Noblis Reviews

Updated October 31, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014
68 Reviews
3.8
68 Reviews
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Noblis President and CEO Amr A. ElSawy
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance including generous PTO for younger employees and flexible work schedule (in 8 reviews)

  • Noblis has a very flexible work schedule that is incredibly attractive including flexible work hours and telecommuting opportunities (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Massive levels of degrees don't always equate to real business experience; the company doesn't seem to get this idea (in 3 reviews)

  • Noblis is an overall great place to work (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Exceptional company! Best job I ever had!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Falls Church, VA

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

    Pros

    Noblis reduced medical plan premiums by 40% without cutting any benefits! This is one example of the remarkable things Noblis does to continue to be a great employer.

    They give ALL employees a bonus (not just executives). I do exciting work in a great environment.

    Without a doubt, this is the best job I ever had!

    Cons

    Nothing! Noblis understands what it means to listen to employees and respond to their needs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing! Despite the challenges we face in the government contracting world, it is refreshing to know that this company does the right things!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    One of the best experiences ever!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Falls Church, VA
    Former Employee - Intern in Falls Church, VA

    I worked at Noblis as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    People are great from the janitor to the CEO. Everyone is very open and welcoming. Noblis values people who produce new ideas, and people who have a self determination attitude. If you are this type of person you will thrive in their environment. They have something called Tech Tuesdays where Noblis invites different professionals to present on different topics. Also, the 8th floor has a snack bar that is stocked daily which is great if you forget to bring lunch. They also have a gym, nothing big, but it is still convenient if you want to workout after work.

    Cons

    Given the area the traffic can get really bad. As an intern they did not offer any housing assistance or travel compensation. Other than that they are a great company and I definitely do not regret spending a summer out in the DC area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great experience and room to grow.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in Falls Church, VA
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in Falls Church, VA

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

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, effective executives, great work life balance (mostly!).

    Cons

    Your dept manager dictates your promotions even if you are working on projects outside your department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Gather feedback from managers your staff might be working for outside of your department.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Noblis has no loyalty to retirees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Noblis full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of smart people writing white papers.

    Cons

    Noblis has cancelled health insurance plan access for retirees - an inexpensive reward for long years in a toxic work environment with unreasonable demands on employee time without compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Honor your commitments.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Simply A Great Place To Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Falls Church, VA

    I have been working at Noblis full-time

    Pros

    The individuals who work here are extremely talented. Senior leadership really does contribute to a positive environment for both the business and the individual. This is exceptionally difficult for most enterprises in today's frequently changing federal contracting market. The benefits as a whole are far better than other employers compared against in the private sector. The subsidiaries which Noblis has decided to invest are brilliant decisions to take advantage of future growth areas. The work/life balance at Noblis is exceptional. HR's CPR system offers an effective mechanism to ensure career growth. Easily, a place you can call home for your entire career.

    Cons

    Senior leadership needs the best information possible to ensure the best decisions. At times, there are cases where junior management suppresses, ignores, changes or misrepresents information coming from their department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the excellent work environment - Noblis is indeed a great place to work and will be for the foreseeable future. Noblis should fund leadership training for all junior management making a point to include communication and representing all of their assigned resources/functions to the director level and up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Viewpoint of an Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in Falls Church, VA

    I have been working at Noblis as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people you will work with are all genuinely good people. I never had a dull moment, and the sheer amount of brain power that surrounds you is astonishing. The program is meant to establish good relations between Noblis and the interns, and to my knowledge no intern left with a sour taste in their mouth, regardless of whether or not they received a job offer at the end of the internship/

    Cons

    The interns as a whole wish the projects that each different intern was working on was more transparent at the beginning of the internship, and that at times they had not been confined to only one project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to foster new talent across all mission areas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company with great benefits and work-life balance and the opportunity to improve.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Staff in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Noblis full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Great work-life balance including generous PTO for younger employees and flexible work schedule
    - Intelligent coworkers
    - above average compensation including great benefits such as great retirement package
    - potential to work on projects across the company e.g. in national security, transportation, environmental, healthcare
    - nonprofit organization

    Cons

    - can be difficult to network if your job location is not the Falls Church office (headquarters)
    - difficult to get funds for professional development, professional organizations, or for attendance to conferences
    - Noblis' independent status in some mission areas (which gives Noblis the ability to offer acquisition consulting services) limits getting some types of technical work such as design/optimization. This can be frustrating if you are looking to build your own personal technical experience. Many of the senior staff have already come to Noblis with ample design experience that you may not be able to get at Noblis
    - a lot of the company is focused on IT work (this is great if your background is in systems engineering, computer science etc.)
    - some of the benefits are only available to Falls Church employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage more professional development among technical staff. Encourage young technical staff to join professional organizations. This is great for meeting our client and to see how the competition is doing things. Keep growing the company while maintaining the quality Noblis is known for. Try to work on improving communication between the various site offices.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    So far so good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Noblis

    Pros

    Recent acquisition by Noblis. What we've seen so far looks good. Committed to technology and building a positive work environment.

    Cons

    Communication could be a bit better. We're still an outpost from the main part of the company.

  10.  

    WORKING AT NOBLIS AS AN INTERN

    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Noblis as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Its an exciting environment to learn as an intern. Managers allow you to bring your ideas to the table and they guide you to develop them with constructive criticisms.

    Cons

    No cons observed since I was there for only two months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the intern program running.

  11.  

    On the decline

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Noblis has a very flexible work schedule that is incredibly attractive including flexible work hours and telecommuting opportunities. The work being performed is interesting and the facility itself has some very interesting perks such as the large space on the 8th floor used for collaborative efforts complete with labs walled off with glass giving it a very forward thinking feel.

    Noblis is great place to start a career, however...

    Cons

    Noblis seems less interested in hiring highly capable people and more interested in hiring people who look good on paper in order to win contracts. For example, people have been put into management roles without demonstrating the ability to properly manage. They are simply granted this opportunity due to the paper based qualifications (degrees). Those that have proven themselves through work experience are slowly being pushed out in what has been termed as "the soft landing." Noblis will not outright fire an employee unless the individual has become disruptive. Instead they will slowly remove work from an individual, putting them into a part time role. This essentially pushes highly capable employees out until they have had enough and leave on their own terms. By pushing out the more experienced employees and bringing in younger, cheaper employees, Noblis has been able to cut costs to be more competitive. It seems as though Noblis' strategy is win contracts by being cheap, not by being highly capable.

    Budget problems seem to plague projects on a yearly basis. Either spend plans are not well executed or funding is not what it used to be but many projects are playing hot potato, passing employees around to other projects to save a buck here and there in an attempt to not overspend. While this has led to an opportunity to work on other projects, it has removed any sense of stability and has left employees wondering "where will I be tomorrow?"

    While I wouldn't advise avoiding Noblis as a potential workplace, I would advise asking yourself one thing: are you looking to advance your career? Go somewhere else. Are you looking to BEGIN your career? You found the right place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because people look good on paper, doesn't mean they can execute. The experience of employees is something that should be rewarded, not punished. You have been pushing out highly capable people to bring in less capable, less experienced crowds. Stop trying to win because you've assembled a cheap team. Win because you've assembled a team of highly capable, experienced professionals. For the best of reasons.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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