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"Northrop Grumman is a great company, but there are areas to avoid!"

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Former Employee - Senior Competitive Intelligence Analyst in Falls Church, VA
Former Employee - Senior Competitive Intelligence Analyst in Falls Church, VA
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Pros

Northrop is a great company that treats its employees well and provides excellent benefits and good working conditions. They pay at or just above market value, and the current yearly raise is roughly 3%. There is a legacy pension plan (in most of the sectors) for employees that have been there a long time. For newer employees there is a reasonable 401K matching program and a generous company funded savings program. The holidays vary based on sector with Electronic Systems and Corporate having the best holiday schedule, followed by Aerospace Systems, then Information Systems and Technical Services. Vacation and sick time are combined into accrued PTO (Paid Time Off), and the allotment is standardized across the corporation and based on the number of years you've been employed by the company. They have a good tuition reimbursement program. There is also an excellent employee discount program that includes supplier price for US auto manufacturers, Home Use Program for Microsoft products, special pricing on GE appliances, and many others. For positions with travel requirements, travel arrangements are typically made by the employee through the company approved online travel site, except for international travel which must be booked over the phone. Business class travel is allowed for international travel where the total travel time including layovers in a 24-hour period exceeds 12 hours. The typical federal travel requirements (lowest available fare, per diem rates, etc.) apply to selecting flights and hotels.

Cons

Northrop is an engineering company at heart. It's very process-oriented, and if you don't have an engineering degree, officer's retirement from one of the military branches, and/or high-level acquisition experience with one of the major customers, it's tough to work your way up the ladder. The online expense report tool the company uses is...well, let's just say it's not friendly. There are groups within the company that should be avoided at all costs for various reasons. In some cases, they are career black holes. In other cases their management is abysmal. In rare cases, the two coincide and result in a working nightmare. If you're interviewing, ask to speak to some or the people that would be your teammates/counterparts (alone if possible). Find out how long they've been in their positions, if they're happy with their position, career prospects and management, and what happened to the person who was in the seat you're interviewing for. If you end up in a bad seat within the company, there are no internal safeties - it will likely be tough to get out of that group without switching companies, and the yearly review process can be manipulated to make even a stellar employee look like a flunky.

Advice to Management

There should be better mentorship and a formal grooming program for future management. Also, an employee review of their direct management should be included in the yearly review process. The employees' review of their management should account for a substantial portion of the manager's total review score. Most of the management at NG is great, but there are some that really damage NG's ability to hang onto good employees and have the potential to become serious legal liabilities for the company.

Other Employee Reviews for Northrop Grumman

  1. Helpful (1)

    "The work is challenging, but it's a good place to work."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I love that the work we do is difficult and challenging, because it makes solving the problems more rewarding. The benefits are some of the best in Oklahoma, in some ways even better than what you'll find at Chesapeake or Devon. Work-life balance is encouraged here, even if you're aggressive in advancing within the company. The company does pay well, even if it doesn't always feel like its enough.

    Cons

    Like all work at defense contractors, work can come and go in a blink of the eye. Even programs on contract with high need are subject to cuts or cancellations, especially given the environment in Washington right now. The defense industry is an odd cross roads where it is trying to shrink, which means layoffs and budget cuts, but at the same time trying to get younger. This creates unique opportunites for those lucky enough to survive cuts, but challenges as well in that there is more work than can be done in a normal work week. At times it feels like the conpensation falls short of the work done, though the pay is still good for Oklahoma.

    Advice to Management

    Management does a good job recognizing people who work hard, continue to do so. Be more aggressive though in pushing for top performers.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "It's a job"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you know the right people you can go far.
    Average salary for the skill sets.
    Average benefits, and like most major companies they are going up in price and down in value.
    There are cutting edge groups, but you have to search them out.

    Cons

    Too much management spread over a large and diverse product set. The current (2012) hierarchy adds three to four layers of upper (expensive) management between program execution and corporate leadership, with no defined value added to the final product.
    Constant reorganizations undo development of relationships and process efficiencies for both individuals as well as the organizations changed.
    In ability of management at any level to approve investment in a program upfront to reduce costs later on. The common approach to risk management is identify and ignore until it is an issue.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to communicate with your workforce through surveys, and actually communicate with them.
    Flatten the organization. Make management a priority, instead of trying to sideline it to a 20% job.
    Make sure your management team can actually manage. Employees are rated annually by their managers (and themselves), add a process for employees to rate their manager.
    Responsibility delegation is good; but do not assume that because you delegated a job to someone and that job was completed that: A. the delegate had any part in its success; and B. that completion = success.
    Understand that every request made at the top of the management chain will “snowball” as it rolls down the organization, taking time and resources from already strapped projects.
    Do not ask for a monthly status report on specific programs if you are not going to come up to speed on each of those programs; and if you are, then cut out the two levels of management in between that are no longer adding value.

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