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Chemonics International Reviews

Updated December 5, 2018
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  • "Work/life balance, sometimes very long hours" (in 48 reviews)

  • "To succeed at Chemonics, you need to be willing to work these long hours and take on projects outside your normal scope" (in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Very fast paced company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Learn a lot.
    Very friendly people.

    Cons

    No cons of working here.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Long hours, toxic culture"

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chemonics International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to travel, generally promotes from within (and fairly quickly).

    Cons

    Culture is toxic, many ambitious and condescending people. Chemonics will generally offer their minimum salaries to associates and managers (makes very few exceptions), opportunities are generally only available to those in the in-crowd, you can expect to work 65-80 hours a week as a project manager. To succeed at Chemonics, you need to be willing to work these long hours and take on projects outside your normal scope. Note that there is virtually no way to do technical work at Chemonics HQ, nor is there any realistic expectation to do it in the field.

    Advice to Management

    Staff should feel empowered to negotiate salaries based on their experience and credentials (e.g. PMP). Hire a more diverse workforce.

  3. Helpful (8)

    "Project Management Associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy to travel, interesting practice work

    Cons

    The work environment here is extremely toxic. Training for managers is non-existent, so entry-level employees have few opportunities for professional growth or meaningful feedback. Managers and higher ups do not want to see lower-level employees do well. You are encouraged to work crazy hours and dissuaded from participating in opportunities for professional development. Management is not at all flexible with schedules. The low pay is not worth the work environment here.

    Advice to Management

    Provide training to managers and improve feedback mechanisms


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Phone Screen"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Chemonics International part-time

    Pros

    Industry Exposure and Project Management Experience

    Cons

    Lack of Structure and Ability To Communicate Effectively


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Didn't know any better"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Chemonics International (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Travel and easy to make friends with co-workers

    Cons

    Initially, I thought my experience at Chemonics was great, but looking back I realize I was young and didn't know better. You'll make friends with others like you, which was nice -other Type-A professionals eager to change the world. But, the company workaholic culture is not healthy. Everyone hears about it going in, however if you're young, you might not realize you're getting pulled into it. It was only after leaving and gaining other experience that I realize how abused I was. At the end of the day you're a glorified admin assistant filling out paperwork for the government. That list of paperwork never gets shorter. The work culture encourages you to stay late. Work until 7 or 8 at night was common. My worst nights had me working until 1 and 2 am only to wake up and go back in for 9. The salaries are too low for this.

    Advice to Management

    Institute actual 8 hour work day (Other companies do it. Really.)


  6. Helpful (6)

    "One Manager's opinion"

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    Current Employee - PMU Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - PMU Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many training opportunities for international development and contract management skills.

    Cons

    There is not consistency across teams in terms of opportunities for professional development. Management training is the weakest link in the Chemonics chain. New Managers are thrown these new responsibilities and told to sink or swim, however, it's the Associate on that PMU that ends up suffering if the Manager isn't up to snuff.

    Advice to Management

    Stop retaining demoted SVPs on the payroll. It's confusing and disheartening to see the people you've removed for poor management continue to make their executive salaries after having taken away major responsibilities.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chemonics International (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities to travel and work with great people abroad

    Cons

    Home office staff are entitle, disconnected from the reality in the field. Bunch of rich boys and girls club looking to save the world. Overwork staff, everyone has to do new business - During proposal season this means 60+ hrs a week

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the field office staff. Walk the talk. You are demanding diversity and inclusion from field office staff, while you are not encouraging it in the home office

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Big Company, Room for Improvement, but Needs to Fix its Culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chemonics International full-time

    Pros

    Many opportunities to grow within the company.
    Very forward looking and innovative.
    The people are really the best part about working here. Chemonics employees are great mentors, professional, intelligent, enthusiastic and genuinely passionate about international development.

    Cons

    Can be hard to navigate through the bureacracy
    Pay is not great for associates

    Advice to Management

    Stop valuing "loyalty" over qualifications skill, and competence.
    Require "Project Managers" to actually have project management skills (PMP, Agile, etc)
    Reward employees who make an effort to acquire new skills (language, certificates, etc)
    Get rid of arbitrary titles


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good exposure and opportunities for project management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chemonics International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Always opportunities for growth and change; projects in several sectors and most geographies, so something for everyone; great for gaining project management and business development experience. Fairly transparent leadership and overly committed to processes (in mostly a good way).

    Cons

    Large company, so work experience really depends on what region/division you work in (can vary a lot). Difficult for early and mid-career employees to find the time and opportunities to engage in technical work that is of interest to them as time/energy is consumed by project management (likely on a project you are not interested in technically) - although there are efforts to address this. Also, most people at the company struggle with work/life balance.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    professional growth, great supervisor and coworkers

    Cons

    average salary, need better work/life balance