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No company is perfect, why expect it to be at NG?

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Current Employee - Engineer
Current Employee - Engineer

I have been working at Northrop Grumman

Pros

In short, Northrop Grumman wants leaders or potential leaders, remember that when filling out your resume, job application and during the interview. Depending on what you are looking for Northrop Grumman can provide a person with golden opportunities to grow in one's profession. As with all other companies of this size there is the usual amount of office politics and throwing the employees under the bus by management to account for their own failures is unfortunately commonplace. If you are thinking of working for Northrop Grumman chose wisely the section and management you will be working under. It is possible to reduce your chances of working for a bad manager by asking the right questions. Talk to one or more employees in the department off the record over the phone during non business hours. Ask good questions, not "yes no" questions. Once you have found a good department to work for remember to always turn down the first offer and ask for more along with an extra week of vacation on top. If you take the first offer they will think that you do not hold yourself in good esteem. Once on the inside, remember Northrop Grumman management does not take the lead to grooming employees for promotion, that is the employee's responsibility. You have to take care of your career development and carefully guide it in the right direction. Otherwise you will not grow and without growth your value over time will diminish and your pay raises will follow in step. Along those lines never stay in one location more than two years, you must move yourself in order to grow. Always look for and take on opportunities to demonstrate and build your leadership skills. You will know where you stand in the department ranking, make sure you are in the top 20%. If not move yourself to another department ASAP. Always be on your guard, watch what you say and do, the management is not the only people who are going to throw you under the bus. It is a good idea not to use the company internet, phone, or email for personal use, all such media is monitored by the company. Trust no one, no exceptions.

Cons

Depending on which sector of the company you work for the work environment can vary quite a bit. Northrop Grumman is composed of a series of smaller companies that were acquired over time and each has retained their own culture and values to some degree. While the parent corporation has been making adjustments to equalize the differences between the various companies, it is only at the benefits level and has yet to alter the personality and culture of the existing management that much. Over time the leaders within each acquisition will be replaced or re-educated, and those who cannot make the adjustment will be offered a golden handshake or demoted out of the way. At the employee level little change has been observed as a result, except the unusual number of email notices of changes in management and promotions. What does all this have to do with the question? Any good reviews of NG does not mean the whole company is the same. To be honest, currently the employees to some degree feel disenfranchised, they also feel that their management lacks autlntcity. Along with layoffs of very loyal, long term employees, this has lead to demotivation that in turn lowers productivity and in a few cases raises issues concerning quality of workmanship at the customer level. The bulk of the employees are trapped in Northrop Grumman and take the abuse of their management. this is due to current economic conditions. They are unable to escape to something better and management tells them they will not be able to find another job. Once the economic conditions change, and they will, one would expect an exodus away from the company of key staff members and the corporate managers know this is the case. To head off this brain drain, and to pick up morale, they corporate management, have started a review process of managers in hopes of giving the employee a sense of empowerment while leveling a degree of stress on management levels to improve their performance since the feedback polls will effect their ranking to some small degree. It remains to be seen if this latest corporate per rock will produce the desired results. No matter what the result is corporate will declare it a success. Remember you are a "at will" employee, which means they hire and fire at will, this means your loyalty to NG or any company is the equal to the loyalty they show you.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Treat others as you would like to be treated: While it is widely known that most employees, and people in general, live up to expectations, it is often ignored at NG. If you hire the best and rate them as average they will live up to that rating and become average over time. Ideally you would eliminate employee performance and ranking altogether as is the case found in the upper management levels. If you really want to see change try the "Three strikes rule": Fire any manager where three or more employees leave the company within a 12 month period and site the manager as the reason why in the exit interview. To make this rule effective let all employees and managers know this is the rule.

Doesn't Recommend
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Other Reviews for Northrop Grumman

  1.  

    Just okay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    Good pay and good benefits.

    Cons

    Don't feel like I am being coached properly to be an effective part of my group. I often feel left out leading up to major tasks. Then I have to limp along just to do average work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would advise leadership to give lower level employees an opportunity to rate their managers. It might lead to opportunities to make them better leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good compensation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits
    Diverse work opportunities

    Cons

    Poor culture fostered by too much turnover and reorganization
    Career paths undefined;
    Poor communication and involvement by senior management
    Far too much bureaucracy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on one strategy, properly communicate it and stick with it. Become involved in daily operations as opposed to poliy development and setting. Reduce the burgeoning bureaucratic morass and focus on optimization and efficiency as ways of creating value boith internally and externally.

    Approves of CEO
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