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Northrop Grumman Reviews

Updated September 27, 2014
Updated September 27, 2014
1,762 Reviews
3.4
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Northrop Grumman Chairman, CEO & President Wesley G. Bush
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The 9/80 schedule makes it easier for employees to maintain a better work/life balance (in 127 reviews)

  • Good Benefits, Predictable paycheck, management wont fire you if your a sleezebag (in 125 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/Life balance can be quite nonexistent depending on the program and location you are in (in 27 reviews)

  • 15-23 yrs experience engineers quietly in order to save upper management staff (in 53 reviews)

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  1.  

    It depends upon the position.

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Apopka, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Apopka, FL

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The pay and benefits were good. The work could be interesting. It was clean and safe. I was able to have a good work life balance.

    Cons

    I was told by my manager that "There are some positions nobody can do well with". That was followed by "You can't get a good evaluation with that job". I worked hard and was well-liked by many people, but ultimately those words were true. What could have been the most productive years of my career ended in a layoff that was quite costly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to like people as a resource rather than a function. Give employees the opportunity to succeed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Interesting engineering work but poorly managed

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    Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Advisory Software Engineer in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    Good pay. Strong customer base.

    Cons

    Careers are easily derailed by a minority of incompetent people in positions of power. Thus eventually the best engineers leave and go to companies that care about their key personnel.
    Management is incredibly incapable of distinguishing between the two despite the vast evidence. I was treated fantastically for 15 years with high ratings for my great track record. Then 2 years of being treated like chopped liver was enough to get me to quit and find respect elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide who the key people are who are actually doing the work and executing the contracts and do everything you can to make them happy. Neglect this for a year or two and you will be left with mediocre talent wondering why you no longer can execute on your contracts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Painful and completely unsatisfying

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    Former Employee - Trade Analyst  in  Linthicum, MD
    Former Employee - Trade Analyst in Linthicum, MD

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Free MBA - they paid for your education up front, including books. The 9/80 Program.

    Cons

    Inept managers promoted and shuffled around rather than let go. Incompetent employees receive raises. No employee development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that more than half of the employees sit and watch birds out the window all day and are being treated the exact same as the few who work. Innovation shouldn't be a rarity and the strong discouraging message from management on involving HR in employee issues is a problem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    not the best

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer  in  Redondo Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Redondo Beach, CA

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

    Pros

    Good pay for straight out of engineering undergrad. Tough to beat defense and stay in engineering.

    Cons

    Large bureaucracy. They will not fire incompetent people. Lots of waste of government money. Depending on where you are the work can be boring. Can work on project or design for long time then it doesn't even get used and if the decision making process was better and groups were accountable for wasting money this would not happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire incompetent people.

  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Started out well, been going downhill ever since.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, talented people, large company has the potential of providing more resources and capabilities to bring to bear on solving a problem.

    Cons

    Big companies tend to be overly bureaucratic and rigid, they adopt a "no exceptions allowed" attitude because they are scared to death of being accused/sued for treating different people differently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be truthful to your employees, stop lying to them. Perform a company wide assessment, is the manager to employee ratio at NGC similar to peer companies? You may find some surprising answers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Office Space

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time

    Pros

    - Variations in different locations, units have some autotomy in deciding what culture to uphold, to an extent
    - Good benefits, ok pay
    - Actually more vacation time/work from home allowances than expected

    Cons

    - Outdated technology for the most part. This is sort of institutional because of the nature of government contracting.
    - Onboarding/welcoming process was poor
    - Most people don't seem to care/are already checked out of their careers
    - Upper management does not seem to be in touch with employees
    - Company does not really pay for training. Offers it, but you'll have to do it on top of work, so most people don't.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Talk to employees
    - Focus on good engineering practices
    - Loosen up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fine

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Interesting applications. Working for good of USA in effect was nice.

    Cons

    Not innovative. Continuing to use old tech and charging so much money that current customers go to other companies for work. Instead of pushing the envelope they treat current products (10-15 years old) as cash cows. Many of the managers working hear don't care about the legacy they leave for the next generation of workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Going downhill

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III  in  Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Huntsville, AL

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good starter company for new entries into the workforce.

    Cons

    No room for advancement except in management. Benifits have deteriorating over time. Raises dependant on where you are in the bell curve rather than on performance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look for ways to improve benefits. Reward top performers with something other than "star" awards. Promotions for technical track above level III should not be dependant on managing. That's what manager tracks are for!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good entry-level positions but very difficult to advance.

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    Current Employee - Subcontract Administrator
    Current Employee - Subcontract Administrator

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

    Pros

    Brand name looks good on a resume. Pension. 9/80 Fridays. Paid for my MBA at Smith.

    Cons

    Low pay, false hope, no rewards. Easy to lose motivation. Slow-paced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees when they're trying to talk to you about career development and fair compensation. Don't brush them off and insist it's out of your hands.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    It's become a very harsh work environment the last few years.

    Current Employee - Manager  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    are looking for younger employee - to bring down costs

    Cons

    subject to the political environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management is not in tune with the employees. They are more interested in shareholder value.

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