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Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding a decent place to work

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Current Employee - Cost Control Analyst in Newport News, VA
Current Employee - Cost Control Analyst in Newport News, VA

I have been working at Northrop Grumman

Approves of CEO
Approves of CEO

Pros

Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, overall, is a stable place to work. As the sole provider of nuclear powered aircraft carriers, there is a relatively fair sense of stability at the company. Unless you mischarge your time, goof off on the computer (big brother does watch), or just don’t show up, you are pretty safe in assuming you are not going to be let go. As one of the largest private employers in the state, any layoffs are going to be bad – real bad, on the local economy. Local and state elected officials are always going to bat for the shipyard to maintain the employment level. The company is becoming increasingly more flexible in their work-life balance. This is especially true since the merger with Northrop Grumman about 6-7 years ago.

Cons

Unless you get a good manager, you are not going to move up through the ranks. You will get a promotion once you meet the HR guidelines, but you really need to know someone and push for it get move up into management. Pay is, by far, less than similar fields. While the company has made great strides to improve work-life balance, there is still room for improvement. Overtime is often and required.

Advice to Management

The most popular or son/brother/cousin/etc. of a current manager does not automatically make a good manager. Look within your ranks to find someone with true leadership potential.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Not great, but if you need a job...

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    Former Employee - IT Was Program Technician in Elkridge, MD
    Former Employee - IT Was Program Technician in Elkridge, MD

    I worked at Northrop Grumman

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Definitely had some growth opportunities, though not much in the way of career advancement. Warehouse environment was nice - can't beat a jeans and t-shirt kind of place! Overall an okay experience.

    Cons

    Blocked from multiple attempts to advance to a different career position. "Unqualified" or other similar reasons were given even with four years of experience there, and then fresh, "green" college grads step right in with no problem. Not very loyal and only semi-rewarding to the real workers.

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for being nice, but that place is more of a stepping-stone unless you get into management and above.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Redefine your future at NGST but there will be obstacles.

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Redondo Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Redondo Beach, CA

    I worked at Northrop Grumman

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a place you can really learn given that you are given the opportunity. The environment is good for college graduates or people who just recently received their master's degree. The organization does emphasize college graduates to pursue an advanced education. The company pays for the tuition while you can work on a part time basis. Fellowships are available for employees who want to pursue doctoral degrees. These benefits are for engineering positions. A degree other than engineering is not sponsored. Business analyst have benefits in pursuing other business degrees. The health coverage is adequate and usual has a lot of variety for different employee needs. The 401k plan is average but does have the flexibility in terms of giving more diy people who want to invest on their own through a brokerage account. This company was originally called TRW until Northrop Grumman took over. So the pension plan still exist for employees who were hired back then but has already been phased out starting in 2008. NO pension plan for new hires as of July of 2008. Instead the company contributes funds toward the 401k plan. This is general practice throughout the industry and ultimately other companies will follow. So the idea of getting a pension is obsolete. Communication from management to employee is decent, but really is different among departments. You do have a voice and can relay your opinions towards management. Work and life balance is good. I've heard that they have a mandatory 9/90 schedule now, which can be a good or bad thing. You can simply just perform your duties and leave at the end of the day.

    Cons

    Now for the real deal. The culture hasn't really changed since the 1960's. The engineering process has been magnified ten fold, with countless paperwork and documentation for accountability purposes. Work is mainly focused on documentation and design is still stress, but is now secondary in nature when it comes to closing out a design. Six Sigma is highly emphasized and management has jumped on the bandwagon for acceptance by higher authority and not by efficiency in its process. The wide extreme of personality among fellow workers. On average very approachable people but occasionally a couple of bad colleagues who exhibit unprofessional behavior, such degrading others through e-mail and wanting to control how others work and think. Favoritism does play a significant role. If management believes you have talent, then the assignment is given you. Other than that, you are given a poor one. The good side is that management turnaround is every three or four years. If a manager recognize your ability, you have a chance to work on more interesting assignments. Not fair but this is part of reality. Promotions are handled the same way. Career growth is in your hands. While management does support ideals, it is really for show and they won't do anything about it. If your future interest doesn't fit their needs, don't bother stating in your professional growth plan. Just apply for another position through their career website. Human resources won't really be on your side when the time comes for to get another job.

    Advice to Management

    Give people a chance and get rid of neurotic-nazi senior staff members, who shouldn't being managers.


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