Northrop Grumman Reviews

Updated July 18, 2015
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  • The 9/80 schedule makes it easier for employees to maintain a better work/life balance (in 136 reviews)

  • 40 hour work weeks, on the dot, plus the 9/80 schedule (in 115 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance is preached but NOT practiced (in 28 reviews)

  • I felt a lack of direction from upper management (in 54 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Hostile environment

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer IV in Redondo Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer IV in Redondo Beach, CA

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Space Park has a great facility and close to the beach.

    Cons

    Space Park "was" a premier Satellite and Spacecraft builder as "TRW" before Northrop bought them in 2002. When the reorganization was complete in 2011, my management from top to bottom all came from the aircraft side. Management has been systematically removing all senior TRW staff.

    Advice to Management

    Hiring young and cheap engineers will not make you a great company.


  2. Northrop is Pathetic.

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Linthicum, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Linthicum, MD

    I worked at Northrop Grumman (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    On surface Northrop tries to be a great place to work. Reality is pathetic. Northrop has so many back stabbing management that will track you for years after you leave. They pretend to have fixed this crap.

    Cons

    For ten years management I worked for has called my current projects after tracking me in JPAS. Nothing you can do. Northrop management looks the other way etc. So Daily I hear of other people that were lied to by same management and same stuff has happened to them. I actually today talked to two more intern types and two more in the mentor program that have experienced the same liars as I did. There are managers that have no business having jobs that still after years have the ability to destroy people illegally tracking them in JPAS. The lawyers, HR etc are all full of the people that are very aware that cover this up like it is the employees that are getting screwed the problem. Read " A Just Cause" which is a book detailing everything they will do to you if you get the wrong managers.

    Advice to Management

    Quit lying to yourselves, public, employees that you are a decent company. Bunch of pathetic for profit jerks that love to hurt people. Quit denying that you allowing you security personel to go into JPAS and track individuals. I have so much evidence of this!!


  3. Helpful (2)

    Mis management

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    Current Employee - Quality Inspector in Redondo Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Inspector in Redondo Beach, CA

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Was a great job when TRW, NG is a totally different entity with different management styles.

    Cons

    No training for functional (people) management, the managers run their groups however they please, they don't adhere to the established procedures or processes unless it is detrimental to the employee!

    Advice to Management

    Get your heads out!!


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  5. Norhtrop Grumman a bad place to work

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    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer

    I worked at Northrop Grumman

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Your co workers were good hard working folks. The organization that I worked for did allow you to work from home one day a week.

    Cons

    salary bands were from the 80's Raise package was MIA. Promotions were never discussed. Goals were set by senior management without consultation. Thus, the time allotted was overly optimistic.

    Advice to Management

    get your head out of the 60's - performance is based on success not seniority. Reduction in force decisions should not be done based on geography we live in a digital society we can work from anywhere.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Program Cost Control Analyst

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    Current Employee - Program Cost Control Analyst in Suffolk, VA
    Current Employee - Program Cost Control Analyst in Suffolk, VA

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The compensation and benefits are decent

    Cons

    This company will work you to the bone and suck the life out of you.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Old technology...new product, but still old technology.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Apopka, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Apopka, FL

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some very nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Too many layoffs in the past seven years. High paid old Litton employees holding positions that require college degrees, but old Litton employees have no degree at all. Very poor management and too top heavy. Too many chiefs and not enough Indians. Diversity is making the company work quality and efficiency weak. Company is overwhelmed with meetings. No company stability. No new business in Apopka, FL. Would not recommend.

    Advice to Management

    Don't take a management position, if you have no people skills.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Material Analyst 2

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Material Analyst II in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Material Analyst II in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    9/80 workweek and health benefits.

    Cons

    Nepotism, cronyism, favoritism. Promotions are based on the good ol' boy network. It's not what you know, it's who you know.

    Advice to Management

    Hire and promote people based on their qualifications and skills not whether their parents or buddies or inlaws work there, after all, the money to pay for your projects comes from tax payer money and you have the most expensive, over cost, over budget products. Modernize your supply chain and get talent in there that has the necessary qualifications.


  9. Helpful (6)

    Northrop Grumman

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palmdale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palmdale, CA

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a job and pay's my bill.

    Cons

    Where do I begin? Been with the company for almost 8 years. Depending where you work, it's like prison. You have to pick a clique to survive here as it's every man/women for themselves. Your co-workers that you thought were your friends at work will not waste anytime to throw you under the bus to make themselves look better. HR seems like they are always on the prowl to get people fired right away. If you don't work for the Aerospace Systems sector, they treat you like the red headed step children. Meanwhile the Aerospace Sector would get bonuses for saving the customer money and give everyone else cake. Don't get me wrong, I'm just lucky to get a paycheck but everyone should be treated equally if they want everyone to go by the motto "One Site, One Team!". No matter how hard you work and go out of your way for the company, they will not waste no time at all to point out each and every little mistake you've made. The pay is ok, but could be way better. When I first started with the company it had that family vibe, that is until all the good people left either by retirement or promotion and then that's when the corporation vibe came in. It went from higher ups knowing you personally by name to now you're just a number. They stress on the importance of people taking these Ethnics training classes annual which is a waste because the company does not follow what they preach. Example, one of the quizzes they give they talk about a gentlemen who's daughter was going to college and wanted to join the company as an intern. Her father happened to know/work with the Manager for the intern spot. They give you multiple choice answers, A). You tell the father that his daughter must apply online like everyone else B). The father gives the Manager his daughters resume and the Manager brings her onboard. Which one is the right way to handle this? Obviously A) was the correct answer however, I have seen instances where apparently the company believes B) is the correct answer on what seems to be on a daily basis. This "Job" is just a place holder for me until I add a few more experiences on my resume and will leave. Defiantly not a company you want to put 100% effort in everything you do and not be recognized and then treated like crap. Lastly, biggest pet peeve with the company; not once I have meet our newest VP's and Vice VP's. Before or best VP and Vice VP left for better things they used to walk around greeting everyone individually, asked how they were doing, and asked if they needed anything. Now we get these newer folks that have not even introduced themselves to anyone; I guess as long as they get there bonus checks every year based off of our hard work there is no need to meet them.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Maybe unemployment isn't really that bad.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Charles, LA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Charles, LA

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You get the benefits of a major (for now) defense contractor.

    Cons

    The culture, the management, and the work ethic. In my first two weeks a herd an co-worker ask a female employee "Do you want to play the rape game". When she replied "No", his response was" That's the spirit". The management will straight up tell you that they need you co stay at work, even if it's an a emergency, because they need to head count. Never finish a job ahead to the allotted time. Everyone here needs the overtime because they can't plan a financial budget on their regular salary.

    Advice to Management

    Stop doing everything you are doing. I worked with Northrop Grumman for 4 year in Atlanta before taking time off to fulfill person goals, i.e. finish my degree. Everything was great, people loved coming to work and believed in the mission. Now people hate their jobs and only work here for the money. Fix your culture!


  11. Helpful (4)

    NG in Princess Anne MD is a complete nuthouse and the most degrading place I have worked in my life.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princess Anne, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princess Anne, MD

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you want to or in my case need to live in the area, this is most likely one of the best paying companies to work for. If you're one of the ones chosen to travel you will be going to exotic places for extended periods of time. If you're someone who enjoys doing nothing all day long and getting paid this is the place for you! If you like to work in an environment where it's not clear who the boss is you will love it there.

    Cons

    I could spend a week listing all the cons of working here because this is the most dysfunctional organization I have worked for in my life and that includes all of the jobs I had as a teen. The biggest con of working here is that the upper management is unethical in more ways than one. Management at this facility need "respect" training and need to be retrained in ethics. To list a few other more trivial cons; as an engineer the experience you gain will be of no value when you leave because you're engineering nothing, just assembling and testing parts, business travel with extended time away from home, no chance for promotion, engineers with little to no experience are the real managers because the "managers" are so weak, people who are called, "engineers" but have no engineering degree. Based on this it's not clear who the boss is. One manager I dealt with clearly saw us a boy scout troop to be managed in the same way....."a leader shall emerge!". That same manager would use examples from a sci fi TV show as to how the organization should be run. Management is out of touch with what's going on day to day so there is no recognition for your achievements or failures.

    Advice to Management

    none



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