Noblis

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Noblis Reviews

Updated November 11, 2014
Updated November 11, 2014
71 Reviews
3.8
71 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 9 reviews)

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


Cons
  • This weird time for government contracts (sequestration) is forcing a lot of government consulting companies to restructure the way they do business (in 4 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Positives all around!

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance and culture. Company values employees at all levels

    Cons

    The technology should continue to shift as the company grows.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue acknowledging the hard work of employees at all levels and areas in the company.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Interesting and challenging work.

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

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

    Pros

    Strong Executive leadership and senior leadership in place, financially sound company growing organically and through acquisition. Excellent benefits and bonus plan in place.

    Cons

    Like all other government contractors, re-competing and winning government contracts is critical to the overall health of the organization and career opportunities for employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    The bleeding continues

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

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

    Pros

    Used to be company of experts but now is great place only for early career professionals since experts are being fired every week

    Cons

    If you make more that $40/hour, you are too expensive to work here. Projects are bid cheaply with any resume pulled from the database. Staff availability is not considered. Experienced people are being let go every week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make up your mind. Are we a cheap body shop or a company of smart experienced people? Stop the hemorrhage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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

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