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- "Great people to work with" (in 49 reviews)
- "Great opportunities to develop skills and be promoted." (in 34 reviews)
- "Challenging and lots of opportunities" (in 28 reviews)
- "Ability to travel and development of good project management skills." (in 26 reviews)
- "Colleagues were great (for the most part), and are some of the smartest and most dedicated you'll find." (in 26 reviews)
- "No work life balance and hard to do everything asked" (in 53 reviews)
- "Low Pay and a lot of overtime that is uncompensated" (in 32 reviews)
- "The only real downside is the low salaries for people with less experience." (in 27 reviews)
- "You can have some bad managers that make your experience crappy." (in 22 reviews)
- "You can work hard and long hours but that alone doesn't give you a chance to be promoted." (in 18 reviews)
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- 5.0Jan 29, 2019ConsultantFormer Contractor, more than 8 years
They treat all staff like professionals. They take their mission seriously. They provide growth opportunities.
Hard work - sometimes very long hours.
- 1.0Jun 15, 2012AssociateCurrent Employee
Chemonics offers great benefits and will pay for tuition reimbursement and outside training.
The bonus and promotion structure is a joke. The criteria isn't clearly defined and a straight answer is impossible to acheive from senior management. You can work hard and long hours but that alone doesn't give you a chance to be promoted. You must travel alot in order to be considered eligible. Basically the standards are too high and turnover is high too.3
- 4.0Oct 26, 2015Project ManagerFormer Employee
Great place to work with wonderful people. Lots of opportunities after putting in your time.
Long hours expected regardless. Your experience can really depend on your direct manager/director and or the region you are in. Some SVPs are more accommodating and have a larger idea of what success looks like outside of the standard promotion track.3
- 3.0Oct 27, 2022Programme ManagerFormer EmployeeLondon, England
I like the technical areas Chemonics works. Systems are bad and can make work very painful. Great for meeting likeminded people and delivering programming that you care about.
Long hours are standard. The isn't a clear pipeline for progress within the company if you aren't in programme management. The corporate culture is confusing and political. Many senior people seem to be hired for roles they shouldn't and can't do. These individuals typically don't have any experience in the area they lead they were offered the role because they led a programme way back when.
- 5.0Jul 19, 2021Senior Program Management AssociateCurrent Employee, less than 1 year
Chemonics is an absolutely wonderful company to work for. Excellent benefits, one of the top companies in terms of inclusive practices (they formerly got a bad rap for diversity inclusion and are working really hard to correct that under their new president), and a truly warm/welcoming environment. Each division and each team has its own culture, to be sure, but from what I've seen at least at the program management (PMU) side, it's very much so a work hard/play hard atmosphere. Tons of events, happy hours, and meaningful activities as well as employee resource groups centered around various identities/issues/causes (e.g. POC, gender, LGBTQ+, Asian and Pacific Islander) that allow everyone to find friends and the place where they belong. And mind you, I am writing all of this as someone who was hired during the pandemic as a remote worker, and somehow I felt this warmly welcomed even while working remotely. Chemonics folks are genuinely kind and pleasant to work with. Apparently it's even better when everyone is in-office, though let's see how it goes when Chemonic's new office opens in Navy Yards and we aren't required to be back in the office! Also, there are LOTS of opportunities for advancement within Chemonics!! If you start as an associate, you can expect to be promoted in 1.5-2 years, and the more experience you get, the more likely you could find a short or long-term field assignment and carve your own path.
You will find a lot of workaholics who work long hours and constantly keep email and Teams notifications on their phones. Personally I found that if you set your boundaries firm, you can get away with only occasionally having to work overtime when there is something especially important. But maybe that's not the case if you get promoted and work at manager level and above, I'm not sure. :) Chemonics is a world in and of itself, which is mostly good if you plan to only work USAID projects - you will become an expert! But if you want to gain experience in other areas of international development, consider limiting your term at Chemonics in order to diversify. The choice is yours!1
- 5.0Dec 2, 2020Senior Associate, New Business DevelopmentCurrent EmployeeWashington, DC
This company does amazing work, and has an impressive Employee Stock Ownership program
Can have pretty long hours given the time difference