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Chemonics International Reviews

Updated February 17, 2019
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  • "Work/life balance, sometimes very long hours" (in 48 reviews)

  • "be prepared to work long hours - not the typical 9-5/6" (in 24 reviews)

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  1. "Great organization to grow within"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chemonics International full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunities for career growth within company.

    Cons

    Often working long hours and days.


  2. "Collegial work environment with challenges"

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    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Chemonics International full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Collaborative atmosphere and very strong culture

    Cons

    minimal direction and limited opportunity to move up

  3. "Working at Chemonics"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program 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

    Flexible work environment, benefit is not bad but not great either, very friendly environment

    Cons

    In management and many other positions it is mostly clerical and transactional work. This does not provide opportunity to demonstrate talent and capacity. It is common to see employees who are recruited from outside have a rare chance for progressive growth to leadership positions. It’s a hard to break barrier.

    Advice to Management

    Management should focus on long term strategic manpower and succession planning, employee engagement and career growth issues that are impacting retention. Everybody is a manager so there is no place to go. Many highly experienced staff left because of these reasons.


  4. "Work Hard, Play Hard"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chemonics International full-time

    Pros

    loads of growth opportunities beyond your daily scope of work

    Cons

    be prepared to work long hours - not the typical 9-5/6


  5. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Extremely Toxic Work Enviorment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Chemonics International full-time

    Pros

    None that come to mind.

    Cons

    Stay away. The work environment is extremely toxic.


  7. Helpful (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.

  8. Helpful (9)

    "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


  9. 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


  10. Helpful (10)

    "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.)