People: Managing Our Talent People And Culture

Engaging our most valuable resource: Our talent

At Northrop Grumman, our employees are the driving force behind achieving sustained top performance. Our strategy begins with attracting the best, most diverse talent from top colleges and the labor market. We also target military veterans for their commitment, high ethical standards, skills, experiences and knowledge of our industry, and we reach out to hire and mentor our nation’s wounded warriors.

To attract and retain the best employees, we foster a company culture of diversity and inclusion. Our annual employee survey helps us understand employee perspectives across the globe on inclusion, engagement and accountability. We also use a robust performance management process to recognize top performers throughout Northrop Grumman.

The performance management process, coupled with our leadership development programs, is key in preparing our employees and the company for future opportunities.

Throughout Northrop Grumman, we maintain close relationships with representatives at top colleges across the globe. Through these partnerships, we provide expertise to university research programs and support various campus and student initiatives.

Our Professional Development Program for new college hires provides up to three years of rotational opportunities to offer various skill building opportunities and locations. In 2016, approximately 500 of our new college hires participated.

Acquiring, engaging, developing and managing our talent goes beyond fulfilling capability needs. Our people help us shape a values-based culture that is the framework in which every employee is able to achieve their full potential.

Our values-based culture at Northrop Grumman is the framework to help each employee maximize potential.

Diversity and Inclusion

At Northrop Grumman, shaping a culture of diversity and inclusion defines who we are and how we operate our business. With employees in 50 U.S. states and 40 countries, our values-based culture creates a workplace that blends multiple cultures, perspectives, skills and experiences.

Operation IMPACT

A dedicated team of employees ensures we train and employ troops and wounded warriors through Operation IMPACT (OI: Injured Military Pursuing Assisted Career Transition). OI provides program management, personalized placement assistance, community outreach and workplace accommodations for severely injured service members transitioning to civilian employment. Since inception, we have hired 195 employees through Operation IMPACT.

Strategic Sourcing and Military Recruiting

We continually look for ways to help bridge the employment gap for retiring and exiting service members. VERITAS, our internal Employee Resource Group, is a resource we use to support veterans. We also support existing partnerships with external groups including Military Officers Association of America, DOD Hiring Heroes, Virginia Employment Commission, Student Veterans of America and Corporate Gray.

Diversity and Strategic Sourcing

We are dedicated to bringing together people with different perspectives, unique skills and experiences. That focus helps us find the best talent for future leadership positions and employees with strategic skills. As we have throughout our history, in 2016 we continued to partner with numerous diversity-based organizations to connect with talented candidates.

Equal Pay Assurance

We benchmark pay using external salary surveys. We monitor pay rates to ensure equitable remuneration for women and People of Color, and our incentive system is performance-based.

Women hold 50 percent of senior executive positions and People of Color hold more than 20 percent of senior executive positions.

Equal Employment Opportunity

We build employment equity and non-discrimination principles and policies into our company operations within legal parameters for each country in which we operate. Within the United States, we develop annual Affirmative Action plans, where applicable, that document specific steps to hire veterans and increase representation of minorities, women and People with Disabilities.

Performance Reviews

All employees receive regular performance feedback and are eligible for development opportunities to achieve career goals. Employees receive formal performance reviews every 12 to 15 months, based on their hire date within a calendar year and scheduling.


Employees who are regularly scheduled to work 20 or more hours per week are eligible for health and welfare benefits under the Northrop Grumman Health Plan, including benefits for domestic partners and transgender benefits. Qualified full-time and part-time employees are eligible for the 401(k) plan, retirement plans, work/life benefits, childcare, life and disability insurance, education assistance and other employee benefits.

Agency Complaints

In 2016, external agencies logged 27 complaints of discrimination across the company. We investigate all such complaints and take appropriate action. Of these complaints, we successfully resolved 13, with 14 still open/pending as of December 31, 2016.

Collective Bargaining

Currently, collective bargaining agreements cover approximately 5 percent of Northrop Grumman employees. At Northrop Grumman facilities, our employees are free to exercise their rights of freedom of association and collective bargaining.