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Fragmented communication and collaboration hinders progress and growth of an otherwise strong company.

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Current Employee - Business Development Manager in McLean, VA
Current Employee - Business Development Manager in McLean, VA

I have been working at Northrop Grumman

Pros

Company reputation and capabilities make Northrop Grumman a great place to say you are "from". There are many talented people who work there, even some in leadership positions. Most times, hard work is recognized and rewarded.

Cons

As with peer companies, there is little impetus to improve; cost-type, time-and-materials contracts only provide incentive to spend customer money and grow costs, a strategy that is diamertically opposed to customer needs. Change is slow and painful, and is rarely driven from within. Innovation is strictly technical. Processes are heavy and so laden with administrivia that they are rarely followed in any consistent manner. Leadership actions are reactive. Diversification into markets less affected by economic down-turn has lagged. Top jobs go to people who look-like traditional DoD customers (whether or not they display the qualities of great leadership); female and minority representation in management is "token" and heavily weighted toward positions that carry little accountability or authority, espectially with regard to customer relationships (you see the company's "diversity" almost exclusively in HR, Communications, and Administration)..

Advice to Management

Stop rewarding reactive behavior, no matter how "heroic" it may seem; start rewarding planning. "Bench" or "homeroom" key positions (like Program Managers and Solution Architects) to stop the charge-number dance; make all members of the homeroom accountable to. perform to a set of measurements that are recorded in a common tool (we have them available, PICK ONE).

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  1. Helpful (1)

    No more career growth after 15 years of experience

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They give Very high pay compared to the rest of industry and they are involved in some interesting work with interesting customers. It is a good place for young engineers to gain 5 years of experience.

    Cons

    The defense industry is undergoing a pullback and NG is shrinking faster than management can handle so layoffs are common. There is also a significant trend toward laying off older engineers (50+). They get away with it by also laying off token younger engineeers to make it look fair but the real goal is to get rid of high salaries and older people. Also, once an engineer reachs about 10 or 15 years of experience there is no where to go for career growth. Promotions are almost non-existent once an engineer has 15 years or so of experience. It is also common to receive a yearly review that does not match the employee's contribution. You can walk on water and turn it into wine and still get a below average review if you are not one of the chosen ones who rubs shoudlers with the right people.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up before all of your senior talent walks out the back door. Junior engineers are great if there is someone to lead them in the right direction. But if you ignore and mistreat the senior engineers you will find yourself with a bunch of junior engineers who cannot take a job to successful completion.


  2. NGC is an excellent place to work based on pay, benefits, opportunity and internal training and development.

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    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Strategy in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Strategy in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Interesting products and projects Large company with lots of locations Great work and life balance

    Cons

    Sometimes it can seem too big It can be hard to influence change


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