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Management Sciences for Health Reviews

Updated June 17, 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 - generous 401k match, TONS of vacation (in 13 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 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Spare yourself the grief"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, decent salary, most people who worked there had good intentions of saving the world

    Cons

    Constantly rotating management both at mid-level and senior level, feedback from staff rarely implemented, red tape all around to get stuff done, most projects passed through so many hands that it was a headache to figure out where things left off, stuck on old ways of doing things and relied on those who had been there the longest (and who were often too old to get with the times) to set the tone for the rest

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent to new staff about the fact that most people who work there are simply going to be shuffling paper, creating useless reports and attending wasteful meetings. Unless you've got a PhD or an MD, you aren't part of the "saving the world" mission even though from a branding purpose they'll claim that you are.


  2. Helpful (1)

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

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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

    -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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Grants/Finance"

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

    I worked at Management Sciences for Health full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Total benefits compensation package and the 401K

    Cons

    Lack of leadership skills and listening to the staff


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Sad Place to Work - Despite an Excellent Mission"

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    Former Employee - Project Associate in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Project Associate in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lower cadre employees are left to fend for themselves and overworked.

    Cons

    Excellent mission, Excellent Health Benefits

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone like people not favor some, while others without a connection are left to fend for themselves.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "So so"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Management Sciences for Health as an intern

    Pros

    - great mission & admiring work
    - some nice people
    - multicultural

    Cons

    - very disorganized
    - no efficiency
    - no professional development for interns


  7. Helpful (15)

    "Started Out Well and Then..."

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    They have great PTO and health benefits. I had the opportunity to work with some wonderful coworkers who have since become friends.

    Cons

    First of all, I'm not sure where all the glowing reviews are coming from but my experience at MSH was very different and much more in line with the more negative feedback people have left here. Working at MSH started out well for me. Even though the pay was low, I worked on a great team and supported a portfolio of projects that allowed me to grow and develop my professional skills. Then the organizational restructuring started, and everything went to hell. The volume of my work tripled or quadrupled (with the same pay because we were conned by HR into thinking it was a lateral move), with a new set of projects that were completely boring. I went from doing professionally fulfilling work under a great manager, to doing tedious work under an incompetent manager. Also under the new structure, I ended up doing the same work as the folks in the higher employment band but getting paid much less. The inequity of it all was astounding. When I tried to raise my voice about this to HR and Managers, I was either placated by empty promises to change the system or ignored altogether. Trying to get promoted as a minority in the organization proved utterly pointless since I only saw white coworkers get promoted. Imagine, white people running the show for the work done primarily in black and brown countries. MSH has lost or will soon lose every major award that has kept the organization afloat for the last decade or so, but everyone seems to have their heads buried in the sand about this. As most people have already mentioned here - HR is a joke, Management at all levels is joke, and the C-suite is the absolute worse, with the board of trustees seemingly in la la land as the ship continues to sink.

    Advice to Management

    Why bother? They don't care.

  8. Helpful (13)

    "Doesn't bring out the best in people"

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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

    MSH has a great mission, some nice coworkers, and good benefits. There is a work/life balance.

    Cons

    Poor management throughout the entire organization. Their is way too much bureaucracy. MSH loves to hire tons of management, but has few people to do the actual work. This creates additional layers of approval that are unnecessary. There is a lot of value on hierarchy, which results in some positions not being valued.

    MSH has a great mission, but it isn't emphasized by leadership, so the work that you do gets lost in the bureaucracy and it is frustrating.

    There is something so unfortunate in the culture because it doesn't bring out the best in anyone. Instead, the worst of everyone seems to come out at MSH.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on career opportunities for staff and building good management.


  9. Helpful (19)

    "End of an Era"

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

    I have been working at Management Sciences for Health full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some good people doing alot of good work. Some good fundamental/basic systems in place.

    Cons

    Delusional C level suite, No leadership accountability. No transparent decision making. Farcical management across the board.

    Advice to Management

    Listen, learn and change. Your running a great company into the ground.


  10. Helpful (12)

    "Meaningful Mission but Lost Its Way"

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    Former Employee - Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice and knowledgeable coworkers, very nice office space.

    Cons

    weak senior management, finger pointing culture, passive aggressive culture


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