Chemonics International
3.2 of 5 86 reviews
www.chemonics.com Washington, DC 1000 to 5000 Employees

Chemonics International Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
Chemonics International – US – “Meeting room”

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3.2 86 reviews

                             

96% Approve of the CEO

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Susanna Mudge

(24 ratings)

69% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Lots of opportunities for learning-on-your feet and taking on new tasks"
    in 8 reviews
  • "Chemonics has very clear, standardized systems for both proposal development and project management"
    in 11 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work life balance is an issue at Chemonics"
    in 15 reviews
  • "People work long hours and almost try to compete with one another who stayed in the office longer the previous night"
    in 11 reviews
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    Period of transition

    Manager (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsOverall good work environment, despite current challenges.

    ConsExternal and internal factors have placed the company in a precarious position, particularly relative to the heydays.
    Used to be the case that unpleasant, aggressive people were by far the exception. Lately, that seems to be changing, and I fear that bad behavior being rewarded is a theme.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFor the most part, I admire how you handled the last wave of departures/restructuring--offering choice of a job in other areas or a (so-so) goodbye package--giving employees enough notice that to continue in their line of work, they might want to start looking--seemed not at all underhanded or malevolent. Treating people with respect and objectivity is sure to be the best thing for Chemonics' reputation. Please don't stray from that, as people are starting to hear may be the case.

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    good not great

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgreat people to work with, hire within culture good

    Consoverworked, understaffed which results in mediocre work

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

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    Chemonics International has a great office culture.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe work environment is very collaborative and positive.

    ConsThe company's development impact seems quite low for the amount of work that is put in.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lost its Vision

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsGives a great training ground for those that are interested in managing government contracts. Essentially, this is what this company has become, a contracting machine.

    ConsForget about actually learning anything about "development." That is not the emphasis here. If you want to learn about government project management, contracting,etc. This is the place. Does not seem to value employees anymore, all the talents are leaving and will do so now that they have announced that there will be more cuts because they can't win a proposal. I appreciate the fact that they need projects to keep the company going, but rather than putting a good program together, they are more concerned with the bottom line. If you put a good program together, the money will come. I wish I experienced the days where Chemonics actually gave a hoot about the so called "people" they are supposed to help.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to examine the organizations true mission. Please do not look at your mission statement, that is just going through the motion. Look in your heart and the companies strength. Chemonics has great talent and development professionals, but if you keep going the way you are, you will lose. Get back to how this company became a great development force. Employee owned was also a bad mistake as the only people that can actually benefit is senior management. Been through many of this in my past, haven't seen a dime and 2 of them crashed and burned. Yeah and million dollar bonuses are usually not that great at this time. Maybe take an example from the real world CEO and not pay yourself until one sees a turn around. e.g Japan Airlines.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A great place for learning the ins and outs of contracting

    Associate (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsAbility to learn and experience a lot of different facets of project management and contracting quickly.
    Great colleagues, everyone is smart and motivated.

    ConsRecent staff downsizing and cuts in benefits.
    Very competitive and fewer opportunities to move up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompensate your employees!

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

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    great learning experience, lots of work

    Associate (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    Proslots of growth potential, many opportunities to learn.

    Consassociates are worked extremely hard for little pay

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Work long hard hours for little pay to support Executive Management

    Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsOutside of Senior Management, you work with some of the most dedicated, hard working people you will ever meet.

    ConsChemonics is poorly run proposal machine oiled with the blood of the Associates. You will be expected to work 10 hours a day plus Saturdays for no extra pay or time off. Industry-wise, Chemonics has some of the worst pay and benefits.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAfter Executive Management paid itself off last year under the "Employee Ownership" buyout, Chemonics decided that the only way to keep paying Executives their high salary along with the sweet benefits they gave themselves in the buyout, was to greatly reduce the number of junior staff working in the DC office and to reduce the already meager benefits. This means the employee that use to belong to a team of four now belong in a team of two. And while the remaining employees are now doing twice the work, they are getting less benefits and with no hope of a salary increase anytime in the next few years. Everyone sees the writing on the wall and is trying to get out. Currently, Chemonics' main competitors are hiring and offering much better salary and benefits. Management needs to realize that everyone that can leave Chemonics is leaving Chemonics. If they don't change their ways, Chemonics will not be around much longer.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Work hard and play hard

    Associate A (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsExcellent benefits, a great place to grow professionally, always being pushed to exceed your previous limitations also the co-workers are very friendly.

    ConsWork life balance, extremely large learning curve, a lot of type A personalities so work must be done right the first time or they will resent you for your duration there.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore training for the managers professionally and personally

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

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    Chemonics is the A team

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThere is a lot of opportunities for advancement and gaining professional experience. If you want to try out a new role you can, if you want to do work in the field you can. Chemonics is welling to take a chance on its new employees.

    ConsThere is a lot of change and nothing seems to make sense. It is a easy to get distracted by all the change and get further away from doing the development work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Nothing to do with development work

    Director (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsISO certified, well organized company. Chance for graduates with a few years of desk work to become Chiefs of Party on big USAID projects

    ConsWhat drives Chemonics is no loger mission and values international development needs, but pure profit making for a few folks driving the ship

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo to Wall Street, and let us have back our values. Replace folks in executive management and get rid of all this SVPs!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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