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Updated October 1, 2017
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Management Sciences for Health President and CEO Marian Wentworth
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Pros
  • Much better work/life balance at entry-mid level than at other similar nonprofits (in 9 reviews)

  • Great benefits, talented staff, a long track record in global health and redirecting its business strategy for the upcoming years (in 14 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. Helpful (2)

    "Great mission, poor operations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The mission and the opportunity to work toward it make the struggles somewhat more bearable. Excellent benefits, both health insurance and paid leave. Many of the people who work at MSH are highly dedicated and are experts at working in challenging contexts and with governments around the world. If you get lucky and join a team with strong direction, the work can be very satisfying. There is an opportunity to learn tremendous amounts about contracting for USAID and other global health institutes. Recommended for young people new to USAID contracting.

    Cons

    Inefficient operations. Disconnected systems. Tons of gossip and talking behind backs, even at leadership level. Low morale, although that seems to be improving. Scatterbrained strategies, if any, that change often. Inconsistent priorities coming from leadership teams. Lack of trust from upper management in their teams' ability to make decisions, leading to delays and inefficiencies. Lots of siloes, whether between VA/MA/NY, technical v. project mgmt v. central services, or field/HQ. Unequal work distribution with some people coasting and some people overwhelmed. Loads of waste due to poor planning (e.g., thousands of technical briefs get printed and then are out of date three months later).

    Advice to Management

    Before making changes to operations, consult employees who actually perform the functions (i.e., not just the corporate team) to ensure all bases are covered and efficiencies achieved. Put an end to developing technical documents of many hundreds of pages that will never get read -it's 2017 and information needs to be packaged for this day and age. Use HQ experts, including for comms and operations, to develop capacity of and empower field teams. Identify rising stars in the field, give them visibility, and amplify their voices. If the focus will stay on health systems, actually define them and get staff trained in communicating what they are and how MSH supports HSS.


  2. "Senior Technical Advisor"

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    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

    Great learning organization, lots of resources, open-door policy

    Cons

    Salary is not competitive with other development agencies

    Advice to Management

    Make salary more competitive

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Cautiously Optimistic"

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    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.


  4. "Good Culture, No Easy Advancement"

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    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.


  5. "Project Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Diversity Of Staff, opportunities for travel and lots of experience

    Cons

    Severely underpay younger staff and overpay older staff who no longer contribute or put work off on younger employees.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Principal Technical Advisor"

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    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


  7. "Management Sciences for Health (MSH) review"

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    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

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Laboratory Specialsit"

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    Current Employee - Senior Laboratory Specialist in Mbale, Mbale (Uganda)
    Current Employee - Senior Laboratory Specialist in Mbale, Mbale (Uganda)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    MSH as an organisation provides a good environment for career development and growth.
    MSH believes in core values of builder stronger health systems, Greater health impacts

    Cons

    MSH has set up Country operations management units (COMU) in countries it operates. These bureaucratic units causes delays in project implementations most times.

    Advice to Management

    The Management should streamline its operations and program wings to fasten service delivery to the needy, especially in the sub Saharan Africa, where there is still much reliance on donor funds channeled through these organisations.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Needs to refocus management"

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    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.


  10. "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.


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