Northrop Grumman

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Northrop Grumman Reviews

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
1,862 Reviews
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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 136 reviews)

  • Flexible work hours, 9/80 schedule gives you every other Friday off (in 115 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/Life balance can be quite nonexistent depending on the program and location you are in (in 28 reviews)

  • 15-23 yrs experience engineers quietly in order to save upper management staff (in 54 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Northrop Grumman - Woodland Hills

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northrop Grumman (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Northrop Grumman has a great benefits package such as 9/80 work schedule and vacation.

    Cons

    The division in Woodland Hills is suffering in sales. Therefore, there has been three layoffs in the last year and a half. This includes closure of at least three campus buildings because of the significant reduction in staff. Overall employee morale is suffering as a result of the continuing layoffs. In addition, seniority of the overall employee population (30 years +), there is very little room for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate management (Baltimore) needs to evaluate several long-term managers/employees and keep based on performance, not just time with the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Aerospace status quo and nothing more

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer III in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer III in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours and the 9/80 schedule are great! Very little if or no unpaid overtime expected. Paltry funded employee resource groups (better than no resource groups).

    Cons

    No pension, increased heath care costs every year with fewer benefits, no free gyms to use, salaried employees are made to clock in and out like hourly employees (and paid in the same fashion), fewer vacation days every year to meet what they call "industry standards" and no more bonuses or employee appreciation days to save money. No money for training or resources. They create programs to profit off employee's good ideas without providing any incentive to the employee. If you want a promotion/raise they tell you to get a job offer from another company first no matter how good you performance reviews are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to follow the status quo and make NG a place employees want to be part of, not just show up for a paycheck while looking for another job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Bureaucratic

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time

    Pros

    Get lost/invisible in a sea of average people

    Cons

    Get lost/invisible in a sea of average people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase responsibilities, accountabilities for those w experience

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Long Days, Little Acknowledgement

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    You get to work with very interesting and intelligent people, many whom have military backgrounds and have seen the world.

    Cons

    It's a steady paycheck but a very government like atmosphere. People walking around with their heads down no eye contact in the halls. Very sterile environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management only cares about themselves and their own jobs. There are too many managers. And they don't wvwn know how to do what we do, they just check time cards and write reports.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Long work history with the company. Recent years the work experience has declined significantly.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    Northrop is a very large company so there are plenty of options to move around in the company. I was able to enjoy a very flexible work schedule to include working from home.

    Cons

    Company benefits have diminished to the point of health insurance that does not pay for anything until a high deductible is met. Even after that, the amount covered for medications is minimal. The pension is no longer offered. Each year benefits cost more and you get much less. The company has tremendous bureaucracy that can often get in the way of getting things done. Often there are many "check the box" training and activities and there is a focus on employee "engagement" that is a complete waste of time. Despite working in IT, there was no budget for training in 10 years. It is all about double digit profit margins over quality and employee. There is a lot of extra work required to track financial data in 100 different ways in an effort to ensure profits are on track and to also make sure predicted financial metrics match actuals and to explain any and all variances, often making it hard to devote the profit amount of effort to your "real job".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The focus employee engagement was very counterproductive and did not increase employee satisfaction with the company. Personally it caused the opposite effect. Health insurance options offered for the current benefits period (starting July 1 2014) did not offer any coverage until a high deductible was paid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Eh....

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - flexible schedule
    - good benefits
    - can skate by

    Cons

    - breed mediocrity
    - highly burocratic and political
    - low mobility with promotions based on years of experience rather than ability
    - lots of dead weight
    - government customer
    - moves slow but everything is an emergency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - not everyone should be a manager
    - upper management should be more streamlined

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not the best experience....

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Good for a family like atmosphere and the flexibility it comes with.

    Cons

    I believe growth is really limited after a couple of years. You start to realize how much politics people play into. Also it's not always about the quality of your work, but more important of how you play the game.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the dead weight and hire people that can actually do the work. Need to learn how to be more innovating.

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

    Paper pushing

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time

    Pros

    Steady pay, decent benefits, great location

    Cons

    You're sick, you have to take vacation days, 401k sucks, no manufacturing at this site, its all go by "plans" and documentation, no good structure, reactive vs. proactive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use Lean and CI to fix internal and supplier issues.

    Recommends
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    make more, pay more for health insurance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - T4 Systems Engineer in Manhattan Beach, CA
    Current Employee - T4 Systems Engineer in Manhattan Beach, CA

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

    Pros

    socialist policies, talented experience engineers, but new ones don't have a clue

    Cons

    Do 50% workload and your a 4 out of 5 star. Near impossible to get a raise to the next level, almost act of god

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get a clue and attract the talented people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company but very slow industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    Great perks and benefits, and work life balance

    Cons

    No upward mobility, leaders don't really pay attention to feedback.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually listen instead of repeated gallup surveys

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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