Northrop Grumman Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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Pros
  • 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. NGC review

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    pay, people, location, parking, size

    Cons

    promotions, transfer, projects, pay raises


  2. Helpful (2)

    good company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time

    Pros

    Northrop is a great company depending on the contract you are working or if you are corporate.

    Cons

    Certain contracts are an old boys network and you are nothing more than a piece of meat. They will throw you to the customer as the sacrificial lamb

    Advice to Management

    You are nothing without your people, treat them that way


  3. Helpful (4)

    Trying to rebuild, but struggling to adapt

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Redondo Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Redondo Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you're an engineer of some sort, your work can be really interesting and important. If you're not an engineer, it's much harder to find positions that offer any kind of new/exciting work. As most people have said, it's a decent place to build experience if you have no better options; just don't expect to really build anything lasting.

    Cons

    A select few executives are really making an effort to bring NG into the 21st century, but they are being constantly battled by an entrenched core of management who do everything they can to stymie any progress. These mediocre managers are good at playing the bureaucracy and political games, so they don't want to see meritocracy take hold. The company claims to want the best and brightest (to compete with the likes of Google and Apple), but they aren't willing to invest the resources to compete (salaries, bonuses, perks, etc). It's tough on morale because you hear all these awesome goals for the company, but then you watch each initiative slowly starve from lack of funding, lack of progress and lack of follow-through.

    Advice to Management

    Look around!!! You have all these lofty goals, but as soon as the speech is over everyone in management starts downplaying expectations because there is no funding behind them. You're going out on a hiring binge, but the employees you already have are pissed off because their raises have been miniscule for the last 5-7 years and you took away the annual bonus for 90% of them. You keep talking about how everything is going to get better once we win some big contracts, but for most of the employees it's just empty promises. While employees have borne the brunt of the hardship (lost raises, no bonuses, increased benefit costs, etc), the company as a whole has been churning out record profits!!!!! Do you think no one notices?


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  5. Lost Contract

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits, easy commute, and great co-workers.

    Cons

    When we lost the follow-on contract, only the Supervisor who was primarily responsible for losing the contract and one Intern were retained. The remaining 35 were out of work, including one with 17 years employment there. We were all told we were top priority for other positions, then HR refused to answer calls or return calls. Employees were disposable.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your best employees and fire managers who lose contracts, not vice versa.


  6. good place to work

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    Former Employee - Heavy Equipment Mechanic in Barstow, CA
    Former Employee - Heavy Equipment Mechanic in Barstow, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Northrop Grumman (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good people to work with

    Cons

    management skills, working with others ability to understand tasks

    Advice to Management

    make sure supervisors have maintenance experience


  7. Helpful (1)

    A Company Trying to Change it's Culture

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Administrator in San Diego, CA
    Former Intern - Administrator in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Northrop Grumman as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They are really attempting to make a turn around. Hundreds of more interns were hired than ever before in the past, and also from better universities. The work can be meaningful (If assigned to a good team) and multiple employees and managers are really trying to become competitive with the industry. The job description looks great on a resume. I really am on board with Wes Bush and the Corporate/High Up Sector Executives. If they keep it up, they can see some really substantial change in the future, and possibly overtake Lockheed Martin in Defense Contracting if their cards are played right. If I get a better faith in this future the CEO and the Executives are proposing, I would consider putting my career into this company.

    Cons

    There is a disconnect between employees and managers/executives. I realized that this company had a disappointing past because of the quality, or lack of quality, of the employees at the company. I had noticed that many leading Directors and Executives have been pulled from other companies and Industries (and it seemed that they were chosen for the skills). However, many who have been with the company for an extended period of time (specifically before this big turnaround) were particularly dull and egotistical. Many of the executives were respectable, to an extent, but didn't seem to truly acknowledge the state of their company. They were trying to emphasize the "big turnaround" their company is making, without acknowledging that Northrop Grumman was previously a much less sought out company. /therefore, from my perspective, I felt I was demeaned solely for being a college grad. My own manager did a poor job of acknowledging my strengths, and spent more time acknowledging their own (Though there wasn't much to acknowledge). I'm not attempting to be overly prestige conscious, but their degrees didn't show they had a particularly important education, and their personality also gave me no reason to think so. Yet, it felt as if they assumed that I wasn't capable because I was in college (Though I go to a world-class university and already have 4 and 1/2 years of work experience in State and County Government Administration.). Not to brag, but I'm not a stupid kid either, but I definitely felt like my manager treated me like one. Overall, It would be hard to work for a company where college grads are insulted so regularly. I don't trust that I could move forward in the company (regardless of credentials) since I would have to appease people who already formed a biased and false opinion about me in a matter of moments.

    Advice to Management

    The company needs more leaders and less executives. The problem with my manager is that they weren't a good leader. They definitely worked hard, but when it came to helping me learn and grow into the company, they were seriously lacking. I had my intelligence insulted and questioned in performance reviews (once they mentioned that they were initially concerned that I couldn't write an email, though I am in a honors program for writing at a top university with a 17% acceptance rate). Again, not to brag, but I'm trying to emphasize the insult of the statement. Overall, If I weren't an intern and an employee, I would be looking for a job elsewhere. If I had a knowing chance that I could go into the company, be lead by great leaders (as I've had before), I would stay. The issue is, however, is that there aren't many leaders.


  8. Helpful (2)

    good compapny going to drain

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethpage, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethpage, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    All good that the company has been known is in the past... during recent reformation they lost

    Cons

    Yearly bonuses were eliminated, so were 2 holidays w/o any notice. Benefits prices skyrocketed during last few years.

    Advice to Management

    Change the management instead of changing personnel. Get back knowledgeable workforce.. 10000 interns will not replace a single veteran. Either that or the slide from #3 defense company to #4, #5, ... will continue


  9. Helpful (1)

    I enjoy working there. The pay is a lot lower then I had expected as a structure 2 mechanic

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Aircraft Mechanic in Saint Augustine, FL
    Current Employee - Aircraft Mechanic in Saint Augustine, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Longevity. If you can handle getting paid less you can eventually get better compensation. 401k, and a partial match is ok. Medical benefits are ok, not as good as you would think. They do offer ed assist which is nice, if you choose to go to school while working at Northrop Grumman they will pay your full tuition as long as you pass the courses.

    Cons

    The pay for a structure mechanic is a lot lower then expected. Pay increases are low. Structure mechanics don't get the support they need to be efficient. They don't standardize the hours given to do a job from 1 build to the next. On the books mechanics look like they are less efficient from build to build. This is not the case, they are simply given less time to do the job. This reflects poorly on the mechanics reviews which is a major factor in pay increases.

    Advice to Management

    Although upper management preaches to their other managers support mechanics, we have a hard time getting the support we need. I'd also would like to point out that entry level mechanics should have better pay increases. At 3 years of service they should be a structure 2 mechanic and should be paid at least $20 per hour. I'm training mechanics that are structure 4's they are making $25 per hour and I'm only at $17 per hour. With 3 years experiance I can make at least $20 per hour if I were going to apply somewhere else for a structure mechanic 2 job.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Program Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Redondo Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Redondo Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Job locations across the US

    Cons

    Senior management company value ethics

    Advice to Management

    Remember the employees that help make your huge bonus possible.


  11. Engineer

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good place to work and good benefits

    Cons

    Not good bring in new job or bidding on proposals. Need season employee's to work on proposals.

    Advice to Management

    Need season employee's to work on proposals. Not someone from the production floor with no experience at all, working on big proposals.



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