Northrop Grumman

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Northrop Grumman Reviews

Updated Jul 14, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.4 1,644 reviews

76% Approve of the CEO

Northrop Grumman Chairman, CEO & President Wesley G. Bush

Wesley G. Bush

(676 ratings)

70% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The 9/80 schedule makes it easier for employees to maintain a better work/life balance(in 121 reviews)

  • Flexible work hours, 9/80 schedule gives you every other Friday off(in 102 reviews)


Cons
  • 15-23 yrs experience engineers quietly in order to save upper management staff(in 49 reviews)

  • Very large company sometimes takes longer to get things done(in 35 reviews)

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a great company, now is terrible. It is so terrible I am 29 and took a voluntary layoff!

    Procurement Analyst (Former Employee) El Segundo, CA

    ProsI worked in procurement and the people were great (not management though). Also there is a bar down the street to have a couple beers at lunch so you can get through the day. Pay and benefits were ok.

    ConsBasically everything. The company still thinks they are in the 80's. If you are a young person you will not be a manager for 30 years. Way too many levels of management and I do not know how most of these managers were hired. If you have drive and ambitious then say goodbye to it. Nothing is efficient, you have to get a signature for anything you do. Management thinks they know all and will not listen to the low level peasants of the company. There is a reason why Boeing and Lockheed are ahead of Northrop. Once most of the good old boys club of Northrop retires then maybe it will improve. If you are lazy and want someone to make terrible decisions for you then this is the company for you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop laying off lower level employees and start laying off management. Whatever your first instinct is then do the opposite!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Got nothing out of job!

    Business Analyst (Former Employee)

    ProsWorked with great knowledgeable people! Pay and benefits were OK! Minimum Supervision (only because the onsite managers didn't know or care what you were doing.)

    ConsNo contact or communication with management. No chance for advancement. Had to bring own office supplies to work, Northrop Grumman did not supply them. Managers have no clue.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed better communication and sharing of information.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    So many negatives... (Carmel Mt Facility)

    (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsThe pay is good and I like my co-workers...I just wish they'd stop laying them off!

    ConsLots of lay-offs. Upper management seems more concerned with making sure that nothing peeks over the edge of the cubes, buying large screen tv's for the reception area than with improving by offering items such as training (not in the budget) or raises (Not even cost of living). Since there is little work, there is also no room for growth or upward mobility.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you want to keep people from defecting to other companies you might want to change your priorities.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    No place for technical people. Do not waste your time.

    Engineer (Current Employee) Apopka, FL

    ProsDecent salary and benefits. Full education reimbursement.

    ConsThe management makes technical decisions without consulting the technical staff. The management takes no responsibility for their actions and retaliates against employees that speak up or question their decisions. Northrop Grumman corporate refuses to acknowledge any of the problems at this branch and will not take any action. There have been 3 rounds of "reduction in force" with no reduction in management. I expect this place to be closed in 2 years with the way the management is running things. Soon there will be 1 employee and 300 managers. Sound like a good idea to me. Many good people have left voluntarily due to the incompetence of management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementClean house and start over with a new set of managers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Insane

    Software Engineer III (Former Employee) Rancho Bernardo, CA

    ProsThe group of people I worked with, including my managers, were amazing. Together we beat many challenges, and I learned a whole heck of a lot. The opportunities to dig really deep into technical problems abound. I loved this aspect of the job.

    ConsThere is a phenomenal amount of institutional mismanagement at this company - perhaps in the whole of Defense. Management spends so much of its time satisfying every whim of the customer and the government that they don't have time to correct deficiencies that prevent engineers from performing even the simplest tasks. For example, instead of correcting licensing issues the team was asked to work in shifts (that often spanned days) so that we didn't have idle engineers. There is no thought about improving efficiency, it's all about following a process and keeping your nose down. It's really sad to see such an opportunity for greatness squandered.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A company stuck 30 years in the past.

    Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee) Baltimore, MD

    ProsGreat place if you're lazy and prefer to not really work.

    ConsNG ES has managed to boil every job down to the most menial and excruciatingly boring task. There are so many layers of management, and non of them seem to have a clue. Raises come once a year if you're lucky and they don't keep up with inflation. The convoluted performance appraisal system is just a way for them to waste your time and in the end you'll receive the going raise +/- 1% depending on how your manager likes you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop conducting gallup surveys to try to figure out how to better engage your employees. Drastic changes need to be made, nothing from a survey is going to help explain how to fix the severe cultural issues.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    7 people found this helpful  

    Lousy Place to Work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Rolling Meadows, IL

    Pros9/80 Flex Time Off, health benefits

    ConsIncompetent management, raises/promotions based on what circle an employee spins in, no credit for good work done, managers allowed to act on personal biases towards subordinates, extremely-high level of undeserved hubris among some employees and managers, denied opportunities, an environment where turning in one's co-worker for frivolous reasons is highly encouraged, sub-standard compensation

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn from "top" companies and maybe you wouldn't be ranked near the bottom!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Flight Sciences Eng (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    Prosgood salary, good location, good weather in SD

    Consincopetent management . Too many warped egos in the white male dominated culture

    Advice to Senior Managementleave the politics at the door

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It was great at first but they sure do not know how to cut cost the right way.

    Telecom Tech, IT (Current Employee) Rolling Meadows, IL

    ProsIf you have the time then taking time off is very easy
    In IT you do what needs to get done then relax the rest of the time due to lack of management

    ConsWhen I was first hired it was great but now with them saving money they have no idea what they are doing.
    In IT they have cut all middle management out so no way to advance in IT.
    No communication with management due to my manager not even being in the same state as me.
    No encouragement of growth, leaning, or advancement in any aspect of your job.
    You are an ant. You have one goal, to stay alive. You fight to show your worth something and have no friends here.
    You are a high up rich manager or a low end heavy worker. All middle management are gone.
    The leaders of the IT departments do not know anything about technology. They only see cost so the wrong technology is being deployed causing even more cost in the end.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Unethical management

    Engineer V (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsPay, location, weather and free parking.

    ConsToo many to list but here are but a few: loud unprofessional office environment, no training budget, no local IT group, management that rules by fear and intimidation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop manageing to a limited set of metrics. Stop using fear and intimidation as your primary motivational tools.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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