Careers at Northrop Grumman

Congratulations on your offer!

We are thrilled to welcome you to the Northrop Grumman team. As you prepare to embark on this exciting journey with us, we’ve complied a list of frequently asked questions to provide you with valuable insights and assistance. Whether it’s about our company culture, benefits or the next steps of our onboarding process, we’re here to ensure a smooth transition as join us in Defining Possible. 

I received my verbal offer from my recruiter, what happens next?

  • If you have completed your application in our applicant tracking system (Workday):
    • Your recruiter will verify that all your application materials have been submitted. If anything is missing, they will reach out to you to obtain the necessary materials.
    • Once your application is complete with all the necessary materials, you can expect to receive your offer letter within a timely manner.
  • If you haven’t completed your application in our applicant tracking system (Workday):
    • Our teams will work on getting all the paperwork to execute your formal written offer.
    • Typically, you will receive an email from Northrop Grumman within the next 24-48 hours titled “Thanks for your application to Northrop Grumman.” This email will contain instructions on completing your application, including answering a few additional questions within Workday.
    • It’s crucial to complete this step within 24 hours of receiving the email to ensure the application process can move forward smoothly. 

I received my verbal offer at a conference. When will I receive my formal written offer letter?

After receiving a verbal offer at the conference, our teams will promptly work on finalizing all necessary paperwork to generate your formal written offer. Typically, you can expect to receive an email from Northrop Grumman within the next 24-48 hours titled “Thanks for your application to Northrop Grumman.” This email, sent from the address, contains crucial instructions for completing your application process. We recommend adding this email address to your address book to prevent it from being flagged as spam. Please ensure to check your junk and spam folders if you do not see this email within the specified timeframe.

An important next step is to complete 3-5 additional questions within Workday to ensure your application is fully processed. This step typically takes less than 5 minutes. The email titled “Thanks for your application to Northrop Grumman” will include a link to complete these questions. It’s essential to use the provided link and ensure your username matches the email address you received the invitation to apply on. Please complete these questions within 24 hours of receiving the email to facilitate a smooth application process.  

Can you tell me more about the program I will work on?

Your placement on a specific program or project will be determined based on the programs requiring additional support as your start date approaches. Your organization’s staffing lead or manager will assess your skills and background to determine the best fit for you. They will provide you with information about your program o project placement as soon as it becomes available, typically within a few weeks of your start date. 

Additional details, including specific project information and expectations, will be communicated to you as a part of your onboarding process.

I’m having technical issues accessing my offer. What should I do?

If you encounter technical issues while trying to access your offer, we recommend trying the following troubleshooting steps:

  1. Clear your internet history or caches.
  2. Try using a different web browser.
  3. Attempt accessing the offer on a desktop instead of a mobile device. 
If you continue to experience difficulties accessing your offer or making a formal decision, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the recruiter listed in the signature block of your offer. They will be able to assist you further. 

When do I complete my drug test?

Your assigned onboarding representative will provide you with a series of tasks that need to be completed as part of the onboarding process. One of the tasks, as a new employee, will be to complete your drug screening. You will receive specific instructions on how to schedule this screening at a location convenient to you, as well as information on what you need to bring with you to the appointment.

It’s important to note that your dug screening must be completed within 72 hours of the task being assigned to you by onboarding.  If you require an extension or have further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your assigned Onboarder. You can find their contact information in the introduction emails you received.

Additionally, as a US federal contractor, Northrop Grumman adheres to the Drug-Free Workplace Act and relevant local laws. Despite marijuana’s legalization in certain US states, it remains illegal under federal law. Therefore, our company prohibits its use, even in locations where it may be legal under state law.

Will I be submitted for a Clearance?

The requirement for a Department of Defense (DOD) clearance varies depending on the program and business needs for our interns and entry-level positions. While many of these positions may require a clearance, it’s not a requirement for all.

If your position requires a clearance, your hiring manager will initiate the clearance process for you, typically within a few weeks of accepting your offer and completing your initial onboarding tasks. Once you’ve been submitted for clearance, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Enterprise Security Shared Services (ESSS).

Please be aware that all tasks within the clearance process are time-sensitive and must be completed promptly. Any delays in completing these tasks could potentially result in a delay in your start date. For more detailed information about the clearance process, you can refer to here.

Does Northorp Grumman provide housing for interns?

Northrop Grumman does not provide housing for our internship program. However, qualifying interns will receive a housing stipend to assist with the cost of housing and relocation for the duration of the summer internship. 

While we do not offer specific housing recommendations, we encourage interns to join our Discord group based on location. This group serves as a networking platform where interns can connect with other areas, potentially find roommates, and share housing sources. Discord invites are typically sent out at the beginning of the year. 

Ultimately, interns are responsible for securing their own housing arrangements. We recommend utilizing resources such as the housing stipend and the Discord group to facilitate the process. 

Does Northorp Grumman provide relocation for entry-level positions?

Relocation assistance eligibility varies depending on the position. Your recruiter will provide you with specific details regarding relocation assistance, if applicable, as part of your offer package. 

We recommend discussing any questions or concerns about relocation assistance directly with your recruiter, who will be able to provide information based on your situation and the requirements of the position. 

What’s next after I accept?

We’re thrilled to have you on board! Once you have accepted your offer, here’s what you can expect to happen next:

  1. Pre employment tasks: You will receive a few pre-employment tasks to complete in Workday once an Onboarder has been assigned. These tasks typically include providing personal information and completing the C-196 Task, which can be found under “Tasks” on your Workday profile.
  2. Welcome email: You will receive a “Welcome” email from your assigned Onboarder, who will guide you through the onboarding process.
  3. Background investigation and drug screening: Our third-party partner, Sterling, will contact you via email regarding your background investigation and drug screening.
  4. Graduation verification (for entry-level positions): For entry-level positions, graduation verification will be completed by our third-party partner after your start date.
  5. Communications and engagement: Stay in regular communication with your recruiter and/or onboarding representative throughout the offer and onboarding process. Look out for engagement opportunities such as Recruiting Office Hours and Beyond the Offer presentations if you need additional information.
  6. Networking and staying informed: Continue to network with Northrop Grumman via our social media channels and stay up to date on any new products, programs or noteworthy accomplishments.
  7. Referrals: We value referrals from our employees! If you know someone who would be a great fit for our team, please refer them to your recruiter.

Please feel free to reach out to your recruiter if you have any questions or need further assistance throughout the onboarding process.

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