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Chemonics International Reviews

Updated November 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Many opportunities to travel and focus on specific areas of project management, particularly finance (in 21 reviews)

  • There were lots of opportunities for training and professional growth, and I had excellent supervisors (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • Some teams experience trouble with work/life balance (in 45 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Severe salary inequity"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Chemonics is a good place to work, you learn a lot, there are tons of brilliant people, and you have an abundance of opportunities to develop your skills, travel, and meet really great people.

    Cons

    There is severe salary inequity. Negotiations in salary are contingent on the dire urgency of the recruit, and have presented some people an opportunity to be paid more than others. Because of this, subsequent raises also provide higher pay and the cycle is hard to break. Because the company is so transparent, you can see who is making what, and it is clear that often, men make more than women in the same position.

    Advice to Management

    Do better at streamlining salary and be conscientious of the appearance of paying men more than women.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Manager-dependent personal growth"

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

    Pros

    -good mission
    -exposure to variety of IR
    -hardworking, intelligent colleagues

    Cons

    -skill of managers vary widely between teams
    -beholden to the fortunes of USAID

  3. "OK Pretty shakey"

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    Current Employee - Help Desk Technician in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Help Desk Technician in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stock shares and travel, food and location

    Cons

    company seems to be in a bit of quicksand

    Advice to Management

    get it together


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Strong organization, poor management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diverse career opportunities, training, assignments.

    Cons

    Weak management, many project managers with no oversight or leadership skills

    Advice to Management

    Chemonics should spend more time training managers to adequately manage their associates. Instead, young professionals are promoted to the next level without taking into account their professional maturity and are pushed to drive projects without the oversight/training needed to succeed. My advice for this organization is to spend more time preparing managers to adequately mentor, develop and coach associates. I also would like to add that the lack of director oversight on manager-to-associate professional relationship burdens the development/professional opportunities for associates placing them in a very precarious position.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good "for the industry""

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

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

    Pros

    Pro and con: there is no sick time--it's all Universal Leave, so people come in sick and get other people sick. But if you're there a long time, you end up with 20-25 days Universal Leave.
    As stated by other reviewers, the HMO is fully paid for (or very cheap). It's nice they do this because it helps young and/or low paid employees save.

    Cons

    They took away the 401K match when they went full ESOP. ESOP is great for the highest-paid people and should be *OK* for those of us who've left and can take distributions over the next few years, but with the industry in such flux, I can't say I'm confident the returns will be impressive.

    Absolutely no work-life balance, so there is no amount of paid time off that will cover the extra hours, blood, sweat, and tears.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Training was incomparable to any other USAID contractor but burn out is real"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    - Train their employees well
    - The QMS is a wonderful thing (you might not love systems, but wait until you don't have one)
    - Opportunities for entry level employees to travel
    - $3000 education stipend and support for conferences (based on supervisor approval)

    Cons

    -Competition isn't just fierce, it's brutal
    -System for promotions is a tough pill to swallow- get a bad manager, you'll never move up, get a great manager, you'll move up quicker than your peers
    - salaries are much lower than industry average
    - There isn't room for technical growth, just project management

    Advice to Management

    Institute a more transparent system for promotions


  7. "Improving"

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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

    Great for opportunities if you are willing to dedicate yourself to international development, continuous improvement, and matrix management.

    Cons

    Improvements needed in IT tools, management accountability, human resources systems, and talent management.

    Advice to Management

    Keep improving talent management, human resources and IT systems while ensuring quality development results, and ability to communicate them.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Difficult but rewarding"

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

    I worked at Chemonics International part-time

    Pros

    Great opportunities and cool work, nice coworkers.

    Cons

    Not much work/life balance and deadlines are tough.

    Advice to Management

    Put less pressure on associates.


  9. "For Associate PMU"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chemonics International full-time

    Pros

    HR folks generally very responsive, professional. 3-4 rounds of interviews

    Cons

    too professional (ie read the questions off a script), sometimes you don't interview with the people you're working with (ie manager or director) bc project teams constantly shift

    Advice to Management

    work samples would be more interesting in identifying talent (eg writing sections of the proposals, creating a gantt chart for a fake project etc)


  10. Helpful (2)

    "It Depends"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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