Chemonics International Reviews

Updated March 19, 2015
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Susanna Mudge
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Pros
  • Excellent training, professional development opportunities, and opportunities for travel and overseas assignments (in 12 reviews)

  • You can learn great project management skills and there are lots of opportunities to travel (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is an issue at Chemonics (in 20 reviews)

  • long hours, more consideration of work/life balance (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Hardworking creates great potential for growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chemonics International

    Pros

    great learning environment, infectious passion, people really believe in work they are doing

    Cons

    long hours, more consideration of work/life balance

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great place to work

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    Former Contractor - Report Writer in Port-au-Prince (Haiti)
    Former Contractor - Report Writer in Port-au-Prince (Haiti)

    I worked at Chemonics International as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly, professional, lot of opportunity available, great people

    Cons

    need to learn other languages other than English to get more contract

    Recommends
  3. Grow professionally while doing good in the world

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chemonics International full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Chemonics offers the chance to do mission-driven work in a business environment. Opportunities for professional growth, training, and travel are outstanding. The organization is large enough to offer many different paths according to your interests, and really encourages people to push themselves and try new things. Leadership really cares about international development and takes integrity and doing things the right way seriously. A few years ago, the company became 100% owned by the ESOP, so all company profits are distributed to employee retirement accounts. Vacation time is fairly generous, and the health insurance plan is quite good and very inexpensive. Everyone works really hard, but you go home knowing you helped make the world a little bit better.

    Cons

    There's no getting around it, people work really hard which seems to be epidemic in DC. A great deal of the work in headquarters is about complying with US government regulations, so it is highly administrative especially in your first few years. In order to advance to senior level positions you need to be willing to move overseas to developing countries for several years which is a tremendous experience but can be a sacrifice for family and personal life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company's culture and values are what makes it special, don't lose that. Remember that it takes everyone throughout the organization, in DC and abroad, regions and support units to keep the company successful and making a difference.

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  5. Communications Director

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    Former Contractor - Director, Project Planning and Monitoring
    Former Contractor - Director, Project Planning and Monitoring

    I worked at Chemonics International as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Important project, good colleagues, good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Nothing negative to contribute. It was a good project.

    Recommends
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  6. Steep learning curve, but personally rewarding and amazing colleagues

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    Current Employee - Manager II in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager II in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Chemonics International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    My colleagues are some of my best friends and the project/proposal work is rewarding, every day is enjoyable. I have grown as a project manager and proposal developer, and see a growth potential for myself still.

    Cons

    The hours CAN be long, but it varies from team to team and there is some flexibility to turn down new tasks when you are being given too much. Currently it is difficult to jump from Associate to Manager or from Manager to Director, but during times of growth for the company those opportunities come more quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful with change, the restructuring and backtracking on many of the changes made in the past year damaged the executive office's credibility. If lower level staff's opinions had been considered at the time, I don't think many of those changes would have happened.

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  7. nice colleagues and working environment

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    Former Intern - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Research Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Chemonics International as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    excellent training courses for employees

    Cons

    no complete internship programs available

    Recommends
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  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Incredible opportunities and exposure

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    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Chemonics International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Chemonics employs an "everybody does everything" mentality, which I absolutely love (but realize that not everyone thrives in this environment). If you would rather do a few tasks over and over, then Chemonics might not be for you. Since joining, I have become a much better professional writer, budget preparer (including Excel skills), manager, and strategic thinker. I also have had exposure to lots of different technical areas. The company is extremely transparent and has lots of talented individuals. Entry level salaries are relatively low, but high performing employees are promoted quickly and compensated accordingly. Chemonics also provides training stipends for language courses and other professional development opportunities (such as grad school, which I do at night).

    Cons

    Some of the cons flow from the pros. Chemonics is geographically organized. So, if you want to focus on one technical area, you will not be able to focus exclusively on that topic (although the company does try to align your interests with the projects/proposals you work on). New employees are often thrown into challenging roles -- somewhat of a "sink or swim" approach. However, the company does have great training resources and mentors to help you succeed in that role. All employees are expected to contribute to proposal development efforts. As a result, the hours can be long and unpredictable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify clients to reduce risk/exposure

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  9. Great place to work hard and learn a lot.

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    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Chemonics International full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The people are smart and dedicated to international development. The projects have tremendous impact and provide countless professional development opportunities for motivated employees. You will learn everything there is to know about bidding on and managing USAID contracts. With the ISO certification, there are clear processes outlined for all core business functions, making learning new things much easier. Also lots of internal training on technical and management topics. Being 100% employee owned means they are not likely to be bought out by another firm, and employees can make money when the company succeeds.

    Cons

    A lot of your experience will depend on your supervisor, though that is true anywhere. To really succeed, you have to be motivated. A sit-and-wait attitude won't get you very far here. If you don't like the business side of development, this isn't the place for you--there is a constant focus on winning new bids, and everyone in the company is expected to contribute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay focused on the mission and keep investing in employees.

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  10. Great place to begin your career.

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    Current Contractor - Associate Temp in Washington, DC
    Current Contractor - Associate Temp in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Chemonics International as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to learn USAID regulations inside and out, as well as the nuts and bolts of project management for international development.

    Cons

    Many staff struggle with the work-life balance, and temps don't receive any benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No opinion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Chemonics is a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Chemonics International

    Pros

    Interesting work, great people, progressive, solid company

    Cons

    there seems to be dissatisfaction with middle management and a lack of communication upwards

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more fair in recognizing support divisions

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