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Updated July 20, 2017
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Noblis President and CEO Amr A. ElSawy
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Pros
  • Great benefits and work/life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • I enjoy the leadership here, and they definitely take care of their employees with the great benefits and events (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • If you are a young, single person you will pay a great rate for health insurance (in 4 reviews)

  • Noblis has just been through a significant restructuring of its senior management (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Dedicated to employee and customer satisfaction"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lucky Participant in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Lucky Participant in Chantilly, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. Ethical decision making. Good salary. Beautiful new headquarters. Mission focused. Stellar leadership team that are nice people who express kindness and fairness. Career growth potential.

    Cons

    Company has grown rapidly so the processes and procedures lack detail and are still immature.

    Advice to Management

    Refine transactional processes within and between internal business functions to increase effectiveness and efficiency. Increase accountability in the within process structures.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Death spiral continues"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Manager in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent health insurance. Decent retirement plan through Fidelity. Work can be interesting if you are on the right project. Multiple locations.

    Cons

    This company has gotten rid of most of the senior staff in attempts to lower the billing rate and entice younger employees.
    Interns are promised real work but end up having lits of social events with minimal work.
    Contracts are being lost right and left due to no bench strength. Despite claims of over 1000 employees, reality is fewer than 600 technical staff are bearing the load of about 1000 employees. Overhead is way too high.
    The new Reston office is nothing more than open cubicles. No privacy, no quiet for thinking or phone calls. No cafeteria, an inconvenient shuttle to the Metro. In general, a place for a short starter job, not for a career.

    Advice to Management

    It might be too late to reverse the slide.

    Noblis Response

    Jul 4, 2017 – Specialist

    Thank you for your feedback. We’re glad to hear that you were satisfied with our benefits program. However, we’re sorry to hear about your negative experience otherwise. We’d be happy to speak with... More

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work depending on client & project"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Falls Church, VA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Falls Church, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Noblis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    General Pros
    - Better than average PTO & benefits
    - Lots of investment in cutting edge technology
    - Senior management has a well-defined long term strategy

    Pros for working at HQ
    - Great managers
    - Noblis HQ facility is excellent

    Pros for working offsite
    - None.

    Cons

    General cons
    - None

    Cons for working at HQ
    - Office is moving from Falls Church to Reston. While it'll save the company a ton of money, it's causing a lot of pain, heartache, and grievance for a lot of employee and has resulted in a relatively large number of good & talented employees leaving the company.
    - Management removed a lot of snacks (jelly beans, V8, Naked juice, etc)

    Cons for working at the client site
    - Unless you're working at GSA, the client site is absolutely miserable. Unfortunately, managers do little to alleviate client site conditions and expect you to be there 100% of the time to show face & bill hours.

    Advice to Management

    - Give employees back their jelly beans, V8, and Naked juice
    - Do NOT move HQ to Reston!!!!


  4. "A Great Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Falls Church, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Emphasis on continued professional growth, exposure to new opportunities and leading-edge technology/solutions, and respect among employees for each other and the corporate mission.

    Cons

    Impending relocation to Reston may cause some initial disruption


  5. "Forward looking ethical company serving in the interest of the public."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Falls Church, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great management supported by some of the best and brightest staff. Noblis provides many opportunities for growth and advancement with a very competitive salary structure. A great CEO who truly knows his people and cares.

    Cons

    The annual review process is broken but management is aware of the problem and taking steps to solve this problem which does little for the staff.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the review process.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "comme ci, comme ca"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Falls Church, VA
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Noblis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible Work Schedule
    Opportunity to work from home
    Solid PTO + holidays
    Good company matching for 401k
    Coworkers are (mostly) awesome
    Opportunity for leadership

    Cons

    Direction from management can be conflicting
    Large mismatch between employee skillsets and projects they support
    Lots of layers of management, often with poor communication
    Can be pulled off projects and put on others frequently or with little forewarning

    Advice to Management

    need to develop internal talent. For how many young technical people that get brought on, there is a very weak onboarding process, and very little mentorship.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Stay Away From this Company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Information Systems Security Officer in Falls Church, VA
    Former Employee - Information Systems Security Officer in Falls Church, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Noblis full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work time and open space work environment

    Cons

    Lack of collaboration, everyone's main concern is job security versus growing the employee knowledge base.

    Advice to Management

    Actually Start Managing versus letting things happen!! Management was very weak and that led to the issue of everyone jockeying for job security. BEWARE and STAY AWAY!!!

  8. "An Excellent place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Web Developer in Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Web Developer in Falls Church, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Noblis full-time

    Pros

    * Great people to work with, very few have egos
    * Great work, working for the federal gov in the public interest
    * Many opportunities in the company to grow and share knowledge

    Cons

    * The company is moving HQ from Falls Church to Reston, which for the company is a cost saving measure, but for some individuals increases the commute time significantly.
    * The new seating arrangement is open seating. I'm OK with that but some people are not. Even the executive staff have desks like this.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. But get away from DoD. I believe it's unethical to support them.


  9. "Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst and Project Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager, Cyber Threat Intelligence in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Project Manager, Cyber Threat Intelligence in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This applies to the Noblis-NSP (National Security Partners) subsidiary. Key words: innovative spirit, take care of the people, solid team work, excels in any environment from the defined to the ambiguous, living 3-5 years into the future. When a customer is approached, we have an entire company to support that customer. And the list goes on. And the ability to work from home, and bring a cell phone to work is a welcome change of pace. I also emphasize the continued education approach the company champions to keep their staff ahead of the markets.

    From my own personal experiences, as contracts have come and gone, the company has been loyal to a fault in finding the bridge to somewhere for us, "a national strategic resource" as they refer to us. That stands above and beyond the competition. Further, when competing on a contract, they will compete on principle and not on the backs of their employees. Unlike other companies, Noblis will not require employees to take a 40% pay cut to win. They maintain that healthy balance between the bottom line, their number on resource, and ensuring the customer gets the best value for the buck. When it comes to ethics, it practices what it preaches.

    Our team helps clients anticipate and solve their hardest challenges. Our cliental list is a broad cross-section across several government organizations. The company ranges from R&D to operational endeavors covering many domains: cybersecurity, big data, high performance computing, environmental science, aviation, and transportation to name a few.

    Cons

    As with many government organizations and other companies composed of many elements, cross-domain/subsidiary communications are a challenge. The answer to that is individual initiative to reach out across stove-pipes. The plus side to this con, C-Suite leadership backs individuals breaking down green doors where circumstances of mid/senior-level managers might balk or reproach go-getters in this regard.

    Advice to Management

    To my immediate management, none. However, in general throughout the entire Noblis enterprise, the whole is better than the sum of its parts. Opening the green doors will generate greater rewards than cloistering projects and resources. This applies to targeted individuals; not company as a whole.


  10. "Flexible company in flux"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Falls Church, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Decent pay
    Good people
    All work benefits the public
    Business is financially very healthy

    Cons

    Business is currently changing because of a number of factors. Losing certain kinds of work. Experienced employees are stretched thin while newer employees don't get trained or placed on projects. Promotions are slow.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what kind of contracts you want to pursue. Don't string people along telling them that a certain kind of work is coming down the pipe when in reality it is not. Help people advance if they do good work.


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