Northrop Grumman Reviews

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Material Analyst 2

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    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.

  2. Helpful (4)

    Northrop Grumman

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  3. Helpful (3)

    Maybe unemployment isn't really that bad.

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    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!

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  5. 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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    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

  6. Helpful (5)

    Once great, now incompetent management and HR

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Redondo Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Redondo Beach, CA

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

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

    Pros

    At this point in time, work-life balance is the only good thing about this company.

    Cons

    About 5 or more years ago, most employees were working hard and had a great outlook on their future. NG used to be a great company run by intelligent engineers. Today it seems like profit is the only thing that matters. We keep seeing shareholders rejoice at their inflated stock prices, and hearing about how the Execs are making millions in salary, yet the engineers doing all the REAL WORK keep having our salary increases frozen or miniscule (1-2% raise) every year. Meanwhile our benefits keep getting cut back as well. So what does this tell the engineers (the backbone!!) of this company? Seek work elsewhere. When you work overtime for weeks/months on end to make a deadline, then receive only a "passing" grade in your performance review, and a microscopic raise, guess what happens next? People either leave for better opportunities at other companies, or work very lazily in protest. Middle and upper management are completely incompetent, as well as the HR department, because if you ask for a raise or promotion, they will promise you everything to keep you working for them, then conveniently "forget" when the deadline comes around.

    Advice to Management

    Quit for the good of the company. And for the higher management, REPLACE the entire HR department and hire better middle management.

  7. Helpful (5)

    Self-Inflicted Turmoil

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

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

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

    Pros

    The salary tends to be higher than average. The work can be interesting, if your an engineer. Some parts of the company have attractive benefits such as 9/80 work week and the ability to work from home. The benefit package -- health, dental, etc -- is good (not amazing, but good).

    Cons

    The company is very decentralized, so the experience in one division (called a sector) is probably not at all the experience someplace else. Reorganizations occur at least every 19 months and the people making the decisions don't (cannot) know all the ramifications of the changes. The upset to people and projects is on-going. A new thing, in my organization, is that only bosses talk in meetings (all on the phone, nothing in person). The people making the decision have NO idea what they're talking about -- they've been briefed by worker bees, but the worker bees are not allowed to talk in meeting -- just bosses talking to bosses. If anyone asked one detailed question (luckily nobody knows any details), they'd be stuck. Probably most frustrating -- although decentralized as a company, the individual organizations are very centralized. A very small group of people makes all the decisions -- so everyone underneath is always keeping their options open so as not to accidentally say the wrong thing. And the small group of people making the decisions can only do so much. So things move very slowly.

    Advice to Management

    My management has instituted a VERY unpopular change to working hours. Given a chance to identify problems, literally everyone in my group identified this unpopular change to working hours as the thing they'd like to discuss. The management refuses to acknowledge the problem or address the request for conversation. Ignoring a problem doesn't make it go away. I hope that engineers have a great career. Because the rest of us are mired in paperwork and politics.

  8. Helpful (6)

    Worst Aerospace company to work for, Management and Human Resources have no Ethics.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer V in Palmdale, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer V in Palmdale, 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

    The engineers and work force who produce are good people

    Cons

    Management and HR are in bed together. There is Zero employee advocacy and Management alone has ruined what was once a great company to work for run by Engineers, now run by bean counters who only care about their bonuses and pockets while they strip away all benefits from employees. Human Resources is a joke, they work hand in hand with Management and if there is a problem they simply defer it and point it right back at the employee.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees, we are not dumb, when you insult our intelligence by taking away benefits for the better of the Company while we see publicly VP's trading millions in stocks and restructured programs like ASPIRE which only benefit upper Management there is something wrong. When was the last time a VP took an Ethics course required by everyone to take. They don't, they have their admins take those courses. When employees are trying to get Unions in the workplace you have problems. Wake up and get your head out your @ss

  9. Helpful (2)

    Facilities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Redondo Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Redondo Beach, CA

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great location and work schedule. Alot of opportunities to social climb. Technical abilities is not at important as
    covering for friends. Pay scales are high and job opportunities are abundant if you dont compliant about anything ever.

    Cons

    The Facilities Department is shameless and incompetent. The power of the dysfunctionist will stress a reasonable person out. A lot of good people just leave right away. I tried to hang in there to make things better but moved on for my families sake. Some have to learn the hard way. If you can connect with people well and go with the flow no regard to ethics, its perfect for some. I wish you success.

    Advice to Management

    No advice because they know what their doing.

  10. Helpful (8)

    Depressing - Waste of 10 years

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Test Engineer in Azusa, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Test Engineer in Azusa, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Great cafeteria soup. Chicken Enchilada.

    Cons

    All sites are different. This is for Azusa. All of the good, kind, people-loving managers get forced out, and the soul-less task masters rise to the top. Employee morale is low. Shift work is often mandatory. Holidays can be forced work days. To quote a program lead "Holidays are working days too." Reduction in Force culls occur approximately every 18 months. Annual raises have been depressed for 5 years. Vacations have been reduced and sick days removed for unequal PTO tradeoff.

    Advice to Management

    Employees have been made expendable for short term profit. Don't expect loyalty from them in the future.

  11. Helpful (8)

    Not a place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer I in McClellan, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer I in McClellan, CA

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    9 hour day shifts, every other Friday off. Flexibility.

    Cons

    Toxic environment to work. Legacy software with no documentation at all. Go Fish mentality. They throw you in the water and if you swim, you survive. Not a collaborative environment. People hold their knowledge (job security) and you get clues instead of answers when you try to resolve problems. You can go in circles for days trying to get an answer for a simple question or problem you need to solve in the system. There are only few people who know the system. All the others do not work there anymore.
    Defense industry depends on politics. At the meetings, managers forecast all the great opportunities and contracts to come but in reality they didn't have much. Defense industry has a lot of up and downs. Hence, lot of layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Something big need to be done to change that toxic culture.

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