Northrop Grumman
3.4 of 5 1,506 reviews
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Updated Apr 15, 2014
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3.4 1,506 reviews

                             

76% Approve of the CEO

Northrop Grumman Chairman, CEO & President Wesley G. Bush

Wesley G. Bush

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69% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Not what I thought

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Virginia Beach, VA

I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time for more than a year

Pros-Steady work as long as the contract keeps getting renewed
-Pretty good benefits

Cons-Geriatric workforce that has a disfigured sense of entitlement which in my case leads to a toxic work environment
-Bleak outlook on getting promoted
-Same exact day, every day

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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TRW rules

Program Manager (Current Employee)
Reston, VA

I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time for more than 5 years

ProsNice people in most areas. Work environment is ok.

ConsIf you don't work for the old TRW team, then you might as well quit or they will eventually get rid of you.

Advice to Senior ManagementChange is needed. Get rid of the people at high levels who do no work, not the people at lower levels who are doing the work.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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An interesting company to work for

Behavioral Research Scientist (Current Employee)

I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time for more than a year

ProsInteresting work, most people are hardworking and mission-focused. Benefits are good.

ConsCorporate culture is lacking. Off-site employees (like me) were very disconnected from corporate and denied advancement or other opportunities. Big emphasis on profits, sometimes when it wasn't in the best interest of the USG. Most of the internal systems (payroll, talent management, etc.) are broken and nonfunctional if you are remotely located.

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to do a better job connecting with employees who don't live near a major operations center.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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No Managemnt support. You're on your own

Mission Assurance Engineer (Former Employee)
Beavercreek, OH

I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time for more than 10 years

ProsInitial experience was great. Good caring management and lots of opportunities. Good benefits at the time and freiendly coworkers. Company involved in local community events.

ConsLast 5 years out the 15 I worked there have been stressful. There is constant reorganization each time flushing out good people and leaving you with a bunch of unknow managers. Company business is Defense contracts and if the one you are on ends you are out of a job unless YOU can jump to another one. Managers do very little to find you work. Networking outside your group is important so that you have contacts within the company. Total focus has been on stock price and pleasing stockholders. Recent Gallup poll shows discontent among employees; however if you are the squeaky wheel you are a target for elimination so the manager can show improved results. Happened to me!

Advice to Senior ManagementQuit squeezing the company to reduce all costs and overhead. Focus on what yur customers want instead of what you think they need. Forget status quo and go win some new business and develop a way for current employees to transition to them.

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

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Very slow and bureaucratic, but a good place to be if career isn't your first priority

Mechanical Design Engineer (Former Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThe benefits are pretty decent and overall the company promotes a good work life balance. 9/80 work schedule allows for every other Friday off.

ConsPromotions are few and far between. Very little diversity in the work environment. Knowledge transfer does not exist. Hard to stay motivated with such unqualified management leading the team.

Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in quality managers and the rest of the team will follow in their footsteps.

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 much disappointment and frustration after four years in engineering at Northrop – Rolling Meadows.

Engineer (Former Employee)
Rolling Meadows, IL

I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time for more than 3 years

ProsOpportunity to work on some fascinating technology.

Opportunity to do some real hands-on engineering work.

ConsThere is entirely too much management at this company. There are Engineering Project Managers, Program Managers, Logistics Program Managers, Engineering Functional Managers, the list goes on. There is an overabundance of people trying to direct the work, and never enough people who are actually doing the work.

Engineering Supervision (Engineering Functional Management) is almost completely broken. These people are the direct supervisors of the engineering staff, and have an outsize effect on the quality of work coming from the engineering organization. And yet, they are consistently staffed with people who are duplicitous, incapable of critical thought, and unwilling to stand up for their people.

The constant push for more diversity has gone completely out of control. People are hired not because of their skills, but because of their gender or race. Unqualified people are promoted up the ranks in order to fill a diversity quota. It’s maddening how much this occurs, and incredibly frustrating.

Compared to other defense contractors, there is a very small number of military veterans working here. This is true at both the worker-level, and in the management ranks. Military experience isn’t valued. Very strange for the defense industry.

Programs and projects are always in a state of chaos. The only way things ever get done is via last-minute scrambles. Management treats this as the norm, and the “way things have always been done.” Efforts to institute some semblance of planning always fall on deaf ears.

For the past couple years, there has been a significant trend in engineering staff. People start here early in their careers, many fresh out of school. They start very motivated and dedicated, but after 3-5 years, they all leave for elsewhere, bitter and jaded from the experience.

Advice to Senior ManagementFor the past 10-15 years, we’ve enjoyed a virtual flood of money from the Pentagon and our allies. It didn’t matter if we treated people poorly, had ineffective management, bloated staff, or any other ills. The money just kept coming, no matter how poorly things were run.

The flood is over. The flow of money is slowing to a trickle. And now all of the poor decisions of the past decade are being laid bare. You let a lot of engineering talent walk out the door. You promoted a lot of the wrong people. You’re left with this incredibly dysfunctional organization, that’s now going have to fight tooth and nail for every defense dollar.

You need to start looking at how the company is going to survive the next 10-15 years. I’d start by taking a good long, hard look at all of the people you have in engineering functional management positions. Relative to the size of the company, engineering functional management is a small number of people. But this small group of people has an incredibly outsized impact on how programs are run, and ultimately how successful the company is.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Not a great place for young talent

Software Engineer II (Former Employee)
San Jose, CA

I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time for more than a year

ProsGood work/life balance
You're given time to learn what you need, not a lot of pressure
Good mentorship program, although mentors don't seem to have a lot of power to help you

ConsEntrenched staff gives young engineers little room to get challenging work and be promoted
By-the-book development process, little room for creativity
Micromanagement from your immediate supervisor, most likely due to the need to adhere to internal processes
Current DoD budget cuts keep staff in fear of losing their jobs
Crappy benefits, no ESPP, poor 401k selection, high deductible insurance plan
Bad coffee
Very spartan office
This is the only company that I would not rejoin among all the companies I've worked for

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep your new hires engaged and motivated, otherwise they'll leave out of boredom

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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No incentive

Proposal Analyst I (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA

I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time for more than a year

ProsCan learn your job, no prior knowledge needed. 9/80 schedule (every other Friday off).

ConsNo incentive, rare promotions, too much work to properly do your job. Pay is based on experience. You can do triple the work and get payed a third of the amount someone else does. Weekdays are consumed by work because of the 9 hour days (usually more like 11 hour days).

Advice to Senior ManagementRealize that young people are smarter than most of the old veterans here.

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

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No Future

Engineer (Current Employee)

I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time

ProsCompetitive salary and nice working accommodations. Great history of exciting technological work. Love to hire low cost interns and fresh employees.

ConsNo upward potential. They stink at winning new business. Do not take care of their experienced employees. aka their liabilities.

Advice to Senior ManagementPut some effort into keeping your experience and you might actually win a future contract. You can't win high technology contracts with interns.

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

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Good Company Bad Location

Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
Rolling Meadows, IL

I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time for more than 10 years

ProsPresent work and future work is extensive
9/80
Onsite exercise

ConsToo many layers of management. The structure keeps changing and growing.

compensation is very poor and raises very poor. (0% is a possibility)

culture is poor

politics and BS is thick

wall street is the new buzz word, replacing war fighter

Advice to Senior Managementstart listening and watching

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

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