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Adventurous - With Ups and Downs

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Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Carson, CA
Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Carson, CA

I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time (More than 10 years)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

This is a great company with nice compensation depending on experience. It is a large company with many opportunities to enhance your career, so it is easy to stay in just one company. Since it is large, each program has its own culture, leadership and process. Generally, managers do look out for you when you need another project to go to. There are a lot of company jobs out there that you can also apply for yourself. Since it's a defense company you have a chance to work with many interesting military technologies and challenges. Just like anywhere, a good reputation counts at Northrop Grumman, which will be advantageous when you need to transition to another project, or position.

Cons

It's easy to feel comfortable in the same position, so try to learn as much as you can about other functional areas so that you can understand the business, and enable you take advantage of new opportunities. The opportunities are not always available in California. Leadership varies among project and organizations. I'm not sure if this is a company wide issue, but I find that in the past, some hiring managers fail to follow-up with job seeking employees, and don't return emails or phone calls. Managers should communicate with the employee directly or via the Talent System and provide the status of interview process, whether denied, in-process, etc. I understand that there may be a lot of candidates to consider, but at least inform the job seeker, so that other arrangements can be made.

Advice to Management

When there are important technical issues to be solved, perhaps management should consider and encourage all team members in the project to participate, and not just work group members. Sometimes non-working group members may have invaluable insight which may lead to a better solution. Cultivate an open communication among employees, and catch and reward good behavior; the reward doesn't have to be monetary. Grow employees so that the project can improve by taking advantage of the existing skill set of each employee, which may extend beyond his or her functional area. Encourage employees to cross-learn other functions areas, doing this may lead to better solutions, and ultimately a better product.

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Interesting work, good work-life balance, so-so compensation, nepotism/OBN

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    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Interesting international projects and customers, opportunities to break out of the DoD rut. Innovative programs to improve work-life balance, especially 9/80 work weeks. Bright, motivated colleagues at all professional levels. Actively promotes continuing education and training. Making energetic efforts to increase diversity.

    Cons

    So-so compensation: maximum salary in my position is the starting salary (!!!) for an equivalent civil service position. Apart from new-hires, there seems to be no career development plan for many positions, and the ruts get deeper as years pass. Promotions often appear to be based on nepotism and the Old Boy Network more than merit. Accounting abuses employees' credit when their required to travel. Many managers have trouble focussing beyond their next bonus period. Bonuses and raises for workers are very few and far between, if at all...

    Advice to Management

    Create some sort of credible career development plans; HR is asleep at the wheel. Don't be so chintzy with the workers who make you successful--share the success in compensation and bonuses, etc. Take a hard look at nepotism in hiring and promotions. We workers are proud to be NG employees and are proud of our corporate success but often feel ‘dissed by managers and executives. Share the success.


  2. Helpful (10)

    Where to begin?

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Rolling Meadows, IL

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

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting industry, exposure to government contracts, good resume builder if you can stand to stay long enough

    Cons

    When I arrived for my first day, I found out that the person who hired me had retired and nobody knew which department I was supposed to be in, who would be my manager, where my desk was, etc. I did not have a computer nor any training or communication with anyone at the management level for 1.5 months. I sent my resignation to an administrative assistant in the office where HR finally found me a place to sit and I never heard back from anyone regarding it.

    Advice to Management

    Please see cons section.


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