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Chemonics International Reviews

Updated February 3, 2015
Updated February 3, 2015
99 Reviews
3.3
99 Reviews
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Susanna Mudge
30 Ratings

Review Highlights

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.  

    Great company

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

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

    Pros

    Great intl development training/entry level organization. Good opportunities to travel

    Cons

    High pressure, long hours. Lots of mundane work early on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    growing with the company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

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

    Pros

    good corporate citizen, diversified enough to mitigate market risk by having mixture of star and cash cow portfolios

    Cons

    slow in tackle market changes, lack of business development element

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make every employees as your VIP customer then you will see the company fly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Great place to start a career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at Chemonics International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Passionate people, great systems, exciting work that challenges you to grow

    Cons

    Work/life balance can be tough, c-suite is not always transparent, bottom line sometimes compromises the work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep giving your staff the right incentives to continue their outstanding work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to learn and great people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Chemonics has excellent project management systems in place which are helpful on the job and useful to be exposed to whether you stay in government contracting or go on into something else. On top of that the company has fantastic employees and it's generally easy to get along with your colleagues. While not immune by any stretch to the standard drive of the contracting world to spend out the budget, nearly all the staff are genuinely motivated to ensure the projects are both successful and impactful,

    Cons

    A lot of the younger employees have a tendency to get blindsided here. Chemonics will routinely throw new and relatively unqualified people into roles that require some level of sophistication and experience with the company, and it is important to remember that even if you are not set up for success your reputation will suffer if you don't end up doing well.

    This company has its problems. If you work here you will hear about and/or discuss them endlessly, but if you know what you want to get out of the experience and are able to take ownership of any tasks you take on, it's as good a launching platform as there is in this industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promoting from within is great but relying on it exclusively seems to be preventing the company from making a lot of the same mistakes.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Oh, Chemonics

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    You're like a deeply flawed lover. "I'll try harder, I promise. I don't want to hurt you." Sure, sure you don't.

    Sometimes, I wonder if you even know what you're doing. You seem to know the right people. But aren't the top dogs a little...too focused on themselves and their posse? Oh we're not hoodwinked. Most of us. We know.

    Cons

    As stated many times, work/life balance. It exists for people who already have children, yes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    An organizational development specialist consultant firm should be brought in.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a place where your time and efforts will be valued

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great hands on experience, direct exposure to the client, name reputation carries on throughout the development community

    Cons

    Absolutely no work-life balance, management does not value high-performing employees, incredible rates of turnover because of this. The try to do everything approach is not an effective way to operate business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to value your employees before they put in their resignation. Also work still needs to be done for the salaries to be competitive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Good company but doesn't know how to retain talent

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chemonics International full-time

    Pros

    Good opportunities, good training programs, good mentorship programs, opportunity to move around within the company, plenty of travel opportunities.

    Cons

    Departments, divisions and regions are running too independently from each other and thus the culture, promotion opportunities, etc. is decided by very few people and up to individual preferences. HR has very little say in terms of enforcing consistency across the company and ensuring people who are "favorites" actually are qualified for promotion or senior staff are not given undue flexibility. This results in:

    - SVPs (themselves inexperienced and having benefited from the lack of standards for promotion or HR oversight) doing whatever they want - promoting buddies and those that go to happy hour with them
    - Experienced, dynamic, multi-lingual, multi-talented mid-level managers leaving the company
    - Useless staff hanging on for dear life to their positions for 15, 20, 25 years - many in support divisions, when they have neither the motivation, dynamism, skills (have B.A.s and no language skills and have never worked anywhere else) to really contribute. They work from home several days a week, show up to claim other people's work once in a while, and are just dead weight for the company as they take home huge salaries in the process and don't contribute accordingly to new business or anything else.
    - On the other hand, kids with 5 years of experience or less, or no other professional experience getting arbitrarily promoted to key senior positions (like new business) with no idea what they are doing - this frustrates qualified staff and results in the company loosing strong people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out your management structure! Inexperienced staff in key jobs or old timers who have lost all motivation and spend their time relying on their managers' work for huge salaries is not the way to go. Invest in highly motivated, capable, multi-lingual staff who bring industry experience. It's really a shame to let these people bring the company down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Working at Chemonics Internatioal is both a reward and a challenge.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chemonics International

    Pros

    Diversified people, a lot of opportunities to gain career experience.

    Cons

    Some peers have individualist attitude.

  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Positive change has been inadequate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    High energy
    Not oppressive, generally
    Opportunities to do some interesting stuff
    Some good people, mostly pretty smart (intellectually at least)

    Cons

    Cliques/favoritism, starting at the top. A top executive might be terribly abusive to his/her people, and then the person they spoke to about it is best buddies with that person. Mediocre talent might be approved for working full time from a non-DC location--if they have the right in.
    Lip service paid to "values" -- there are some terrible humans getting away with appalling treatment of others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See above.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    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

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