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"Positive overall experience but not my dream job"

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Software Engineer II
Current Employee - Software Engineer II
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Your experience will vary based on the business unit and project your work on but:
* I have had lots of opportunities to advance my career and position with in the company. If you are a competent and motivated employee you will get your chances.
* Large company with plenty of opportunity to change job roles or move laterally to another project.
* If you have good managers, they will take care of you with out-of-cycle raises and TAP bonuses.
* The leadership on my program has steadily improved in championing change, such as process improvements and weeding out a lot of sub-par employees.
* Flexible work schedule
* Easy going environment

Cons

* Government contracting. Opposite of cutting edge, tons of red tape, customers who don't know what they want until you finish and they see that's not what they want, etc.
* Employees with entitled attitudes where they think just doing job is going above and beyond and get upset they don't get recognition for doing the bare minimum.
* Tuition reimbursement cap is extremely low.
* Lack of transparency from upper management.
* Hiring process is so convoluted that it is impossible to bring in quality people when you need them.
* No lateral awareness across programs and business units which results in redundant capabilities being implemented, wasting lots of tax payer money.

Advice to Management

* Improve transparency and communication.
* Win more contracts by not trying to unnecessarily inflate costs.
* Fix the recruiting process.
* Don't let the people who do sub-standard work coast and collect a paycheck.
* Foster a small business atmosphere within programs and projects and stop trying to push this One NG concept. One size does not fit all.

Other Employee Reviews for Northrop Grumman

  1. "Not the best place to work but it pays your bills. Inconsistent benefit across the board"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Education reimbursement (some sectors has higher reimbursement cap, some less)

    Not much micro management (at least the bosses I've worked with)

    9/80 schedule (off every other Friday)

    Year end shutdown (1 week off between Xmas and New Year)

    Telework available

    Cons

    Lack of professional training for employees in certain sector. Basically there is no budget for employee in this sector to take trainings from vendors. They can take classes using the education reimbursement (with string attach, you pay in advance then get reimburse later if you get good grades, must stay a year after). However, other sector has dedicated budget for professional trainings from vendors every year (with NO string attach).

    Some sector offer lower starting salary than other sector (comparing same geographic location, similar experience/education within the company).

    Some sectors offer year end bonus to everyone (yes, even secretaries get bonus), but some sectors give no year end bonus to employees below certain management level.

    Education scholarship program only available to certain sector.

    Top heavy ( functional management, program management, horizontal management, vertical management, middle management, dozens of vps). Maybe some day we will have 3 dimensional management.

    Sometimes management make decision to save a penny but loose a dime (centralizing process/system etc and also complicating the procedures at the same time, thus defeat efficiency, in other words, requests being routed a long way before being processed).

    Advice to Management

    Fix unfair benefit and training opportunities between different sectors.

    Reduce management. You could have use those money to hire more people who do the real work.


  2. "Ok place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working from home was an excellent perk. You will gain good experience if you are able to get into the right sector and find a good mentor. Some new technology to work with, some sectors need an overhaul.

    Cons

    Politics and the usual problems with a professional type of job. The review process was not particularly good for any type of measurement of skill. Employee development could be much better.

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