HERNDON, Va., Dec. 20, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) received the Top Maryland Employer of Distinction award from the Maryland Society for Human Resource Management State Council and The Daily Record for achievements and best practices in human resources.

The company's Information Technology (IT) sector has an established presence in Maryland with more than 2,000 employees in 83 locations.

Northrop Grumman IT was selected for the award based on criteria including recruitment and retention, compensation, benefits, training and development, workplace diversity, work and family issues, and health, safety and security.

The award recognizes Northrop Grumman IT's commitment to its employees and the community. For example, the company's dedication to education through internship programs and support of more than 125 colleges and universities nationwide results in hundreds of entry-level, college-graduate new hires each year. In addition, employment opportunities are made available via Web sites, regional employment offices, and local and national publications.

Through employee surveys, Northrop Grumman IT assesses worker satisfaction with compensation and benefits and has found that total compensation and benefits packages are competitive within the marketplace. In addition, the company was recognized for its generous training and tuition reimbursement programs.

Workplace diversity and work-life balance are also key successes for Northrop Grumman IT. The company is an active participant with the INROADS program, an organization whose mission is to develop and place talented minority youth in business and industry to prepare them for corporate and community leadership.

To meet the needs of its diverse population, Northrop Grumman offers numerous initiatives to help employees achieve a good work-life balance. These include flexible work schedules; an employment assurance program that allows employees to leave the work environment to pursue personal obligations, such as education or military leave, and return to their previous employment status; and an employee-shaped benefits program that modifies work-life policies and programs based on employee feedback.

Northrop Grumman Information Technology, headquartered in Herndon, Va., is a trusted IT leader and premier provider of advanced IT solutions, engineering and business services for government and commercial clients. The company's technological leadership spans such areas as homeland security solutions, secure wireless, cyber and physical assurance, IT and network infrastructure, managed services, knowledge management, modeling and simulation, and geospatial intelligence solutions.

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