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Management Sciences for Health Reviews

Updated September 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits - generous 401k match, TONS of vacation (in 17 reviews)

  • Much better work/life balance at entry-mid level than at other similar nonprofits (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • No opportunity for growth for entry, junior- or mid-level staff (in 12 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 (1)

    "Principal Technical Advisor"

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


  2. "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.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Spare yourself the grief"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    -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.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Grants/Finance"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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


  6. "A good organization that is on the path to becoming a much better one."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Support in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Project Support in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    New CEO who is committed to the organization.
    Great people to work with.
    Very competitive benefits package.

    Cons

    Need to work on operational processes.

    Advice to Management

    Give the new CEO time to create and manage change. MSH has been through a lot of upheaval and it has been painful. But the new CEO is bringing energy and a more caring culture to the organization.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Sad Place to Work - Despite an Excellent Mission"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  8. "MSH does great work and takes good care of their employees."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Operations Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work in world health, diverse staff (including in the US offices) excellent benefits and very competitive non-profit pay, & opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    Some challenges/divides between operational and technical staff (a common challenge in these types of orgs) as well between home office and country offices.


  9. "New"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Management Sciences for Health full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good People, Location, Mission, Opportunity

    Cons

    Changes affecting morale not always managed well.


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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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


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