Northrop Grumman
3.4 of 5 1,504 reviews
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Updated Apr 14, 2014
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3.4 1,504 reviews

                             

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Northrop Grumman Chairman, CEO & President Wesley G. Bush

Wesley G. Bush

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69% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great People, but Company is Difficult to get ahead in

Stock Clerk (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA

I have been working at Northrop Grumman as a contractor for more than 3 years

ProsGood people.
Good starting pay for non college-grad.

ConsHard to move up within.
Need to ask lower employees for help in solving business problems

Advice to Senior ManagementHear ideas from every employee. Many have good ones that would save the company time and money and would also increase efficiency.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Short Time Cyber

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsNGC understands the difference between "cyber" and information assurance. The operational aspects of the work they do are significant and rewarding.

ConsNGC was unable to work across segments. They had all the ingredients to "own" cyber in the IC space, but could not get out of their own way to capitalize on it. Also had some significant issues with some people overstating actual capabilities.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet some strategic advice about cyber market directions.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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It is a decent place to work - similar to other large defense contractors.

Engineer IV (Current Employee)
Chantilly, VA

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

ProsI enjoy the work I do mostly because of the technology involved. The small group of people I work with are fantastic and are very knowledgeable.

ConsThe benefits are average, and the bureaucratic red tape is starting to increase.

Advice to Senior ManagementStay focused on the customer mission. Don't drown us in corporate BS.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Worked as a Technical Writer and previously as a Propsal Manager

Technical Writer III (Former Employee)
McCleans Corner, MD

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

ProsThe company values were impressive and I was always proud to say I worked at Northrop Grumman. Some of the leaders were excellent.

ConsProcedures somewhat bureaucratic. Too many tick boxes on the induction forma and not enough hands-on discussion of real-world requirements

Advice to Senior ManagementI was generally happy with management though some managers were arrogant.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Average

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Northrop Grumman

ProsLarge company with more opportunity

ConsHard to get larger raises as they try to lump everyone together as if they have the same abilities/talents

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Northrop was the cutting edge aerospace company, became a stodgy, bureaucratic machineafter merging with Grumman.

Technical & Engineering Change Proposal Writer (Former Employee)
Palmdale, CA

I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time for more than 8 years

ProsI worked on a highly profiled but highly classified military aircraft program for 10 yrs. in Pico RIvera & Palmdale, CA. It was exhilarating & personally & professionally to work on the cutting edge of technology & being considered among the the industry elite. Tuition reimbursement.

ConsHigh pressure, high stress environment, I saw many who suffered terribly from work-related stress or just buckled under the pressure & quit. Easy to transfer & find other jobs within the large, diverse company but you had to kept abreast of current/future contracts because layoffs followed when they concluded. Underbid annual DoD contracts & no union made for many weekends of unpaid OT & very low employee morale. Like most aerospace or Fortune 500 companies now, when approaching retirement &/or 401K vesting milestones beware of the 60-day layoff notice to avoid paying pensions, transferring/moving targets survive here but most don't. Military/contractor revolving door & old boys club made for only ex-military upwardly mobile into mgmt. in my program.

Advice to Senior ManagementHire about 75% less retired military, reduce the huge gap between the ivory tower upper mgmt. & the workforce through increased communications at all levels.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Place to Work But Depends on the Management

Systems Engineer II (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA

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

ProsGreat career advancement opportunities if you're open to relocate to one of the corridors. (NOVA or Southern California)
Some of the brightest engineers I've ever worked with.

ConsAs a defense contractor, you're consistently looking for new work based on contracts closeouts. If you're a high performer, this is not an issue but you may have to work a program/project that you may have no particular interest in.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf you hire ex-military folks, make sure that they have the leadership chops to cultivate a business environment. There is a distinct difference between being a good leader in a platoon and a good leader as a manager.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Corporate

Electrical Engineer I (Current Employee)
Oklahoma City, OK

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

ProsFlebxible hours, good amount of time off between vacation days and holidays.

ConsNot much opportunity to advance in current position. Little insentive for lower positioned employees. The current employee insentive program is geared for higher level employees to gain a large bonus, when the lower level is doing much of the grunt work.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf a person is loyal and spends years working in one position and gaining knowledge and skills in that position they should be promoted. I've experianced many people having to hop groups, sectors, and even companies in order to get a deserved promotion.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Transitory

Senior Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
Bellevue, NE

I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time for more than 3 years

ProsEducational benefits were comparable to other companies within same sector

ConsOffice culture differs from location to location; what you may experience on the either of the coasts may not be what you experience when your in the midwest

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Technical Systems Analyst

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Northrop Grumman

ProsGood experience overall. Worked together as a team.

ConsManagement budget pressures negatively impacted working environment

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