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Management Sciences for Health Reviews

Updated February 1, 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 (1)

    "Needs to refocus management"

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    • 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.


  2. "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.


  3. "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.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Rudderless"

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    • Culture & Values
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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.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Comfortable place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Supportive teams and friendly staff, variety of culture and backgrounds in one office, the knowledge across the organization is vast and highly experienced

    Cons

    Some shifts with management changes, need better capabilities to listen to and address feedback and complaints from employees, more support for building staff capacity and training programs within respective projects, more involvement of the young bright minds is necessary to introduce fresh ideas and perspectives, and more competitive/fair salaries


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Dynamic Organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    MSH provides excellent benefits. It has a broad reach and provides excellent work experience. Does good work in some countries.

    Cons

    Seems to be constantly changing with no clear rationale for the change. The recent reorganization has led to great discontent among staff and a lack of confidence in leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Be more inclusive and involve others in the decision making process.


  8. Helpful (13)

    "Feels like it has lost its way..."

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

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

    Pros

    There are some absolutely wonderful people within the organization who are extremely dedicated. Great benefits and good work/life balance. Diverse staff.

    Cons

    Lots of employee turnover, and some discouragement about the many, many changes taking place simultaneous. It feels a little colder than the family-like nonprofit that it used to be. Raises are so minimal that it's a bit insulting.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pretending that everything is great, and be real with employees about what is/isn't going well. Find a way to maintain a warm and caring environment while putting changes in place.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Project Associate"

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    Current Employee - Project Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Project Associate in Arlington, VA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Location, learning opportunities, values, culture, diversity

    Cons

    Compensation, senior management, low advancement, politics, hierarchy


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Principal Technical Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great People, nice office, good benefits

    Cons

    Very little cross organizational cooperation. No strategy for retaining talented staff


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Good People, Good Company, Poor Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people who have a genuine desire to help improve the lives of the most vulnerable populations in the world.
    Wonderful environment, with good work/life balance (if you choose), encouraged employee creativity.

    Cons

    Poor compensation. Lack of good employee morale for junior and entry-level staff.

    Advice to Management

    My review of MSH is not different than any other. I love this organization and invested a good chunk of my passion into it. I enjoyed working with the people I work with and I feel that MSH is making some great changes but the implementation may not be the best.

    MSH knows its flaws, and they pick and choose which ones to battle. The untouched battle is employee turn around. MSH is losing employees on a fast pace and mainly because of compensation. Value your entry-level staff, this industry is small and one day they will be the technical leads making the changes that will bring the most value to MSH.

    My advice to management would be- work on keeping staff ($); unless its really your goal to clean house.



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