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Help Desk jobs for Government Client

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Current Employee - Help Desk Tier III in Albuquerque, NM
Current Employee - Help Desk Tier III in Albuquerque, NM

I have been working at Northrop Grumman (More than 3 years)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Recommends
Neutral Outlook

Pros

Pay and benefits were great, and company was the best I have ever worked for in all areas. Tuition assistance, ability to advance, great management in place.

Cons

Many jobs are related to federal government budgets, so the possibility of being laid off is very high, and stability is never something that can be attained.

Advice to Management

None- great management

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  1. Helpful (8)

    So much disappointment and frustration after four years in engineering at Northrop – Rolling Meadows.

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Former Employee - Engineer in Rolling Meadows, IL

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on some fascinating technology.

    Opportunity to do some real hands-on engineering work.

    Cons

    There is entirely too much management at this company. There are Engineering Project Managers, Program Managers, Logistics Program Managers, Engineering Functional Managers, the list goes on. There is an overabundance of people trying to direct the work, and never enough people who are actually doing the work.

    Engineering Supervision (Engineering Functional Management) is almost completely broken. These people are the direct supervisors of the engineering staff, and have an outsize effect on the quality of work coming from the engineering organization. And yet, they are consistently staffed with people who are duplicitous, incapable of critical thought, and unwilling to stand up for their people.

    The constant push for more diversity has gone completely out of control. People are hired not because of their skills, but because of their gender or race. Unqualified people are promoted up the ranks in order to fill a diversity quota. It’s maddening how much this occurs, and incredibly frustrating.

    Compared to other defense contractors, there is a very small number of military veterans working here. This is true at both the worker-level, and in the management ranks. Military experience isn’t valued. Very strange for the defense industry.

    Programs and projects are always in a state of chaos. The only way things ever get done is via last-minute scrambles. Management treats this as the norm, and the “way things have always been done.” Efforts to institute some semblance of planning always fall on deaf ears.

    For the past couple years, there has been a significant trend in engineering staff. People start here early in their careers, many fresh out of school. They start very motivated and dedicated, but after 3-5 years, they all leave for elsewhere, bitter and jaded from the experience.

    Advice to Management

    For the past 10-15 years, we’ve enjoyed a virtual flood of money from the Pentagon and our allies. It didn’t matter if we treated people poorly, had ineffective management, bloated staff, or any other ills. The money just kept coming, no matter how poorly things were run.

    The flood is over. The flow of money is slowing to a trickle. And now all of the poor decisions of the past decade are being laid bare. You let a lot of engineering talent walk out the door. You promoted a lot of the wrong people. You’re left with this incredibly dysfunctional organization, that’s now going have to fight tooth and nail for every defense dollar.

    You need to start looking at how the company is going to survive the next 10-15 years. I’d start by taking a good long, hard look at all of the people you have in engineering functional management positions. Relative to the size of the company, engineering functional management is a small number of people. But this small group of people has an incredibly outsized impact on how programs are run, and ultimately how successful the company is.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Principle Engineer

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary is competitive. Technology is exciting and can be cutting edge if you are on the right team. Make good attempt to ensure work/life balance.

    Cons

    Large company that has its fair share of politics. Have to push to get raises and stay on track for recognition. Can easily be cast into the shadows.

    Advice to Management

    Take more care, training, & educating the management chain. Too often they promote technical leads into management that do not know how to function as a manager.


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