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Management Sciences for Health Reviews

Updated March 26, 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. "Management Sciences for Health (MSH) review"

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

    colleagues
    mission & vision
    staff dedicated to mission

    Cons

    colleagues leaving or asked to leave
    few opportunities for junior staff
    leaders have favorites


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Needs to refocus management"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  3. "Senior Project Support Officer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


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  5. Helpful (13)

    "Director"

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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

    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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "N/A"

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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

    Good benefits. Flexible schedule. N/A

    Cons

    There are so many. Not sure where to start.

    Advice to Management

    Get a grip, will you?


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Stay away...stay very far away"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Beginning at year 2, the 401(k) is very generous

    Cons

    Totally mismanaged. When laying off 69 people recently, they allegedly eliminated positions and not people per se. What a load. They let go of the most recently hired people, regardless of performance while keeping a bunch of expensive, unproductive dinosaurs, who do not produce. A pack of jackals if ever there was one.

    Advice to Management

    Get you heads out of your posteriors.


  8. "Human Resources"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a learning organization. There are a lot of opportunity if you want to grow and develop your career.

    Cons

    Too many ideas and structural changes on after another within a short period of time in the name of Business Development that is confusing sometimes and takes away a lot of energy away from doing the right thing to do.

    Advice to Management

    Focusing on Technical Work more than internal management related activities.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Rudderless"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The staff, salaries and benefits, and vision

    Cons

    A recent reorganization poorly handled, low morale, lots of people leaving, current search for new CEO.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication and transparency. Engage employees in decision-making, where appropriate. Develop a strategy, preferably with input from the staff, and implement it.


  10. Helpful (10)

    "Misleading..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 5 years)

    Pros

    Employees are very knowledgeable and respected in their fields. 401K benefits are good. Location is convenient. Field staff are great and a pleasure to collaborate with. Lots of good partnerships and external collaborations from earlier years when MSH used to be a leader. Online resources for learning and minimal funds to attend trainings.

    Cons

    HR and Leadership cannot be trusted.
    Employees are overworked and underpaid. Not valued for their work. Decisions are made on behalf of the employees without their consent. Negative decisions that only benefit upper management. No opportunity for growth for entry, junior- or mid-level staff. Widespread favoritism, discrimination, bullying, an inequity. Morale is extremely low. It's no longer exciting. Major retention issues - even those who've been at MSH for decades have left. When employees speak out against management, they are scolded and targeted. Employee opinions do not matter. Policies implemented often don't benefit the employees such as increased work hours with same pay and budget cuts although no effect to management activities. Poor internal communication. You're providing a service that they've paid for. Promotions and raises to some - regardless of tenure and experience. Others who ask, are discouraged. Employees are stagnating and are not marketable elsewhere.

    No accountability for leaders who make poor decisions. Lack of diversity in leadership. Lack of transparency. People are terminated in humiliating manners or talked about. Lots of secrets among many groups. Discouraging performance review process. Job titles are lower than the actual responsibilities associated. Interviewso are misleading.

    Finally to add insult to injury, you're told (indirectly) to quit if you don't like the decisions. "Employed at will" no matter how much youve contributed which is disrespectful.

    Advice to Management

    Take away power from some leaders who have too much. Hold management accountable for the conditions of the company. Listen to and solicit staff input. Give as much as you take. Create programs that build capacity. Show staff that they have value.


  11. "Sr Technical Advisor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A few good people and some untainted new junior staff who haven't been burned out yet. Decent benefits that they are trying to take back. Solid field staff who still have to deal with the sexist work environment but do so they must.

    Cons

    Horrible senior leadership. Very little mid-level staff so jr staff are way overworked while senior leadership travel a lot and accumulate frequent flier miles. No innovative ideas. Completely missing the boat on digital health. Most solid technical people have left or are looking for other posts outside the org. Poor leadership has allowed rampant bullying. Worst offenders keep getting promoted! Only way to get ahead is if you are male or a female bully. Many people trying to take credit for others' work. So many business development staff on overhead that other working staff have no overhead to be able to innovate or persue other ways of doing things. Board is out of touch and useless.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of old wood! Take real action to counter bullying culture. Give technical staff the latitude to innovate and give everyone some overhead margin so they can help get the org back in its feet.



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