Northrop Grumman
3.4 of 5 1,623 reviews
www.northropgrumman.com Falls Church, VA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jun 25, 2014
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3.4 1,623 reviews

                             

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Northrop Grumman Chairman, CEO & President Wesley G. Bush

Wesley G. Bush

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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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    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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    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 engr

    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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    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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    The company has declined badly and now focuses on shareholder profits, with no job security for technical people.

    Software Development Lead (Current Employee)
    Vienna, VA

    Pros- There are some cool projects to work on. My current project is great and is the only reason I am still with the company.
    - Pay seems to be competitive with other large companies like Northrop Grumman.

    Cons- The company has changed from having a long-term focus and developing its employees as a vital resource to just hiring and firing whoever they need for a project. There is no job security and you will be laid off as soon as your project is complete.
    - The benefits used to be okay, but the company is cutting our benefits (like paid vacation) to save money. This is disturbing since the company is profitable and the senior officers are paid millions of dollars a year, while the actual engineers are treated worse each year.
    - It's become difficult to get money or other resources to do research or pursue technology that might benefit a customer. The company doesn't invest much in research anymore.
    - The company has become less agile over the last few years and now it's almost impossible to get a computer that's ideal for your work needs or to get permission to install needed software like VMware Workstation. The IT and other departments now make their own jobs easier at the expense of those of us who actually do the engineering work for our customers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMy immediate management is competent and caring. The levels above that, all the way to the top, appear to be either unsure what to do or concerned only with saving their jobs and profiting themselves and the shareholders. No one I know feels valued by the company and we all know we can be laid off at a moment's notice no matter how exceptional we are.

    Northrop Grumman has a toxic work environment. Many of the best people n my operating unit have already left and more are leaving soon. I am still with the company only because I like working on my current team and doing great things for our customers, and my colleagues feel the same way. If our project ends, we will all move to new companies.

    This is a challenging time for Northrop Grumman, but the senior management's approach to improving the company's profitability has driven away most of the most talented engineers in my operating unit and those of us left will leave if/when our project ends. I'm not sure how to fix this situation, but I can tell you that reducing benefits and making it harder to do our jobs with increasing bureaucracy is not the way forward. Also not helpful is the fact that when you moved the headquarters from California to Virginia, you paid (or overpaid) all the expenses of senior management, who already make millions of dollars a year. When a great engineer sees that the senior management makes ridiculous amounts of money to make dubious decisions, and that the future of Northrop Grumman depends entirely on questionable forces out of his control, he begins to look elsewhere. The Engagement surveys are also a slap in the face of the line workers. It should be obvious why people are becoming less engaged over time and having managerial work groups will not improve the situation.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Be ready to sell your soul to get ahead

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Redondo Beach, CA

    Pros9-80 schedule & December holiday shut-down

    ConsProblems with most Management - Horrible communication, willing to lie to make themselves look good, unethical, hypocritical, immature, irresponsible, and unfair. Hard work is ignored. Money is wasted in ways that are shameful. The work environment kills your spirit. They promote cliquey work environments. Most learn to just go through the motions and not be concerned with doing good work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend time identifying the unethical employees and get rid of them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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