Northrop Grumman

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Northrop Grumman Reviews

Updated Jul 14, 2014
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3.4 1,649 reviews

76% Approve of the CEO

Northrop Grumman Chairman, CEO & President Wesley G. Bush

Wesley G. Bush

(680 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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    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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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Woodland Hills, CA

    ProsLot of Experience, Good People

    ConsThe new NG Woodland Hills Management doesn't have a clue about what they are doing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't overlook what the seasoned employees offer. You are loosing a lot of very talented employees through your inability to manage the company. You don't even follow the values and principles you say you hold so high. You have broken the trust of your employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    So disappointed

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New Orleans, LA

    ProsGood benefits and many location options. Opportunity to work for an international defense contractor consistently rated in the top 10.

    ConsManagement shows a complete lack of interest in a new employee. No praise whatsoever - only admonishing for mistakes and lack of perfectionism. Lots of favoritism going on here!

    Advice to Senior ManagementFollow up with new employees and seek their opinions. Lift the 6-month transfer rule in cases of hostile work environments.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    I love to help people and see that it gets done in the right way

    Finger Print Tec/Bio Metric Technical Worker (Current Employee) Miami, FL

    Pros.You can work and go to school, hours can be worked around your scheduals at times.

    Cons.Yyour sinority does not get noticed, also how hard you work does not get valued

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo back roundcheks when the time has come down to do so, do not go five years extra on backround history it gives chance for people to get away with certin situations, when you are working for the goverment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Worst facility I have ever worked in.

    Applications Developer (Former Employee) Grand Prairie, TX

    ProsColleagues were very friendly and inclusive of new people. Made friends that I want to keep in contact with. Pretty decent cafeteria available for breakfast and lunch.

    ConsFacility is >50 year airplane manufacturing facility. Filthy break area with nothing provided. Primitive bathrooms. Never saw any facility maintenance or cleaning crews. Empty cubicles full of trash and boxes. Parking spot is assigned - even if you get there really early, you don't get to park closer.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour professional employees deserve at least a minimum of cleanliness and concern for their facility.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Ambitious?? Work somewhere else.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Redondo Beach, CA

    ProsGood benefits but nothing earth shaking beyond that.

    ConsMove you around from office to office without notice and expect you to keep up your work load while interrupting it all the time. You like working in an 8 ft by 8 ft cell? Come work here! Cubicle city. Management doesn't care about their employees. The job market is bad and they know it. After all where are you going to go? Boeing??

    If you are looking to further your career, look elsewhere. This is not the company for you. Promotions and positions of authority and power are handed out to friends and friends of friends to the detriment of the mission and the employee morale. Positions are posted as required but they are taken down as soon as a "qualified candidate" is found which usually takes hours. Individuals that are part of the "management click" are moved from one location to the next while a position can be created to bring them in under the protection of a friend that just happens to be the hiring manager. Seen that more than once.

    If you happen to be a woman or minority you have a much better chance of success at North Grumman. They are promoted over others to maintain the "diversity" to the misfortune of better qualified candidates.

    For better or worse, that's the way it is at Northrop Grumman. I have been here for more than a few years and have seen this behavior more than once.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the good ol'boy/girl networks. It obvious to the rest of us.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    T5 Fellow Engineer (Current Employee) Rolling Meadows, IL

    ProsThere is some satisfaction knowing the work helps protect our country.

    ConsVery bureaucratic and hypocritical. Bloated, ridged, and untested processes. While the systems we develop are essential they are certainly not developed with cost in mind. Often, designs function but contain many latent faults affecting long term reliability and supportability.
    No career growth. Expected to perform and be rated on uncompensated tasks. Other than that, it’s ok.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRead William Edwards Deming writings

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Seek Work Elsewhere

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Rolling Meadows, IL

    ProsSeemed to have stable job security and a steady paycheck. 40hr weeks.

    ConsNo advancement, even if you were a high performer. Minimal raises. No bonus - only managers received them. Outdated technology. No techincal training. Poor management - they treat you like a child.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet training. Learn how to motivate and retain employees. Learn how to build high performing teams. Give you employees a bonus if the organization is profitable! Profits should be shared by all of enabled the company to make that profits - not just management!! Managers - news flash - your employees know about the bonus structure, talk about it, and are not happy with it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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