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Helpful (2)

Rules and regs, not development

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

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

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Good place for an ambitious, go-getter, generalist to start their career in USAID contract management. Lots of opportunities for learning-on-your feet and taking on new tasks.

Cons

Bad place to hone specific skills, advance technical knowledge, or apply gain quality experience of what its like to carry out good development in the field. If you don't fit in to a certain personality type to succeed, you'll most likely get chewed up and spit out in a couple years.

Advice to Management

Invest in building technical expertise and research at all levels of the company.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Provides good project management experience, but extremely heavy on the administrative tasks

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Associate in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The staff is friendly, outgoing, dedicated and helpful. Professionalism is held to a high standard and there is an excellent set of process maps in place to help guide daily tasks. This is a good place to learn the ins and outs of project management. There is the ability to move around the company (though more laterally than vertically) and change positions. The physical office is designed well with large work spaces. There can be exciting and unique opportunities to work abroad in development.

    Cons

    Daily project management tasks are highly administrative for both associates and managers alike with little or no opportunity for technical work. With budget cuts and the current USAID funding, there are fewer opportunities for associates and managers to be sent to the field on assignment. The job can be highly demanding and stressful, especially when adding new business proposal work to an already full schedule. The primary focus is on profits and backlog, and little time is spent on monitoring and evaluation and focusing on technical excellence. With the company continuing to downsize and yearly salary increases frozen, the general work atmosphere isn't too optimistic.

    Advice to Management

    Bring more technical focus back to the company so Chemonics can retain technical experts rather than constantly relying on consultants. Be more selective with proposal applications rather than applying to 95% of RFPs so the company can be even more strategic about managing resources.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Great people in a difficult environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

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

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

    Pros

    Smart, hard-working colleagues who want to succeed and will do whatever it takes to get their jobs done.

    Cons

    Leadership that isn't supportive of their employees or willing to empower those who work for them The "Chemonics way" must be employed even if it is ineffective

    Advice to Management

    Utilize the amazing employees you have in manager and associate positions. Help directors and vice presidents get the leadership training they need to really empower those who report to them. See small mistakes as opportunities to learn and create a culture that allows for new ideas.


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