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Updated May 19, 2017
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  • Very high expectations which rarely lead to a work/life balance (in 39 reviews)

  • Long hours, demanding new business involvement (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Terrible work/life balance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Some dedicated international development professionals, who want to do their jobs well.

    Cons

    Very bottom-line driven. Difficult to have a life outside of the company. Most employees are very young and mostly single/child-free. If you're a parent and/or have serious commitments outside of work, this is not a good fit.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "It Depends"

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    Current Employee - Program Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Director in Washington, DC
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chemonics International (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Chemonics is an outstanding training ground for international development. You will get very broad technical, geographic, and administrative experience. Extremely transferrable skills that are sought after and highly regarded by other organizations throughout the industry.

    Cons

    Like with most jobs, your boss can make or break your experience. I had outstanding and horrible bosses at Chemonics and unfortunately ended on the latter. Overall, be prepared to work a lot and put in your hours. You will be stretched thin and there isn't much (if any) respect for your personal life. I also started questioning the values of the organization during the transition to the employee ownership scheme. Something fishy was going on here and it is unclear how this was really for the benefit of the employees and not just for the shareholders who were getting their quarterly installments regardless of Chemonics (at the time) poor performance. Left a very bad taste in the mouth.


  3. "Chemonics International review - personal perspective"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chemonics International full-time

    Pros

    Professional, Organized, experienced, and focused

    Cons

    Min. employee development, weak local branch


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    "Not bad in the field - Home office needs a restructure"

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

    I worked at Chemonics International full-time

    Pros

    If you have USAID IP experience, and/or a technical skill in high demand for field projects like M&E, power generation, finance, COP/DCOP, then life in the field is not bad for the most part. Employees are treated well, there are great benefits if you are in the field, good structure, written procedures, and online support. In fact I would say Chemonics internal structure, and support systems outclass most IP's.

    Cons

    Home office needs a bottom up re-tooling. The organization has unfortunately not reconfigured to match the growth of the company. Top heavy structure has made bidding on new projects uncompetitive. Example: Director, Manager, Associate for every level. There only needs to be a Director/Manager, not all three. With the massive award at Supply Chain (new office in Crystal City), the company is straining to adapt. Very low wages for extremely talented and highly educated associates, in fact the pay rates are shameful. Directors, COP's have stagnated over the years. Small company mentality, with a very high revenue stream and growth cycle.

    Advice to Management

    First step: Stop the internal policy of rotation SVP and executive level personnel every seven years. Shop for outside talent from different industries. Realize that most former Peace Corp employees are too empathetic to employ a solid backbone of management, and fiscal responsibility. Cut layers of management to be more competitive when bidding. Employ bonuses for senior leaders based on stretch goals. Cure notice or loss of project due to management needs to lead to change out of executive level management. Company is too big to drag along dead weight. Stop the practice of bringing back failed managers to meet proposal specs for field assignments. Open up director level positions to outside the IP industry. Insist on PMP certification for promotion from Associate to Manager or Manager to Director. Processes are so conservative, and over the top, that it severely effects the field operations. Talent is being stolen by other IP's regularly. Example, underpaid associate with MBA from ivy league school is earning $45k, the competition will easily hire them away for $75k-$85k for doing the same job. Time to reshuffle the deck, bring in outside help, and poll field offices to find out wha the constraints are from home office support-policy, and fix it. Industry will shrink in the near future, as will funding. Chemonics is a GREAT company, that needs a hardcore reboot before it ends up several rungs down the ladder. Competitors are wining jobs based on paired down overhead, and lower operating costs in the field. Last item, Chemonics is probably one of the worst companies with start ups, and shut downs. Start ups are serious business, and this has been a constant issue. Most companies employ full time start up teams, with professional experience from the home office, not STTA's with little to no experience fresh out of college, this is a losing formula, and has cost Chemonics contracts.


  6. "translator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Erbil (Iraq)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Erbil (Iraq)

    Pros

    gained good experience while working with economic advisors, excellent team members, friendly environment, decent salary

    Cons

    unclear about the duration of the project since they are always waiting for approval from donors to extend their mission, overtime work, and no overtime is given


  7. "USAID Contractor"

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

    I worked at Chemonics International full-time

    Pros

    Generally fair to staff overseas

    Cons

    More interested in telling clients what they want to hear, rather than what they need to hear rather than what they want to hear

    Advice to Management

    Fight for your overseas staff when it comes to equitable duty of care package with US Govt client staff


  8. "M&E and Information Systems Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Monrovia (Liberia)
    Current Employee - Manager in Monrovia (Liberia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong sense of community and professional work environment; lots of systems and technical support available to assist staff work professionally and achieve goals; easily accessible educational opportunities for field office staff

    Cons

    During implementation, information sharing with field offices can be delayed sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Ensure timely communication with field offices at all times


  9. "Fund Manager"

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    Current Employee - Fund Manager in Lugazi, Kampala (Uganda)
    Current Employee - Fund Manager in Lugazi, Kampala (Uganda)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Chemonics International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Chemonics has an enabling and supporting framework for career growth and development

    Cons

    None for now. Chemonics endevours to retain talent

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the integrity standards


  10. "Consulting Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots of learning - interesting projects, great leadership.

    Cons

    Processes could be improved for more efficiency.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Worked on the Service Side"

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    Former Employee - IT Support in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - IT Support in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with.
    Real life systems to help advance your future.

    Cons

    This is a for profit so they will expect you to perform duties outside of your work scope.
    Pay isn't very competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Give a better work-life balance.


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