity leave

    Cons

    Still paying former CEO
    Board is all white and admits it does not know about major donor
    CEO talks a lot but isn't saying much

    Advice to Management

    Answer real questions
    Explain why the FCI program is still so seperate
    Why is the website so poorly managed


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Principal Technical Advisor"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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


  10. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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