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  1. "GIS Technician"

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    Former Intern - GIS Technician in Ardmore, OK
    Former Intern - GIS Technician in Ardmore, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation as an intern

    Pros

    Great people to work with. The employees are hard working but in a laid back environment. I would recommend anyone to work for this company.

    Cons

    I can't think of any.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the awesome work!


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Not a place worth working for them"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate I in Ardmore, OK
    Former Employee - Research Associate I in Ardmore, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The only positive thing is the possibility to have a flexible work hour

    Cons

    Small town in the middle of nowhere and I don't recommend it if you want to move there with your family (it's not a safe and friendly area to live specially for international people), they deduct lots of your salary for the benefit and they usually increase the deduction yearly, HR is the worst place of the company they treat you formally as a crap if you questioning company policy and rules (so if you want to work there don't open up your heart and talk to the HR because you will pay for that), they underpay and don't usually don't treat employee as an asset to the company

    Advice to Management

    try to hire more professional people for the HR with real people skills


  3. Helpful (2)

    "People Are Great - organization without direction"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Ardmore, OK
    Former Employee - Consultant in Ardmore, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People you work with are great! Clients run the gambit, however have wonderful personal and professional relationships with them.

    Cons

    They have move away from the founder's vision but it is the third generation that is running it now. HR is not your friend (there is an exception to this). Employees are looked at as a liability rather than an asset. Plant Biology, Forage Improvement and Ag Divisions have had serious cutbacks in personnel and resources. Benefits have been reduced signifigantly in recent years. Morale continues to plummet (free fall) as "brain trust" leaves for other positions.

    Advice to Management

    Trustees and the current president need to follow the founder's original mission. Otherwise, expect the current "death spiral" to continue. That would be a shame.


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  5. Helpful (7)

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

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Ardmore, OK
    Former Employee - Administrative in Ardmore, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Opinions of an ex, but longtime employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ardmore, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ardmore, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many wonderful people, most of which are gone now. The good ones still there are looking to exit.

    Cons

    An arrogant, totally out of touch organization. As you move up the organizational chart the less character, professionalism and quality you find.

    Advice to Management

    Your not very good. Learn to listen to people around you. If you had to earn/keep your position in a for-profit you'd fail. Your egos are far greater than your skills or acumen support.


  7. Helpful (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
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation full-time (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 Management

    The management was great the then


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Irresponsible management and trustees"

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    Current Employee - Working Stiff in Ardmore, OK
    Current Employee - Working Stiff in Ardmore, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation part-time (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 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.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Employee/Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ardmore, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ardmore, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation full-time (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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation full-time (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 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.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Very disappointing"

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    Current Employee - Ag Consultant in Ardmore, OK
    Current Employee - Ag Consultant in Ardmore, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation full-time (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 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.


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