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"Lack of Leadership. self-focused, bonus-motivated people in charge"

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Business Development in Orlando, FL
Current Employee - Business Development in Orlando, FL
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

Pros

salary, benefits, working level people below the "VP-bonus" level. there's great collaboration amongst the working level folks that just want to get the job done. at the executive level, it breaks down - REALLY QUICKLY.

Cons

seems like middle-senior management is SELF-FOCUSED - their bonuses. they treat people under them like plow mules, no respect. LOTS OF HOURS.

Advice to Management

Need to learn LEADERSHIP from a military person. or better yet - just put the military people in charge. Maybe realize the competition is OUTSIDE the castle walls. start cooperating better internally. quit focusing on yourself and your bonus. get a mission or objective BIGGER THAN YOURSELF. Maybe like your people. LEADERSHIP is about EMPOWERING people - creating a positive work environment where people might actually WANT to work long hours - make them feel part of the solution. I know, it's all too simple and "motherhood" for you to buy-in.

Other Employee Reviews for Northrop Grumman

  1. Helpful (5)

    "Retire here, but do NOT start out here!!!!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Optical Engineer in Woodland Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Optical Engineer in Woodland Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to get your foot in the door and understand the DOD industry. There are cool things to work on at OTHER facilities. If you have a PHD, you will enjoy some of your work. If you don't, you get no respect.

    Cons

    If you are talented and hard-working, you will never be rewarded nor adequately compensated. Managers are incompetent and not trained. Lab equipment is antiquated; it could be 30 years old or older. You will never get new equipment. If you are finally approved for new equipment, a new model # will be out, or the item will no longer be for sale. You do not have any type of profit-sharing or bonus plan. There are NO bonuses, so your base pay is all you get. Raises are only about 5% each year if you are lucky, and there is no adjustment for inflation. So in essence, you may be losing purchasing power after your raise. Over half the work staff is eligible to retire. The average age is over 50!!!

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your new employees and start fostering an open, educational atmosphere.


  2. "Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding a decent place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cost Control Analyst in Newport News, VA
    Current Employee - Cost Control Analyst in Newport News, VA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, overall, is a stable place to work. As the sole provider of nuclear powered aircraft carriers, there is a relatively fair sense of stability at the company. Unless you mischarge your time, goof off on the computer (big brother does watch), or just don’t show up, you are pretty safe in assuming you are not going to be let go. As one of the largest private employers in the state, any layoffs are going to be bad – real bad, on the local economy. Local and state elected officials are always going to bat for the shipyard to maintain the employment level.

    The company is becoming increasingly more flexible in their work-life balance. This is especially true since the merger with Northrop Grumman about 6-7 years ago.

    Cons

    Unless you get a good manager, you are not going to move up through the ranks. You will get a promotion once you meet the HR guidelines, but you really need to know someone and push for it get move up into management. Pay is, by far, less than similar fields. While the company has made great strides to improve work-life balance, there is still room for improvement. Overtime is often and required.

    Advice to Management

    The most popular or son/brother/cousin/etc. of a current manager does not automatically make a good manager. Look within your ranks to find someone with true leadership potential.

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