Traditional job titles are soon to be a thing of the past at Noblis, a nonprofit research organization based in Falls Church, Va. The company - named to the Great Place to Work Institute's 2011 Best Medium Workplaces list - employs about 800 scientists, engineers, researchers and technology experts who work with public and private sector clients in the areas of health care, national security, transportation, energy, and environmental sustainability and telecommunications.

As a government contractor, Noblis has experienced shifting business demands. With much of the company's work historically coming from sole-source directed awards, Noblis in recent years has moved to a much more competitive bidding environment. In addition, the company learned through the Great Place to Work Institute surveys that its employees wanted more career-development opportunities and clearer expectations on what it took to move up in the company. Those two factors were the prime drivers in Noblis' decision to divorce itself from the traditional concept of job titles and move to a career-band model.

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