ClearanceJobs recently sat down with Dr. Tarun Soni, fellow and chief engineer at Northrop Grumman. He discussed how the breadth of opportunities available at Northrop Grumman have been a key driver in staying with Northrop Grumman over the years. 

How Did You Land at Northrop Grumman?

At Northrop Grumman, Dr. Soni has a role that allows him to keep an eye towards keeping the organization a key leader in technology. Dr. Soni provides leadership and oversight that enables Northrop Grumman to understand all of the various constraints impacting complex technical problems and navigate the path forward. The key in tackling complex problems like Northrop Grumman faces is building up the teams behind the projects. Growing people is just as important as solving problems. 

Why People Stay at Northrop Grumman for the Long Haul

Part of Dr. Soni’s story has been staying at Northrop Grumman for many years. The driver behind staying for him has been about supporting the overall mission of national security. Dr. Soni cites the value in solving problems that impact the world. Building useful tools and solving complex problems that actually impact lives is a key driver for Northrop Grumman’s employees. And for those who enjoy interacting with high end technology – everything from superconductors to cloud computing to quantum computing – can find a long term home at Northrop Grumman. 

Northrop Grumman also provides the ability to rotate to different positions, try new opportunities, and grow professional skills based on personal interest. As a large organization, Northrop Grumman not only offers its employees a variety of programs to support, it is also a leader that the DoD relies on when it has complex problems to solve. 

Planning for Professional Growth

Dr. Soni credits his personal goal of doing work that has an impact as a key driver in his overall professional growth and career trajectory. He recommends finding the key bedrock principle and aligning with an organization that has a similar goal as well as opportunities to make your goals a reality. For Dr. Soni, focusing on making an impact with technology has been a key driver in finding different opportunities along the way. It’s less about filling a resume with specific words and more about a core behavioral trait that guides to each opportunity. 

Only at Northrop Grumman

Dr. Soni has had different opportunities throughout his career, but he credits his ability to work on projects that are systems of systems with higher complexity of problems as the key to his longevity at Northrop Grumman. The scale of projects and problems that the organization routinely tackles is a whole new level. On any given day, Dr. Soni had the luxury of drifting through conversations about nuclear network communications, quantum communications, cloud computing, software engineering, or even artificial intelligence (AI) – all in a single day sometimes. 

With the breath of opportunities comes learning opportunities and the ability to connect with a variety of people from various walks of life, experiences, and education.   

Getting Hired at Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman solves the toughest problems in space, aeronautics, defense and cyberspace to meet the ever-evolving needs of our customers worldwide. Our 90,000 employees define possible every day using science, technology and engineering to create and deliver advanced systems, products and services.

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Jillian Hamilton has worked in a variety of Program Management roles for multiple Federal Government contractors. She has helped manage projects in training and IT. She received her Bachelors degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Penn State University and her MBA from the University of Phoenix.
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