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Decent place to start a career, but get out before you find yourself in the fast lane to nowhere.

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Former Employee - Software Engineer IV
Former Employee - Software Engineer IV

I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time (more than a year)

Pros

Northrop often actively recruits new/recent college grads, as well as others who are early in their careers. Their strategy is more or less designed to acquire less experienced, but promising talent and coach them up within the Northrop culture. For someone who is interested in the defense sector and/or looking to start their career with a recognizable organization, it could be the right opportunity at the right time.

Cons

One of the other reasons Northrop prefers to recruit candidates early in their career is to control labor costs. To the corporation, lower wages mean more competitive bids - from a cost standpoint, anyway. It also means there's a good chance you'll find yourself on a project stacked with relatively inexperienced resources, often (not always) resulting in a well intended but ill executed solution. The longer one remains at the company, the more their skills reflect the Northrop way, and the more they risk falling out of touch with the broader industry. Finally, the longer one stays on, the more their compensation falls behind the market average.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Manage your talent more effectively. Don't stifle them in Northrop bureaucracy. Invest in their skills, develop their careers, and compensate them well. They'll be worth more to you in the long run versus another line item on a low cost labor ledger assembled for the next bid.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Not bad, but not great

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible job, work life balance is great, stress levels are low

    Cons

    limited ability to advance career, all about your manager (if you have a bad one, you're not going to move at all), low pay, headquarter focused (limited care for other sites except the headquarters)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have management training programs and do not promote individuals that are not innate leaders

    Recommends
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  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Disorganized nepotism/cronyism runs rampant in my particular section

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Long-term contracts and decent benefits if you're salary. High wages if you're hourly to offset the benefits.

    Cons

    Very little room for advancement, if any. Leadership is rarely, if ever, on the same page. Hours can be long, and extended travel is mandatory. Rarely follow their word/promises/agreements to employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Like any good relationship, communication is key. The clarity of reporting hours and expenses varies between mid-level management at my location, and rarely are employees treated equally. Hiring of unqualified people based on upper managements mandates has become a real issue.

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