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IT / Project Manager

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Current Employee - IT Project Manager  in  Richmond, VA
Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Richmond, VA

I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time for more than 5 years


NG does have a very decent benefits package and their profit sharing and the like are very good so the company structure for all is very good. Health care is a little pricy but affordable if you have none. A lot depends on the actual contract you are on because you may inherit extra benefits that other programs might not receive. They also allow you to telecommute if your job is that kind of job which is helpful. You can take off when needed


Downsides: They will work you well over 40 (more like 60 hrs a week) if you are salary and comp time is not really a word that is used much. You just work over. Hourly workers have 50 hours of work and cannot work but 40 so they end up doing task off the clock to provide passing contract metrics. If your manager is not good nothing you can do about it. They have a hotline and HR path (on paper) but you quickly learn they side with the manager no matter how what and don’t have a string of managers that are laid back or dont care because they all cover for each other. You are just stuck with no outlet. They have a million engagement activities to find out why the employees are not happy but if you talk out of turn (meaning say something bad at one of them) you get chastised for it or ignored for 6 months like you are in timeout like a little kid. They truly are only based on cronyism and good old boy tactics. The Program Managers basically keep remaking new groups and self promote each other over and over by making new positions and promoting a leader. A year later they switch things around make more groups and re-divide the same people all over again all the while getting bonus’s. The worker bee stays the same and has no upward path of succession. He cannot get out of the rut he is in. If a SR. manager quits the JR. manager has no chance to move up they will just redraw the remaining managers dotted lines and keep it the same. For your yearly evaluation you might not even discuss it with your boss until it is filled out and 1 day before deadline and if you object they say it’s too late to change it, it’s due tomorrow. If you have workers below you and you are a lead you have no input on their evaluation the manager just makes up the same statements for all of them and cuts and paste it having words like “He was a good worker” when it was a female worker’s form and vice versa. Because the economy is bad and there is only one other major employer in this city you are basically stuck and nowhere to go. You end up staying just because it is a job, not a career!!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stock price and dollar performance is not everything, Please listen to the worker bee’s, Why do you think your Gallop pole results are down 3 years in a row on our program??? Listen to the poles and other outlets like this forum. Just because there is a complaint does not make that worker a lost cause or disgruntled, they may actually want better for your company the same as you do!!! Give them a real chance and listen to what they are saying an act on it.

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