Management Sciences for Health
3.0 of 5 23 reviews
www.msh.org Cambridge, MA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Management Sciences for Health Reviews

Updated Apr 14, 2014
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3.0 23 reviews

                             

64% Approve of the CEO

Management Sciences for Health President Jonathan Quick

Jonathan Quick

(11 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Toxic Work Environment

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Arlington, VA (US)

I have been working at Management Sciences for Health as a contractor for less than a year

ProsGreat work location convenient to the Metro and shops.

ConsThe culture of the work environment is very toxic. Management may be knowledgeable but they lack people skills. I have been exposed to many different work environments and this place does not encourage a sense of teamwork. It seems that everyone is out for themselves or if you are not part of an alliance you are left on the outside of the group. Managers have poor communication skills, for example, you are told one thing face to face but then you are told otherwise through an email or the manager simply changes their minds without acknowledghement. Managers also openly favor certain employees. Perhaps this company treats its full time on staff employees better than they do their contractors.

Advice to Senior ManagementImprove communication between management and employees.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good experience

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Management Sciences for Health

ProsGreat place to get experience

Conslittle growth opportunities, lose talent

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Program Associate (Former Employee)
Nairobi (Kenya)

I worked at Management Sciences for Health full-time for less than a year

Prosgood pay and benefits and generally good terms of employment.

Consterrible work environment, extremely bad

Advice to Senior Managementstop tribalism

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Lack of employee recognition and career growth

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Management Sciences for Health

ProsGood place to get some experience

ConsThere is little career growth

Advice to Senior Managementinvest in talent, don't let it go to the competitor

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Good organization but some parts of the organization need some major work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Medford, MA (US)

I have been working at Management Sciences for Health full-time for more than 3 years

ProsMSH is very well respected in the industry. There are opportunities for advancement and career growth if you are in the right departments and/or work for the right people. Most people are nice and very helpful.

ConsIt can be very bureaucratic. Not sure what direction MSH is trying to go - it changes year to year. HR lacks the people skills needed for human resourcing.

Advice to Senior ManagementWhen MSH has new goals, provide resources (including sufficient money) to allow staff to truly work towards that goal.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A great place to start a career in international public health or international development.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Arlington, VA (US)

I worked at Management Sciences for Health full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThe engaging nature of the work, opportunities for international travel, and interesting colleagues make working here worthwhile.

ConsSalaries are on the low for recent graduates without experience.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Hierarchical organization that is slow to adapt

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Arlington, VA (US)

I have been working at Management Sciences for Health full-time for more than 5 years

ProsLocation is pretty good, and most people are nice. The office was recently renovated and has nice cafeteria.

Benefits are good for non profit work (4 weeks vacation for all staff, good health insurance, 401k, etc).

If you are on the right project you may have the opportunity to travel

Good work/life balance and teleworking is possible

ConsThere is very little opportunity for career growth, especially for Junior staff, as a result there is high turnover, most leave after 2 years in the entry level position. HR often doesn't hire the right people for the right positions and many of the entry level positions are filled by temp staff. In general HR is very ineffective in almost all of their functions and unfair during salary negotiations and are very resistant to negotiating. Performance reviews are conducted annually, but getting a good review means you will get a standard 3% raise and getting a bad review means nothing, maybe a 3 month performance plan.

Depending on the project you are there may be opportunities for travel, but generally senior staff do the most traveling. This is also true for technical work.

A LOT of senior management have large egos and are territorial about projects. There are a few who are very approachable and open to new ideas.

Culture tends to be very cliquey, there is a "old boys club" of long time senior MSHers who promote each other and make decisions behind closed doors. Many have a 1st world view of development and on a whole, MSH doesn't practice what they preach internally when it comes to management and leadership.

Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in the people who work at the organization, set aside money for professional development and create more opportunities to recognize and celebrate staff. Create more opportunities for staff to get to know each other and bond. Work on building culture of Trust and collaboration across centers

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good Learning Experience- but Overly Bureaucratic and Slow to Change

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Cambridge, MA (US)

I have been working at Management Sciences for Health full-time for more than a year

Pros-Great learning experience if you are interested in Government contracting, global health

Cons-SLOW to change despite all of the "initiatives". Overly bureaucratic complicated structure
-Too many initiatives! Work loads are already demanding and now are coupled with new initiatives and task which are flowed DOWN from Senior Management without buy in from staff actually doing work.
-Compensation department is unfair and non transparent despite compensation reviews completed recently.
-Little money for trainings and professional development.
-Most staff are pleasant however at times some staff can be rude, unprofessional.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake time to get buy in from the lower level employees when creating new initiatives. LEAD rather than manage. Allow departments to have flexibility to create own intitiatives in line with goals.

Seriously review consistency and fairness of pay policies. Why does one unit average 2% increases and another much higher? PPRD is too burdensome. Not value for money! Also, be transparent about career ladder, pay policies, and salary scales. TRAIN HR! Inconsistencies and unfair practices have led to several staff leaving.

You say that MSH's goal is to be a learning organization however no resources are dedicated to ensuring that goal is reached. All staff should have the opportunity for professional trainings. Invest in your staff!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Inspiring work, challenging environment.

Program Officer (Current Employee)

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

ProsVery compelling work done by incredibly talented people. Amazing opportunities to grow. learn, and travel if you land in the right place.

ConsSeems to be a lack of career direction and movement, unless you really work for it. However, there are concerted efforts to change this.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to start a career

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Cambridge, MA (US)

I worked at Management Sciences for Health full-time for more than a year

ProsMSH is great if you start off with a bachelors degree and want some experience in international development / project support.

ConsThey began hiring people with masters degrees to do the very basic admin tasks.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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