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Chemonics International Reviews

Updated June 21, 2018
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Chemonics International President and CEO Susanna Mudge
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Pros
  • "Lots of opportunities for recognition and little bonuses" (in 21 reviews)

  • "Great travel opportunities, purpose-driven organization, learn ins and outs of project management" (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • "Some teams experience trouble with work/life balance" (in 46 reviews)

  • "long hours, promotions are not transparent, tendency to take advantage of hard workers" (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Manager B"

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    Former Employee - Manager B in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager B in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company mission. Passionate, smart co-workers. Great systems and training opportunities. Interesting projects.

    Cons

    The work can be tedious, and there are some long hours required. The home office work can be centered around admin.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in the staff.


  2. "Industry leader"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Chemonics International full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Overall, the gold standard in for-profit (contractor) int'l development consulting. Highly organized and systematized. Employee owned with good overall benefits and ESOP.

    Cons

    Usually a lot of competing priorities (proposal development on top of daily project management) and unlikely to be working less than 8 hour days on average in the HQ.

  3. "A good place to start your career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for early career employees. Friendly culture. Decent compensation with clear paths for growth for most people.

    Cons

    After awhile it's just a lot of government paperwork. If you don't mind that, then you'll have no problem.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone in the company knows and repeats this, but here goes again: be more strategic in choosing which new business opportunities to pursue. The "bid on everything" mentality stretches teams thin and burns people out.


  4. "Favoritism"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great start to a career in international development

    Cons

    Low pay and too much work plus favoritism is rampant


  5. "Dont Believe the hype"

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    Current Employee - GTID in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - GTID in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Training is encouraged, ability to leave your department for a new one

    Cons

    Polices are archaic, everything from expense reports to HR. No department is responsive HR, IT FM. Not structured for lower tier to move up. All about making manager look good, You can succeed but depends on who you know. Have to brag about your work or no one will acknowledge.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of them top to bottom and start over


  6. "Upper management terrible with a splash of racism"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Crystal City, VA
    Former Employee - Associate in Crystal City, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employee stock program is pretty awesome

    Cons

    Racist , upper mgmt . 401k , low pay

    Advice to Management

    Change . Some of this folks have been there 20 plus yrs . Need new blood .


  7. "Chemonics is great mgmt is terrible"

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    What the company does . Easy to work hard for this company

    Cons

    No matter how hard you work , they will let you go without warning or explanation

    Advice to Management

    Get new management and HR . Diversity trainging. You just settle a discrimination suite in 2016 . They’re might be another one in 2018

  8. "Direector of Projec Management Unit"

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    Former Employee - Director of PMU in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director of PMU in Washington, DC
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chemonics International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    creativity and enthusiasm of the younger staff

    Cons

    Less focus on technical content of projects form the HQ side, too much time spent on business development


  9. "Great company to work for!"

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    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Varied opportunities, great training, flexibility.

    Cons

    Workload can be challenging at times.

    Advice to Management

    Remain transparent and maintain contact with staff.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Growth opportunities are plentiful, if you commit the time and energy -- particularly travel, new business development, USAID compliance knowledge, management, etc.

    Cons

    Work load is stressful, induced by the "new business is everyone's business" practice of adding additional business development responsibilities onto already tough workloads.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs to think through ways to better retain high-performing manager staff; many are left without clear growth opportunities in the company and leave after feeling their opportunities stop.


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