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Average place to work with above average benefits, but certainly not for everyone

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Current Employee - Network Engineer V in Fairfax, VA
Current Employee - Network Engineer V in Fairfax, VA

I have been working at Northrop Grumman

Pros

There are several great reasons to work for Northrop Grumman IT (now Northrop Grumman Information Systems). They are, in no particular order:

1. Pretty good pay relative to the other contractors in the area. Be warned though, this is directly related to how badly they need to fill a position, so it does take a little bit of luck.

2. Great benefits. 401k match with a defined benefit pension plan for current and former employees. New employees can see an additional 4% match to their 401k in lieu of the pension plan. Health care plans are numerous and fairly good in my opinion.

3. Depending on your manager/client, they can be pretty flexible about work hours and dress code.

4. Plenty of opportunities to get involved with other things AS LONG AS YOU ASK. It won't be done for you.

Cons

1. The biggest downside is the same problem that plagues all contractors....you are a body that is generating revenue. If you're not happy with your position, don't expect any help finding another one. Why would your manager want to let you go to another position when that means s/he will have to backfill you?

2. Along the same lines, it's common that people are just showing up to get a check and not trying to cause any shake-ups or problems.

3. Be ready for "bait and switch" when it comes to the job you'll be doing.

4. Don't expect to be able to take advantage of the promised training opportunities.

Advice to Management

Let people do the training they want to do. Listen to employee's concerns and try to address them.

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  1. Tools to do the job right are available here.

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Redondo Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Redondo Beach, CA

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are many cross training opportunities in the sector. They are plenty of training opportunities within the company. Management is usually flexible about balancing work and life outside of work. The benefits are among the best compared to other large companies. The software tools are second to none.

    Cons

    It is a large company with a lot of inertia behind existing policies and procedures. It takes years of many people pushing to make a procedure change for the betterment of the individual worker bees. Promotions are unfortunately not based solely on individual performance but require that the success of the project or program that you work on.

    Advice to Management

    It's hard to listen to the individual contributors when you are used to listening to the loudest voices in the room.


  2. Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding a decent place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
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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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