Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation

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Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
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  1.  

    Was excellent place to work

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    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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent Research Environment and career transition

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management was great the then

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Irresponsible management and trustees

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    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 for more than 8 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Employee/Scientist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ardmore, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ardmore, OK

    I worked at Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation full-time for more than 3 years

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ardmore, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ardmore, OK

    I worked at Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation full-time for more than 8 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very disappointing

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    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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Smart employees, nice area to live in

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Low, low morale, management vs. employees mentality

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    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 for more than 8 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not what it used to be.

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    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 for more than 10 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Great Job!!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lloyd Noble Ag Scholar  in  Ardmore, OK
    Former Employee - Lloyd Noble Ag Scholar in Ardmore, OK

    I worked at Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation as an intern for less than a year

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Place to work

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    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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great facilities and good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Not a great city but ok to live for few years

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    No promotions/respect for research associates

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate  in  Ardmore, OK
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Ardmore, OK

    I have been working at Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation

    Pros

    Fairly laid back atmosphere. A large number of post-docs from various countries with the bulk being from china and india. Excellent benefits!

    Cons

    There are no promotions for research staff. Research associates not respected in the least bit. During down years in the stock market there are no raises. During the up years in the stock market you are not rewarded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to relate to the "little" person some. Fix the no promotions for the research associates. We would be happy to do without raises during the "lean" years if we were rewarded more during the good years.

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