Chemonics International

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Good prospect for international development interests

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Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC

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

Pros

Wide reach and great systems

Cons

Insular and focussed too much on USAID

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Broaden your client base and put more value in innovation

Recommends
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Chemomics is a great place to start a career in development... and then return after leaving...

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    A ton of opportunities (new business travel, project management experience), good training programs and room to move between regions and projects. Great people and interesting work.

    Cons

    Eventually the lower level work becomes too basic. You can feel discounted from actual development and instead feel like an accountant or a editor. But there are always field opportunities.
    Difficult once you've been there a few years and made manager to move to director.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to keep talented managers. Better pay for associates means better quality of project management.

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Very long hours, little pay, and company senior leadership unwilling to change approaches

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    You can learn great project management skills and there are lots of opportunities to travel. Associates and managers are pretty young and fun to hang out with, people generally are very hard-working and smart.

    Cons

    Even employees with a master's and several years of work experience need to start at the bottom of the totem pole unless they have direct experience in international development. I had come to Chemonics with a master's and seven years of work experience (including experience related to program management and coordination), but because it wasn't at an international development firm, I had to start as an entry-level associate at a starting salary of $40,000. I took the job, though, because I really wanted to work in international development and had been job-searching for about 8 months at this point. I rarely to never worked less than 9 hours per day, but many times as much as 12 hours, and sometimes up to 15 hours a day when working on a live proposal or when a project was in crisis mode. I think one of the most frustrating things is the way senior leadership decides to invest its employees' time with a "bid on everything" approach while not taking into account the company's actual chances of winning. This approach requires employees to pour an extremely large amount of time into something that is not likely to materialize. It burns people out. Also, the company went through a complete restructuring in late 2011, which ended up hurting the company. If the executive leadership had only consulted with associates, managers, and even directors about this poor choice, the company could be doing better. It seemed very hypocritical that an international development firm espousing the idea of bottom-up development failed to involve its members in such a big decision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value employees' opinions more instead of brushing them under the rug.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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