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Blumont Reviews

Updated Aug 13, 2019

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3.4
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69%
Recommend to a Friend
81%
Approve of CEO
Arthur Keys
21 Ratings
Pros
  • "IRD is the omplementing partner for UNHCR in Jordan in side the camps(in 7 reviews)

  • "Blumont recognized we cannot stay stagnant as the way the development donors do business changes(in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "The amount of poor and ethically questionable decision-making I saw during my time at Blumont was truly remarkable(in 3 reviews)

  • "(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "On the way up"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blumont full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The Business Development team has hired new leadership (VP, AVP, & Director) and new technical advisors and looks to win the organization more funding for the future. Pretty good benefits, including matching retirement benefits and a transportation bonus. A relatively relaxed work environment without micro-managing. The office is an open-office setup. At first, I thought this would be a con, but it actually promotes working together and you get used to it quickly. The office has a good location near the Rosslyn metro and across the Key Bridge from Georgetown. Staff are friendly and easy to get along with.

    Cons

    High turnover - in the past couple years there have been projects that ended, layoffs of overhead staff, and quite a few people who left on their own.

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    Blumont2019-08-13
  2. "Great growth opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Blumont full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Blumont's mission is one to be proud of and it has a strong team to ensure that Blumont achieves its deliverables. Blumont is an energetic organization and has a positive environment where teams collaborate and work closely together. It is a lean organization, so there is opportunity to expand on experience and to take on additional responsibility.

    Cons

    There have been a lot of changes in the past months/years, but the changes overall have had a positive impact on the organization. There could be better commununication by senior management, but this has been improving.

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    Blumont2019-08-08
  3. "Great Teams!"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blumont full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Many new faces and a great environment.

    Cons

    Usual ID workload can be intense.

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    Blumont2019-08-05
  4. "Growing and Improving"

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    Current Employee - Advisor 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Blumont full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There is new blood and management team that is taking the organization in the right direction. A great deal of the problematic relationships highlighted in previous reviews have moved on. The team now has new energy and putting in much stronger structures for support and the work across the globe.

    Cons

    Being on the come back team will always have its challenges. There are still some management structures that need revisiting and some not great cultural habits that need to be kicked. This is a place to come if you enjoy a challenge and are willing to support growth and new processes.

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    Blumont2019-08-13
  5. "Very happy to have worked for this company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Blumont full-time

    Pros

    They empowered the field team. Also provide a good benefits package.

    Cons

    Working for a USAID contracting company is always high pressure.

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    Blumont2019-04-05
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Toxic Culture, Impulsive and Financially Reckless Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Accounting Manager in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Blumont full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Convenient location at Rosslyn Metro, dedicated and hard-working field staff, competitive pay and benefits package

    Cons

    The amount of poor and ethically questionable decision-making I saw during my time at Blumont was truly remarkable. Many high-level staff were brought in with no prior experience in international development or the nonprofit space. Key staff were frequently fired without warning and with no plan to replace them, leaving remaining staff to pick up the mess. As a Manager, I was given very little control of my own department and it's staffing decisions, as the CFO would constantly go over the heads of both myself and the Controller. Upper management kept insisting on new capital investments during a time when we were struggling to pay our bills and make payroll. Staff were usually assessed by their willingness to go along with the CEO's agenda without question. VPs and management who criticized him were pushed out of the organization (this happened multiple times while I was on staff). Morale is extremely low.

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    Blumont2019-05-08
  7. "Great opportunity for those who take initiative"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Blumont full-time

    Pros

    There is lot's of opportunity to take on new responsibilities and initiatives, and learn quite a lot while doing it. The company is hectic, with a recent harsh but necessary "restructuring" to respond to the varying nature of donor interest. Blumont recognized we cannot stay stagnant as the way the development donors do business changes. Many new important staff have joined Blumont in the last couple months, who have great experience and will steer the company to the right direction -- more stable, successful, and impactful.

    Cons

    If you don't take initiative yourself, and have a certain level of confidence, you can get left behind. To move up, you have to catch the interest and attention of the senior staff. Otherwise, you will remain doing mundane work, or get pushed out altogether.

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    Blumont2019-04-02
  8. Helpful (3)

    "No core values - disrespectful CEO and VPs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Blumont full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Benefits and some hardworking people. Unfortunately, those hardworking people get no respect, appreciation and recognition for their work

    Cons

    All negative comments seen here are true, and there is so much more going on within this organization that no review can cover. This organization used to be a happy place to work at, and now is falling apart thanks to the CEO and his executives. They do not care about employees, clients nor people that they pretend they are helping. They only care about how much money they’ll put in their pocket. These positive comments are totally misleading. What the President/CEO does not realize is that the best way to have a good repution is to follow the policy, respect people and get rid of his arrogancy. Too many good employees were fired for no reason and replaced with clueless leadership especially in HR and Operations. Once full of competent staff and with great projects all over the world, this organization is doomed now with such a poor management and no projects left to be implemented. What is currently going on with Blumont is not surprising at all considering who decision makers are. I just don’t understand why the board did not get involved when there was still time. “Vice Presidents” think they have all power to run the world and the funny thing is that some of them never worked in international development, some of them are clueless about government contracts and regulations, and the rest have no idea what project management is. It’s sad that these same people, including the CEO, make decisions that impact other poeple’s lives. If an individual has a strong educational background in the industry and does their job well, that same individual automatically becomes a threat - that individual will probably be fired very soon. Decisions are made based on that day’s mood. If you invested in your education and yourself do not work here because there may be some jealous “powerful at the moment” individuals who will sabotage your career. It happened so many times and it keeps happening. What I’ve seen at Blumont is truly hard to believe. All junior and other smart, eager, dedicated staff now feel demoralized, they are tired of promises and lies, and lack of opportunities for growth. I won’t even mention compliance and ethic issues. Nothing can be hidden forever and donors were not born yesterday. Employees are not stupid either.

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    Blumont2019-04-18
  9. Helpful (2)

    "High Impact Organization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Blumont full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Opportunity to be part of relief and development projects that have a profound and positive impact on the lives of vulnerable people in some of the most challenging environments in the world. Definitely not boring.

    Cons

    The volatile and sometimes capricious nature of US government funding can lead to instability.

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    Blumont2019-03-01
  10. Helpful (5)

    "Avoid at all costs"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Blumont full-time

    Pros

    the few projects are left are well implemented by passionate employees

    Cons

    Management is clearly hired just to please the CEO who runs the place like a dictatorship. Anyone that may oppose him is weeded out immediately and the only ones that survive are the ones who play his game and become one of his "yes men". There is absolutely no job security and a majority of active employees are frantically searching for jobs just hoping they're not a victim of the next layoff spree. You know something is seriously wrong when every new finance manager/payroll manager/accountant leaves within a few weeks of getting hired. You can tell that hasty, high-level decisions are made out of desperation rather than rational thought.

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    Blumont2019-03-05
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