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Updated March 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 (7)

    "Racially Divided!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Internal training courses were great to have

    Cons

    As a white person, I remember working in chemonics and being disgusted at the comments and remarks of my white colleagues. Some of these racist comments came from execs. I hear that chemonics is hiring a lot more black staff, but the same racist infested minds still work there, and I don't know how different that may be. I saw how white talentless staff were pushed to manager and Director positions, while minorities with more experience and capabilities were never given a chance, or same opportunities. This is how awful chemonics is, an HR staff once said, "I don't understand what USAID wants us to do, it's not our fault minorities are not smart enough to pass our entry test...affirmative action won't work at chemonics."

    Advice to Management

    Some people may be afraid to speak against actions of management, and the company can create a dept. designed to quickly add good reviews in response to accurately negative reviews. But it doesn't erase the fact that what many of you do in that company are corrupt, illegal, and unethical.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Most Corrupt Company!!"

    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
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Although some trainings are selective, the in-house training are good

    Cons

    For a company implementing anti-corruption projects around the world, Chemonics is the most corrupt company I've seen. Overwriting company policies to benefit friends they wish to place in positions. This is a poor example to the rest of the company staff. This sort of thing paralyzes staff morale, because upper management obviously lacks the ability to make sound, honest, appropriate conduct, and apply best judgment.

    Advice to Management

    USAID/OIG should impose more frequent audits, your recruitment process was recently amended due to misconduct found, but there definitely needs to be more checks and balanced enforced by an outside party.


  3. "Great Experience"

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

    Pros

    I learned a lot and was trained really well. You work hard but the experience you gain is priceless. Also made a lot of friendships that will last a lifetime.

    Cons

    The pay doesn't match the workload. There are a lot of inter-office rivalries.

    Advice to Management

    Support your people and focus on strong implementation. The company does that anyway so it doesn't really need to be said.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn, great internal training program, opportunity for travel, mostly supportive environment, outstanding colleagues.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be an issue depending which division/region one works.


  6. "Great venue for learning"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Worked as a freelance\consultant for 6 months on and off -- Well structured and staff is friendly.

    Cons

    Nothing from my experience.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Chemonics"

    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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great learning organization - it's very easy to get involved in various aspects of international development - from project management to proposal development.

    Cons

    The company expects a lot out of its employees and salary is not necessarily in line with the work.


  8. "Strong, healthy company with outstanding mission"

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

    Pros

    Transparency valued, retains a can-do culture despite size, emphasis on placing staff in roles that stretch beyond their comfort zone, outstanding mission, and industry leader

    Cons

    Little diversification of client base.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing opportunities, work life balance issues"

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

    I worked at Chemonics International full-time

    Pros

    Chemonics is a great place to learn your way around international development project management. Incredible training opportunities and great colleagues make it an overall positive place to work. Great travel opportunities as well.

    Cons

    Sometimes Chemonics can push you a bit beyond your limits in terms of working late and making personal sacrifices. Apparently it is getting better, but the company still asks a lot of people with limited time.

    Advice to Management

    Continue supporting employees to do their jobs and learn, but remember that they have a life outside of work.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Caring company - as long as you can take the pressure"

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

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

    Pros

    Chemonics has amazing people working here, and enormous opportunity for personal and professional growth. The company's mission is to improve people's lives, and it's great to work for a company that's out to help people rather than just to make a buck. People complain that Chemonics is for-profit, but margins are slim in the heavily regulated development industry, and overall costs are comparable with other players in the industry. Chemonics recently re-baselined salaries, making most positions much more competitive within the market.

    Cons

    Chemonics' heavy emphasis on New Business means that staff working in the Regions--which are the company's profit centers--are constantly under pressure to work on proposals. Since proposal performance is probably the single most important metric that the Regional senior vice presidents are judged again, the work-life balance suffers with the pressure to run existing projects as well as to win new ones.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Terrific company"

    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

    The company has bounced back very well from some not insignificant challenges a few years ago. The new CEO has really embraced a collaborate leadership style and has fostered a very trusting and transparent environment. The company has a wide variety of new, interesting and challenging projects creating nearly unlimited opportunities for staff to work in the field. Staff should take advantage of these opportunities to work in new sectors and new countries.

    Cons

    Workload is a perennial challenge with no real easy solutions. There are various attempts being made to try and address this but it's a culture issue that will take time.

    Advice to Management

    As the company continues to grow it will need to be thoughtful of how its size is managed with respect to company culture and the mission. It will need to continue providing support and resources to its Managers and Directors so they have the skills to foster the professional development of their teams.



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