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Chemonics International Reviews

Updated February 21, 2018
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Chemonics International President and CEO Susanna Mudge
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  • 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. "Helpdesk Support"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    fast pace at all any

    Cons

    very bad training if any


  2. "Working with Chemonics"

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    Current Employee - Global Human Resources Manager
    Current Employee - Global Human Resources Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dynamic work environment, potential for growth, conducive work place

    Cons

    I like working with Chemonics. It has its own challenges but its rewarding

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Training Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Middle Management in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Middle Management in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was great working enviroment

    Cons

    During my career, I have not see any problem or shortage

    Advice to Management

    There is need for a skillful and experienced staff members


  4. "Overview"

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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

    Lots of opportunity to grow, learn, and take initiative.

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance, very very heavy work loads,

    Advice to Management

    Continue being encouraging your staff to grow professionally.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good Place to Start, Only Stay if you want to Play the Game"

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

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

    Pros

    -Great place for entry level professionals to cut their teeth and get some great admin experience.
    -Amazing in-house training unit
    -Great opportunities for employees to travel for new business development
    -beautiful work space in the CC office
    -free coffee/tea
    -some really lovely people who care about the work
    -Incredible CEO, sweet, approachable, but disconnected from much of the work/staff. Understandbly so with a company this big.

    Cons

    --ZERO work/life balance, if you aren't staying late each night, it is viewed as you not doing well at your job
    -workplace politics stifle actual growth
    -most employees only do administrative work the first 3-5 years they are with the company
    -no opportunities to do any technical work/travel
    -disconnect from the work on the ground and staff int he field. Be prepared to only communicate via email/skype and never actually meet the team members you work with in the field
    -strict adherence to belief that promotions should happen at milestones of employment at the company, not on actual experience. Ex - promotions only happen after an anniversary, so promotion to Manager after 2 + years at the company, not if you have the requisite 2 years for the position already
    -very clique heavy working environment
    -NO proper management of the PSM project - country programs team in the CC office is heavily disorganized and needs an overhaul
    -the true passion is pleasing the client, USAID, and not about improving the lives of beneficiaries in developing countries

    Advice to Management

    Reassess the mission and how you treat your staff. There is NO passion for the work, anywhere in the company. Yes, people do care about improving lives around the world, but it is so evident that the real drive of the company is to improve profits.

    Pay your staff based on actual experience and advanced degrees they bring to the table. Stop promoting entry level associates to manager just because they've been with the company for 2 years, they aren't ready to be managers, in any sense of the word.

    Revamp most of the Recruitment staff. They are self-important and shouldn't be involved in actual hiring decisions beyond initial vetting of CVs and organizing interviews.

    Finally, get rid of the poor management at PSM. There are leaders there who are ruining the good work that could be done, and she should be replaced immediately.


  6. "50/50"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great training and travel opportunities; solid processes in place; very professional organization

    Cons

    -Several VPs lack industry, technical and management experience
    -Many inexperienced managers


  7. "Best company to work for"

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

    I worked at Chemonics International full-time

    Pros

    If you are a professional and working in a professional environment, then Chemonics is the right place for you where your values are defined and your hard work opens the path to grow within the company.

    Cons

    I didn't observed any downsides while working with Chemonics.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good, solid company"

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

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

    Pros

    As a very large company, Chemonics has endless opportunities for professional growth, with a culture of supporting people exploring different roles. It's well managed, with well-honed, ISO-certified systems. You get a mentor for every new task you perform. Good people who are truly dedicated to making a difference. Collaborative culture. Lots of opportunities for recognition and little bonuses.

    Cons

    The leave policy is a little stingy. And as is typical of this industry there is more work than can fit in a standard business day.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the leave policy


  9. "Review - Overall positive!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Many professional development and growth opportunities

    Cons

    Can feel hierarchical and/or bureaucratic


  10. "Great people."

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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

    Professional development opportunities, great culture.

    Cons

    Some teams experience trouble with work/life balance.


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