Chemonics International Reviews

Updated May 13, 2021

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Chemonics International President and CEO Susanna Mudge
Susanna Mudge
221 Ratings
Pros
  • "Fast-paced, strong implementation of projects, excellent project management experience(in 38 reviews)

  • "Opportunities to travel are abundant typically after one's year mark at the company (though I've seen new associates travel within their first month)(in 31 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Work-life balance can sometimes be a struggle(in 67 reviews)

  • "Hard work - sometimes very long hours(in 26 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Love to work such companies, I was working with FAIDA project.

      May 9, 2021 - Business Development in Carmichael, CA
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      Pros

      Very good management system in overseas projects.

      Cons

      too much paperwork in organization.

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    2. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Decent place despicable payment practices

      May 11, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      You will learn a lot. Chemonics invests heavily in employee training (especially in areas of financial and contract management).

      Cons

      Need to start at the bottom and work your way up. There’s a strong sense of “earning your stripes”, which often means you start from the bottom, regardless of your previous experience. -poor pay and vague payment processes. The organization has a tendency to discuss pay ranges only once you’ve accepted an offer, which means (given that the pay is pretty low) you’ll inevitably be disappointed in your pay rate.

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    3. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Solid place to work

      May 11, 2021 - Manager in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      -Smart, hard-working employees for the most part -Great place to learn

      Cons

      -Low salaries compared to other similar places -Difficult to move up -You have to compete for promotions (apply, interview, the whole 9 yards) -Long hours

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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Best Place to work

      May 11, 2021 - Accounting Associate in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      The company has a very diverse culture where you adapt very quickly.

      Cons

      The salaries for entry-level is way lower.

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great people, great mission

      Apr 12, 2021 - Supply Planning Specialist in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      -Great people and mentors -Opportunities to work on a variety of different types of work -Company has a strong reputation in the development space -Benefits are decent but I have heard of better plans elsewhere -If you are passionate about development and making the world a better place, you will feel fulfilled working here knowing that your efforts are for more than a mere paycheck (although pay is still important of course) -Employee owned means there is an opportunity to for grievances to be communicated and the employee stock is great too

      Cons

      -Work life balance is verbally supported and laid out in policy but is not uniform across teams. There is a lot of important work to be done and not all managers will defend your work/life balance. I was lucky in that my supervisor worked hard to ensure I had a good balance but I've heard horror stories of overwork from other teams -A lot of the negative aspects one will hear from Chemonics are due to USAID creating a low-budget industry and granting fairly cheap contracts. This is not entirely USAID's fault as they are given a small percentage of the federal budget given their mission objectives. This in turn is due to a generally low appetite in the American public/Congress for foreign aid. If you are a proponent of development, spread the word.

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    6. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      A caring organization with internal problems

      Apr 29, 2021 - Director in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Most of the workers are caring individuals and have a high level of emotional intelligence. We've been working from home since the pandemic started and schedules are extremely flexible to support family situations. Senior leadership is more transparent than I've seen at other organizations. They will try to promote from within first, for most positions. The execs listen to staff and have made a number of process and benefits changes based on survey results and feedback received. For example, there is a huge initiative around diversity and inclusion to make an already good environment an even better one.

      Cons

      Because they promote from within, some of the skillsets of the functions/individuals are behind industry standards and this has resulted in a number of failed internal deployments. The people who do bring industry experience are sometimes shunned because they don't have a long Chemonics tenure and later made to feel guilty about their salary, even if the salary is what the industry is paying (or is lower) on average for someone with the same years and type of experience in the same role, etc. I took a paycut to come to Chemonics because of our wonderful mission but despite this am made to feel guilty about my pay, and am now capped out per the recent job realignments. There's also an issue with professional development at the senior leadership level. There seems to be little to no constructive feedback given to some individuals on the exec team, as their (negative) behaviors continue year after year and they are not held accountable to improve. Similar behaviors at lower levels would result in potential termination/performance improvement plans. Finally, this is the first organization I've joined that has resulted in a feeling that my skills have stayed stagnant and will start to lag behind industry standards soon. There's a lack of innovation and opportunity within some of the divisions and some senior leaders aren't pleasant to work with, nor are they open to change.

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    7. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great Company, Challenging Industry

      Feb 15, 2021 - PMU Manager in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Chemonics hires the best in the industry. You consistently work with highly motivated, intelligent, and competent colleagues who are focused on the mission. Chemonics has excellent business systems and processes. Their quality management system is second to none and it provides an excellent framework for employees to learn the policies and processes required to successfully implement responsibilities.

      Cons

      In order to climb the ranks, you have to take on field assignments abroad. These assignments can be exciting if that aligns with your goals, but they are not a fit for everyone. The company can be difficult inflexible around their processes/policies, making it difficult to be innovative. The pay is competitive for the industry, but can be difficult for life in the DC Metro area. The company's vesting schedule for their ESOP program is very long. It is a point of frustration with some employees that the company does not offer traditional 401k matching with a quicker vesting schedule.

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    8. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great for Proefessional Development

      Apr 13, 2021 - Program Manager 
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      Pros

      Great professional development resources and benefits, exposure to USAID contracting mechanisms, access to techincal carreaGreat professional development resources and benefits, exposure to USAID contracting mechanisms, access to technical career development.r deveopment.

      Cons

      Work/life balance, pay, retirement benefits, workflow bureaucracy, and leadership styles on the downside of things.

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    9. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Long hours

      May 8, 2021 - Director in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Good salaries, benefits, work from home

      Cons

      Long hours, work life balance

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    10. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Still alot of racial microaggressions & discrimination within the company

      Apr 13, 2021 - Senior Associate 
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      Pros

      Exposure to project management tasks and USAID projects Focus on innovation is very impressive

      Cons

      Overworked and undercompensated Racial microagressions within the company Still a lack of diversity

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