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Updated February 23, 2017
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  • Very high expectations which rarely lead to a work/life balance (in 39 reviews)

  • Employees are expected to work long hours and to always be available to take on extra work (in 19 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "two years in"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good team, great benefits, and amazing culture of service

    Cons

    long hours, mediocre pay. expect everyone to be generalists but do not reward anyone with technical experience other than making them take on extra roles/hours on business development roles

    Advice to Management

    let employees focus on their job and have business development teams take care of new business


  2. "Great place to get your hands dirty"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Chemonics International full-time

    Pros

    One of the most mature and well managed for-profit development firms. A great place to get some hands-on training and exposure to management of development projects.

    Cons

    Very tightly focused on USAID contracting which may not be the pinnacle of innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Strive to maintain a diversity of clients and industry types.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Great for a learning experience, then get out."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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

    Working at Chemonics has provided an incredible learning opportunity of managing large-scale USG (mostly USAID) funded projects and business development. The people make the place -- wonderful colleagues.

    Cons

    Work life balance does not exist at any level of management, no matter what HR tells new hires during the on-boarding process. If you're not prepared to work 12hr days and get little to no appreciation for it, this isn't the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Pay everyone more for their time, cut the bull about long hours equating to professional growth opportunities, and hire more employees to share the workload.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Solid Company to Work For"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Chemonics brings project management, training and development, and solid industry expertise into a perfect nexus. The opportunities are boundless, and as is said "New Business is everybody's business."

    Cons

    Like any organization, politics play a role in your trajectory. Build solid relationships throughout the organization, and politics will be less of an issue.

    Advice to Management

    Widen the feedback loop to include entry-level and mid-level employees. Improvement to the Chemonics experience can be broadened by speaking and interacting with staff at these levels.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chemonics International full-time

    Pros

    Staff-centered environment. The CEO makes sure to interact with everybody. Opportunities for enhanced interaction with senior staff from other departments.

    Cons

    While 'work-life balance' is espoused, the reality is that you'll probably be working more than 40 hours. Despite the company's creed of supporting staff, HR is not helpful in solving supervisor/supervisee relationships.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to the complaints of associates, as they are the future of the company. Provide sensitivity training to managers and above.


  7. "Best international development firm to work"

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

    Pros

    Open culture. International travels. Multi-cultural team overseas.

    Cons

    A lot of bureaucracy. Email pretty much dictate productivity other than real work.


  8. "Long hours, but lots of opportunities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Traveling, lots of training/development opportunities, learn versatile skills

    Cons

    Long hours, demanding new business involvement


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great opportunities for beginners... drops off after that"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate B in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate B in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities for beginners - exposure to all aspects of project management, travel opportunities to see project sites (develop a deeper understanding of your work), young energetic colleagues.

    Cons

    You're one of a million, and it feels that way. You're a body. Sometimes in order to fill an assignment, they wait until the last minute to book and sort everything out and leave you cancelling all plans until it works for them.

    Also not great opportunity after a few years - you have to commit to years overseas to feel like you're advancing professionally.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Unhealthy work environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager I in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager I in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chemonics International full-time

    Pros

    Occasional travel opportunities. Cool to support global development projects.

    Cons

    This company has an odd and confusing culture. However attractive the corporate mission statement is on helping to live "happier, healthier, and more independent lives," the unfortunate reality is that there is a toxic and unhealthy working culture. Sticking around is unsustainable for any human being who cares about their health, well-being, and dignity.

    The toxic self-promotion, individualism, and blame deflection you will see at this place will wreak havoc on your morale. Depending on your supervisor and/or colleagues, you may work to the bone and feel like a punching bag when things go wrong. This is not the kind of "living our values" you should see at a company that professes to care about others.

    Advice to Management

    Stop paying lip service to work-life balance. It's a huge problem, and one that strongly and negatively affects employee welfare. Either do something about the issue or speak unequivocally about the fact that "this won't ever change; if you can't accept the lifestyle, then this isn't the place for you." Empty words and surveys on changing work life balance create false hope and place a dent on your credibility.

    Also, stop being a culture of investing in as FEW personnel as absolutely possible to get a job done. Make the staffing and resourcing investments necessary to do good work, minimize liabilities, and take care of your own people the way you claim to care about your beneficiaries.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Project Management University"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities to grow during the first couple of years.

    Cons

    After one is promoted to manager A is really difficult to continue to grow. A lot of employees leave after two years at this position



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