JBS International

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JBS International Reviews in North Bethesda, MD

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
25 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great company if you want to work in contracting

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    Former Employee - Technical Assistance Manager in North Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Technical Assistance Manager in North Bethesda, MD

    I worked at JBS International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company to start with little experience. Opportunities for advancement. Many friendly, welcoming, and kind people working there.

    Cons

    The office environment is rather boring. Most of the lower level positions are not challenging; however, they pay well for the amount of experience you come with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organize events for staff to participate in and get to know one another.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Company does not recognize talent or sufficiently appreciate hard work

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in North Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Project Manager in North Bethesda, MD

    I worked at JBS International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Reasonable compensation and willingness to be flexible for education or family situations

    Cons

    I was hired to work on a project remotely, but I felt like as a telecommuter I was not given the same opportunities as others for promotion. I did not feel my work was recognized even though I went above and beyond on a regular basis. I saw many talented individuals leave the project I was on due to being underutilized or insufficiently challenged. In many ways, JBS operates like a federal bureaucracy--replete with layers of administration and red tape to get anything done. The review process was maddeningly slow. I don't think clients get a good value for their dollar given all the extra layers of internal process involved. On my project, there was a mix of talented bright individuals working alongside others who seemed "burned in"--folks who didn't like their jobs and weren't particularly good at them, but had no plans to leave and seemed to have protected status from ever being laid off or let go. I also observed some toxic relationships and management styles that went unaddressed during the years I was there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Using 360 anonomous reviews might help you identify your talent as well as identify personnel issues that need to be addressed. Hire people you trust and then trust them that they can do their jobs at home if need be (e.g. for telecommuters spread around the country.) Consider increasing the fluidity between projects rather than hiring folks on a per project basis.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company with Great Intentions

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at JBS International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    JBS serves clients that strive to improve health and human services domestically and internationally. This is a company with a purpose and a strong mission. Many employees choose to work at JBS because they believe in improving the lives of others and working for a growing company. JBS is family friendly and supports professional development.

    Cons

    The company is challenged with finding a balance between staying true to its mission while still being a corporate force in a competitive market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in employees with potential and find creative ways to keep younger employees engaged.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lot of good people, no clear strategy for growth of company or path for advancement of staff

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at JBS International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some very dedicated, hard working, motivated people. Very much depends on the projects you work on and your team. Very accessible company, encourages teamwork. Friendly atmosphere. They have some very positive aspects, like promoting green/healthy initiatives, but they're pretty limited.

    Cons

    Though the company is more than 300+ people, functions like a small mom and pop shop. Not willing to invest to really strategically grow- in staff development, or in new areas. No clear path for advancement for staff- they lose a lot of good staff because of this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be equality in terms of treatment of different departments. Need to find ways to showcase the talent you have and invest in them and help them grow. Must establish clear pathways for advancement.

    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    A lot of bright minds. A lot of uncertainty about the company.

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in North Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in North Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at JBS International full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of hard working, bright people here. Good benefits. Challenging but rewarding contracts and projects to work on. The company seems to truly care about it's employees and the field in which is works.

    Cons

    Little room for professional development and growth within the company. There's a lot of internal competition going on and egos to compete with, especially among the Research Associates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage employees on a more personal level, understanding their goals and aspirations in their careers and within the company. Inquire more regarding the skills and expertise each employees bring and ensure that those strengths are highlighted in proposals. Monitor and ensure the quality of proposals, especially to reflect staff expertise.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Could be a better experience.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at JBS International full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people and relationships developed here are outstanding. Smart workforce with very dedicated professionals.

    Cons

    Project directors are hired for their content expertise, but most have little management experience. Owners have control over all decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay employees based on their merit, not based on their relationships to others in the organization. Move away from project silos to use of employees based on their skillsets and experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at JBS International full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Employee development is encouraged and supported, work-life balance is supported and encouraged....and I say "encouraged" and "supported" because it's easy to pay lip service to certain ideas, but JBS supports its employees and doesn't just pay lip service to these concepts. They also share a lot of information about the state of the industry and our current and future business situation, and provide a variety of brown-bag lunches on topics of interest to various employees.

    Cons

    Consulting is an uncertain, competitive business, but I've seen JBS find positions for employees whose contracts ended, including myself, and I've seen plenty of people leave and ask to come back months or years later.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great small company dedicated to supporting projects that you can feel good about contributing to.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Bethesda, MD

    I worked at JBS International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The projects contribute to social good, and the management team is thoughtful and professional. The majority of my co-workers were dedicated, smart, and hard-working. The size of the company allows it to be flexible and to pursue and range of contracts.

    Cons

    Because it's a small company, it lacks some of the talent and resources in a few key areas that larger companies may have.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    The mission, the people, and the management make it a pleasure to come to work every day.

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    Current Employee - Writer/Editor in North Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Writer/Editor in North Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at JBS International

    Pros

    Open access to company management; respect of co-workers; open-minded employees.

    Cons

    Some work spaces are difficult to concentrate in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing!

    Recommends
  11.  

    I am respected, valued as an employee and a person, and compensated well for work I really like doing.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at JBS International

    Pros

    Friendly, competent and supportive senior management
    Important work
    Good benefits, flexible leave policy, telecommuting options
    Fun place to work

    Cons

    Very heavy workloads at proposal times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strive to improve communications to the non-management ranks

    Recommends

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