Chemonics International Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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  • 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
  • Poor work/life balance as a result (in 20 reviews)

  • Long hours; income stream is not diversified so it is subject to fluxes in USAID funding; beginning pay is low (but that changes within a year or two) (in 13 reviews)

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  1. It is a great work place if you can handle stress well.

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    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chemonics International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company offers a lot of opportunities to learn about federal contracting. It employs one of the brightest individuals in DC area. It offers opportunity to feel confident since you learn a lot and you learn quickly. Chemonics offers plenty of trips for associates and managers although it takes a while for associates to start travelling (you have to work extremely hard to get an assignment). The company allows everyone to take part in their new business, which provides additional opportunity for associates and manages to be involved in various aspects of the business.

    Cons

    Since it is very hard to become a manager or go out on an billable assignments (which means a client pays for it), the company creates a tough and competing environment. Some people thrive on it but most of us do get a lot of stress, sleepless nights and eventually sickness. You do work a lot at Chemonics. Sometimes you have to stay till 8-9pm to finish your work. As I said it is hard to grow in the company. For an associate to become a manager or for a manager to become a director, one has to be constantly involved in new business, or additional initiatives which essentially means you have to work 10-12 hours a day. So you if you have a family and your family is demanding it is not a right place for you. But if you are a single or maybe married but willing to put 60 hrs a week (without messing up your relationship) and eager to know and learn about federal contract s- this is the place to be.


  2. a brief but pleasant experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chemonics International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Involved in some very interested projects throughout the world. Fair wages, very dependent on previous experience/salaries. Active and intelligent people throughout the organization.

    Cons

    Requires a lot of flexibility, not everyone can handle it long term. Not much to be honest.


  3. Great work translates to growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Chemonics has mastered how to carry out large scale international development and global health projects effectively. They invest heavily in strong systems, and hire smart, creative people to carry out the work. Over many years, they have built up a reputation for outstanding performance with great development impact and consistently high scores on contractor performance reports. Teams across the company work together well, and think boldly about how to solve the world's biggest challenges like food security, health, education, environment, and poverty. This formula has proven successful again and again, and Chemonics continues to experience strong growth as successful projects translate into winning proposals and growth, which provides opportunities for staff. The policy of investing in professional development and promoting internally whenever possible leads to a strong, well-trained workforce and a long pipeline of future leaders. The company is 100% owned by employees through an ESOP, so all profits flow to an employee retirement plan.

    Cons

    People at Chemonics are driven by the mission and work hard. You have to know when to say no and protect your work/life balance by not taking on too many challenging assignments.

    Advice to Management

    You're doing a great job. Bold thinking and sound investments led to expanding our work in global health and education. Keep investing in technical capacity and systems as we grow, and keep hiring bright, dedicated people at both the entry level and experienced professionals.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Associate B

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Chemonics International full-time

    Pros

    Very smart employees, potentially some great travel opportunities and training programs, executive leadership is personable and knowledgeable of all levels of the organization.

    Cons

    Associates are overly competitive with one another. Too much focus on growing the business and not enough focus on development impact at the local level.

    Advice to Management

    Try to foster a more collaborative and caring environment for new employees.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Good industry experience, but know when to get out

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Chemonics International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You learn USAID programs and proposal development better than anyone else can teach you in the industry. Great travel opportunities across all levels and plenty of opportunities to gain new skills from proposal management to program management. If you're pro-active and demonstrate business savvy, you can go far here.

    Cons

    They only work with USAID as a donor so you become a one-trick pony with regards to international donor experience. The company doesn't do talent retention so recognize quickly if you're one of the golden children who has a senior level Director willing to take you under their wing. If not, get the experience you need and go elsewhere for higher pay and better title. Some people are able to identify the opportunities they want and take advantage of them and other times your supervisor or manager will micro-manage the opportunities you are able to take on. Again, recognize which category you fall into and plan accordingly. If you're an Associate or Manager who's not getting the opportunities you need or want within two years, leave.


  7. Helpful (1)

    development machine

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    Current Employee - Project Management Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Management Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    working with passionate and talented people in a large and successful company that provides opportunity for professional development and growth. to be as large as it is, they run an honest business and seem to believe in what they do

    Cons

    work/life can be difficult. you are expected to work late, even if it's not said out loud. it can be difficult to advocate for yourself and even more difficult to say "no" when you're overworked. Finding mentors can be difficult as well

    Advice to Management

    provide more streamlined management guidelines since they vary by division and person, making it much easier to move up in some sectors of the company than others.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Passionate People, Great Learning Platform

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chemonics International full-time

    Pros

    A company dedicated to developing professional skills needed in development. Large company with many divisions that support each other, yet teams are small enough to receive meaningful feedback from supervisors. It's a great place where learning is encourages alongside hands-on experience.

    Cons

    No obvious "cons" to report Workloads are heavy for all employees, but recognition is given fairly and regularly.


  9. IT support

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    very very nice environment happy people..and helping people

    Cons

    hard to climb up in career


  10. Helpful (1)

    Director

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Upper management shows an interest in giving their employees all the tools to succeed. The culture is open and fun. Options are available to travel on exciting projects to various places to display your soft skills. A great place to work on international development.

    Cons

    Nothing but great praise for the company. The people are very passionate on all aspects. I have no cons for the company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the great work going on bringing folks with great minds to the company and providing a great environment to work.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Good entry level job

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    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at Chemonics International (More than a year)

    Pros

    good place from which to launch a career in international development as there is potential to gain experience in thematic and geographical areas in which you're interested.

    Cons

    The work as an Associate is glorified administration work. Not intellectually challenging in the slightest. This was the reason I ultimately got bored and left.



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