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MSDF Reviews

Updated 23 Sep 2019

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3.9
81%
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MSDF  Executive Director Janet Mountain (no image)
Janet Mountain
6 Ratings
  1. Helpful (7)

    "good place to work if you are a very driven person yourself and passionate about making a difference."

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MSDF

    Pros

    flexibility to suggest new ideas, micro management is not common, comfortable working environment

    Cons

    there are issues with trust, a group of "leaders" call the shots with little tolerance for some one outside that group expressing a divergent perspective, very limited growth opportunities, career path very unclear and almost non existent for program officers, typical program officer tenure is quite short (around 2 years) perhaps because there are hardly any growth opportunities, performance appraisal is very subjective and a lot of it is based on how employees talk about their own achievements. the human resource function seems almost non-existent (beyond hiring not sure what they do)

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    Advice to Management

    build trust, value employees who perform well and reward them with career growth opportunities (only financial incentives are not adequate for retaining strong performers), make the process of decision making more transparent and inclusive so employees do not feel that major changes have just been imposed on them (given the relatively small size of the team this is especially important), performance reviews should be more thorough and also include anonymous feedback from grantees/investees for program officers (so that it is not a case of a program officer saying for themselves what a great job they have done in transforming an organisation!), there needs to be tolerance of divergent perspectives including those that might be contrary to what the senior management believes, managers should take into consideration not only how an employee interacts with them but equally how he/she interacts with juniors and peers (in the current scenario you really only need to be good at upward management)

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    MSDF 2015-02-06
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Loved Interning here!"

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    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MSDF for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people Flexible work schedule Awesome perks/activities

    Cons

    Interns were not allowed to take our laptops home to work or access our work email outside of the building .

    Advice to Management

    Keep Doing what you're doing! Also try to expand your internship program

    MSDF 2019-09-05
  3. "Good People, Good Mission"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MSDF full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Freedom to succeed and define your own portfolio

    Cons

    Risk-averse particularly with regards to reputational risk

    MSDF 2019-09-23
  4. "An amazing mission-driven organization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MSDF full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Working on hard problems. Talented people. Global reach. Interesting projects.

    Cons

    Little "modern" work flexibility. Operates like an 'old tech company' when you could not work anywhere because technology didn't exist to do so.

    Advice to Management

    You will have a difficult time recruiting younger generations without the basic expectations of working where/whenever are met.

    MSDF 2019-02-17
  5. "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Dell Program Ambassador in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at MSDF full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits, office culture, and very caring management.

    Cons

    Not much upward mobility within company.

    MSDF 2017-08-18
  6. "Software Developer"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MSDF

    Pros

    Awesome workplace, people. everybody is nice and helpful. a lot of free food and snacks. People are very skilled and professional

    Cons

    I didn't see any cons over 6months

    MSDF 2017-07-13
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great mission and smart people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at MSDF full-time

    Pros

    Great mission Amazing healthcare benefits Some super smart people Treadmill desks

    Cons

    Not a lot of growth opportunities Lots of internal maneuvering to get things done

    MSDF 2017-03-24
  8. Helpful (6)

    "Where careers go to die"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MSDF full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good salary, nice facility, decent perks, benefits and vacation, most coworkers are good people who are easy to work with.

    Cons

    If you're into showing up and doing your job vs. spending most of your time convincing others of your implied value, you will be seen as a threat and marginalized.

    Advice to Management

    Have a looser grip, stop putting the wrong people in charge of technology projects.

    MSDF 2015-12-18
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great learning experience"

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     in Austin, TX

    I worked at MSDF for more than a year

    Pros

    Great office. Everyone is very friendly.

    Cons

    No room for growth since it is a small company.

    MSDF 2015-05-12
  10. Helpful (1)

    "great company and colleagues"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at MSDF full-time

    Pros

    great campus, great salary, good communication

    Cons

    no help from management, need better team skills

    MSDF 2014-09-04
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