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Northrop Grumman Overview

Falls Church, VA
10000+ employees
Company - Public (NOC)
Aerospace & Defense
$10+ billion (USD) per year
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cybersecurity, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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Mission: Our vision is to be the most trusted provider of systems and technologies that ensure the security and freedom of our nation and its allies. As the technology leader, we will define the future of defense - from undersea to outer space, and in cyberspace.

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Highest Rated CEOs: 2017 (#89)

Best Places to Interview: 2017 (#53), 2016 (#40)

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Northrop Grumman – Why Work For Us?

We invite you to learn more about Northrop Grumman’s varied businesses and our rich history of innovation. Northrop Grumman continues to manufacture some of the most cutting-edge technology and products. As a member of the Aerospace and Defense industry, it is our mission to produce quality products and services – especially when the safety of our service men and women is involved.

Our commitment to people goes beyond product safety and technology. All employees at Northrop Grumman are encouraged to give back to the local communities in which they live and work because it’s the right thing to do. We believe that supporting education in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math today will result in future leaders.

Doing what is right because it is the right thing to do is the foundation of Northrop Grumman’s business culture. The reputation that our company has earned for high legal and ethical standards is one of our greatest business assets. Our goal has never been solely to comply with the law, but to abide by the highest principles of integrity and concern for others.

We strive to conduct business in ways that reflect our Standards of Business Conduct – collectively as a company and as individual employees within the company. Through communications and training, we continually link individuals, including business associates, to our Vision, Values and Behaviors. We must not sacrifice our integrity to achieve business objectives.

Our sense of ethics and doing what is right are the cornerstones of Northrop Grumman’s exemplary reputation. They allow us to gain respect and support within our communities, help provide a competitive advantage in the marketplace, and attract and retain individuals who not only demonstrate, but also demand high standards of business conduct.

Northrop Grumman employees make this belief a priority. The company values are listed on the back of every employee’s badge – Quality, Customer Satisfaction, Leadership, Integrity, People, Suppliers. Integrity must characterize everything we do. We want everyone who comes in contact with us to know that we do things the right way at Northrop Grumman.

The Northrop Grumman OpenLine is available to anyone affiliated with Northrop Grumman. Individuals can seek guidance or report a suspected violation of our Standards of Business Conduct. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Since the 1930s, our company has been recognized for technical innovation and achievement, and our commitment to our employees, our customers and the communities in which we live and work. As we continue to grow and evolve, the responsibility we feel to serve our communities and help those in need grows with us. We maintain a strong commitment to programs that improve education and human services, promote cultural awareness and diversity, and support our troops and veterans.

Health Plans

Varying levels of cost and coverage among the medical and dental plan options allow you to select the option that is right for you and your family.
Some medical options offered include:

• Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) option
• A Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) option, if available in your geographic location
• A national Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO
• A consumer-driven health plan (CDHP) option
• Aetna Global Benefits plan for overseas employees

Some dental options include:

  • ​​​​​​​Three PPO options
  • A dental HMO, if available in your geographic location​​​​​​​

Vision Coverage

Vision benefits include annual eye exams, coverage for glasses or contact lenses, discounts on LASIK surgery and much more.

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)

You can make before-tax contributions to two different Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) - the Health Care FSA and the Dependent Day Care FSA - to help pay for certain health care and dependent day care expenses using pretax money.

Contribute up to $5,000* on a tax-deferred basis in each account per benefit plan year to help pay for eligible health care and dependent day care expenses.

* $2,500 limit in the Dependent Day Care Flexible Spending Account if you are considered highly compensated for plan purposes

Savings Plans

You can contribute a percentage of your eligible compensation as tax-deferred contributions, traditional after-tax contributions, Roth 401(k) contributions, or any combination of the three, up to annual IRS limits. If you are age 50 or older you can make additional contributions, up to IRS limits.

Northrop Grumman provides a company match, (depending on your business unit), based on a percentage of your eligible compensation and your contribution to the Plan. In certain cases, Northrop Grumman provides a company basic contribution in lieu of matching contributions, or a combination of both company basic and matching contributions.

In addition, eligible new hires (of certain business units) will receive an automatic company contribution of 3-5% of base pay per pay period, based on age, to a retirement account rather than participating in a pension program. This company contribution will be subject to a three-year vesting period.

Insurance Plans

Plans currently offered include:

    • Life Insurance: Basic coverage is automatically provided. You can purchase optional coverage for both you and your dependants at varying levels.

    • Long-Term Disability: Plan provides you with income replacement if you are unable to work for an extended period of time due to disability. Varying levels of LTD coverage are available.

    • Short-Term Disability: Benefits are design to provide you with income for up to 26 weeks if you are absent from work due to illness or injury. Benefit levels and eligibilty vary by sector.

    • Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance: Coverage is automatically provided. You can also purchase additional coverage for both you and your dependants.

Education Assistance

Tuition reimbursement for job-related courses and progress toward a degree in a relevant field.

Additional Benefits

Eligible employees can take advantage of the following additional benefits, which vary by business sector and location and include:

    • Employee development

    • Employee discounts

    • Paid time off

At Northrop Grumman we strive to provide a work experience that enables employees to pursue meaningful careers, and rewards them for their contributions. That’s why in addition to providing competitive pay and benefits, we also offer many valuable preferred- employer programs and services.

Listed below are some of the programs intended to facilitate employees’ pursuit of work-life success—on-the-job programs that increase opportunities for professional development and advancement; flexible work schedules that better accommodate employees’ personal lives; benefits and services that help meet employee needs outside the workplace; and opportunities for recreational and community service activities.

We believe that fostering our employees overall well-being — success at work, in life and in the community — are critically important to our business.

Career Development
When employees have positive attitudes about their jobs, this satisfaction benefits their lives outside of work. With this in mind, Northrop Grumman offers career development programs that help employees build the skills necessary for professional development. An example is the LEAD1NG program, focused on leadership competency, during which company leaders and class participants teach one another through personal experiences and lessons learned. Another key to employee development is the Learning Exchange Resource Center, which provides access to many learning resources while also supporting career development planning.

Community and Education Outreach
One element of Northrop Grumman’s focus on life away from the workplace is providing significant support and contributions to the communities in which our employees live. Our Corporate Citizenship programs are dedicated to human services, education, the environment and care for military personnel and veterans. The company also supports its employee volunteers who dedicate their personal time to supporting a variety of community service organizations, from tutoring students in math and science to stuffing care packages for our troops.

Corporate Responsibility
At Northrop Grumman, corporate responsibility is a key component of our business and operating strategies. We take pride in conducting our business with a broad perspective, taking into account our customers, our employees, our shareholders, the environment and communities in which we operate.

Disabilities Resources
Northrop Grumman believes in helping employees achieve their full potential and makes every effort to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities. Employees who have a disability or who have a child or other dependent with special needs require understanding, support and inclusion in the organization. The company provides an online connection to the federal government’s disability-related information and resources that include assistive technology information, special needs parenting contacts, and a host of educational resources for parents of special needs children from early intervention through college.

Employee Assistance Program
The challenge of balancing work and family is one of a number of issues that employees are able to discuss with experienced professional counselors through Northrop Grumman’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Services are free of charge, confidential and available to employees and their eligible family members 24/7. Other issues that can be addressed include eldercare concerns, parenting, chemical dependency, managing work conflicts and balancing work and life commitments.

Employee Discounts
In pursuing recreation and leisure activities outside the workplace, employees can tap the benefits of Northrop Grumman’s extensive companywide discount programs. An enterprise-wide employee discount program called Beneplace provides employees with the ability to leverage combined purchasing power at restaurants, resorts and fitness centers, clothing stores, sporting events and movie theaters and much, much more!

Financial and Retirement Support
Financial security and retirement support are key to employee satisfaction in both work and family life. Northrop Grumman employees can take advantage of a number of programs geared to helping meet financial goals: the Northrop Grumman Federal Credit Union’s banking, financing, insurance and other services, including the Homeowner Discount program; the Northrop Grumman Savings Plan; the Northrop Grumman Legal Services Plan (covering attorney consultation, will preparation, representation in traffic and small claims courts, real estate transactions and other matters); and the Northrop Grumman Retiree Medical Plan.

Flexible Work Arrangements
Northrop Grumman directly addresses the employee objective of optimizing the integration between work, family and in the community by offering flexible schedules and flexible office procedures at a number of our locations. In all cases, these arrangements must be approved by management and must support company goals, including cost effectiveness, productivity, customer service and our Green initiatives.

Health and Wellness
Promoting personal and organizational wellness leads to increased engagement in the workplace and to overall well-being. Northrop Grumman supports this notion with a comprehensive package of health care benefits that can be customized to accommodate individual circumstances. In addition, the company offers a dynamic wellness program, “Healthwaves,” that provides employees with health screenings, personal wellness assessments and coaching, educational seminars, motivational programs, an on-line health resource center and access to wellness coaching/advising. A number of our facilities have on-site fitness centers and most employees have access to fitness center discounts in their communities.

Social and Professional Networking
Employee networking initiatives add value and satisfaction to both professional and social life – and Northrop Grumman is committed to supporting such activities. One example is the Connect1NG program that focuses on welcoming and acclimating new employees into the organization. Employee Resource Groups foster professional and social networking groups aimed at helping employees build relationships, career development, sharing knowledge and giving back to the community. Additionally, a number of locations offer a broad array of employee clubs that provide employees with similar interests to network and pursue common recreational activities in a collegial environment. In today’s competitive market, a company’s greatest advantage is its people. An inclusive workplace of people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives is key to Northrop Grumman’s innovation, productivity and profitability. By seeking top talent from diverse sources, we continue to ensure we have the best team of creative people to help us reach our near and long-term business goals.

Work-Life Services
In addition to the many Work-Life programs, Northrop Grumman's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) has partnered with Value Options to provide employees and their family members Work Life Services to help balance work and life commitments. Work/Life specialists are available to assist you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Northrop Grumman representatives attend many events geared towards recruiting experienced professionals, military veterans, students and new graduates. To learn where you can speak with us in person, conduct a search to find events in your area.

Pre-registering to attend one of our events has significant perks, including special attention from our recruiting team. We’ve partnered with RecPass to enhance your event experience.

If you'd like to pre-register, click here and you'll be directed to our events page. We look forward to meeting you! 

Northrop Grumman Reviews

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Redondo Beach, CA
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    Work on some of the largest and most advanced defense contracts the DoD has awarded
    Very flexible work schedule
    9/80 schedule, i.e. every other Friday off is usually the "norm". Expect to work some off-Fridays though.
    Vacation accrual, i.e. rollover hours between calendar years up to generous maximums
    Paid overtime when working extra hours (has to be authorized, but that's usually pretty easy. Just 1x pay though, no time-and-a-half or anything)
    Loss of contracts or proposal does not mean you will get laid off. The company does a great job of finding employees other work when projects close out.
    Overall very friendly co-workers and some brilliant minds
    One of the most demographically diverse environments I've ever worked, especially considering the engineering industry
    Management is experienced and usually keeps the employee insulated from managerial nuisances
    They will pay for your education with generous applications of "the rules" in your favor. I have never taken advantage myself, but I've heard so many great things about the "EdAssist" program I have to mention it.


    Fairly average pay and benefits, nothing special. 401k match maxes out at 7% for new employees, if you contribute 8%.
    Bonuses are only for top performers, based on your management performance review. They limit the recipients to ~10% at each level, so if you're new and below level 4 - good luck. Even if you get one, the amount is so small you don't even care to try the next year. I've seen about 3% of my gross salary one year when I was awarded the "top" level of review. Don't expect anything beyond your base salary.
    Absolutely no company-sponsored extras, i.e. no work-related parties, no freebies, no perks, not even break rooms or TVs in their so-called flagship campus "Space Park" in Redondo Beach. This campus is a historical wonder, but a modern-day joke for such a large company to still be working in.
    Enormous corporation (80,000+ employees) means you cannot even begin to understand the high-level management structure. You will see congratulatory emails about VIP-level promotions for people you have not only never heard of, but couldn't even figure out their role if you tried.
    Almost all of NG's business is from government contracts, most of which are defense related and a large portion of those classified SCI (the biggest exception is probably James Webb Space Telescope) This means lots of overhead, red-tape and process bloat. Be prepared for a one-line software code change to take 6 months and cost $1 million. SIGH.
    Business travel can be frequent, depending on your project. The business travel rules are nuts and an absolute nightmare to work though since you have to adhere to the government FAR regulations. Booking a short domestic trip can be way more trouble than necessary, especially when submitting expenses on the return.

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Northrop Grumman Interviews



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    I applied online. The process took 5+ weeks. I interviewed at Northrop Grumman.


    Filled out application. Took about 2-3 weeks to get my application turned into an interview which was 2-3 weeks out. Interview went well; asked standard questions and some more technical questions about software I'd be using. Over all, very professional.

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Northrop Grumman Awards & Accolades

  • Top 50 Companies for Diversity, DiversityInc, 2015
  • Fortune 500, Fortune, 2015
  • Top 50 Employers - Readers' Choice, Equal Opportunity Publications, 2012
  • Top 50 Companies for Diversity, DiversityInc, 2012
  • America's Top Corporations for Multicultural Business Opportunities(#5),, 2012
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