What It's Like to Work at Northrup Grumman

job interview My name is Chris, I am 28 years old and I have been an employee at Northrop Grumman for a little over a year. I work in Fort Sill, Okla., in the Technical Services division on a military trainer contract with the Army and I love every second of it. I honestly could not think of nor recommend a better company to work for. Northrop Grumman takes care of and is loyal to their employees in every way imaginable.

I began working for Northrop Grumman about a week after leaving the military and a few days after my wife gave birth to our first child. The company, from my managers to human resources, was extremely cooperative in regards to allowing me to savor the significant life-changing event I was going through.

They were the ones to approach me and tell me that if I needed any time off it would not be a problem; I didn't have to say a word. They understand that their employees have lives outside of the office and want to accommodate that. They will even go as far as scheduling flights for business-related travel in conjunction with personal travel (like a family vacation) in order to help out their employees.

I travel for work about 40 percent of the year. Unfortunately, this takes me away from my family for more time than most people would like. However, Northrop Grumman always flies its employees on the same airline and puts us in the same brand of hotels, so that we can accumulate frequent flyer miles and hotel points, which they allow us to keep for personal use.

This is especially nice when we have business trips to places like Hawaii. I was able to fly my wife out for free using my miles and we stayed an extra week in the hotel for free using points. To top it off, the company scheduled my flight home for a week after the business part of the trip was complete, so I didn't have to pay anything extra to be there on vacation.

Because of those miles and points, employees are able to take vacations that we might not be able to afford otherwise. And Northrop Grumman is very good about approving time off when an employee requests it; their philosophy is that we have earned our vacation days and we should be able to use them when it is convenient for us, as opposed to when it is convenient to the company.

The company's loyalty to its employees doesn't stop there. In the world of military contracts, job security can be scarce, especially in today's economy. Recently the contract that I work under was put up for bid and a smaller company with less overhead underbid Northrop Grumman for the contract by a significant amount. But now that company has been having trouble meeting the contract requirements and it is looking like Northrop Grumman will be able to keep the contract after all.

This has been a long, drawn-out process, but from day one we had been given assurances from management that we would not be without a job. Months in advance of the actual event, Northrop Grumman formally told all of the employees that fall under this contract that regardless of the outcome of the contracting negotiations, we would be paid for at least one year from the day we lost the contract. Plus, they promised to place every one of us in other jobs within the company. In today's troubled economy, that is the closest thing to a real definition of loyalty that I have seen.

Overall, Northrop Grumman is an excellent place to work. In a company of over 50,000 employees, you really do feel like a part of the family. Whether it is understanding that you have a life outside of the office, or sharing in the benefits of travel, they truly want to see their employees happy. The overall benefits are excellent and some of the best around. They offer top-notch health insurance and employees are fully vested in the retirement fund after only three years of service.

It is Northrop Grumman's philosophy that they want an employee to stay with the company for the duration of their career. In order to make this happen they believe that management should be promoted from within and employees must come to work as well as leave for the day happy. I know I've been a happy man ever since I started with the company, and plan to work here for as long as they will have me.

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