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CAMRIS International Reviews

Updated April 19, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Correspondence Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Correspondence Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CAMRIS International (More than a year)

    Pros

    Obviously you work as a contractor, but contracting at USAID through CAMRIS has been great

    Cons

    Uncertainty surrounding contracts that may or may not be renewed


  2. "Great "in" at big international development agency"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I worked at CAMRIS International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Enjoyed working there for the access to USAID and the Camris support staff are really friendly and hard working.

    Cons

    The internal systems of the contract mechanism are out of date. The staff sometimes didn't seem to know what it was we did and vice versa.


  3. "One of the better USG contractors"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Have worked for several USG contractors in the past and CAMRIS is one of the larger and better organized ones.

    Cons

    Subject to the whims and regulations of the USG so no real wiggle room for employee benefits or salary increase


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Good benefits; difficult to find a career trajectory"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CAMRIS International (More than a year)

    Pros

    As an international development private contracting company, it was great experience to work with USAID's Bureau for Global Health through Camris International. Cameris encouraged learning and development and offered a small employee development sum. Benefits were good with a great 401K package.

    Cons

    If you work for Camris under one of their contracts it can be hard to navigate an upward career trajectory. This is because you technically work for (get paid) by the contracted company (Camris); however, your work/deliverables and office relationships are carried out and formed within the contracting entity (like USAID). It was not uncommon to see or hear of conflicting information between both sides when an employee wanted to discuss career growth. Connected to this issue was the fact that Camris appeared overly beholden, in almost every sense, to the contracting entity, and (in my opinion) this allowed for the contracting entity to exert high levels of pressure on Camris, which could both be beneficial and harmful to Camris employees at times.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in the development (not just trainings) of your junior employees. There is a false narrative circulated at times that these employees are just looking for a stepping stone; on the contrary, I believe a number of them are looking to support and commit to (for more than just a couple years) a mission-driven and employee focused company.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Fastastic Learning Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CAMRIS International full-time

    Pros

    The size of the business provides employees with opportunities to be involved in different projects to learn a lot about our industry and the company. Employees are able to work in multiple roles to learn what strengths they have and track their career accordingly. Excellent benefits package! The employees are extremely hard-working, team oriented, and truly care about the work that they do!

    Cons

    Employees who work directly on government funded contracts may feel stuck in their positions. This is generally due to the nature of the contracts they are supporting when different higher level positions are not available.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Communications Advisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Communications Advisor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Communications Advisor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are incredible. Company puts in 10% of salary pre-tax into 401(K) whether you contribute or not. The health benefits are also good but we switched plans in last year and it is not as strong as it used to be.

    Cons

    It has not been easy to find career growth as a communications executive. Camris is a contractor who handles positions with USAID, Peace Corps and other entities. I am under a health contract, so public health specialists may have a very different experience.

    Advice to Management

    Update computer systems for travel and attendance. The technology is archaic.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Program Assistant - USAID"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Interesting work in a fast-paced environment

    Cons

    Management of the contractor

    Advice to Management

    Get organized!


  9. "Great Benefits"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They offer great health insurance for a great price and they invest a lot in your 401K without any matching.

    Cons

    I have nothing to say here.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "CAMRIS is an outstanding place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Associate in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Program Associate in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at CAMRIS International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    CAMRIS International is a dynamic and ambitious international development and research firm. It is much more agile than most international development and research firms, and does not constrain Program Associates (PAs) to one specific practice area, country, or region. This allows PAs to complete high quality work while challenging themselves and achieving their professional development goals. PAs at CAMRIS are subsequently highly engaged, passionate, and committed to their work and the firm.

    Overall, CAMRIS is an outstanding place to work and grow as a professional and individual. It has the right mix of senior executives, mid-level managers, and junior staff which generates unique mentorship and professional development opportunities. CAMRIS has a family feeling unlike international development and research firm juggernauts where one often does not know his/her co-workers in a different department. Every member of the CAMRIS team is approachable, responsive, and maintains a genuine open door policy, including the President and CFO. I am very proud to be a member of the CAMRIS team.

    Cons

    CAMRIS can be challenging for individuals that crave a highly structured environment with strict standard operating procedures and self contained departments.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work. Your accessibility and enthusiasm is greatly appreciated.


  11. "Program Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CAMRIS International full-time

    Pros

    They offer great benefits and the contract I was on was well managed.

    Cons

    Hard to move up sometimes to a more technical role.


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