Chemonics International

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Chemonics International Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
98 Reviews
3.3
98 Reviews
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    good not great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chemonics International full-time

    Pros

    great people to work with, hire within culture good

    Cons

    overworked, understaffed which results in mediocre work

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Chemonics International has a great office culture.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chemonics International

    Pros

    The work environment is very collaborative and positive.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    great learning experience, lots of work

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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 an year)

    Pros

    lots of growth potential, many opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    associates are worked extremely hard for little pay

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lost its Vision

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Forget 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 ManagementAdvice

    Management 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Work long hard hours for little pay to support Executive Management

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Chemonics 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 ManagementAdvice

    After 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place for learning the ins and outs of contracting

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate your employees!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work hard and play hard

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    Current Employee - Associate A in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate A in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Work 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 ManagementAdvice

    More training for the managers professionally and personally

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Chemonics is the A team

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There 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.

    Cons

    There 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    *Balanced, honest review*

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Dynamic, high-energy organization
    Nice offices downtown--convenient for Md, Va, and DC residents
    Most people are decent, intelligent, kind, and interesting
    Professional development opportunities (mixed bag though)

    Cons

    Losing a lot of very good people
    Pay and benefits are dwindling (as stated by another reviewer, the meager 401K match is now gone altogether, and what's covered under the medical plans has changed a lot this year--this was not communicated properly)
    Work/life balance does not exist for most people
    Bidding policy
    Cliques

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop spamming this site with overly gung-ho reviews.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nothing to do with development work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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