Northrop Grumman
3.4 of 5 1,629 reviews
www.northropgrumman.com Falls Church, VA 5000+ Employees

Northrop Grumman Reviews

Updated Jun 25, 2014
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3.4 1,629 reviews

                             

76% Approve of the CEO

Northrop Grumman Chairman, CEO & President Wesley G. Bush

Wesley G. Bush

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70% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Bureaucratic and unfulfilled promises

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Linthicum, MD

    ProsProvides a security clearance. Made some great friends among my peers. Intramural sports leagues and regular social outings. Great health benefits. OK 401K plan (you put in 4% and they'll match 2% max).

    ConsLack of communication and feedback; managers wait until end of year to provide anything meaningful. Employees put into leadership positions without demonstrating any ability to manage people. Far behind the cutting edge. Laid off 800 people 3 times in the past 2 years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop laying people off while still giving upper management bonuses. Place an emphasis on providing real feedback monthly, with meaningful goal setting.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Opportunies for growth is very limited

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Chantilly, VA

    ProsIt is a very diverse company.

    ConsThere are many bias Managers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey should treat all employees fairly.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A very bad company for software development

    Engineer Embedded Software II (Current Employee)
    El Segundo, CA

    ProsRelative job stability until there are defense budget cuts. Good retirement benefits.

    ConsTerrible management at every level. Relatively low compensation, including salary and benefits. A great deal of bureaucracy for any task.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBecome leaner and more agile. Value technical excellence. Promote talent and do everything you can to retain it. Improve working conditions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Wasteland of Obscurity

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Tobyhanna, PA

    ProsExcellent pay that is about the only good thing I can say about the place

    ConsLimited PTO
    Incompetent management
    Little to no recognition
    "class" structure inequalities between "real" employees, and Contract Specific Employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind some way to treat all your employees as members of the company provide education assistance to CSE's and CSA's. Remember there are plenty of extremely talented people who could become an incredible asset to the company if allowed to develop professionally.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    poor

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Charlottesville, VA

    Prosglobal business and diverse product line

    Conspoor managment with no communication

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Company is gone, so it doesn't matter anymore. Too big to fail.

    Engineer (Former Employee)
    New Orleans, LA

    ProsPay, paid holidays, PTO, 4 day work week. All of that is gone now. Northrop Grumman doesn't own the shipyard anymore.

    ConsThe shipyard isn't owned by Northrop Grumman anymore. It was "too big to fail".

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey won't change. The new company put the same old dog and pony show up front. Good luck! Too big to fail. The new company owns the yard AND the debt.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    OK

    Engineer (Former Employee)
    Pascagoula, MS

    ProsFair amount of time off, good benefits package, plenty of opportunity to prove abilities and skills

    Cons*Too many high schoolers with bad attitudes
    *Horrendous hours

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrim dead weight and non-performers

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    hire and fire environment

    Oracle Database Administrator (Former Employee)
    Fairfax, VA

    Prosgood work life balance. I got flex time if I worked over 40 hours a week
    managers did not scream at me or go crazy even under stress

    ConsI worked on The Defense Travel System. If you google it, you will see congress has been trying to kill it for years.

    Hire/Fire environment. They staff up and staff down. When your project staffs down, if you are not a perfect fit for a new job, you don't get it.
    Absolutely NO career development. If you go into a job you stay there. You are blocked from moving to other things.
    Though they have technical levels or even manager levels, there are virtually no promotions technical levels. you have to quit and come back to get promoted.
    They block people on unclassified projects from getting security clearances since those managers don't want to lose people. So if you are not doing classified work and your project ends, you will probably be laid off (you get 2 weeks pay).

    They fire managers constantly. I worked there for 2 years and all of the development managers turned over twice. They fired 2 test managers and 2 operations managers. It was musical chairs with managers. They even fired a manager that was commended by the department of defense and who we all liked. It is really annoying.
    I had a manager curse his boss in front of us and tell us constantly that he hated his job.
    They fire contractors constantly. We turned over all of the contractors more than once in 2 years. They fire contractors so much that they are afraid to do any work at all. They fear that if they get noticed they get fired. They had a contract manager there who bragged about firing 50 people/week. They don't fire technical employees much unless it is a staff down layoff.

    Even in a down economy, their compensation is way below what you can get elsewhere. They were recently advertising a job in the group I was in. I was contacted about it. The numbers were about $40-50k less than I can easily get elsewhere.

    Advice to Senior Managementstop firing all the managers. it got hard to even remember their names after a while.
    stop firing all the contractors. They don't produce when you do this. They are afraid to get noticed.
    when you pay as little as you do, your not going to get or keep good people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Traditional company working with 1950's values while espousing 2011 values

    Manager (Current Employee)
    Redondo Beach, CA

    ProsPay is fair to good

    ConsGood old boy network. Senior leadership insulated and out of touch with employees. Promotions are subjective and political. No work life balance. Too many managers and burdensome bureaucracy. Reorganization has been done with no forethought or how it will impact workers. Senior leaders seem proud of a non-existent change management plan and have made every mistake alienating many employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to walk your talk. Flatten your levels of organizational management. Really drive engagement not just give it lip service.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Useless for Software Engineering. You are better off working at a Coffee Shop for minimum wage!

    Software Engineer II (Former Employee)
    El Segundo, CA

    ProsNorthrop Grumman offers flexible work hours like the 9/80 schedule where employees have every other Friday off. Since the company is so big, it is easy to slip between the cracks, not get noticed, and not do anything for long periods of time. It is extremely difficult to get fired.

    ConsEven before I started at the company, their HR department had no clue what they were doing. I had to do their job for them and get every piece of information they needed to complete the background check. How hard is it to go to Google and look up the HR number for my previous employers? I should have known it was bad omen. They kept me in the dark about my start date until day before. HR did such a bad job, I didn't have a desk, phone, or computer assigned to me for almost a month!

    The Northrop Grumman program leadership is more incompetent about doing their job than the HR department. Their heads are stuck in the 60's so they have no clue about how to write good software. Good coding practices, such as design patterns and abstraction, are not only looked down upon, but the people trying to fix the code are yelled at. They are forced to write absolutely unmaintainable code. Highly nested 3,000+ functions are commonplace. Fixing a bug with that kind structure usually breaks 18 other things. The program leadership also looks down upon using tools because in the 60's everyone used Vi or Emacs. Those programs are great for editing files once in a while, but tools are made for a reason: they make programmers more productive and problems can be debugged faster. No wonder most of their projects are over budget and 5 years behind schedule.

    The corporate leadership is worse than the program leadership because they tolerate the program leadership's abusive behavior. The people doing the real work are typically yelled at for doing exactly what the program leadership tells them to do. I'm sure the corporate leadership notices trends with employees quitting due to abusive leads, yet the corporate leadership does nothing. They allow the program leads to continue abusing the employees and lead their programs into a shark infested waters.

    Northrop Grumman's work friction does not end with the leadership; there are many road blocks to actually trying to do a good job. The IT department blocks all useful internet content. This is understandable for most companies since they don't want their employees chatting with their Facebook buddies the whole day, but Northrop's IT department is so strict it interferes with work. They block Subversion, CVS, Git, or any configuration management protocol so developers can't look at good code examples. Many development blogs that post solutions to for common problems are completely blocked. Software Engineers are not given administrative rights to their computers so they cannot install the necessary development tools to get the job done. Developers have to put in requests to get anything useful installed, but there is so much red tape within the company that it takes months to get the tools needed to do a good job.

    With all the bad leadership and pains to get work done, at least the office environment and corporate perks make up for it, right? Northrop didn't get that right either. Employee morale is an absolute afterthought. There are no basics. Water coolers are not provided. Employees have the option of paying $5.00 a month to join a water club when a water cooler should have been provided for free. Horrible Foldgers cofffee is also offered for $0.25 a cup. The El Segundo site is also so old, sometimes saw dead cockroaches are visible in the hallways.

    I do not recommend Northrop Grumman to any software developer. You will throw your skill set away and deal with unnecessary stress. If you're going to do that, you might as well work at coffee shop for minimum wage because at least you'll have a good time interacting with nice people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your employees with respect because they're the ones doing the real work. When all the good employees get fed up and leave, Northrop Grumman will go out of business.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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