“Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life,” writes Mark Twain. The over 1,000 workers at Noblis can certainly attest to that. Based on employee feedback, the company was ranked on October 16, 2020 as one of the top 50 large companies across North America with the Happiest Employees and the Best Work-Life Balance distinction for 2020. Discover below how this organization also makes life even better for us all.
What’s an interesting fact about your business most people don’t know?
The organization changed its name to Noblis in 2007. In 1996, Mitretek Systems was formed as a nonprofit corporation with a charter to perform research and engineering science and technology as a spin-off from the MITRE Corporation. Between 1996 and 2006, Mitretek Systems focused on national security threats, chemical and biological warfare, biometrics, electronic transactions, traffic congestion, patient safety, environmental sustainability, and renewed energy resources. Now the name has been changed to Noblis from 2007 to present day.
What would you like to share about your business or organization with our members?
Noblis is comprised of technical and non-technical skilled employees that has grown from nearly 600 employees in 2012 to over 1,000 employees today. Noblis collaborative approach to solving challenges brings the best of scientific thought, management, and engineering expertise together to deliver cross-cutting, enduring impact on critical missions. Our organization works with a wide range of government clients in the defense, intelligence, and federal civil sectors.
Why did you become involved in the SPTC?
Noblis is actively a member of the Northern VA Technology Council. One of Noblis Connections objectives is to stay connected with the local region through community awareness and events. Noblis employees enjoy engaging with other technical companies in Southern Piedmont Region on networking and partnerships for potential client work.
How does being a member of the SPTC help you?
The Danville office enjoys the Tech at Lunch programs as well as the annual meeting to keep our engagement with the SPTC members. The resources and knowledge from other members are well received by our Danville staff and can share with other Noblis employees within the organization.
What challenges are you facing that the SPTC may be able to assist with?
One of the challenges we were facing with is making sure that the Danville office was receiving the news and events going on with the SPTC. Some of our employees could not attend the tech luncheons due to their work schedule but appreciate the webinars that they can stay engage and work at the same time. Also, having a board member with SPTC as a Noblis staff keeps the Danville office on what is going on with events and happenings with SPTC.
What technology innovation have you uncovered prior, during, or post the COVID-19 pandemic?
Telecommuting has been optional for our employees. Now it is a reality that all employees are 100% remote and certain employees are coming into building but keep their distance from each other. Noblis has developed as plan for returning to the workplace through feedback from our site leads and teams. Noblis will pursue a slow, deliberate, and holistic approach for returning. The guidelines we have established provide detailed information on Noblis’ protocols for preparedness, agility and resilience for re-entry to on-site activities.
What positive impact have you witnessed during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Noblis business is running as normal and no impact for employees as far as reduce work hours or closing the offices permanently was necessary due to the pandemic. This pandemic shows that Noblis can offer their best solutions to the clients whether it is on the client site, remote site, headquarters or working from home.
Name one thing tech-related that you have learned in the last month?
Online Collaboration Tools such as WebEx and Microsoft Teams are very supportive and can handle multiple users at the same time with minimum technical disruption. Noblis can engage with clients and employees through chat communications, presentations, and file transfers as if employees were in an on-site office.
The SPTC Board of Directors are excited to share the good news that’s happening with all of our members. For more information on Noblis visit www.noblis.org or call 434 -549-8689.
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