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Management Sciences for Health Reviews

Updated March 2, 2017
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  • No opportunity for growth for entry, junior- or mid-level staff (in 11 reviews)

  • Junior staff are often under-valued (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (10)

    "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.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Can MSH be investigated for discriminating hiring practices like Chemonics was?"

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    Former Employee - Project Associate in Medford, MA
    Former Employee - Project Associate in Medford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Management Sciences for Health full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some people's intentions were good

    Cons

    Read through the other reviews, CLEARLY MSH has a discrimination problem and I am wondering when they will be investigated for it the way Chemonics was. Chemonics was found guilty of discriminating against African Americas ( can you believe organizations that work in black countries discriminate against blacks???? And we wonder why the field of international development is a joke) and was ordered to pay $482,000 by the US department of labour in "back-pay, interest and benefits" to 124 African-American job applicants. I wonder what the outcome would be if the US department of labor investigated this company?

    Advice to Management

    it's 2017, get it all the way together


  3. Helpful (11)

    "Misleading..."

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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 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.


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  5. Helpful (14)

    "Used to be a great place to work..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Vacation and sick time benefits.

    Cons

    MSH is not a company you should work for if you want to be developed in any way. There is no actual focus on developing and retaining staff. The expectation is to be overworked and underpaid. You do get a great amount of vacation time, but don't expect to actually be able to use it, or if you use it, you should expect that it will be interrupted, almost every time you are out of the office.

    Advice to Management

    Try to retain employees, focus on development. Recognize hard work and promote staff without the staff asking to be promoted.


  6. Helpful (15)

    "AVOID THIS PLACE AT ALL COSTS"

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    Former Employee - Program Officer in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Program Officer in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Management Sciences for Health full-time

    Pros

    Even though most staff are unhappy with the C-Suite, Management and lack of transparency, you'll meet incredible (yet miserable) SME in public health.

    Cons

    EVERYTHING. First, the C Suite hired (as if the company isn't wasting enough money on perks for their favorite staff) a public relations firm to help clean up their Glassdoor page and hide their secrets. For months, they wasted time and funding, trying to promote the new project management model, to "engage junior/mid-level staff” - just for those suggestions to be thrown out for the final approach (wasted months organizing and submitting feedback). I worked in one of the health groups, where there is the worst representation of women leadership (lacking integrity and commitment, instead of problem solving - advocates for the blame game, only promotes favorites - usually white junior/mid and senior level colleagues, disorganized, doesn't know how to be punctual, the list could go on...). Just flat out NO RESPECT for the working minorities in the HQ staff. I will agree that your professional development here is also based on your supervisor - which is a rare find in this team of friends. Recruitment/promotion decisions are based on gossip and popularity contests, not qualifications or a successful track record of meeting deliverables. There's a lack of transparency is ALL the recent changes - an end without means. Inconsistent HR policies but don't worry if you're white there's always an exception - which is interesting because we bid on projects to work in Sub-Saharan Africa (DONORS WATCH OUT). If you look at the HQ staff of the other health program group, there's actually diversity at ALL levels (leadership is African American - surprise surprise).

    Advice to Management

    HR/C-Suite should conduct an investigation on the concerns raised by staff and ACTUALLY follow through on ALL their "promises." If company morale is important to the work environment, then this is definitely something to look into!


  7. Helpful (10)

    "Well Intentioned, Poorly Executed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Many of my colleagues were amazing people with big hearts. The field staff were amazing.

    Cons

    Leadership, poor pay, complete lack of growth potential. Scorched earth policy in recent layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    It's not working.


  8. Helpful (14)

    "Place is a joke"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, some people care about the mission. And thats about it !

    Cons

    Where to start ? this places is a joke. First off the Leadership team lacks basic leadership skills, so there it starts, the CEO is a joke he went on a Sabbatical at a time the company needed him the most, everyone blames HR for everything which is funny cause its the LT that should be blamed not only HR, but HR sucks and upper management is cancerous and keeps the BS up. Junior staff are treated like inconveniences to upper long term management. Greedy people, you ever see bears hungry in the woods ? this is people looking to freeload on anything they can, its disgusting, ohh people dont know how to be nice to one another or appreciative, you do everything for the senior staff they take the credit, again lack basic leadership skills. Ohh the best was someone complained there was no more honey for tea and they were told there was no budget for that but lets have a budget to send our Board on a trip to Africa and use some of MSH's money for the millionaires they are and keep hiring in people with 6 figure salaries cause they have PHD's even if its not in the field they want and then tell junior mid level staff we have no money .. its comical, again place is a joke. Save your time and DO NOT WORK HERE!!

    Advice to Management

    hahaha I would give some but reality is they wont take it or read it or care, so advice is read the 21 Characteristics of a leader, then realize you have none of those and learn to get some and fast.


  9. Helpful (11)

    "Toxic"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and benefits, depending on your seniority. Flexible work schedule. Opps to travel.

    Cons

    The people and mean-spirited culture

    Advice to Management

    Learn to respect your colleagues and start demanding accountability from senior staff


  10. Helpful (19)

    "Dysfunctional to the extreme"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Management Sciences for Health (More than a year)

    Pros

    The 401k and PTO was great, but I can't imagine how they're going to keep that in place with the way things are going.

    Cons

    Ironically, nobody seems to have any management skills whatsoever. Seriously, it's amazing.

    There's no mid-level staff. Only very senior and very junior people. Junior staff have no responsibility or empowerment to use their best judgment. Senior staff are too removed from daily business operations to have any useful input or ideas.

    People are oddly opposed to the idea that they work for a U.S. government contractor, despite the fact that over 90% of their business comes from USG sources.

    For the last few years there's been a refusal to recognize that they have a huge pipeline problem, and now it's too late to do anything about it. Contracts are ending, the organization is shrinking, and things are going bad very quickly. For example, they moved HQ to an office in Medford, MA to have more space when it was clear that they were never going to fill it out - at least not in the next few years. Now it's just a sad, empty floor of vacant cubicles.

    Strangely, throughout all of this, the senior executives are oblivious and continue on their merry ways as if things are going great. Get it together, people.

    Advice to Management

    To the CEO: Don't come back from your months-long vacation. Recognize your failure and step aside. Nobody is going to read your book anyways if it's as uninspiring as your leadership at MSH was.


  11. Helpful (26)

    "A great organization gone to the dogs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Employees in the field are generally committed, talented, hard-working. When they have the supports they need, they do exceptional public health work for some of the world's most disadvantaged people. Some excellent US-based or staff have started at entry-level positions and been given great professional opportunities

    Cons

    The atmosphere in the home office in Massachusetts is poisonous. The leaders use language that's meant to be inspirational but that staff recognize as meaningless and cynical. What was once an exciting, stimulating, challenging home for top-flight public health professionals has become tense, internally competitive, fearfull atmosphere. Excellent people have been let go for not toeing the line or for costing too much (though many excessively high-priced people remain). All of this is largely due to the two leaders, their unfortunate choices for the top management team, and the stifling of dissenting voices.

    Advice to Management

    I can't think of what would help except to find a new CEO and COO. Hardly likely.


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