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Software Engineer (Current Employee) – California – October 6, 2015
Northrop Grumman has a severe problem keeping young talent around, and this will likely continue into the future. There's an old company culture with very conservative mindsets. I work in an IT group, and this company easily has the worst job culture compared to any anywhere else I've been. Examples: pay for your own coffee, no free lunches, business dress, expensive breakfast and lunches, and poor compensation. Three of the buildings I've worked in are little more than cube farms for entire floors, which tends to kill any chances employee interaction.
It's incredibly irritating when company leaders boast "we pay for performance," and when employees bust their butts and earn ratings of 4, they receive $0 in merit or bonus increases. The common attitude from upper management is somewhere along the lines of "college graduates should be thrilled to come work for us, regardless of benefits." No surprise, very rarely does an employee less than 28 stick around for more than 2 years.
These same "leaders" wonder what they can do to keep young, very talented employees from resigning go to work in the innovative tech scene in Silicon Beach or Valley. Pay your workers what they deserve, not 30% below market value.