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Chemonics International Reviews

Updated October 13, 2017
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  • You will not have work/life balance (in 44 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Solid Company to Work For"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • 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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Review"

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    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.

  3. "Best international development firm to work"

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    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.


  4. "Long hours, but lots of opportunities"

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    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


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Unhealthy work environment"

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    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.


  6. Helpful (2)

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

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    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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Project Management University"

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    • 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

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Doing it right"

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people at Chemonics are some of the best people you will ever meet. Everyone is there because they want the world to be a better place, and they want to do their job the right way in the process. The culture makes it a realistic, positive place to work.

    Cons

    Sometimes work/life balance seems out of reach, and at times you can be asked to drop everything to fly out on assignment the next day - most of the time this is due to approvals coming in last minute, which you come to get used to.

    Advice to Management

    Keep putting the right people in the right positions. Suzi Mudge is a brilliant CEO and the promotion of Will Keller to CFO was a great decision. I am so happy to get to work with some of the most talented, honest, caring people in the world.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate A in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate A in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for travel and working with different project. There are great leaders in the company. Good company for entry level.

    Cons

    The company should work on work life balance.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunities"

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

    Pros

    great exposure to international development, especially if you're young and wiling to take risks and show initiative. Interesting opportunities to learn budgeting, project management, subcontracts, human resources and recruiting

    Cons

    high-burn, lots of opportunities/requests to travel to challenging places. Older directors meant it was harder move into management (large associate/manager pool)


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