Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation

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Updated February 16, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Loved working with my co-workers, have completely lost faith in the company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative in Ardmore, OK
    Former Employee - Administrative in Ardmore, OK

    I worked at Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    My co-workers and the feeling we were working to help researchers, farmers, ranchers and the community.

    Cons

    Management that looks at their workforce as a risk that must be managed instead of an asset. HR leadership has forgotten they are there to assist the employees rather than to punish. Employees either are waiting to retire or have resumes out. Their stature in the industry has been compromised beyond compare. The community (as a whole) looks down on this place with either pity at what it has morphed into or utter distain. Required (perhaps compensated is a better word) community service by the employees is touted in the newspaper in order to bolster the company's fading local image. Morale is at an all-time low. Those that can leave/retire are doing so, resulting in a significant loss of talent.

    Advice to Management

    Channel Lloyd Noble and follow his vision for this foundation. Otherwise, turn off the lights and let all of us remember how this once great foundation led the way. The trustees are evidently clueless about the legacy of Lloyd Noble. The current president is feckless, hired only to cut vital programs and put the foundation on a path of "feel-good" initiatives rather than practical science. All is not lost - yet. It is sad to see what NF has been allowed to become.


  2. Was excellent place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Fellow in Ardmore, OK
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Fellow in Ardmore, OK

    I have been working at Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent Research Environment and career transition

    Cons

    In the middle of no where - but good salary and benefits

    Advice to Management

    The management was great the then


  3. Helpful (2)

    Irresponsible management and trustees

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Working Stiff in Ardmore, OK
    Current Employee - Working Stiff in Ardmore, OK

    I have been working at Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation part-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Not many pros, other than its a job during a recession.

    Cons

    Hostile atmosphere, especially in the ag division. Dishonesty, especially in the ag division. Professional bullying and cronyism, especially in the ag division. Management making bad decisions for the Foundation and research in favor of personal profit, especially in the ag division.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of management in the ag division. Do some serious research and dig deep to find out what is truly happening, or every honest and good employee will be jumping ship. It's a shame that Lloyd Noble's dream is squandered on petty personal gain of management.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Employee/Scientist

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ardmore, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ardmore, OK

    I worked at Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice facilities; good people; Lloyd Noble started something great.

    Cons

    Organization looks good on paper, but that about sums it up; old culture; very poor morale; lacks any direction; promises are not always kept to employees; health plan and compensation are not great; recent mass exodus of good people; poor leadership with a serious lack of understanding of science and AG; it's in Southern OK; I would not recommend a job at The Noble Foundation to anyone.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Used to be a nice place, going a very steep downward slope

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ardmore, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ardmore, OK

    I worked at Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice facilities; kind colleagues; peaceful small town for ones that like country-style living

    Cons

    Senior management have no idea what they are doing; Recent strategic decisions have made people very nervous and concerned; Two widely-recognized research SVPs together with several very intelligent D-level leaders have left; the remaining good and smart employees are leaving or looking; and they are having difficulty recruiting and keeping even less-qualified people.

    Advice to Management

    Understand the organization's culture and recognize the reality they are facing before making short-sighted decisions based on their past experiences from a different environment.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Very disappointing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Ag Consultant in Ardmore, OK
    Current Employee - Ag Consultant in Ardmore, OK

    I have been working at Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart employees, nice area to live in

    Cons

    Management making bad decisions, lack of leadership, no pay raises, drop in benefits

    Advice to Management

    The management of the Noble Foundation needs to take care of their employees. Cutting benefits and no raises will make the good employees leave, and you will only be able to hire substandard people. The employees don't trust management. The morale here is very bad, and seems to be getting worse. There have been some very bad decisions by the trustees and management lately, and the foundation is suffering as a consequence. It's really sad to see the deterioration of this place over the last few years.


  8. Helpful (5)

    Low, low morale, management vs. employees mentality

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Noble Foundation Employee in Ardmore, OK
    Current Employee - Noble Foundation Employee in Ardmore, OK

    I have been working at Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice campus. Potential to be a great company.

    Cons

    Noble has gone downhill in recent years. I hired on with free health insurance, and now we must pay $500/month with no salary adjustment. Taking inflation in account, I am actually making less than ever by staying at Noble. Trustees are totally out of touch with their employees. For instance, the founder gave all employees a $100 Christmas bonus in the 1940's. This amount has never been adjusted. $100 in 1945 is nothing like it is in 2013. You get the feeling that the trustees and upper management use Noble for their own agendas - not to accomplish the mission of the founder. Morale is so low, employees gather and whisper about the next change and policy decision that will come down from on high, and even meet off-site to discuss matters for fear of management. Employees in one division actually FEAR their VP. If anyone outside of Noble knew the things this guy does, all credibility would be lost. Uses Noble equipment, farm lands, ponds and research for his own agenda, even as it hurts research and the bottom line. Not only that, but he burns bridges with outside collaborators and has made our division a laughingstock in the ag community.The trustees seem more interested in "looking good" and donating money to feel-good projects, all the while their own employees are frustrated and unhappy with the lack of salary adjustments and decreasing benefits. Of course, the trustees and management have use of a private jet, unlimited alcohol at meetings. and many other perks that the "little folk" can only dream about. Too bad. They could cut out even a fraction of those perks and curtail the building of fancy vanity projects and help out their employees. If you are considering working at Noble, please consult privately with a current employee. Don't believe the Noble propaganda machine - employee morale is lower than anywhere I've ever worked in my entire career. Many employees are just biding their time until the economy improves, with hopes of getting a job elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Most of them are better educated and have more of the mission of the founder in mind than the trustees. Curb mismanagement. If you'd listen more to your employees, you'd know which division is about to implode because of mismanagement and fear.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Not what it used to be.

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

    I have been working at Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Used to have excellent benefits and a somewhat decent (just slightly better than average) salary when compared to the university. Working with great people.

    Cons

    Currently, the lack of leadership and moral. Lack of communication with employees. Employees can no longer trust senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Don't provide information concerning the direction of the Foundation, then deviate 180 degrees from what you originally said in the all employee meeting. Treat the employees as assets rather than a liability.


  10. Great Job!!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Lloyd Noble Ag Scholar in Ardmore, OK
    Former Intern - Lloyd Noble Ag Scholar in Ardmore, OK

    I worked at Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Loved working for a private non-profit company while I got to persue my dreams.

    Cons

    One of the only con's to the job was that Oklahoma can get so hot in the summer months.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Good Place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Ardmore, OK
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Ardmore, OK

    I have been working at Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great facilities and good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Not a great city but ok to live for few years



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